SITM Presents Ceec Abrahams to Jean Neddenriep
This award is named for founding member of SITM and celebrated Soroptimist who epitomized the spirit and commitment of Soroptimism. The award is presented annually and recognizes an SITM member who has contributed her time and resources to SITM, to Soroptimist as a whole and to the community in the spirit of Ceec Abrahams.
32nd Annual Thanks To Youth Awards
Thanks To Youth is SITM’s salute to outstanding young people in our community. On Thursday, May 30, eight graduating seniors were awarded scholarships of $2,000 each to help further their education. Applicants were evaluated on academic success, community involvement, personal challenges they have overcome, and their future goals.
Eight Unsung Heroes were awarded $200 shopping sprees to celebrate their outstanding accomplishments. Unsung Heroes were nominated by a teacher, counselor, or principal. and were selected based on their extraordinary citizenship shown by the role they play in their families’ current and past situations, their commitment to improve others’ lives through community service, and/or for their positive participation in their school or faith communities.
Scholarship Winners: Morgan Crofoot, Taylor Crofoot, Katherine Drinkwater, Lesieli Epui, Paulina Zamarripa Miranda, Mckenna Surratt, Dayna Torrecillas, Kenia Zelaya-Callejas
Unsung Heroes: Robbie Bond, Brady Bosco, Anna Boyles, Camila Hurtado Martinez, Stephanie Alcala Martinez, Alexandra Norris-Rocaberte, Kervi Ramirez, America Torres
Thanks to Youth is made possible through the generosity of Mr. John Farahi and the Atlantis Hotel Casino Spa. Our guest speaker this year was Judith Simpson and our MC was KOLO’s own Rebecca Kitchen. Photo by Marilyn Newton.
2019 Dreams Moving Forward Woman’s Scholarship Awards
On Thursday, April 25 SITM awarded a total of $35,000 to 10 undergraduate and 4 graduate students from the Truckee Meadows. This yearly scholarship award is for women who have interrupted their academic studies and who now wish to begin, or continue, the pursuit of an undergraduate college degree and.represents SITM’s strong commitment to support quality education for women.
This year’s scholarship winners were:
Graduate level: Daniris Hill, Lauren Coons, Savanna Richards and Tara Langus
Undergraduate level:Dana Drakulich-King, Elisa Estrada -Reyes, Erica Peterson, Genesis Peregrina, Kirsty Heedick, Kristy Anderson, Ligia Easly, Magdier Lara Torrez, Maria Prado Espinosa and Rachael Andrew
Our keynote speaker wasDr. Debera Thomas, Dean of the Orvis School of Nursing, University of Nevada, Reno.
2019 Ruby Award
The Soroptimist Ruby Award honors women who, through their professional or personal efforts, are making extraordinary differences in the lives of women or girls. Honorees are women who have worked to improve the lives of other women or girls. Their work has had a significant impact, and also inspires and encourages other women.
This year’s winner is Monica Du Pea, Director of the Nevada Youth Empowerment Project. Monica founded NYEP in 2007 to serve kids who when aged out of social services, have no where to go and benefit greatly from finding a safe environment in which to start their lives. This community-based non-profit partners with other entities to help participants become mature productive members of our society.
Additional honorees are Jannah Elhifny, of the Womens and Children’s Center of the Sierras (WACCS) and Florence Phillips, founder of the ESL In-Home Program of Northern Nevada. Since coming to the U.S. five years ago from Egypt, Jannah has worked to help other refugees learn the skills that will help make them productive members of their new country. Florence provides in- home instruction at no cost to adults in Northern Nevada who wish to learn or improve their language and cultural skills. She has assisted more than 5,000 Northern Nevada immigrants and their families with her program, using volunteers and community donations.
About SI Truckee Meadows
Soroptimist International of Truckee Meadows is part of Soroptimist International, a worldwide organization of women that improves the lives of women and girls through programs leading to social and economic empowerment.
SITM achieves its mission through a variety of projects including local adult and youth scholarships, Partner in Education with local schools, an annual women’s work readiness program, and educational support for girls in Thulipokhari, Nepal.
In 2017 – 18 we:
- Donated $96,480 to the community and Soroptimist projects
- Provided 3546 Volunteer hours raising funds and supporting community projects
- Details are in our Year in Review
Water Is Life
The Soroptimist International President’s 2017-2019 Appeal supports projects that educate, empower and enable women and girls, ensuring they have the capacity, experience and education needed to manage water resources for their communities. SI President Mariet Verhoef-Cohen explains the projects in this video. Learn more