Well, we tried. Soroptimist International of Vacaville wanted to have an in-person fundraiser in 2021, but we realized that life is still too uncertain. With the health and safety of all of you, our loyal supporters, and our club members, we decided to have a drive-through event.
Fear not! We have contracted with Chef To Go Catering, aka Chef Daniel, to recreate the fabulous dinner he created for our 2019 dinner.
Lightly smoked Tri Tip, with a cabernet sauce, risotto, grilled fall veggies, salad, and ciabatta bread … is your mouth watering already?
There’s just one big distinction. There will be no lobster this year.
For many, many years, our fundraiser was one of the few in the region to feature lobster. And everyone loved it! But we had to be creative last year, when it was clear a lobster dinner was not going to happen. And so we looked to our mascot – Lola the Lobster – and shared her adventures with all of you on Facebook.
Lola went on the run to escape a hot pot. And in the end, we made amends and granted her a pardon. (So please don’t tell Lola that we plan a return of our Legendary Lobster dinner in 2022.)
In the meantime, the dinner will go on.
We’ve taken our famous silent auction online, and you can place a bid now. There are many fun, unique and amazing offerings, here are a few:
Bidding open now until Oct. 15. Be sure to register your phone number so you’ll be texted if someone outbids you…
Thank you all for everything you do to help make our community a better place for women and girls, through programs such as Live Your Dream or our Scholarship Programs.
Jackie De Vries, President SI Vacaville
Empowering through Education
With a theme of “Empowering Through Education,” Vacaville resident Jackie DeVries has taken the reins as president of Soroptimist International of Vacaville for the 2021-2022 term.
The nonprofit international organization dedicated to making the community and the world a better place for women and girls selected Chantel Reyes to take on the role of vice president/president-elect, Diane Irby as recording secretary, Bridgit Strachan as corresponding secretary, Vicki Nash as treasurer and Yolanda Williams as assistant treasurer.
Serving in the two-year director role will be Yvonne Thrasher while Sandy Esparza will take the one-year director duties.
The two-year delegate will be Mary Dickey and one-year delegate will be Lisa Hilas. The two-year alternate delegate is Suzanne Clark, while the alternate one-year delegate is Lenora Fuller.
New officers were installed during a special ceremony on June 29.
Soroptimist International of Vacaville was chartered in 1960 and will celebrate its 61st birthday on Aug. 20.
Left to right
Top row: Diane Irby, Yvonne Thrasher, Lisa Hilas, Yolanda Williams, Vickie Nash, Mary Dickey.
Bottom row: Dr. Jill Hunter, Sandy Esparza, Bridgit Strachan, Chantel Reyes, Lenora Fuller.
Soroptimist International of Vacaville has named Anna Eaton, chief executive officer of the Vacaville Neighborhood Boys & Girls Club, as its 2021 Ruby Award winner for outstanding community service, it was announced during a virtual event this spring.
Nominated by Debby McGuire and hailed as a miracle worker, Anna has been with the Vacaville Boys & Girls Club for nine years, bringing a one-location program “on the brink of financial ruin into a thriving organization with nine sites and more than 700 members,” wrote Debby.
The Vacaville Neighborhood Boys & Girls Club serves local children from ages 6 to 18 as primarily an after-school program with educational support, mentoring, and career and leadership training.
“Under Anna’s guidance, the majority of members who attend the club through high school go on to college or a career-based institution,” wrote Debby. “Many of her students have been cited for their leadership abilities with awards and scholarships.”
When the global pandemic hit in 2020, Anna and her staff got creative, offering a full-day program with learning distance hubs, breakfast, lunch, and snack service, along with the continuance of the mentorship and life skills programs. Although several sites were forced to close due to their school-based locations, four of nine sites remained open in some capacity during 2020.
During the virtual meeting, Anna accepted the honor with humility.
“This means a lot, coming out of a very challenging year,” she told the organization. “I just know what the need is and want to make things happen for the people who need it most. I can’t do it without support. It’s an honor to be in this position, to love what I do. To get recognized by people like you, I’ll take it, but I’ll share with my team, they deserve the recognition too. It takes a community to wrap around us and love us so we can love all the kids.”
In the nomination, Debby highlighted a SMART GIRLS program, which Anna has shared with middle and high-school aged girls in Vacaville. Topics include skills mastery and resistance training, bodily changes and image, creating healthy relationships and healthy boundaries, understanding healthy lifestyles, along with career planning, self-sufficiency, and mentoring. The program also features a social media piece including cyber-bullying.
“We understand that we’re not just affecting the women and girls, but also their families and future generations as well,” said Anna.
An immigrant from Vietnam, “Anna created her own American dream by making dreams a possibility for the next generation,” wrote Debby. “Her boundless energy has opened doors for both girls and boys to become caring and productive citizens.”
Soroptimist International of Vacaville has donated $1,000 in Anna’s name to the Vacaville Neighborhood Boys and Girls Club.
Rachel Nelson, a senior at Vacaville Christian High School, has earned the Barbara Stevenson award of $1,000 award from Founder Region, Soroptimist International of The Americas, announced Mary Dickey, Soroptimist International of Vacaville president.
The Barbara Stevenson award is given to a member of an S Club who demonstrates exemplary leadership and service to the mission of Soroptimist, which is to make the world a better place for women and girls. Rachel has served as the club’s president in 2020-2021.The Vacaville Christian High School S Club is one of several local clubs sponsored by SI Vacaville.
The award will be presented at a virtual conference April 28-May 2.
This is in addition to the $700 Violet Richardson award presented to her by Soroptimist International of Vacaville in March for outstanding community service. Her charity of choice, Horseplay Therapeutic Riding Center in Dixon, also received $700.
Rachel has long volunteered for the Dixon riding center, and credits it with instilling her desire to help the disabled in her community. In addition, she was a 2020 Girls State Delegate; a member of the Varsity Swim Team and National Honor Society; and served as Student Body President. She is also a co-concertmaster violinist, and has volunteered at the Vacaville Storehouse, Adopt-a-Block and for the Make a Wish Foundation.
Soroptimist International of Vacaville took time out to honor some of its own during an award ceremony/Zoom call Tuesday, March 30.
Club president Mary Dickey noted that the club started 60-plus years ago with 25 members, and has nearly 50 today. And that if you add up all the years of service of current club members, it surpasses 600 years.
She followed that up with a tribute to five women who have all been with the Vacaville club 40 years or more: Jill Hunter (44), Jan Marie Whitley (44), Debbie Hitzeman (42), Jackie Ricketts (41) and Jana Boyce Stein (40) and then presented (via Zoom) Jana with her 40-year pin. The “Fab Five” have 213 years of service between them, according to Mary.
Tara Baumann was honored with her 25-year pin, while Lenora Fuller and Suzanne Clark both earned 20-year pins. Joy Swank collected her 10-year pin while LuAnn Hefner, Linda Johnson, Rachel Morgan and Bridgit Strachan all earned 5-year pins.
A special Soroptimist Forward Award was presented by the board of directors to past President Lisa Hilas, for moving the club forward in so many ways.
“Lucky for Soroptimist International of Vacaville, Lisa Hilas is a big dreamer – and her dreams always focus on how to make our club better, how to publicize the work we do, and how best to recruit new members,” said Mary.
Lisa was lauded for automating the financial reporting system and the scholarship application process, improving the annual lobster dinner fundraiser, the website, and more with innovation and energy. When the coronavirus closed businesses and nonprofits alike, Lisa moved SI Vacaville onto Zoom, and kept everything going. She dreamed up the Soroptimist Means Business: Women Investing in Women grant, and with her team’s help, was able to present $14,000 in grants to 18 women business leaders in Vacaville.
A special posthumous Fellowship Award was presented in honor of Charlie Ricketts to his widow, Jackie Ricketts, by longtime friend Debbie Hitzeman. Debbie shared Charlie’s history in Vacaville, how he met and married Jackie and continued to support her Soroptimist ventures, even as he was involved in his own business and Rotary. “He was a true Soropti-mister,” said Debbie.
The club Fellowship Award was presented to past President Beth Rowe for her many accomplishments in making Vacaville a better place for women and girls. Among her many efforts, she was lauded for raising attention and getting forgotten rape kits tested; raising community awareness of human trafficking issues; and taking a leadership role in organizing and connecting with local S Clubs.
“Beth is a real dynamo with a real passion for helping women, and we are so lucky to have her,” said Mary. A donation of $1,000 in her name to Soroptimist International of the Americas will support women who are in the final phase of their doctoral degrees.
The Club’s Laurel Society pin went to Diane Barney, for her efforts to raise community awareness about the club’s activities through both traditional and social media. A $1,000 donation made in her name will support Soroptimist International’s global Dreams programs that improve the lives of women and girls.
Soropimist International of Vacaville presented $14,000 in grants to 18 women-owned and women-led businesses Tuesday, March 23, as part of its first-ever Soroptimist Means Business grant, a program Founder Region Gov. Kris Chorbi called phenomenal and inspirational.
In a Zoom call with many of the 21 nominees and sponsors, Assemblymember Jim Frazier gave the keynote presentation, noting that it’s because of SI Vacaville’s commitment to community that “We’re connected at the hip.”
“You’re committed to the community and so am I. And this is going to be a game-changer in the life of young women,” he said, speaking from his Fairfield home. “The hand up you achieve with women in education and business, and all the things you do to help them, you’re are amazing.”
Grants in the amount of $1,000 and $500 were presented to all sorts of women-owned and women-led businesses, from retail shops to hair salons, fitness studios to restaurants and catering businesses, and to schools, focusing on ballet and academics.
SI Vacaville club member Lisa Hilas was president when the pandemic struck. As she wrestled with how to keep her Soroptimist club active, it hit her that many women-owned businesses were struggling too. She watched as the owner of Ebb and Flow Yoga pivoted to keep classes going, and it inspired Lisa to propose the grant.
At first, the goal was meager. After all, this was the first time ever doing such a grant.
“We hoped to raise $1,000,” recalled Lisa. But thanks to a kickoff from donors via Giving Tuesday Facebook campaign and an outpouring of generous sponsors, $7,000-plus was raised. When the club saw 21 nominees had applied for the grant, members voted to match funds, doubling the reach of the “Women Investing in Women” opportunity, said President Mary Dickey.
In announcing the winners, Soroptimist Brooke Fox, executive director of the Downtown Vacaville Business Improvement District, said she was proud to serve on the Soroptimist Means Business grant committee. “As someone who advocates daily for 650 businesses in downtown Vacaville, this last year has been challenging. I’ve seen it firsthand. It’s going to take everyone pitching in to do what they can to get everyone through this time.”
Businesses and their owner/leader honored on Tuesday were Tammy Anderson of Anderson Family Catering; Drea Cabillo of Essenza Salon Spa Studio; Lindsey Chelini of BackDoor Bistro; Alexandra Christensen of Imagine That!, Maria Collins of The Baby Shop; Fearon DeWeese of Hella Shirt Co.; Nicole Fahey of True Roots Juice and Eats; Rachel Lynn Felt of Moms Strong Fitness; Jema Hagerman of Merchant & Main Bar & Grill; Cassandra Kamakeeaina of the Royal School of Ballet; Siobhan Magee and Catherine Owen of Heritage House Café; Martha Meza of Aqua Hair Salon; Heidi Rydman of Ebb and Flow Yoga; Fatina “Fae” Saltifi of Bliss Urban Arts Center; Erica Serface of Erica Marie’s Catering; Marianna Schiovonne of La Borgata Italian Deli; Sarah Stetson of Stetson Academy and Ashley Tapp of Rise & Redemption.
Many of the winners took time to address the club and say thank you.
Lindsay, chef and owner at BackDoor Bistro, holding her six-week-old son on her lap, said she never would have thought about applying for the grant, but her stepmother told her about it.
“Thank you for everything you guys do,” she said.
Fae, owner of Bliss Urban Arts Center, thanked the group for helping her put a dent in the amount of studio rent she owes.
Fearon, owner of Hella Shirt Co., said winning the grant was a huge surprise.
“My mom did this for me, without me knowing. She was excited, because I got the honor.”
Fearon, who was an event planner for 20 years, pivoted to open her own business, and in the process has been able to work from home and enjoy the first years of her toddler’s life. “I appreciate it very much,” she said.
Heidi, owner of Ebb and Flow Yoga Studio, was delighted to be inspiration for Lisa.
“It warms my heart that I was the seed that started this whole thing,” said Heidi. “It has given us so much relief and recognition.”
Andrea, owner and lead stylist of Essenza Salon Spa Studio, agreed that it has been a difficult year for her industry.
“It’s tremendous to see my name with these other amazing women,” she said. “We are so blessed here in this area to have so many great women in small business. Thank you, for acknowledging us, putting us all in a space and place to be celebrated,” she said. “I appreciate it more than I have words to express.”
Gov. Kris said the program has inspired at least one change for this year’s Soroptimist International regional conference: instead of raffling off gift baskets, they’re going to give away gift cards – from women-owned business.
“This was the whole inspiration!” she said. “And it has been very well-received.”
Dana Holve, member and past president of the Soroptimist International Twilight of Vacaville club and current District II fellowship director, told the gathering that SI Vacaville is an inspiration, “Not just as a fellow club, but in the district and in the region and beyond that. You are going to affect Soroptimist International of the Americas, too. Thank you not just for what you’re doing locally, but globally, for the women of the world.”
Soroptimist International of Vacaville presented two young Vacaville women with Violet Richardson awards in a March 16 Zoom meeting, honoring them for outstanding community service. Violet Richardson was president of the first Soroptimist club, which was founded in Alameda County in 1921.
Madison MacDonald is a senior at Vacaville High School, and served as president of her school’s S Club, a service club affiliated with Soroptimist International. When COVID struck in 2020, she got busy sewing masks, producing more than 500 and donating them to friends, family, local restaurants, small businesses, fire houses and to Vacaville High as a back-to-school surprise for its 166 employees.
She earned an $800 award, and another $800 is being donated to her charity of choice, Safequest Solano, which is dedicated to providing prevention, education, advocacy and intervention services to those affected by domestic violence and sexual assault.
Rachel Nelson, a senior at Vacaville Christian High School, earned a $700 award, and $700 will be donated by SI Vacaville to her charity of choice, Horseplay Therapeutic Riding Center in Dixon.
In fact, Rachel is a longtime volunteer with the riding center and it has affirmed her desire to help the disabled in her community. She also has served as president of her high school’s S Club, and volunteers for the Vacaville Storehouse, Adopt a Block and Make a Wish.
Thank you to our generous sponsors from local businesses and organizations. With their help a local woman-owned or woman-led business will benefit from a grant that will not only provide funds for education or trade memberships, but also business recognition and a one-year membership in the Soroptimist International of Vacaville organization. Thank you ALL, for helping us invest in the future of women in business.
Michelle Strand of I-80 Forklift, Inc
As Michelle said, “2020 put many woman-owned businesses in survival mode. Rethinking their ‘necessities,’ negotiating longer terms or lower monthly contract amounts and seeing shifts in their business income. Bottom line, it didn’t matter what industry you were in; you had to pivot from the status-quo. Although my business has been economically hit, I know there are many other woman-owned businesses that were hit much harder and it breaks my heart. So, when I learned of Soroptimist Means Business, I knew I had to participate. Woman investing in woman is essential during this unprecedented period in time. The emotional support and professional resources women can provide other women is endless. Too often women carry the heavy load so you must seek and ask for help!”
Michelle said that I-80 Forklift completely supports the cause in helping other woman and is a firm believer “When woman support each other, incredible things happen.”
Learn more at i-80forklift.com
Shylene Moize of Gourmet Grazers
As Shylene said, “It has been a dream of mine for many years to bring my passion for food to others. The ideas have changed a lot over the years, but the goal always remained the same. To become a small business owner, pouring my passion into my craft. It hasn't always been easy. As a single mom I struggled to be a mom, to be a career woman, and to find the funds and support available to help me follow my dreams. That was no easy task and I felt like a failure a lot of the time.”
Gourmet Grazers, she explained, came to fruition with the help from a lot of friends and helpful family. “I owe my success to everyone who shares my business and passion with people that they know. My biggest support group (besides my husband with his unwavering support and belief in me) has been other women. One of my very dearest and oldest friends was the biggest catalyst in getting me taking the leap, and an army of small business women helped with everything from designing my logo to building my website, to helping me with my social media marketing. The support system that I have now has been nothing short of amazing. Supporting an organization that can help women the way I was helped is a No. 1 priority for me.”
She said that Gourmet Grazers doesn't just want to be known for its amazing charcuterie, “We want to be known for our giving heart. We want to help and give back to the community as much as it has given to us.”
Learn more at www.gourmet-grazers.com
Solano Small Business Development Center
The SBDC offers free, individualized and confidential one-on-one advising for existing businesses and start-ups with 500 or fewer employees. Business advisors are experienced in a variety of areas, including business plans, marketing, restaurant operations, human resources, retail and product pricing. Additional SBDC services include free monthly webinars on business related topics; the new, no-cost Biz Rx program; and NxLevel, a comprehensive series for entrepreneurs.
Learn more at solanosbdc.org or call 707-646-1071.
Beth Rowe, Financial Advisor with Edward Jones
When Beth was president of SI Vacaville in 2018, her theme was “When women invest in each other, incredible things happen!” One of her main projects was raising enough money to help the Vacaville Police Department get all untested rape kits tested. Thanks to her work, an of-fender was identified.
Learn more at www.edwardjones.com
First Northern Bank
First Northern Bank is celebrating 111 years in business as an independent community bank that specializes in relationship banking. The Bank has consistently ranked as the #1 local small business lender in the greater Sacramento region for almost two decades.
The Bank, headquartered in Solano County since 1910, has 10 full service branches throughout Solano, Yolo, Sacramento and Placer counties as well as a commercial lending office in Walnut Creek. We specialize in small business, commercial, real estate and agribusiness lending, as well as mortgage loans. The Bank is an SBA Preferred Lender.
More information can be found at www.thatsmybank.com. You too can say “First Northern Bank – That’s My Bank!”.
Swank Construction Inc
We thank Vice President Jack Swank for his ongoing support of our Soroptimist club, which seeks to improve the lives of women and girls. He and his wife, Anabelen, have two daughters, ages 7 and 4, and they know the importance of “girl power!” Jack and his father, Jerry Swank, have been consistent donors for all Soroptimist fundraisers, and there is one important reason why: Joy Swank! Not only is Joy a member of the Soroptimist International of Vacaville club, but she’s a past president, has served as the District III Founder Region Director for four years, and is now the Founder Region secretary.
As she says, “I live and breathe Soroptimist.”
Learn more at www.swankconstructioninc.com
Sandy Esparza and Cal Inc
As Sandy said, “I know that 2020 has been a difficult year for all business, but especially women-owned and women-led businesses. As a longtime Soroptimist and former president of the Vacaville club, I wanted to do my part to make the burden on women in business a little lighter.”
Thank you, Sandy and Cal Inc., for helping us invest in the future of women in business.
Learn more about Cal Inc. at www.cal-inc.com
Toni Parkhurst, Budget Blinds of Fairfield/Vacaville
Thank you to Toni Parkhurst, owner of Budget Blinds of Fairfield/Vacaville, for sponsoring the Soroptimist International of Vacaville’s Women Mean Business grant. Thanks to her generous donation, a local woman-owned or woman-led business will benefit from a grant that will not only provide funds for education or trade memberships, but also business recognition and a one-year membership in the Soroptimist International of Vacaville organization.
Learn more at budgetblinds.com/fairfield/
Colleen Stafford, All Size Flooring Center
Colleen Stafford of All Size Flooring Center has overcome being a female business owner in a mostly male donimated industry. Her business has survived the economic downturn and foreclosure period through 2006 to 2008. She was able to build the business by strengthening her community relations and business to business relationships over the past 15 years. By becoming a sponsor of the Soroptimists Means Business Grant, she hopes to encourage other women owned businesses survive this economic trial.
Learn more at allsizeflooringcenter.com
Dr. Katheryn Conde, Northern California NeuroHealth
It took 11 years, but Dr. Conde earned her bachelor’s degree, master’s degree and doctorate degree in clinical psychology from the University of San Francisco, and completed a two-year neuropsychology post-doctoral fellowship at the UC Davis Alzheimer's Disease Center.
She opened the doors to her behavioral health private practice in December 2020. She offers – in both English and Spanish – therapy to those experiencing depression, anxiety, or other mental health issues and she conducts neuropsychological evaluations for individuals who are experiencing memory problems as a result of dementia, strokes, head injuries or other medical or neurological conditions.
“2020 has taught us that now more than ever, mental health and behavioral services are needed to help get us through tough times,” she said. “My goal is to destigmatize mental health services and make it accessible to all, especially the Latino community, since there are so few providers who can offer services in Spanish.”
Since Dr. Conde is the sole employee of her business, she handles everything, including administrative, billing, scheduling, marketing, accounting, and so much more. She well understands the work it takes to run a business and hopes to encourage and support other women-owned and women-led businesses through sponsoring our grant.
And, as a member of the Vacaville Soroptimist Twilight Club, our sister organization, she wanted to lend her support.
To learn more about Northern California NeuroHealth please visit www.northerncalifornianeurohealth.com
Cornerstone Assisted Living
Cornerstone Assisted Living is a family-owned and operated senior living community located in Vacaville and has been named The Reporter's "Best Assisted Living Community" in Solano County seven years in a row.
“Our community's unique advantage is that it caters solely to those with assisted living needs,” explained Chantel. “This approach allows for younger and more active residents to feel comfortable with their move. Not to worry, Cornerstone maintains great relationships with local Memory Care & Convalescent Care facilities, so, should there be a need down the road, we will fully assist in helping arrange those accommodations.”
Cornerstone is strategically designed to offer the feeling of independent living while still providing support with everyday activities of daily living. The floor plan and team strategy have been developed to create a happy and healthy living experience while maintaining a warm, social, safe, environment that feels like home.
We stand by Soroptimist International of Vacaville in supporting the Soroptimist Means Business grant because we believe full-heartedly that supporting one another within our community during a pandemic is the key to success,” said Chantel.
For more information or to schedule a tour, call (707) 999-5029 or visit https://mycornerstoneliving.com/.
Soroptimist International of Vacaville Twilight
Since 1921 Soroptimist International has been chartering new clubs all over the world, empowering woman and girls to unlock their potential and achieve their goals. Soroptimist International of Vacaville Twilight Club recognizes that many local, women-owned businesses have taken a leap of faith to start their own business. The Twilight Club wants to acknowledge their resilience during this unprecedented time and encourage them to keep moving forward with their dream.
The Vacaville Twilight Club meets, via Zoom, the second Tuesday of the month at 6:30 pm. If you would like more information about the Twilight Club, please visit
Law Office of Yvonne F. Thrasher Esq.
Thanks to Yevonne's generous donation, a local woman-owned or woman-led business will benefit from a grant that will not only provide funds for education or trade memberships, but also business recognition and a one-year membership in the Soroptimist International of Vacaville organization.
As an attorney specializing in estate planning, Yvonne offers personal and professional legal services to help her clients. After a loved one passes, she’s there to help with trust administration or probate services, as well.
Yvonne has been a member of the Soroptimist International of Vacaville club for more than a dozen years, and is committed to its mission of improving the lives of women and girls.
Thank you, Yvonne, for helping us invest in the future of women in business in Vacaville.
The Law Office of Yvonne F. Thrasher, Esq., is located at 78 Cernon St., Suite A, in Vacaville. You can call (707) 447-1200 or visit
Jim Fraizier, Assemblymember, District 11
Assemblymember Frazier has been a long-time supporter of SI Vacaville and its mission to make the world a better place for women and girls. In 2019, he teamed up with us to create legislation to ensure the testing of all existing rape kits in California, and made a sizeable donation toward our effort to get all outstanding kits in Vacaville tested.
He has attended our meetings as a presenter, answered our many questions, and supported our causes time and time again.
Thank you, Assemblymember Frazier, for helping us invest in the future of women in business.
For more information visit https://a11.asmdc.org/
During the global pandemic, businesses across the country – and certainly here in Vacaville – have struggled to stay alive. It’s especially challenging for women-owned businesses, according to a recent survey by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.
Consider the following:
“We cannot allow this pandemic to set back a generation of entrepreneurial women,” said Suzanne Clark, president of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.
Soroptimist International of Vacaville recognizes the many challenges women-owned businesses face and wants to help with a little extra encouragement: A “Women Investing in Women” business grant.
“This is a one-time award that we’ve dreamed up, to help a local woman in business continue to make their business dreams come true,” said chairwoman Lisa Hilas.
Nominations will open in 2021. To qualify, the business must be owned by a woman and must be in Vacaville, or operated by a woman who lives in Vacaville The winner will receive:
A Giving Tuesday campaign kicked off the fundraising for the grant. Donations are still being accepted, and businesses are invited to help with a sponsorship.
“Your donation will help us support a woman-owned business right here in Vacaville,” said Lisa. “You can make a woman’s business dreams come true with your contribution or sponsorship.”
To donate, visit https://givebutter.com/investinginwomen or text Best4women to 2028581233. For more information about SI Vacaville, to nominate a woman owned business go to www.vacavillesoroptimist.org/soroptimist-means-business.html
Vacaville girls between the ages of 14 and 18 have until Dec. 1 to apply for the Violet Richardson Award, which recognizes young women for outstanding community service. Soroptimist International of Vacaville, an international volunteer organization dedicated to improving the lives of women and girls, will present up to $1,500 to a winner and up to $1,500 to the charity of the winner’s choice next spring.
“It’s what you do . . .
. . . that counts.”
The Violet Richardson Award honors young women, between the ages of 14 and 18, for volunteer action such as helping disadvantaged people; fighting drugs, crime and violence; cleaning up the environment; and working to end discrimination and poverty.
The award program is named after Violet Richardson, the president of the first Soroptimist club in 1921. Richardson believed in personal responsibility and the motto, “It’s what you do that counts.” She lived her life accordingly, as an active member in her community who was committed to creating opportunities for girls and young women.
Applications for the award program are available online at vacavillesoroptimist.org [vacavillesoroptimist.org]. Just click on “Apply” or contact Susan Mays at firstname.lastname@example.org.