The Soroptimists of Hamilton presented awards on March 7 to women in the community whose goals benefit women and girls.
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 the Ruby Award was presented to Kathleen O'Leary who works at the Bitterroot College.
“I was really surprised and really honored,” O’Leary said. “The Soroptimists really support the Bitterroot College with scholarships - the Soroptimists do really amazing things.”
The Live Your Dream Award is presented to a woman with primary financial responsibility for herself and her dependents attending an undergraduate degree program or vocational skills training. Soroptimist Mary Lyn presented the Live Your Dream Award to Susan Allen.
“Susan is getting her online degree in education,” Lyn said. “She is currently teaching 1st and 2nd grade at Hamilton Christian Academy.”
The Fellowship Award is designed for a woman established in her career, already with an Associate’s, Bachelor’s or Master’s degree, with a worthwhile plan to return for an advanced degree or advanced certification. Award winners were Renee McGrath and Marjorie Vegoren.
Crystal Wetherald and Barbara McCrorey won the Options Award for being 50 years or older, currently enrolled or accepted to a vocational or undergraduate program and the primary financial support for herself.
The Patti Furniss Award is given to a woman who is currently attending or accepted to attend classes at the Bitterroot College with a demonstrated financial need. This year the award was presented to Jodi Waliser and Samantha Westberry.
Nicole Phillips and Abby Dunn received the Pro Tech Award which is given to a woman who is currently attending or accepted in a vocational, technical or training program (trade, medical, and computers/IT) who demonstrates financial need.
The Soroptimist Violet Richardson Award is a recognition program for young women ages 14-17 engaged in volunteer action within their communities or schools. The award is given to young women whose activities make the community and world a better place. This year the Violet Richardson Award was given to Kayla Fields and Abigail Beck and The Great Ravalli Foundation matched this award this year.
According to their website, Soroptimists of Hamilton are part of a global women’s organization whose members “volunteer to improve the lives of women and girls through programs leading to social and economic empowerment.”
For more information about Soroptimists of Hamilton visit online sihamilton.org.