Our 80th Birthday was celebrated on March 28, 2019. Founded on March 25, 1939, our club has a long history of community involvement. As part of the celebration, we awarded two Violet Richardson Awards and the Live Your Dream Award to three deserving young women.
Membership Chair, Carla Della Zoppa, inducted two new members this fall. We were thrilled to welcome Angel AhSam(left), inducted on September 20, and Tracey Thebodeau (right), inducted on September 27, 2018. This spring, on April 25, 2019, Membership Chair Carla inducted Dawn Biocca (middle). We welcomed Dawn as well. It's great to have three wonderful women join our group this Soroptimist year.
For the Founder Region Conference 2018, each club picked a member to recognize as a "Shining Star". Pam Fisk a was chosen for all that she does for Soroptimist International of Richmond.
Fun Day, marking the end of our Soroptimist year, was planned by program chair, Nancy Dotson with help from Betty Bowser. A lively auction mystery gifts bags was held. Proceeds from the auction supplemented our service account from which we issue awards and grants.
Fun Day and Installation of Officers was combined into one meeting this year. District Director Elise Balgley attended the day's festivities. Parliamentarian Bessie Margherio installed the officers for 2018-2019 and gave each officer a rose.
Soroptimist was founded on October 3, 1921. We celebrate this special occasion yearly at a joint meeting with SI/El Cerrito. SI/El Cerrito provided an enlightening speaker from a non-profit group, Freedom for Immigrants. It was wonderful that District Director Elise Balgley as able to join us.
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