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2007-08 a big year for Soroptimists

Soroptimists installed their new officers on June 8 at a private party at Vinny’s Restaurant. Seated from left, outgoing President Ellen Roberts, incoming President Debbi Staehlin and board member Nancy DeVaux. Standing from left, Patty Brightman, Marty Huleatte, Carol Capps, Shelley Alan, Sharon Pigman and Phyllis Davis. The club membership began the year with 65 members in July 2007, ended with 88 members in June 2008. To become a member, visit www.sifri.org - Contributed photo
Soroptimists installed their new officers on June 8 at a private party at Vinny’s Restaurant. Seated from left, outgoing President Ellen Roberts, incoming President Debbi Staehlin and board member Nancy DeVaux. Standing from left, Patty Brightman, Marty Huleatte, Carol Capps, Shelley Alan, Sharon Pigman and Phyllis Davis. The club membership began the year with 65 members in July 2007, ended with 88 members in June 2008. To become a member, visit www.sifri.org
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Staehlin is president for 2008-09

The Soroptimists of Friday Harbor reported a productive 2007-08 year under President Ellen Roberts.

This is a short list of the many things accomplished this year.

July 2007: Relay for Life, award for team raising the most money.

August 2007: Members manned the gates at the San Juan County Fair.

September: Beach clean-up at Jackson’s Beach. Face painting at a picnic for foster families.

October: Membership Recruitment Open House at Vinny’s Restaurant. First-time event with 70 people attending; more than half were guests.

November: Participation in the Community Thanksgiving Dinner. Cloth grocery bags purchased as environmental project, 150 donated to the local Food Bank.

December: Christmas project for local families, purchased $500 in gifts. Donated $300 to the Lions Club’s Christmas Santa Ship. Christmas Caroling at Islands Convalescent Center. Presented Women’s Opportunity Award.

January: Making a Diff-erence for Women Award presented to Kathy Eisenhauer of Grace Girls. Violet Richardson Award presented to Wynn Barnard, who was also selected as the regional winner. Sponsored a local female student’s participation in the Constitution speech competition; donated $150 to this American Legion project. Purchased medical flight insurance for a local family whose daughter has severe epilepsy, purchased two $200 gift certificates from local markets for the family.

February: Knowledge Bowl team came in second overall, first among service club teams. Donated $500 to San Juan Island Public Schools Foundation. Beach clean-up.

March: Saturday of Service Baby Shower, in-club collection of baby supplies for Family Resource Center. St. Patrick’s Day Extravaganza at Yacht Club, raised more than $9,000 for the club’s annual projects and commitments. Notable Women’s Luncheon. Dog park fence community project, club donated $100 for a section of fence.

April: Purchased books for the high school library. Presented the Fellowship Award to Beth Helstien. Hosted Grant of Friendship visitor Saran Berete from Guinea. Financially supported 4-H Earth Day Calendar Project.

May: Children’s Festival; members made new costumes, decorated the gazebo, provided story-telling and costume parades at a cost of $700. Presented Youth of Distinction Award.

June: Presented scholarship to high school graduate.

Soroptimist International of Friday Harbor meets every Wednesday, noon, in Vinny’s Restaurant, 165 West St., Friday Harbor. Visit www.sifri.org.

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