Altrusa of Door County

Altrusa of Door County Altrusa of Door County was founded in 1988. The Door County chapter is a literacy based womens service club.
Altrusa of Door County has many service projects, currently they include: Back to School Fair, Read to me & Reading Friends, Born to Read, Waiting Room Reading, Literacy for the Blind, Make a Difference Day, Scholarship Opportunities, Music Literacy, and Senior Reading. Through these projects Altrusa of Door County is advancing literacy through opportunities.

President: Anita Karwowski Past President: Barbara Pfeifer Vice Presidents: Pam McCluskey & Patti Ligman Secretary: Brenda Wick Treasurer: Nancy Baux Directors: Rae Menard , Jackie Morrison, Barbara Benson, Laura Bertz Parliamentarian/Director: Robyn Anderson

Tuesday, April 23rd was a lovely spring day in front of Associated Bank in downtown Sturgeon Bay.  The bank responded to...
05/01/2019

Tuesday, April 23rd was a lovely spring day in front of Associated Bank in downtown Sturgeon Bay. The bank responded to a grant application for Altrusa’s 2019 Back-to-School Fair with a very generous donation of $3000.00. Altrusan Cheri Meyvis applied for the funds, and Altrusan Anita Karwowski (photo center) accepted the check. Pictured left and right of Anita, are Bill Kopka, Associated’s Community Accountability Officer - visiting from the Milwaukee office, and Julie Dragseth, Residential Loan Officer at the Sturgeon Bay branch. Associated Bank is especially interested in supporting programs that involve literacy - which partners well with Altrusa’s focus. At the Fair in early August, Associated’s grant will provide grade-level school supplies to disadvantaged Door County children returning to school in the fall. Altrusa hopes to serve close to 650 children this year, and deeply appreciates the financial support from Associated Bank.

Altrusans fusing some beautiful glass creations at The Playhouse!  Owned by Doug & Barb Henderson
04/27/2019

Altrusans fusing some beautiful glass creations at The Playhouse! Owned by Doug & Barb Henderson

Altrusa of Door County's project, Reading Friends, which promotes early childhood literacy in Door County, recently rece...
12/10/2018

Altrusa of Door County's project, Reading Friends, which promotes early childhood literacy in Door County, recently received a grant from the Altrusa International Foundation, Inc.

Altrusan Cheri Meyvis has been “granting and raving” once again!  Congratulations to Cheri and Altrusa’s Back-to-S...
12/06/2018

Altrusan Cheri Meyvis has been “granting and raving” once again! Congratulations to Cheri and Altrusa’s Back-to-School Fair for the good news recently that the Green Bay Packer grant she applied for has come through with a $4000 award! Cheri applied specifically for socks and underwear for the children attending the 2019 Back-to-School Fair, and this part of the budget has now been funded in part by the grant from the Green Bay Packers Foundation. Cheri and Altrusan Ann Knight attended the awards luncheon in Green Bay on December 5th to accept the check personally for the Door County Altrusa Foundation.

Four Altrusans volunteered to support the United Way’s fundraising efforts at the 7th Annual Car Show, sponsored by th...
08/17/2018

Four Altrusans volunteered to support the United Way’s fundraising efforts at the 7th Annual Car Show, sponsored by the Egg Harbor Business Association. It was a glorious, warm sunny day in Egg Harbor on August 11th, with hundreds of folks visiting the cars. Nearly 50 cars - sport, classic and modified - were on display in the Nicolet Bank parking lot and all over Harbor Park.

Altrusans Christianna Blahnik, Sue Dodge and Lisa Kiessel took care of registration in front of the Hatch Distillery in the early morning, and Nancy Kexel-Calabresa moved between car venues and sold and helped count fan-favorite voting ballots from 11-3:00. Sue and Nancy were lucky when owners Mary and Doc suggested hopping in their popular modified car for a shot. Proceeds from fan voting ballots benefitted the United Way, and the EHBA makes a donation to the United Way for our volunteer time.

This yearly event, held on the second Saturday in August, is a great opportunity for Altrusans to help fulfill the obligation to assist the United Way with their fundraising, since a substantial grant is received from them for the Back-to-School Fair. In addition to the ballot sales, the EHBA makes a donation to the United Way for our volunteer time.

Altrusans and friends assembled at Hope Church in Sturgeon Bay for a real “sewing bee.”  Many yards of various color...
08/13/2018

Altrusans and friends assembled at Hope Church in Sturgeon Bay for a real “sewing bee.” Many yards of various colorful flannel were traced, shapes cut, and much buzzing was heard on the east side of the room - as those on serging machines whirred away.

This year, Altrusa of Door County's international service project was dedicated to Days for Girls. This international effort provides kits that include panties and washable sanitary napkins to girls in third world countries who cannot attend school while having their menstrual periods since sanitary products are not available. Altrusan Pam McCluskey heard about this project while attending the 2018 Altrusa District 7 conference. Pam found Titletown Days for Girls on the website and attended a workshop, asking what our Altrusa club could do to help. She brought in 4 gals from Green Bay heavily involved in Days for Girls - for instruction as to how to sew and prepare much needed pads and kits for Altrusa's first day of sewing. All kits through the Titletown group go to Haiti with the Green Bay Friends of Haiti Medical Team.

At a recent membership meeting, the club approved a purchase $500 of flannel which Pam obtained and preshrunk. Over 30 Altrusans and friends participated in the cutting and sewing project - including one Altrouser at the serger! Kits include 8 washable pads for their periods and panties. Nearly 500 pads were completed over the first two days, and a number of kits fully assembled in colorful bags that included panties. Another day of sewing on August 23rd for will complete the project.

We are set for the 2018 Back to School Fair!!!  600+ children county-wide will receive school supplies for the upcoming ...
08/03/2018

We are set for the 2018 Back to School Fair!!! 600+ children county-wide will receive school supplies for the upcoming year this weekend! We’re incredibly grateful for the abundance of volunteers that come forward to help this event take place along with many, many donations from various places/people.

June 26th was a magnificent day in Egg Harbor at the Horseshoe Bay golf course.  The seventh annual golf outing, conduct...
07/09/2018

June 26th was a magnificent day in Egg Harbor at the Horseshoe Bay golf course. The seventh annual golf outing, conducted by Marine Travelift, was held with plenty of sunshine, light breezes and happy golfers. Proceeds from this event support Altrusa’s Back-to-School Fair.

Marine Travelift’s Executive Assistant Anna Seyfer shared that the participating golfers are the company’s professional and executive business contacts. While there were many repeat golfers, there were also many new folks in attendance this year.

Altrusans Carrie Tjernagel (chair), Katie Smullen and Jane DeCock welcomed the golfers as they checked in during the late morning and received box lunches. Two Altrusans golfed in the event - Barbie Pfeifer and Robyn Anderson. After the outing, a lovely spread of appetizers awaited the golfers inside the clubhouse bar room. Marine Travelift president and CEO Erich Pfeifer was on hand at the event, and at the conclusion, addressed the group and introduced Altrusan Nancy Kexel-Calabresa to say a few words about the project. Nancy gave a brief update about this year’s Fair and read special thank-you notes from children and parents.

Good news for Altrusa - there will be an 8th annual event next summer!

Altrusans Dolly Emerson and Nancy Kexel-Calabresa volunteered to pour and sell wine at the third Door County Wine Fest, ...
07/09/2018

Altrusans Dolly Emerson and Nancy Kexel-Calabresa volunteered to pour and sell wine at the third Door County Wine Fest, held at Martin Park in Sturgeon Bay on Saturday, June 30th. The event was hosted by Door County Wine Trail in collaboration with the Sturgeon Bay Visitor Center. Although the weather was very hot, Dolly and Nancy had a table under the tent and next too an open flap!

The ladies actually volunteered on behalf of the United Way, to partly fulfill Altrusa’s obligation to help them raise funds, since grant monies are received from United Way for the Back-to-School Fair. United Way will receive a donation for the total of 10 hours worked by Dolly and Nancy.

Wine sold for $5 and $8 per generous glass of various whites and reds, sweet and dry, and patrons purchased blue and red tickets to give to the servers. Dolly poured and sold eight varieties for von Stiehl Winery, and Nancy poured and sold seven for Stone’s Throw Winery. The work was a bit hard since there were many corks to pull and no screw caps in sight from these two wineries! Dolly worked the hardest since von Stiehl’s offerings were more popular that day. Business was brisk for much of the afternoon, as roughly 3000 patrons were admitted.

In addition to the wine pouring and apparel tent, there was a tent for wine and cheese tasting, live music and a variety of food vendors from 12 pm to 5 pm that day.

The Cookery in Fish Creek is introducing a new benefit, The Cookery Kids Project, to help support local non-profits.  On...
06/18/2018
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The Cookery in Fish Creek is introducing a new benefit, The Cookery Kids Project, to help support local non-profits. On Monday evenings The Cookery will donate a percentage of its profits to a rotating calendar of local non-profits with a focus on kids or kids programming. In addition, select items on the kids menu will be five dollars every Monday evening during dinner service, which begins at 4 PM.

The July calendar features Altrusa of Door County on July 9, stop by for dinner!

We also have information on our blog if you would like to link to it: http://www.cookeryfishcreek.com/blog/

Restaurant and wine bar in Fish Creek, Door County. Serving breakfast, lunch, dinner and wine bar featuring locally sourced ingredients. Outdoor dining, vegetarian and gluten free options.

Altrusa International of Door County's Back-to-School Fair is thrilled to announce the receipt of a $500 grant from the ...
05/28/2018

Altrusa International of Door County's Back-to-School Fair is thrilled to announce the receipt of a $500 grant from the Shopko Hometown Foundation. Sister Bay store manager Mike Pride recently presented the award to Altrusan Cheri Meyvis who wrote for the grant. Shopko has generously supported this project for many years. These funds will be used for school supplies for children attending the Fair in August. This year, Altrusa will be serving a record 635 children at the August event, where participants will receive grade-specific school supplies, backpacks, gym shoes and socks, toiletries and school spirit shirts. If you too, can help send children back to school well supplied - please email [email protected].

A big welcome to the new officers joining the board and to the position changes!  It was a great past year.  We’re loo...
05/17/2018

A big welcome to the new officers joining the board and to the position changes! It was a great past year. We’re looking forward to another successful upcoming year!

02/20/2018

Due to weather conditions, the Altrusa of Door County meeting is cancelled this afternoon. Stay safe!

Altrusa of Door County
12/05/2017

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Set up for the Holiday Extravaganza is complete!! Thank you to all Altrusans that helped along the way leading up to this point to make this wonderful event happen!! A HUGE THANK YOU to all of the donors that donated the fabulous items waiting to be won/bought! We couldn’t do it without any of it!

Set up for the Holiday Extravaganza is complete!!  Thank you to all Altrusans that helped along the way leading up to th...
12/04/2017

Set up for the Holiday Extravaganza is complete!! Thank you to all Altrusans that helped along the way leading up to this point to make this wonderful event happen!! A HUGE THANK YOU to all of the donors that donated the fabulous items waiting to be won/bought! We couldn’t do it without any of it!

Thank you to these wonderful ladies and all of the rest of the Altrusans for ringing the bell this holiday season!!
11/21/2017

Thank you to these wonderful ladies and all of the rest of the Altrusans for ringing the bell this holiday season!!

Anita Karwowski and many other Altrusa Vounteers participate in our Reading Friends program.  They read in Door County's...
10/26/2017

Anita Karwowski and many other Altrusa Vounteers participate in our Reading Friends program. They read in Door County's early childhood and kindergarten classrooms, reaching over 500 children each year. Volunteers read five times a year. The children are given the books to take home and enjoy, with one copy staying in the classroom or the library for future reading enjoyment.

Over 300 invitations stuffed, addressed, and in the mail for the Holiday Extravaganza! Nice work ladies!
10/26/2017

Over 300 invitations stuffed, addressed, and in the mail for the Holiday Extravaganza! Nice work ladies!

We welcome our newest Altrusa of Door County Members and thank the Altrusa Sponsors who recruited them!
10/18/2017

We welcome our newest Altrusa of Door County Members and thank the Altrusa Sponsors who recruited them!

One of United Way’s fundraising events - Chef for a Day - held Saturday, October 7th - was well supported by Altrusa v...
10/10/2017

One of United Way’s fundraising events - Chef for a Day - held Saturday, October 7th - was well supported by Altrusa volunteers this year! Helping with morning set up at the Sturgeon Bay Yacht Club were Penny Beernsten, Christianna Blahnik, Bridget Bowers, Laura Clampette, Maureen Fear and Nancy Kexel-Calabresa. Altrusan Katie Smullen was also there for set up on behalf of the United Way where she works. For the evening event itself, Robyn Anderson and Cathy Royce served appetizers, Jan Campbell sold raffle tickets, Anita Karwowski, Tara Pierre, and Sharon Haines were all chefs and Jeanne Harris helped out where needed. Thank you to all these ladies that donated their time to this very important yearly event!

Altrusans should mark their calendars for the 2018 event - to be held on October 6th. Morning and evening volunteers will be needed.

Thank you, Cindy Koutnik for over 25 years of community service and for all you have done for Altrusa of Door County!  Y...
09/29/2017

Thank you, Cindy Koutnik for over 25 years of community service and for all you have done for Altrusa of Door County! You will be missed!

Altrusa International of Door County was recently honored with a substantial grant of $2500 from the Walmart Foundation....
08/15/2017

Altrusa International of Door County was recently honored with a substantial grant of $2500 from the Walmart Foundation. Pictured from left - Altrusan Cheri Meyvis who wrote for the grant, local Walmart assistant manager Andrea Frank, and store manager Deb Ebben. The grant was used to provide supplies for additional children attending the August 5th Back-to-School Fair. The 2017 Fair, now in its 19th year, was the biggest yet - serving nearly 610 Door County children from Southern Door to Washington Island. Eighty-two more children participated in this event over last year. Altrusa hopes to increase the number of attendees in the future, and you can help! Visit Altrusa at www.altrusaofdoorcounty.org.

Altrusa of Door County extends a HUGE THANK-YOU to many individuals and supporters of this year’s Back-to-School Fair,...
08/11/2017

Altrusa of Door County extends a HUGE THANK-YOU to many individuals and supporters of this year’s Back-to-School Fair, held on August 5th. Sincere thanks go to the volunteers from the community, many personal and business financial donors, Dunham’s Sports, Friends of the Library, Scaturo’s Baking Company, Trattoria Dal Santo, Silent Sports, Midwest Dental, Whispering Pines, Marine Travelift and our very own Altrusa membership. Special deep appreciation is extended to the Walmart management staff and the Sturgeon Bay Schools’ maintenance staff. This community effort has permitted Altrusa to serve roughly 625 children this year - the biggest Fair ever! We are very grateful and extend heart-felt thanks to all!

Today's the day of the Back-to-School Fair, which provides needed school supplies to families in our Door County Schools...
08/05/2017

Today's the day of the Back-to-School Fair, which provides needed school supplies to families in our Door County Schools. Thank you to all who have generously given their time and donations!

Set up for the Back to school Fair is complete!
08/04/2017

Set up for the Back to school Fair is complete!

07/24/2017

Altrusa International of Door County is thrilled to announce that this spring the Women’s Fund of Door County responded very generously to the grant application written by Altrusan Cheri Meyvis, with an award of $4375! The application focused on the increasing number of girls the Back-to-School Fair will serve this year. While the Women’s Fund has supported the Fair since 2013, this award is the largest ever, correlating well with the highest number of girls to be served since the project’s inception! The Women’s Fund is part of the Door County Community Foundation which has supported this year’s Fair with a generous grant as well. Way to go Cheri!!

A big thank you goes out to Ashton Spritka, 2015 Ms. Teen D.C., for donating over 1,000 books to us this week!  Her cont...
07/20/2017

A big thank you goes out to Ashton Spritka, 2015 Ms. Teen D.C., for donating over 1,000 books to us this week! Her continuing platform is Read Lead Succeed: Promoting Literacy in our Communities. These books will be placed in DC Medical, Bellin, and Raymond James waiting rooms for children, as well as at the Southern Door Community Center's new library, and given to Books on the Bus at Southern Door.

Door County Altrusa members attended United Way's Annual Meeting and gained greater knowledge of of how collaboration be...
04/13/2017

Door County Altrusa members attended United Way's Annual Meeting and gained greater knowledge of of how collaboration between various nonprofits and funding from United Way helps meet the needs of our community.

Altrusa of Door County members, Nancy Kexel-Calabresa and Ann Knight, recently attended the Door County Community Founda...
03/21/2017

Altrusa of Door County members, Nancy Kexel-Calabresa and Ann Knight, recently attended the Door County Community Foundation's "Preview of Giving" event held in March 16th in Bonita Springs, Florida. It was a great opportunity to mingle with other Door County residents who share Altrusa's commitment to making Door County a better community for all!

Door County Altrusans gathered to prepare the mailing for the 2017 Back to School Fair.  Thanks for starting early to ma...
02/15/2017

Door County Altrusans gathered to prepare the mailing for the 2017 Back to School Fair. Thanks for starting early to make the Back to School Fair happen, once again, for area students.

12/19/2016

More exciting news for Altrusa International of Door County’s 2017 Back-to-School Fair!

In early December, Altrusa of Door County was awarded the substantial grant of $2500 from the Green Bay Packers Foundation! These funds will be used to provide new underwear to underprivileged children attending the event next August. The children will also receive grade-specific school supplies, backpacks, new gym shoes and paid registration fees, so they return to school in fall well-supplied to start learning.

Altrusan Cheri Meyvis wrote for this funding and writes for several other grants during each year. The Packers Foundation has provided awards in the past to support Altrusa of Door County's largest community service project. The Back-to-School Fair fits well with the local Altrusa club’s mission statement - “Advancing Literacy Through Opportunities.” All Back-to-School monies raised throughout the year by grant-writing, fund-raising and letter-writing are used to assist Door County children returning to school. To learn how you can make a difference - visit altrusaofdoorcounty.org.

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PO Box 523
Sturgeon Bay, WI
54235

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The club encourages women from all walks of life to join their dedication and passion toward literacy though various programs that foster a love of reading.

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Tuesday 08:00 - 17:00
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