At each noon meeting, the members of the Bentonville-Bella Vista Altrusa club recite this prayer before beginning the meeting:
`For this food before us spread
For our steps in safety led,
For thy favor on our way,
Lord, accept our thanks today.`
This is the sixth year that Altrusa Bentonville-Bella Vista has provided dictionaries to every third-grader in the Bentonville, Pea Ridge and Gravette school districts, along with the Literacy Council of Benton County. That adds up to 1,600 dictionaries.
In 1977, Altrusa became the first volunteer service group to adopt literacy as one of its primary focuses. `Action for Literacy` is the title of Altrusa`s philanthropic emphasis on literacy. Hundreds of literacy councils throughout the country have benefited from Altrusa`s commitment to them. Along with promoting literacy, Altrusa club members enjoy helping communities in other ways.
Altrusa International Inc. is an international network of executives and professionals in diversified career classifications, dedicated to improving their communities through personal service. In their local clubs, members unite their varied talents in service to others. Altrusa is recognized internationally for the significant contributions of its clubs and members.