Tickets available for Soroptimist Awards Banquet

The annual Soroptimist Awards Banquet will be held on Friday evening, Sept. 11, at 6:30 p.m., at the Moose Lodge in Vandalia.
The Soropotimists will have a limited number of attendees this year due to COVID-19.
Tickets are $15 each, and each awardee will be limited to three guests.
Reservations should be made by calling Judy Wasmuth at 267-7637, no later than Sept. 7.
Guests will be seated at tables with their guests and one Soroptimist.
Masks and hand sanitizer will be provided, if wanted.
Recognition will be given for five “Women of Distinctions Award” honoring women who have made outstanding achievements in their professional, business or volunteer activities.
The “Live Your Dream Award” will be given to a woman who is the head of her household and has returned to school to further her education.
The “Ruby Award” will be given to a woman who is making a difference in the lives of women and girls.
“Advancing the Status of Women” award is given to an individual or organization who has demonstrated their commitment to advancing the status of women.
Two more awards have been added, “The Woman of the Year” and “The Community Improvement Award” are given to women who have made extraordinary contributions to their community.
The women being honored this year for “Women of Distinction” are: Health-Leanne Bales; Education-Micki Durbin; Economic Development-Jennifer Richards; Social Development-Anna Masset; and Human Rights-Karen Bennett.
The Ruby Award is being given to: Heidi Cade; Community Improvement-Sandy Michel; Woman of the Year-Cassie Beesley; Advancing the Status of Women-Fitness 4 Life (Kim Lipe); and Live Your Dream Award-Carla Engelbrektson.
The Soroptimist Memorial Scholarship was started with contributions made to the Soroptimist of Vandalia in memory of Harriett Low and Hazel Jones.
These two women fully understood the need to help other women.
The contributions made will be used toward furthering the education of girls who want to improve their lives and the quality of the lives of their families.
Each year, the club makes a contribution to the scholarship fund and the award is given as interest income accumulates.
Those who would like to remember someone or some event by making a donation to the Memorial Scholarship Fund with a Special Memory Request are asked to provide their name and the person who is being honored/memorialized with their donation, and mail it to: Soroptimist International of Vandalia, Box 171, Vandalia, IL 62471.
Along with the above awards the Soroptimist recognize one of their own as “Soroptimist of the Year.”
That recipient will be disclosed at the banquet and presented with a traveling plaque.
The local Soroptimists now have 30 members and are always looking for women who are interested in making a difference in the lives of women and girls.
Women interested in joining this worldwide organization may call or text any of the current members.
For more information, go to the Soroptimists’ Facebook page.

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