Soroptimist International, Klamath Falls

Service Projects 2011 - 2012

Veterans Transport VanVa_van

When the local veterans transport van was totaled in an accident, Soroptimist's helped to fund a replacement van.  The van is used to transport veterans from the local VA medical clinic to the medical facility in White City.  The van makes the trip from Klamath Falls to White City daily.  The new van with a lower  profile, makes transportion easier for our veterans.  Soroptimist's honor our local vaterans.



 


Service Awards Luncheon2012_service_awards_luncheon

At a recent luncheon Soroptimist's celebrated the donation of over $29,000.00 to local non-profits, scholarships and schools. Soroptimist's strive to support local organizations that promote the welfare of women and children in our community. This year Soroptimist's donated to over 30 projects and individuals in Klamath County.

Back row: Steve Tippin: Klamath Community College, Rene Ferguson: Klamath Community College, Marcia Hale: Camp Evergreen, Emily Shield: The Hope Center, Kim McArthur: Marta's House, Ken Morton: Cares

Second row: Meridith Lang: Camp Evergreen, Holly Stork: SMART Reading, Carolyn Azevedo: Women's Crisis Center, Amy Boivin: Klamath Youth Development/Healthy Start

Front row: Sophia Rey and Shaw Stork with SMART Reading

Not Pictured: Nancy Kandra and Mary Reese : Klamath/Lake County Food Bank
 

Community Baby Shower

Soroptimist, working with Klamath Youth Development Center hosted a Community Baby Shower to help welcome and provide for the newest members of our community. Helped by local donors and knitters, we provide disposable diapers, baby oil, shampoo or powder, t-shirts, onesies and socks, receiving blankets, quilts and other necessities.

Too often, the joy that should accompany the birth of a new baby is marred by poverty.  Soroptimist's attempt to bridge the gap between what is available and what is needed.

 

Food BoxesGroup

During the Christmas season and at the school season spring break, Soroptimist's purchase and pack food boxes at the Klamath Lake Food Bank. Research shows that those children receiving meals at school go with very little or without nutritious food when not in school. These boxes are intended to help supplement the family food supply during these holidays. Soroptimist purchased and packed 84 boxes to be distributed by the Food Bank.

 

Service Projects 2010 - 2011

Community Baby Shower

Soroptimist, working with Klamath Youth Development Center, are hosting a Community Baby Shower to help welcome and provide for the newest members of our community. Saturday, April 23, 2011 from 11:00 to 1:00pm at the Community Lounge, 200 North 7th Street.
Too often, the joy that should accompany the birth of a new baby is marred by poverty, domestic violence or abuse. For these babies, there may not be a welcoming celebration, baby shower or even resources to meet the new baby's basic needs.  Suggested Donations: disposable diapers (all sizes), baby oil, shampoo or powder, t-shirts, onesies and socks, receiving blankets and quilts, baby wipes and pacifiers, bottles, knitted booties and hats, clothing, sizes newborn to 3T, pajamas and formulas. 

 

Award Winners

During the annual awards luncheon, Soroptimist International of Klamath Falls presented community members with the Ruby, Violet Richardson and Woman's Opportunity Award.
From left to right:
Soroptimist Member Judy Phearson: Chairman of Ruby Award Committee
Soroptimist Member Linda Davenport: Chairman of Violet Richardson Award
Trudy Novak: Winner of the Ruby Award
Amand Krueger: First place winner of Violet Richardson Award
LaBeads Yahwee: Second place winner of Woman's Opportunity Award
Amanda Dittmeyer: First place winner of Woman's Opportunity Award
Kelsie Quick: Second place winner Violet Richardson Award
Soroptimist Member Nancy Dey: Chairman of Woman's Opportunity Award
 

 

 

 

Food Bank

Ni?ki Sampson from the Klamath Lake Food Bank was the guest speaker at the March 16 meeting. Niki came with a big THANK YOU for the donations made by the local Soroptimist Club. These donations included: Ten-ton food sponsor at the Safeway Food Drive in November 2010, "Wishes Come True" donor that helps families enduring devastating life situations, Christmas and Spring Food box drive for children of low income families. 20,000 people have used these programs as the Food Bank distributes 1.5 million pounds of food to 70 vital non-profit programs.

 

 

 

Service Agency Funding

Soroptimist International of Klamath Falls announces the following agencies will receive funding through the Service Committee Budget of 2010 to 2011:

Camp Evergreen - A youth bereavement camp held annually every summer.
Klamath Crisis Center - Their mission is to strive to ensure that every person can have the basic human right to live in safety.
OIT Scholarship Fund
Klamath Community College Scholarship Fund
Klamath/Lake County Food Bank - Addressing hunger by providing food through the emergency food assistance programs.
Norma's Challenge - a golf tournament to benefit breast cancer awareness in the Klamath Basin.
SMART Reading Program - Start Making A Reader Today recruits thousands of volunteers to read one-on-one with K-3 children in need of literacy support.
Miss Klamath County Scholarship Pagent
Miss City of Sunshine Scholarship Pagent
Wiard Park
The Children's Museum - A museum without walls, bringing exhibits to kids and teens in the community.
CASA - Advocates on behalf of abused and neglected children. 
Girl Scouts - Girl Scouts building girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place.
Hope Center
CARES - Dedicated to providing safe, comprehensive, objective medical assessments, and to raising awareness about child abuse through coordinated, collaborative educational programs.
Women's Opportunity Award - This award aids women seeking to improve their economic status by gaining additional skills, training and education.
Ruby Award - This award honors women who through their professional or personal efforts are making extraordinary differences in the lives of women and girls.
Violet Richardson Award  - This award recognizes and honors young women between the ages of 14 and 17 who make the community and world a better place through volunteer efforts.