Soroptimists now taking banquet reservations

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The annual Soroptimist Awards Banquet will be held on Friday evening, April 12, at Days Inn in Vandalia, at 6:30 p.m.
Reservations should be made by calling Judy Wasmuth at 283-2989 or 267-7637 no later than Monday, April 8. Limited seating is available, so those planning to attend are encourage to make reservations early.
The local Soroptimist Club is honoring three women in the Soroptimist International of America programs.
The recipients are: Samatha Evans, Women’s Opportunity Award; Kayla Black, Violet Richardson Award; and Pat Farris of Lighthouse Pregnancy Center, Ruby Award (Women Helping Women).
The Women’s Opportunity Award is given to a woman who is head of her household and has returned to school to educate herself so that she can provide a better life for her family.
The Violet Richardson Award is given to a young woman, age 14-17, who volunteers her time to make the community and the world a better place.
The Ruby Award is presented to a woman who, either through her job or volunteerism, makes a difference in the lives of women and girls.
Recognition is also given to a number of women who have made a difference in the community and the world in the following fields: Amy Schaal-Health; Kathy Rush and Jenny Lester-Education; Rachelle Hollinshead–Social and Economic Development; Joan Clayton and Thais Ledbetter-Environment; Lana (Barth) Morgan-International Goodwill and Understanding; Jenny Harrison-Human Rights; and, Brandi Bolyard and Tonya Smock-Advancing the Status of Women.
An award is also presented to the Woman of the Year for outstanding citizenship and/or volunteerism. This year’s Woman of the Year is Patsy Schutz.
Along with the above honorees, the Soroptimists recognize one of their own as the Soroptimist of the Year. This year’s winner will be announced at the banquet and presented with the traveling plaque.
The Soroptimist Club of Vandalia invites the community to come and share in this evening of honoring women who otherwise go unthanked for the many hours of devotion to our community.