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Mary Hendrickson

Mary Hendrickson

Longtime Altrusa International of Artesia member Mary Hendrickson was honored this month with a prestigious award for her years of outstanding service to the community.

Hendrickson was presented with the Altrusa International District Ten Inc. Governor’s Award May 7 at the annual District Ten conference in Clovis.

District Ten is comprised of Altrusa clubs from New Mexico, Colorado, Utah and Wyoming, and its Governor’s Award is presented to an Altrusan who, according to the award criteria, “has made a lasting contribution to the organization as a result of involvement and dedication to their local Altrusa Club.”

Hendrickson was nominated for the award by Artesia Altrusa Club President Paula Menefee, who wrote that when Mamie Bass formed Altrusa in 1921, “this one person, Mary Hendrickson, would be the woman (she) was thinking of as she wrote the ‘Principles of Altrusa.’”

Hendrickson was initiated into Artesia’s Altrusa Club in 1968 and has remained active in the organization since, serving over the years as president, vice president, secretary, treasurer, director, and immediate past president, and chairing numerous committees.

“Since Artesia’s club was a young 15 years old when Mary joined, she has played an instrumental role in its development and direction,” wrote Menefee.

Hendrickson introduced the club’s now-annual Rada knife sale to raise funds for local projects in 1981 and has also been instrumental in the success of the group’s annual smorgasbord fundraiser, organizing, working at, and cooking for the event and selling more than 100 tickets each year.

Hendrickson has also been active for 25 years in the Helpers Club of the San Pedro Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.

“Mary has not only touched the Artesia community as an Altrusan but as a businesswoman, wife, mother, mother-in-law, grandmother, great-grandmother and friend,” Menefee continued. “Mary exemplifies the spirit of Altrusa from inside – no matter the role(s) she is fulfilling at the time.”