Altrusa is an international service organization dedicated to improving communities worldwide.  With almost 10,000 members, Altrusa has 361 clubs in ten countries.  Members work on promoting literacy and identifying and solving community problems through original projects and by partnering with other organizations or agencies.

Altrusa International of Rochester, Inc. was chartered as a club in 1950, thirty-two years after Mamie L. Bass founded the first club in Indianapolis.  Mamie is famous for saying women should not just be good, they should be good for something!  The most well-known Altrusan was Eleanor Roosevelt.

Checklist for an Altrusan

  • Likes to pitch in and help out
  • Enjoys sharing meals and camaraderie
  • Loves to learn about our city and neighbor-hoods and how they can be improved
  • Believes we can all make a difference
  • Has always seen oneself as a changemaker
  • Is an advocate for women's needs
  • Has some time once or twice a month to join others in worth-while projects


Join Us !!

Becoming a member of Altrusa offers:

  • Opportunity to meet other caring women, often leading to lifelong friendships
  • Satisfaction from community service
  • Skill building in leadership
  • A monthly dinner meeting with stimulating programs and/or hands-on projects

We invite you to consider becoming a member of Altrusa.

Come and share experiences, views, and concerns with other active, vital, and interesting women from around the world.

Our mission is to reach out to individuals or groups in areas of women’s needs, literacy and the environment.

Please consider joining us as our guest at any of our dinner meetings to explore new friendships, service and networking around our common interests.  All are welcome.

The Rochester Altrusa Club meets at 6:00 p.m. the second Wednesday of the month at a local restaurant or member’s home.

For more information about Altrusa or to arrange attending a meeting, please contact us.