Desiree Tinder and an amazing team of volunteers: Laura, Suzan, Joy, Donna, Yvonne, Joanie, Faye, Mary, Sandy, Suzanne, and especially our non-Soroptimist volunteers Kathleen Ramos and her sidekick from Kappel & Kappel and Sarah Hey, were on hand Wednesday at Travis Credit Union to help facilitate the MCM program with our STEPS students from Country High. We couldn't have done it without all of you!
25 students, an even mix of boys and girls, were in attendance. Though the session started
out a little slow, they were attentive and interested. Once we got started and moving through the stations you could really see some of the kids "get it." The kids who really, really "got it" made everything worthwhile.
Thank you to Carole and Joan for the excellent grab-and-go lunches.
And thank you to Camille Guiterrez and Travis Credit Union for giving
us this day with the kids. We look forward to doing more of these and getting
better with each one!
The momentum continues with Suzan Hey and college
prep on April 10th.
WOA Chair, Joy Swank and President Clara present our first place winner, Nolelia Valdez-Soto, with her certificate, a check, and a print of a Jill Hunter's "Extra" etching.
We enjoyed the "Live Your Dream" inspired evening of awards at the Buck Mansion Carriage House last Tuesday evening. Our annual awards banquet hosted the recipients of the Woman's Opportunity Award, the Violet Richardson Award, and the Ruby Award. In addition we recognized a special "STEPS" star and several Soroptimists during the evening.
In total, $5000 was awarded to these inspirational women.
Vacaville Vice Mayor, Dilenna Harris, delivered a motivational message encouraging us to live our dreams and work hard to accomplish our goals, realizing there are obstacles, but overcoming those challenges and experiencing even more growth as a result.
The event was well attended, including Region Board members, Governor Dona Gaddis-Wolf, Governor Elect Bobbi Enderlin, Treasurer Pam Parker, Secretary Charlene Stamps, and District III Director Shannon Richards.
To see more photos taken during the evening, visit our Facebook page. (Be sure to "like" our page)
Our STEPS meeting was so incredible today, I can not wait until next week to tell you all what happened, I have to tell you now. Our first speaker was wonderful, cheerful, positive and her message of Choose Your Attitude was well received. WE all ended up in a circle, arms around each other singing! Very uplifting, and then our second speaker came forward. She was a former student and started to cry and give the most moving message of agony and hope to everyone. This girl survived molestation, rape, attempted murder, drug use, miscarriage, abandonment by men and finally had a child of her own and realized it was time to make positive changes. She made it clear that she made some bad choices and once she realized that she turned her life around about a year and a half ago. She returned to school and got a job with Blake-Austin. She is raising her eight year old daughter on her own and making her life a success. She sobbed at many parts and we were all affected by her story. I thanked her and told her she would never know how many lives she changed today. Later she told me she was so scared, then surprised by how many people came up to hug her. She told me it was scary but also EMPOWERING! Wow, it was so moving. She made a difference today, as did Suzy Mitchell with her positive attitude exercise. I am so grateful Desiree brought this project to us and we were smart enough to proceed with it. We are making a difference in lives! Hugs to all
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