Last month, I wrote about one of the Soroptimist signature programs “Live Your Dream”. This program provides cash
grants to women to who are single heads-of-households to pursue their dreams of obtaining a college degree or trade school certification in order to better support their families.
On Thursday evening, March 24, the four Soroptimist clubs of the Coachella Valley held their annual Awards Night
at Heritage Palms. Four very deserving women each received a check for $1,800 to help them continue to pursue their dreams. Each of these women has taken a different career path but all lead to helping other women and children toward a better future.
There was a special surprise for one of the winners, Shirley Miles, our Palm Springs Club recipient. Shirley was chosen by
a panel of non-Soroptimist judges to be the winner to represent our area as the Region II Winner at the Golden West Region Spring Conference to be held in June in Phoenix where she will receive an additional cash award. We are so proud of her!
Our guest speaker at the event was Carol Levinson, who won our club’s Women’s Opportunity Award (which preceded Live Your Dream) in 2009. She returned to tell us how she used her award money to complete her training as a Registered Nurse. She is now employed at Desert Regional Hospital as a Dialysis Nurse. Way to go, Carol!
As this year is beginning to wind down, we are looking forward to another great year with new members and new ideas. There is still time for you to get involved with this great group of women. We don’t ask a lot of your time. If you have a passion for helping women and girls and have an idea of how local women can help, please bring your ideas and help us
to make Palm Springs, California; the United States of America; and the entire world, a better place for women and girls.