July 9, 2018 - Soroptimist International of Mariposa held their annual Installation of Officers event on June 10, 2018 at the home of member Gwen Nitta.  This year’s theme was “An Elegant Affair.”  
Soroptimist installation 2018Oralee Phillips will hold the office of President for the 2018-2019 term.  The other 2018-2019 Officers are as follows:  President-Elect Christy Wall; Treasurer Beverly Suggs; Assistant Treasurer Karen Verdugo; Secretary Tracy Dedore; Assistant Secretary Sue Weihe; One-Year Director Sandy Semtner; Two-Year Directors Debbie Lester and Jane Burdick; One-Year Delegate Jenifer Canter; and Two-Year Delegate Patricia Wight.  Members Debbie Lester, Beverly Suggs and Anita Starchman Bryant received special recognition for their past contributions.  Barbara Parker-Darragh was acknowledged as a “Charter Member” and Elna Philbert as a “Member of Long Standing.”

Soroptimist International of Mariposa is part of Soroptimist International of the Americas.  Headquartered in Philadelphia, Pa., Soroptimist (Soroptimist.org) improves the lives of women and girls through programs leading to social and economic empowerment. Its major program, the Soroptimist Women’s Opportunity Awards, provides cash grants for women seeking to improve their lives with the help of additional education and training. Since 1972, the award-winning program has disbursed more than $25 million to tens of thousands of women, helping them to achieve their educational goals. Soroptimist, a 501(c)(3) organization that relies on charitable donations to support its programs, also powers  LiveYourDream.org—an online community offering offline volunteer opportunities in support of women and girls.  For more information about Soroptimist International of Mariposa, contact Anita Starchman Bryant at (209) 966-6111, visit us on-line at simariposa.org or find us on Facebook.

Article contributed by Anita Starchman Bryant

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