Luncheon celebrates Soroptomist club’s 50 years of service. Reservations close May 14

Soroptimist International of The Sierras is celebrating 50 years of service in the Oakhurst area with a luncheon Sunday, May 20 at The Pines Resorts Lakeview Room at Bass Lake.

Tickets are $30; the deadline to RSVP is Monday, May 14 by contacting club president Joelle Leder-Rule at 310-433-3286 or JoelleLeder@gmail.com or online at 50soroptimist.eventbrite.com (a small convenience will apply).

Longstanding members will be honored during the luncheon including charter member Ann Topham, who has been with the club since its start in 1968. Others: 40 years – Dannie Forbes, 31 years – Dianne Abney, 30 years – Cass Adelsbach, 28 years – Sandy Brinley, 28 years – Tara Ryan and 25 years – Peggy Davis.

Also at the luncheon, the Live Your Dream College Scholarships for Women will be awarded to Michele Ciccozzi and Brittany Caldwell. The awards are given to women who are striving to obtain skills and education to improve her employment status and standard of living for herself and her family. The awards come from Soroptimist fundraiser programs that are held throughout the year.

Other 2018 awards will go to Gina Clugston with Sierra News Online, Women of Distinction; and Kristen Fiester with Mountain Crisis Services, Women Helping Women.

Keynote speaker is the Soroptimist International, Sierra Pacific Region incoming governor for 2018-2020, Gail Dekreon with SI San Francisco.

Event sponsors: Gold - Designs by Christine Smith; Silver - SierraTel.com, Mark Wallo Pump Service and Tom Wheeler; Bronze - Miller & White CPAs.

Soroptimist is an International volunteer organization working to improve the lives of women and girls through programs leading to social and economic empowerment.

Founded in 1921, Soroptimist has approximately 95,000 members in 120 countries and territories. Soroptimist members belong to local clubs which determine community focus projects and programs in addition to supporting organization-wide programs, all of which benefit women and girls.

Soroptimist meetings are the first and third Thursdays each month at Oakhurst Grill Restaurant. Contact club president Joelle Leder-Rule for more information.