Soroptimist International of Alvin presents
grants, scholarships, awards at annual luncheon
Soroptimist International of Alvin (SIOA) members presented annual grants, scholarships and awards and installed new officers during their end of year luncheon on June 23.
Organizations that received grants during the event included: Brazoria County Alliance for Children, Inc.; Compassionate Chorale; Crossover Community Mission; Hand in Hand Child Development Center; Hope Dental Clinic; Brazoria County Women’s Center; YMCA of Alvin; and Upward Bound.
“Due to the wonderful services these organizations provide the community, especially women and children, they deserve the community’s support,” SIOA outgoing president Wendy Del Bello said.
SIOA also helps women in other ways by supporting educational endeavors that foster economic independence and stability and a higher quality of life. Scholarships to Alvin Community College were awarded to Traci Curlin, Savannha Trevino, Deborah Cuellar and Tammara Burch.
During each annual luncheon, SIOA recognizes local women who have made a significant impact on the organization and community.
This year’s award recipients included Lang Windsor, who was named Volunteer of the Year, and ‘Bel Sanchez, who was honored as the Woman of Distinction for 2009.
“Volunteers don’t necessarily have the time, but they have the heart as Lang has demonstrated not just in Soroptimist, but in her job, community and family,” SIOA outgoing secretary Dora Sims said during the presentation.
The Woman of Distinction award is given to a woman who has made outstanding contributions in her profession and community over at least a 10-year period, maintains exemplary character and integrity and serves as a role model to other women.
“Through her work at the school (Alvin) district, service to community, balanced with being a wife and raising two sons, she instills the importance of education in our society and works to inspire others to support quality education,” Del Bello stated of Sanchez.
During the event, new officers for the 2009-2011 term were also sworn in. They included: Lang Windsor, president; Joan Young, vice president; Regan Metoyer, secretary; Judy Tomlin, treasurer; Sandy Horine, delegate; and Jody Droege, delegate.
SIOA participates in numerous fundraisers each year, such as Men Who Cook and Serendipity Sale, in order to provide grants for local groups and help women directly with scholarships and resources for other needs. Each December, SIOA members also participate in the Salvation Army bell ringing project at Wal-mart in Alvin.
“Through the bell ringing, Men Who Cook and Serendipity Sale, we raised $21,300.06 for our community (in the last year),” Del Bello said.
Chartered in 1984, SIOA is part of an international volunteer group and composed of local business and professional women with the desire to help improve the lives of women and children.
For information about becoming a member, contact Lang Windsor at (281) 756-3640.