Altrusa event features new, remodeled homes

By Sarah Meyer, PNT Staff Writer

Organizers say the annual Altrusa Home Tour has become a social event, attracting around 500 people.

This year’s tour, scheduled for Sunday, features five homes, some new and some remodeled.

“We just have nice people who volunteer their homes,” said Frankye King, home tour co-chair.

The main attraction this year is “the red barn,” the home of Gary and Sandy Fields. The house looks like a barn from the outside.

One reason people attend the home tour is to get decorating ideas, said Altrusa President Vaunceil Turnbough.

The women look at the decor and the men look at the architecture, King said.

King said the home tour was taking place when she joined the women’s service organization in 1973.

Proceeds from the home tour are used to help Altrusa sponsor ASTRA, the high school version of Altrusa.

“We teach them how to give service and be leaders,” King said.

The home tour also helps support two scholarships each year to Eastern New Mexico University and Reading is Fundamental, which provides books for third-grade students throughout Roosevelt County.

“The projects have changed throughout the years depending on the needs of the community,” Turnbough said.

Altrusa also hosts the annual Holiday Happenings, on Nov. 1 this year. The club currently has 41 members and is conducting a membership drive.

Other programs Altrusa supports include:

• A foster care program that provides canvas bags filled with necessities for children who must be removed from their homes.

• Sponsoring a student for Girls State.

• Reading in the schools.

• Roosevelt County Literacy Council.

• Purchasing eyeglasses for junior high and high school students and senior citizens in need.