SI/Richmond members want to thank all those who generously supported our event. Vendors delighted us with scrumptious food and tasty beverages. Our guests showed such generosity by buying raffle tickets and liberally bidding on silent and live auction items. Members, along with their family and friends, worked hard throughout the day to make it the outstanding experience that it was.
Our 79th Birthday was celebrated on March 22, 2018. Founded in 1939, our club has a long history of community involvement. As part of the celebration, we awarded two young women Violet Richardson Awards for their volunteer work at the Richmond Rescue Mission.
Membership Chair, Carla Della Zoppa, inducted two new members this fall. We are thrilled to welcome Angel AhSam, inducted on September 20, and Tracey Thebodeau, inducted on September 27. What a great way to begin the new Soroptimist year by having two wonderful women join our club!
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.