Club News

Annual Chili Chowder Challenge 2015

Empty Bowl Meal--

In recognition of World Food Day, Altrusa International of Portland hosted the Annual Empty Bowl Meal at Woodford's Congregational Church, 202 Woodford Street, Portland.  Guests choose a ceramic bowl to use for their meal and to keep as a reminder that there are always empty bowls in the world.  In exchange for a meal and the bowl, the Guest makes a $10.00 donation.  All monies raised by this event are donated to Project FEED which is an emergency food depot located in the basement of Woodfords Church.  Meal includes:  choice of soup, bread, beverage and dessert.

Book Distribution--Literacy Project--"Wrapping up the Gift of Literacy"

The Portland Club is the recipient of "tons" of books collected from customers at Books A Million. The club is charged with distributing the books to people in need.  This past year (2015-2016), the club distributed 2540 books!  It's a responsibility the club takes seriously.  Here is a list of the places club members have distributed books:  1.  the Summer Success Programs   2.  ABC Project   3.  Books and Bears Project  4.  Head Start Programs  5.  Christmas giving at the Boys and Girls Club  6.  The Root Cellar  7.  The Foster Grandparent Program and the Wayside Meal Programs.  At Christmastime, books were gift wrapped and delivered to 4 meal sites and 2 Boys and Girls Clubs.

ABC Project  The club visits 3 schools and club members read to kindergarteners (236 of them).  Before they leave, they give away over 250 books.

 Club Presents Volunteer of the Year Award:  Club solicits nominees from non-profits in the Portland area.  Each non-profit submits the name of their top notch volunteer and the club selects a winner from that list.  Presentation is made at the club's May meeting.  The Volunteer is honored and the non-profit receives a donation of $250 for the organization.

Summer Success Program  From June thru August, on Mondays and Wednesdays,  from 12 to 1:30pm, club members stop in to the Front Street Housing Area to read to the kids at their meal site.

South Sudan Library Project--International Relations Award Winner 2012

A young, Maine educated Sudanese college student's brother was in Sudan building a library in their homeland of South Sudan, the newest country in the world.  The 5,000 English-speaking villagers in Juba were left with little or no education.  Teams of members from the Portland club set about gathering, choosing, packing and shipping 750 appropriate titles.  The club paid $2000 to send them to the South Sudan Youth Foundation in time for the 2012 completion of the construction of the library.

Garden Memories

Members rake, mulch, trim, plant and weed in spring and summer at the 3 Memory Flower Gardens at the Barron Center in Portland, ME.  In the fall, members clean up leaves and fallen acorns.  In the winter they organize a Christmas party with residents and gaze over the sleeping gardens.  Club partnered with city and local greenhouse to obtain donations of mulch and plants.  Alzheimer's patients, family and staff enjoy the beauty of the gardens.

Scholarships Awarded

Three college scholarships were awarded were awarded this year (2016).

Fund Raiser:  Bob Marley Evening of Comedy--Bob's mother Marcia Marley is a member of the Portland Club.  Bob has been very generous with his time through the years and the club is grateful.

Fund Raiser:  Chili/Chowder Challenge--Sample over 30 scrumptious chilis and chowders from Southern Maine's favorite chefs then vote for the best!

Fund Raiser:  The club uses the Hannaford "Clynk" system to collect empty returnable cans and bottles for refunds.  $100 went into the operations fund.




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