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Sandy Brinley, Sandee Scott, Susan Madden, Amanda Johnson, Susan Burtnett, Amber Phillips, Michele Shockley, and Joelle Leder - photo courtesy of Joelle Leder

Soroptimists Honor Local Women Who Make A Difference

OAKHURST — Soroptimist International of The Sierras held their annual “Make A Difference for Women” Awards Recognition Luncheon at El Cid Mexican Cuisine on Thursday, Apr. 20.

Three women were chosen to receive the “Live Your Dream” scholarship award in 2017 — Susan Burtnett, Amber Phillips and Amanda Johnson.

The awards are given to women who are striving to obtain skills and education to improve their employment status and standard of living for themselves and their families.

Each will receive a cash award of $1,000 plus a $100 gift card to use for gasoline for travel. The cash awards come from Soroptimist fundraiser programs that are held throughout the year.

“This annual luncheon held each year on the third Thursday in April is an important part of our local club and mission statement where we inspire and create opportunities to transform the lives of women with over $3,000 in scholarship monies,” said Joelle V. Leder, Live Your Dream Program Chair and President Elect of Soroptimist of The Sierras. “This money is raised at our two Soup and Salad Luncheon events and it is such a joy to see the difference this makes in the individuals in our local community.”

Sandee Scott and Susan Madden – Joelle Leder Photography

The “Women of Distinction” award honors a woman who has worked to improve the lives of woman and girls throughout her professional and / or volunteer work.

This year’s recipients are Sandee Scott ~ Keeping our Mountains Beautiful, and Susan Madden ~ Be the Power of One.

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.

For more information regarding Soroptimist of The Sierras programs and awards, or to join the club, please contact Club President Michele Shockley at 559-658-1803.

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