Soroptimist International of Oakdale was recently recognized as the recipients of Soroptimist’s Sierra Pacific Region “Soroptimists Celebrating Success” Awards. The awards were received for entries for projects completed during the 2018-2019 club year representing the four Soroptimist Pillars: Program, Membership, Fundraising, and Public Awareness. The Oakdale club was selected for the awards among 32 clubs in the Region.
Their entry for Program highlighted its Dream It, Be It Career Support for Girls conference and an added panel of professional women speaking about their education and careers. The Membership entry highlighted a program meeting on SOLT (Soroptimist Orientation and Leadership Training) designed to educate its members about the Soroptimist organization including its history, purpose, vision, mission, core values, and programs designed to help women and girls. The Fundraising entry highlighted the success of its Holiday Luncheon and Silent Auction fundraiser that featured an added fashion show resulting in higher ticket sales and fundraising dollars. The Public Awareness entry highlighted the club’s efforts to raise awareness about the Soroptimist organization through public service announcements, presentations at City Council meetings and other agencies, and creation of brochures designed to highlight the Oakdale club and Soroptimist organization.
In addition, the club also recently learned that it had been selected as the winner among all Soroptimist International of the Americas federation clubs in the Public Awareness category. The federation has 1,300 clubs in 21 countries and territories consisting of North, South, and Central America, as well as Japan, the Philippines, and Taiwan.
President Charlotte Metcalfe said of the awards, “We as a club were beyond ecstatic to say the least! To be the recipient of all four Region Awards was truly an honor and then to be chosen as a Federation Finalist from Soroptimist International of the Americas was icing on the cake! I am beyond proud of the hard work and dedication to excellence our local club displays for our community. Our members are very dedicated volunteers. We truly do make a difference in the lives of women and girls and I am proud to call myself a Soroptimist!”
Soroptimist is a global volunteer organization that provides women and girls with access to the education and training they need to achieve economic empowerment. For more information about Soroptimist International of Oakdale, visit www.oakdalesoroptimist.org, follow them on Facebook at Oakdale Soroptimist, or call Membership Co-Chair Nancy Lilly at (209) 607-7605.