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Soroptimist group seeks youth volunteers for honor

by Didi Chaney

Soroptimist International of Carson Valley is seeking applicants to recognize young women between the ages of 14 and 17 for activities conducted on a volunteer basis for “It’s What You Do that Counts!”

The Violet Richardson Award is named after the charter president of the first Soroptimist Club begun in 1921. Awards are given for action within the communities and schools showing caring, compassionate, creative and committed work toward making the world a better place.

Volunteerism evidencing significant and noteworthy accomplishment is particularly relevant. Applicants should demonstrate initiative in identifying a problem and trying to solve it. Projects that benefit women or girls are especially valued.

The local winner will advance to a regional competition for a $1,000 cash prize in addition to a $1,000 award to the organization where she is most active as a volunteer. The regional winner will be eligible for a federation level medallion and personal gift as well as $2,500 given in her honor to her chosen organization.

Information and applications for this award may be obtained from the receptionist at the Douglas County School District office, Douglas High School counselors’ office, Carson Valley Middle School and Pau-Wa-Lu Middle School counseling offices or by contacting Linda Faff at 265-6244. The deadline is Dec. 1.

Soroptimist International of Carson Valley is part of a worldwide organization for women in management and professions working through service projects to advance human rights and status of women.