As a way to help our community to get to know Altrusa and it's members better, we are introducing our Monthly Member Spotlight! This months Member Spotlight is on Rita McClure who has been a member for 5 years.
Rita, can you please take a moment to introduce yourself?
I was born and raised here in Gadsden , AL. My husband Ronnie and I have one son, Alan who is married to Heather. Through them we are the proud grandparents of 3 year old Carson Nicole! Ronnie and I will celebrate our 40th anniversary in June of 2020. I am retired from the Etowah County Board of Education where I taught kindergarten for 25 years. I am a proud member of Mt. Caramel Baptist Church that I have attended since I was 2 years old! I am the church organist, choir, and part of the Women's Missionary Union.
How did you hear about Altrusa and how long have you been a member?
After retirement, I was out working in my yard when my neighbor Jane Blackman stopped by. She was an member of Altrusa and she introduced me to the club. Having spent so many years in the educational system, the hallmarks of Altrusa intrested me. Through her, I became a member in 2014.
What do you like most about being a member? Any specific events or activities that stand out to you?
Being able to be contribute to the Dolly Parton Imagination Library was one of my favorite events! Literacy is very important in our country. Through the Dolly Parton Imagination Library, children receive a free age appropriate book each month starting at birth to age five!
What do you wish the club did different? Better? Added?
I just wish we could increase our funds in order to reach farther into the community. We have several wonderful fund raising events in store for 2020 and I really hope that the public can come out and support us in these events!
Where do you see the club going in the future?
Increasing memberships and further aiding in our wonderful Gadsden community!
2019 Santa's Workshop and 2nd Annual Home, Garden and Design Show
Our 2019 Santa's Workshop and 2nd Annual Home, Garden and Design Show has finally came to a wrap. After months of hard work on behalf of our Altrusa Members, we had another successful show with close to 700 people through our doors!
Work on our show started in May of this year as we started looking for vendors for our show, and we had a wonderful turn out of over 70 vendors at these two events. Thank you to everyone of you who were able to come out and join us! Then came the designing and marketing side of the show, with billboards, radio ads, and flyers going up through out the area starting in October. The Wednesday before the show, club members Angela Walker and Scott Browning spent the day getting a work out as they taped off vendors booths, a learning experience for the both of them. Finally move in day...if you ever want it to rain in Gadsden, announce a show as big as this and the rains will come! Despite this, our move in day on Thursday was very smooth with vendors staggered throughout the day able to move in their wares and set up their booths. Every vendor took great pride and effort in making sure their booths set up just right. Finally, the day we had all been waiting for. Vendors and club members arrived at The Venue at 8 AM to do last minute touches to their booths and get the doors ready for show open on Friday. Guest were already lining up by 9 AM! And the rest....
...took care of itself.
We again thank all of our vendors who were able to come out and attend this event, we hope you had a wonderful show and we look forward to working with you in our future shows! Thank you to all of our guest who came and shopped with us and mad this event such a success! To our sponsors who took a chance on us and invested in us to help make this show come alive! To The Venue at Coosa Landing for a wonderful space to put this all together again! And to our members who gave up their time working to put all this together and give us a show unlike any other in the Greater Gadsden Area! We can't wait to do it all again in 2020....after we take a break and catch our breath of course!
2019 Charity Crop
Are you the crafty type? Scrapbook, quilter, paints, or just a person who likes to glue Popsicle sticks together? Well, how about a day filled with other like minded individuals where you can work your crafts in peace for 11 hours?!?! Altrusa International of Gadsden would like to invite you to our 1st Annual Pre-Christmas Charity Crop! This will be a day filled with fun and fellowship that will give you a space to work on all those last minute holiday crafts that you haven't had a chance to get around to. The event will be held Saturday November 16, 2019 at the Down Town Civic Center here in Gadsden. We will be providing meals and snack throughout the day and lots of great door prizes also! Registration for this event is $40 and gives you a six foot table and chair for you to do what ever it is your imagination get away with! So come join us and your fellow crafters for this wonderful event!
I am Scott Browning and I am the newest member of Altrusa International of Gadsden, however, I have been a volunteer of theirs for a while now. I became a member because I wanted to do something to give back to my community. I look forward to what I can contribute to the club my many talents and time.