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Local Women Honored With Soroptimist Awards

OAKHURST — Founded in 1968, Soroptimist International of The Sierras is celebrating 50 years of service in the Oakhurst area, and inviting the community to join them for a very special luncheon at The Pines Resort on Sunday, May 20. The event, held in the Lakeview Room, runs from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and tickets are $30.

“We will be honoring seven of our amazing current members for long standing service to our community with a special ceremony,” says Joelle Leder-Rule, Club President.

“In addition to celebrating our 50th Anniversary, we will also be honoring the Soroptimist 2018 ‘Live Your Dream College Scholarships for Women’ award winners, including Michele Ciccozzi and Brittany Caldwell,” Joelle says. “The awards are given to women who are striving to obtain skills and education to improve their employment status and standard of living.”

Funding for the awards come from Soroptimist fundraiser programs and events that are held throughout the year.

The Soroptimist 2018 ‘Women of Distinction’ Award, celebrating those who inspire, will be given to Gina Clugston, owner and publisher of Sierra News Online.

The 2018 ‘Women Helping Women’ Award will be awarded to Kristen Fiester with Mountain Crisis Services.

Club Member Milestones

  • 50 years — Ann Topham, Charter Member
  • 40 years – Dannie Forbes
  • 31 years – Dianne Abney
  • 30 years – Cass Adelsbach
  • 28 years – Sandy Brinley
  • 28 years – Tara Ryan
  • 25 years – Peggy Davis

The event’s Key Note Speaker will be Gail Dekreon, the Soroptimist International Sierra Pacific Region incoming Governor for the 2018-2020 term, with SI San Francisco.

Club members, past members, award recipients, friends, family and the community are welcome to this event and may purchase tickets in advance online or from Joelle Leder-Rule at (310) 433.3286 or JoelleLeder@gmail.com by May 14.

Members of Soroptimist wish to thank event sponsors including Designs by Christine Smith, SierraTel.com, Mark Wallo Pump Service, Tom Wheeler, and Miller & White CPA.

Soroptimist is an International volunteer organization working to improve the lives of women and girls through programs leading to social and economic empowerment. Founded in 1921, Soroptimist has approximately 95,000 members in 120 countries and territories. Soroptimist members belong to local clubs which determine community focus projects and programs in addition to supporting organization-wide programs, all of which benefit women and girls.

Interested in becoming a new member? Meetings are 1st and 3rd Thursdays each month at Oakhurst Grill Restaurant. Contact Club President Joelle Leder-Rule for more information.

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