–In October of 1930, Altrusa’s International Board organized the Altrusa Clubs into 10 districts each having a governor. In May of 1956, some of the clubs in District ONE were transferred to other districts. The new District ONE would consist of Maine, Vermont, Bermuda, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Nova Scotia, Ontario, New Brunswick and Quebec. The newly reconstituted District ONE held its first conference in May of 1957 at the Lafayette Hotel in Portland, ME with Marion Tyler officiating as Governor of the District.
–The 1980’s brought the growth of ASTRA clubs in Barre VT, Meredith NH, Laconia NH and the Seacoast in Maine. In 1983, the Governor’s Leadership Award was established to honor an Altrusan who would distinguish herself in an area important to the Governor. In 1985, District ONE hosted its first International Convention at the Westin Hotel in Boston.
–In 2002, the District initiated an All Conference Service Project. Members are asked to participate in providing service and/or funds to address a need in the community where the conference is held. The same year the District Board established the Gabrielle Crepeau Leadership Award. The award honors an Altrusan who has participated in leadership positions and inspired others to work to meet their goals.
–In the words of Mamie L. Bass, our first International President: “What we have already achieved is magnificent. But Altrusa is not static… It is dynamic. New fields shall open unto us, and we will achieve new goals of helpfulness. In the past, in the present and in the future, the strength of Altrusa is in the individual member, her vision, her character, her kindness and her desire for service.”