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Photo submitted Thelma Starner, a member of Altrusa International of Delta, was recently honored with the Altrusa District Ten Governor's Award. She is a 30-year member of the local service organization.

Altrusa International of Delta recently won several awards from District Ten -- Altrusa International, Inc., and Altrusan Thelma Starner was recognized with the prestigious Governor's Award.

Starner was nominated for the award by Delta's Rusty Gavels committee, a group of past presidents of the local club. Debbie Atchley, chair of the committee, said, "Thelma was honored with this prestigious award because of her leadership role and never-ending participation in Altrusa's service projects and fundraisers, and also in her community." This past year, Starner held the position of membership chair, but in past years, has held many positions including president and treasurer. She is also very active in community projects and events, and serves on many boards in Delta County. "She has positively impacted our Altrusa Club and our community with her strong leadership qualities and willingness to go the extra mile," Atchley said.

"I was overwhelmed and completely surprised," Starner said. As part of the award, District Ten -- Altrusa International, Inc., donated $500 in Starner's name to the international organization, making her an Altrusa Lamplighter.

More exciting news: Delta club member Rene'e Eaton was elected district governor-elect for 2017-19. The district consists of 12 Altrusa clubs in a four-state area, which Eaton will help oversee. She is in line to become the district governor of Altrusa International in 2019.

Local Altrusans were also recognized for their years of service to the Delta club. Those recognized were Nancy Stevens (25+ years) and Vicki Ripp and Thelma Starner (30+ years).

The club itself also earned several awards. Delta won first place for the Jen Hanson District Ten Community Service Award, which recognizes a club that has an outstanding community service project. The Delta club was chosen for its ongoing work for the Abraham Connection Homeless Shelter. Club members monthly provide meals to the homeless guests at the shelter, as well as helping with ongoing fundraisers and service projects at the shelter, including food and supply drives.

Delta took second place for the Ethel Fritch District Ten Literacy Award & Letha H. Brown International Literacy Award, for its focus on literacy-enhancing projects in Delta County. The club donates books to area organizations including A Kidz Clinic, Tri-County Resource Center, the Abraham Connection, BELA and others, and awards several scholarships to adult learners each spring.

The club took first place in this biennium for the Mamie L. Bass Service Award, which is given to clubs that develop action programs in their communities and to honor clubs that have outstanding achievement in service to their community. Delta was honored for this award because of the annual e-waste recycle event, a joint service project with the Delta Rotary Club.

Club members were recognized for a Membership Award, for having the highest net gain of members in the past year. This year, six new members were installed. The club received two second place finishes for communications, for the monthly newsletter and the yearbook.

Altrusa is an international nonprofit organization. The mission of Altrusa International of Delta is to be leaders in service, addressing the needs of the community. Members strive to be a positive influence by supporting projects that enable the greatest number of people to better themselves by improving their self-esteem through continuing education. The club is currently accepting new members, and would love to share details any time.

District Ten -- Altrusa International, Inc., works with the International organization to support clubs within Colorado, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming by encouraging community service, providing guidance in leadership development, promoting membership growth and communicating information. Members of Altrusa clubs within District Ten met in Montrose for the annual conference in early May.

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