Camino Real Region
SI/Manhattan Beach, California, member Carol Coordt recently received an award named in her honor. The Carol Coordt Alumnae Panhellenics Committee Circle of Excellence Award recognizes outstanding service to a sorority. The National Panhellenic Conference (NPC), gave the award, which supports national and international women’s fraternities and sororities. A member of Kappa Delta since 1979, Carol serves as a role model, mentor and leader in the local community.
Desert Coast Region
SI/Capistrano Bay, California, recently held its first authors brunch. The club organized the event, which attracted more than 65 women from the community. Three award-winning authors, Susan Vreeland, Anne Cherian and Laurel Corona, spoke about their most recent novels, answered questions and signed books. Said author Anne Cherian, “It’s always a thrill to be in a room filled with women—and better yet, women who are readers!” The club plans to make this an ongoing event.
According to the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), maternal and neonatal tetanus (MNT) affects thousands of mother and their babies every year. To aid women and their children, SI/Columbus and Franklin County, Ohio, donated $350 to the Kiwanis club of Northwest Columbus. In 2010, Kiwanis International and UNICEF joined forces to create the Eliminate Project, which aims to provide MNT vaccines to underprivileged and remote women around the world. Members presented a check to its local Kiwanis club, which will help vaccinate 200 women.
Four years ago, SI/Fremont, Ohio, established its Teen Relationship Abuse Prevention (TRAP) program, which raises awareness of teen dating violence. Recently, the club held a TRAP event for more than 1,000 high school students. Keynote speaker and teen dating violence survivor Johanna Orozco spoke about being tragically shot by her ex-boyfriend when she was in high school. Johanna re-built her life and uses her experience to raise awareness and educate students. Said member Pam Hufford, “Fremont is not a large town, but teen dating abuse is very much in our region. We are so proud that our club has been able to bring awareness of the problem to a great number of students in the area.”
In 2013, SI/Grosse Point, Michigan, member Carol Hofer, visited Damongo, Ghana, Africa where she had been a Peace Corps volunteer in 1971. Carol raised over $10,000 and SI/Grosse Point donated $500, which Carol used to provide medical supplies to a clinic and classroom supplies to St Anne Girls’ School in Damongo. Said Carol, “Girls dressed in school uniforms were attentive to instruction. The families of these girls pay for them to be educated. This is the beginning of a cultural change in the community as girls have not been educated but rather trained to do household tasks and generally were married very young.” Kudos to Carol for supporting underprivileged girls in Africa.
SI/NE Suburban Franklin County, Ohio, recently held a teen dating violence awareness event. More than 100 high school girls attended the event, which included a presentation by Celeste LaCour-Belyn. In 2011, Celeste’s daughter Leigh was tragically shot and killed by her boyfriend. In an effort to educate and raise awareness about teen dating violence, Celeste created Leigh’s Legacy Foundation as a way to prevent dating violence through advocacy and outreach. To learn more about the foundation visit <http://www.leighslegacy.org/>.
North Atlantic Region
SI/Cape May County, New Jersey, recently held its first “Girlz Rule” conference. Club members organized the event, which presented more than 80 elementary and high school girls with information on setting attainable goals and leading a healthy lifestyle. Past Women’s Opportunity Award recipient and successful businesswoman, Michelle Bush, delivered a motivating message and spoke about the empowerment of women and girls. Said club member Mary Rose Bispels, “It was an amazing event. It brought our club together on so many levels.” The club plans to make this an annual event.
|Girlz Rule conference participants.
In an effort to honor victims who have lost their lives to domestic violence, SI/Rancocas Valley, New Jersey, recently held its annual candle light vigil. The event, which was held at the North Atlantic Region Soroptimist Peace Garden, attracted more than 50 members from the community including Pemberton Township Mayor David Patriarca. After the event, the club held a dinner to celebrate the Peace Garden’s 10th anniversary. Members of SI/Cumberland County, SI/Philadelphia, SI/Burlington, and SI/Trenton Area, also attended the event.
Sierra Nevada Region
SI/Yreka, California, recently held a luncheon to honor local women who have served in the military. In 2013, Sierra Nevada Region established Women Honoring Women Who Serve, a yearlong project, which will recognize and celebrate veterans and women serving in the military. More than 15 veterans attended the event and spoke about themselves, their branch, and length and location of service. "These women have made a big sacrifice, and we want to make sure our local servicewomen know we appreciate what they've done," said President Maureen Mason.
SI/Eureka, California, recently held its fifth annual Ladies Night Out fundraiser.
The event, which attracted more than 180 guests, included a fashion show, auctions and a raffle. More than $11,000 was raised and will be donated to various community organizations including Eureka Missions Women’s Shelter and the Humboldt Domestic Violence Center. Said member Hannah Winans, “This was an evening of celebrating women and local women-owned businesses. Great fun was had by all and we had our best turnout to date.” A story about the event was featured on a KIEM-TV Channel 3 newscast.
SI/Trenton Area, Michigan, recently held its 10th annual charity motorcycle ride fundraiser. The event, which raised awareness of women’s cancer, human trafficking and domestic violence issues, included dinner, raffles and a silent auction. Guest speaker and Taylor Police Chief Mary Sclabassi, delivered a motivational speech about her fight against breast cancer. More than 100 members from the community attended the event, which raised $5,700. Funds will be used to support various club projects and First Step, a local women’s domestic violence center. An article about the event appeared in the News Herald newspaper.
|SI/Trenton Area members at the charity motorcycle ride.
An article about SI/Anacortes, Washington, recently appeared in the Anacortes American newspaper. The article highlighted the induction of 12 new Soroptimist members in 2013. The club, which has over 100 members, is very active in the local community. Projects range from providing women with scholarships, to supporting a local non-profit domestic violence and sexual assault organization. Said member Leslie Dorn, “The club is proud of its long tradition of helping women, girls and families in the local community and around the world for over 65 years.”
SI/Gresham, Oregon, members recently teamed up with Free the Girls, an organization dedicated to ending human trafficking. Together, members collected and donated more than 2,200 gently used bras to sex trafficking houses around the world, where women clean and resell the bras to financially support themselves. Articles about the donation appeared in the Gresham Outlook, Sandy Post and Portland Tribune.
Sierra Nevada Region
SI/Yreka, California, recently held its 26th annual “I’m Special” program. Club members organized the all-day event, which presented 8th grade girls with information on topics such as healthy relationships, self-esteem and overcoming obstacles. Club members also provided gift bags full of hair accessories, Soroptimist Teen Dating Violence Awareness bookmarks and handmade bracelets. More than 80 girls attended the event, which included guest speaker California Highway Patrol Lt. Julie Horstman. An article highlighting the club’s efforts appeared on <SiskiyouDailly.com>, an online news source that covers the Yreka, California, area.
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