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.