Hester is new Soroptimist president

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By The Staff

On Thursday, July 1, Joy Clymer, outgoing president of Soroptimist International Vandalia, called the first meeting of the club for the year 2010-11 to order, asking members to stand and repeat the pledge to the flag and Soroptimist Grace.
The installation of officers was then conducted by Joanna Helm. The officers are: Jennifer Hester, president; Tricia Elam, president-elect; Terri Braun, vice president; Joy Clymer, past president; Cheryl England, recording secretary; Melissa Elam, treasurer; Helen Edwards/Lyn Gartke, corresponding secretary; Leigh Hedgpeth, parliamentarian/director; and Dana Smith, Joanna Helm, Sandy Erickson and Liz Heinzmann, directors.
Red, white and blue placemats, listing the officers for the ensuing year, graced each place setting. In keeping with the 4th of July holiday, milk white bud vases, filled with red, white and blue flowers, were on each table.
Two memory books, compiled by Helen Edwards, were presented to Clymer for her leadership as club president from 2008-2010. Congratulations were also due for Clymer, who was recently chosen to be director of district one.
On July 15, 18 Soroptimist members answered roll call at Days Inn.
Prayers and concerns were given by Melanie Schaafsma, for her father, and by Clymer, for her mother.
Gartke, a club member, was the program speaker. She is the director of the Center for Senior Renewal, which covers a large area.
She gave a talk entitled, “Take Care of You – Wonderful You.” She reminded members that life is hectic, and often we take care of others and put ourselves last, health included.
During the summer months, the club reached out in service to others, according to Hester.
The club donated 1,000 pouches of Capri Sun to the summer lunch program, and it continues its involvement with the Food for Thought rogram at Our Place.
Plans are materializing for the district meeting to be held in Vandalia Oct. 8-10 at Days Inn.
Twelve members were able to attend a retreat on the evening of July 22 at Forsee Winery in Coffeen.
It was a fun and productive evening, with good food and fellowship.
Many ideas were presented for fundraisers, social events and service projects for the coming year.