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Recognition for Friday Harbor’s Soroptimists

We can all be proud of the support Friday Harbor and San Juan Island gives to the local Soroptimist club.

Recently, 10 Friday Harbor Soroptimists attended a weekend Soroptimist International District Conference in Olympia to learn more about their organization, noteworthy causes and solutions. During the conference, awards were issued and Soroptimist International of Friday Harbor came in second place out of 44 Pacific Northwest clubs in "Recognition of Outstanding Service Work"!

This is a direct result of your support of this club.

Six awards were issued to Friday Harbor Soroptimists for participation in the Women’s Opportunity Award (improving the lives of women by awarding a grant), the Making a Difference for Women Award (honors extraordinary women who improve the lives of women and girls through their personal or professional activities), The Toot Your Horn Program (publicity), the Violet Richardson Award (honors girls making a difference through volunteer service with a monetary award), the Bronze Award (club donation at National Level) and the Membership Award (greatest gain in new members).

Dana Bune of Friday Harbor also received the very special Soroptimist Laurel Society pin and membership award from the district governor. With a $1,000 donation, an invitation is issued to join the Soroptimist’s prestigious Laurel Society. Three $1,000 Opportunity Drawing boards were filled from the 210 attendees and Dana was chosen as one of the recipients. The other two honorary members are from La Conner, Wash., and Cook Inlet, Alaska.

The Friday Harbor Soroptimists held a membership recruitment meeting last month where 14 women took applications. Just recently, the group participated in the Community Thanksgiving Dinner, the Santa Ship, Beach Cleanup and donation of grocery bags to the Food Bank.

For more information regarding Friday Harbor Soroptimist International, visit www.sifri.org.

Marie DiCristina

Soroptimist Club

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