Governor Marvynne Ashley passed away on Sunday 2nd of July 2023 after a short battle with cancer.
Marvynne joined Altrusa in July 2007 and was a dual member of Cambridge and Te Awamutu Altrusa clubs. She served in leadership roles in both clubs, in various roles at District level and also International.
A committed leader in Altrusa she believed in supporting fellow Altrusans to develop their leadership skills exemplified in her own commitment to preparing for her biennium as our Governor. Unfortunately, her term was cut short.
Governor Marvynne was a passionate Altrusan who believed deeply in the commitment we as Altrusans make to serving others and making a difference in our communities.
The history of Altrusa in New Zealand spans over 50 years.
The first Altrusa clubs were formed in New Zealand in 1966 but were not chartered until 1969. Auckland was the first chartered club in NZ, followed by Wellington, Christchurch and Dunedin. Interest in Altrusa grew steadily throughout the following decades with nine clubs chartered in the 1970s and another nine in the 1980s.
The 29th of March 1985 marked the official formation of Altrusa International Incorporated District Fifteen at the Annual Conference held in Wellington. Prior to this the New Zealand clubs did not have a voice on the International Board. The first District Governor elected was Mrs Margaret Maylor (Auckland).
The District Board is now elected once every two years and is comprised of a number of board members led by a Governor. There is also district management of Chairs throughout New Zealand.