Members of Altrusa are dedicated to developing and applying our leadership abilities within the club and in our communities. The club achieved Altrusa International's Distinguished Club status in 2008-2009 and again in 2010-2011, 2013-2014, 2014-2015, 2015-2016 and 2016-2017.

We also recognize leadership through two scholarships to Waubonsee Community College students and by honoring an Altrusan of the Year.

Altrusan of the Year

In 2000, Altrusa International Inc of the Fox Valley Illinois inaugurated the selection of a member who had exemplified Altrusa in an outstanding way the previous year. This award recognizes the member of our club who has extended herself above and beyond expectations to serve our club and our community and cannot be the serving president.

This year's recipient is Sharee Clough.  During the past year she has served as Secretary for the Club.  Sharee contributes to each event and willing serves the Club and the community.

Each year the recipient's name is engraved on a traveling plaque in an addition to a certificate the honoree may keep permanently. Members who received this award are shown below:

  • 2000 - Myrtle Green
  • 2001 - Naomi Bronson
  • 2002 - Katherine Johannaber
  • 2003 - Elaine Wolf
  • 2004 - Jo Anne Nisbett
  • 2005 - Doris Czarobski
  • 2006 - Lynda McCann Dorsch
  • 2007 - Jan Roman
  • 2008 - Jill Falls
  • 2009 - Pat Frieders
  • 2010 - Judy Reuter
  • 2011 - Sandee Jensen
  • 2012 - Cathy Rady
  • 2013 - Carol Trumbold
  • 2014 - Sharee Clough
  • 2015 - Judi Urban
  • 2016 - Angela Cliff
  • 2017 - Heather Falls

Altrusa Scholarship

Each year, the Altrusa Fox Valley club provides a scholarship to a student at Waubonsee Community College. The Waubonsee Community College Academic Foundation selects our recipients using the following criteria: Woman over the age of 25 who is returning to school to improve her ability to make a living for herself and her family. Funds may be used for tuition, books or child care. For the past 5 years we have been able to provide two of these scholarships.

Geraldine Rodriguez is originally from Guam and she currently lives in Montgomery.  She has been working as a Certified Nursing Assistant and is now pursuing further education to become an RN. 

Brenda Alvarado is a first generation American.  She and her siblings have seen the effort and financial struggle that her parents have gone through to achieve a better life for their family. She is a mom and a grandmother, and is grateful for the opportunity to return to school.

Altrusans Judi Urban and Sandee Jensen attended the Waubonsee Community College Scholarship Fest in September where they met Brenda and her family, as well as spending time with former scholarship recipient Debbie Boedecker.

Past scholarship winners include:

2017-2018    Brenda Alvarado and Geraldine Rodriguez

2016-2017    Chernin Dettman and Sabrina Szigeti

2015-2016    Heather Thomas and Debbie Boedeker

2014-2015    Sarah Kaminski and Amanda Lawrence

2013-2014    Kirsten Heiser and Lisa A. Wade

2012-2013    Kimberley Illingworth

2011-2012    Valerie Muszynski

2010-2011     Isa (Svetlana) Villaflor-Capanas

2009-2010    LeSure Monika

2008-2009    Brito Yahaida

2007-2008    Vickie Zwiezen

2006-2007    Maria Weseloh

2004-2005    Irene Needham

2003-2004    Irene Needham


Judi Urban meetis with scholarship recipient Brenda Alvarado at the 2017 WCC Scholarship Event.
Heather Falls receives the 2017 Altrusan of the Year award from President Angela Cliff. Attending this meeting were members and family members Jo Anne Nisbett (grandmother), Jill Falls (mother) and Jan Roman (aunt).
Angela Cliff receives the 2015-2016 Altrusan of the Year award from Past President Cathy Rady
Judi Urban receives the 2014-2015 Member of the Year award from President Cathy Rady
Sharee Clough receives the 2013-2014 Altrusan of the Year award from President Jill Falls.
President Jill Falls presented the traveling plaque and certificate to Carol Trumbold, Altrusan of the Year 2012-2013.
Cathy Rady received the 2012 Altrusan of the Year Award.Cathy Rady received the 2012 Altrusan of the Year Award from President Pat Frieders.
Sandee Jensen received the 2011 Altrusan of the Year award from President Pat Frieders.
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