Julie Baldwin, of Toledo, was presented with the coveted Gwladys Brewster Outstanding Altrusan Award for meritorious service to the community at the Altrusa District 12 conference earlier this month. The award is to recognize unsung hero of the club and region and one person of all the nominees is given a Lamplighter pin from Altrusa International Foundation.
Baldwin is a 27-year member of the Altrusa International of Yaquina Bay club and has served in some form of leadership for over 25 years. She has committed numerous hours on service projects and fundraisers and provides a good deal of institutional knowledge for the club.
“Julie is a go-to person for members who need a historical perspective on club activities or insight on how to operate within the organization,” said Evelyn Brookhyser, Past President. “Her hard work and vision have been valuable to the club and Julie has played a large part in the many successes the Yaquina Bay club has experienced over the years,” she added.
Baldwin has been especially instrumental in Project School Bell – a service project where members shop for needed emergency supplies and clothing for students in Newport, Toledo, Waldport and Siletz schools. In the past year, Baldwin and other Altrusa volunteers have purchased nearly $12,000 worth of supplies in response to requests by the individual schools.
Last year, Baldwin also led the charge to re-establish a scholarship for women who need further education to rejoin the workforce or make career advancements. Three recipients each received a $1,500 scholarship to support their education.
Brookhyser also praised Baldwin’s service as club treasurer. “We count on Julie to manage the accounts that handle our donations, grants, and fundraising money,” Brookhyser commented, “and she always does so with our club budget in mind.”
Altrusa International of Yaquina Bay, Inc. serves women and children in Lincoln County. People interested in joining or making donations may call Evelyn Brookhyser at (541) 265-8023.