Altrusa International of Roswell hosts clubs from within and out of state this weekend during the 58th annual Altrusa District 10 Conference at the Roswell Convention and Civic Center.
The three-day conference brings together members from the district’s 15 Altrusa clubs, from cities both near and as far as Colorado, Wyoming and Utah.
Altrusa International Vice President Silvia Silverman said the conference not only allows for opportunities such as leadership training and the exchanging of ideas, but it’s also a time to renew friendships as well.
“Not only is the [auth] work we do rewarding, but the friendships and camaraderie are incredible,” she said.
During the conference, members will install new district officers. Tonight, Roswell member Judy Stubbs will be named the district’s governor.
Stubbs said she will be the first governor from Roswell since 1979. She has been an Altrusa member for 28 years and has held several positions within the organization, including president. Stubbs will represent District 10 this summer during its international conference in New Zealand.
The mission of Altrusa clubs, Stubbs said, is to help improve their community’s quality of life by supporting educational and nonprofit programs.
Tonight, awards will be presented to clubs for work they have done to benefit local and international communities, as well as literacy efforts.
This year, the conference’s service project will benefit the Roswell Refuge. Altrusans from all districts have gathered gift items for women who stay at the refuge.
“They’re just things to make them feel good,” Stubbs said, explaining they are giving more than just toiletry items. “It’s the things they leave behind.”
Roswell Refuge Executive Director Michelle Royer said the donations from Altrusans will provide “a little ray of sunshine” to the shelter’s clients.
The Refuge provides the basics, Royer said, and Altrusa clubs are going above that.
Today, Royer will address the conference and give an overview about the Refuge and the work it does. Royer said she also will try to give another perspective on domestic violence.
“All of us get a picture in our head,” she said. “But very few of us have the full scope of understanding.”