Club History

The History of Altrusa International of the Fox Valley Illinois, Inc.

The Fox Valley club was organized October 10, 1950, and chartered on May 8, 1851, with the following charter members:
  • Marie DeMartelly
  • Lucille Even
  • Myrtle Green
  • Zola Kenney
  • Kathryn Mitchell
  • Elinor Olsen
  • Leonora Stump

It was originally named the Altrusa Club of Aurora, Illinois, and was renamed Altrusa International Inc of the Fox Valley Illinois in 1999 to better reflect the demographics of the membership. A final name change was made in 2015 to comply with new International naming convention standards.  The official name is now:  Altrusa International of Fox Valley Illinois, Inc. The club's newsletter, "Tales Along the Fox", is published monthly except July.

The club achieved Altrusa International's Distinguished Club status in 2008-2009, 2010-2011, 2012-2013, 2013-2014, 2015-2016 and 2016-2017.  This recognition is awarded to clubs throughout the organization who have shown outstanding service, leadership and commitment to Altrusa principles.  

The club has had several members who have served Altrusa on the District and International levels as officers or committee members.  Currently, Cathy Rady is the District Six Secretary for the 2017-2019 biennium.  

Our Club By-laws can be seen by clicking this link to the PDF document.


The History of Altrusa International of the Fox Valley Foundation, Inc.

The Foundation was formed in October 2004 as a 501(c)3 not-for-profit corporation. Funding comes almost entirely from the fundraising efforts of Altrusa International of Fox Valley IL club members, including an auction and fashion show. The Foundation maintains a grants fund for literacy and other community service projects in the Fox Valley. 

We are especially mindful of projects which impact women and children. Since the Foundation was formed through 2016, fund raising has totaled over $139,000. We have been able to award grants of over $135,000 in that time period. 

Recipients of Altrusa Foundation of Fox Valley grants in recent years include:

  • Adult Literacy Project Waubonsee Community College 
  • Altrusa International Foundation 
  • Altrusa Scholarships at Waubonsee Community College 
  • Aurora Public Library Summer Reading Program 
  • Big Rock Public Library 
  • Boy Scouts of America
  • Dominican Literacy Center 
  • Fox Valley Hands of Hope 
  • Fox Valley Youth Orchestra
  • Girl Scouts of Northern Illinois 
  • Hesed House 
  • Lifespring Ministries of Wayside Cross
  • Literacy Volunteers Fox Valley 
  • Living Well 
  • Merry Band of Books
  • Mutual Ground 
  • Saint Charles Public Library Foundation


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