An evening of laughter and tears capped-off the 2012-13 Soroptimist International of Ukiah's officer's duties and opened the way for the 2013-14 Board.
The installations of Offiers was held on June 20th at the Thompson Family home in Redwood Valley and was catered by Zack's Catering.
It was a bittersweet event for Anne Holden, who acted as Mistress of Ceremonies, as she has moved out of the area and will no longer be in the Ukiah club. She has been a member for 29 years, and will be greatly missed.
District IV Director Maddy Leader was on-hand to induct two new members, Jill Slavin and Betty Thompson. Also joining this year, but unable to attend were Rebecca Enberg and Sharlene Kaye.
As Installing Officer, Nikki Hamilton wove the theme for the coming year, "Soroptimists Shine... Brightening our Club, Community and World", throughout the program in a fun yet meaningful way. She reminded each officer how they can individually shine brightly and promised as members "to add our individual lights to yours so that we will be a bonfire Brightening our Club, Community and World."
It was also an evening of surprises. Janet Hunt was chosen by President Katie Kight as the coveted Soroptimist of the Year. Katie said, "Janet's positive shines through in everything she does. She's always encouraging and has a kind word to bring to every conversation, along with a little humor. Thank you Janet."
This year, Katie also honored our "Soroptimisters" with bags of snacks which she tied into her thank you speech to them. Those honored were Zack Leventis, Matthew Tognoli, Paul Holden, and Richard Kight. Gene Richardson, Bob McIntosh and Bob's son Robbie were also honored but were unable to attend. Our club is priviledged to have such great support from these "men behind the women."
The biggest surprise, however, was reserved for Katie Kight, as Soroptimist International of Ukiah honored her distinguished service as a Soroptimist by making a $1,000 contribution to the Founder Region Fellowship program in her name. This honor recognizes her as a 'Fellow' in support of Founder Region's indentifying project. Fellowship provides grants to women attending universities within the boundaries of Founder Region, which encompasses 10 North Coast counties in California, the State of Hawaii, and the U.S. Territories of Guam and the Marianas. The mission is to advance the status of women in the final phase of their doctoral degree. This year, $60,000 in grants have been provided to six women who are influential in their fields of study, already accomplishing amazing things that have great social importance to the world. Katie wrapped up the evening by stating, "You have touched my heart more than you will ever know."
Congratulations to the 2013 - 2014 Officers: President - Katie Kight, Vice President - Willow Anderson, Treasurer - Janet Hunt, Assistant Treasurer - Loretta Tognoli, Recording Secretary - Linda Davis, Corresponding Secretary - Judy Pinto, Director - Penny McIntosh and Allyne Brown, 1 Yr Delegate - Jessica Kimball and Carol Lanier, 2 Yr Delegate - Marily Ogle and Tami Glasco.