Soroptimist offers student & teacher awards

Soroptimist International of Loomis Basin is accepting applications for community awards; mos are due December 1, 2012.

Student – LOOMIS BASIN Violet Richardson Award Application-Writeable

Womens Opportunity App Writeable SI Loomis

SILB LOOMIS Teacher Grant Application 2012 Rev

Loomis Reader Award application 2012

Violet Richardson Award — This award recognizes young women who make the community and the world a better place, particularly for women and girls, through volunteer efforts. This might include fighting drugs, crime and violence; cleaning up the environment; or working to end discrimination and poverty. Girls must be between the ages of 14 and 17 on December 1, 2012 and reside in the Loomis Basin. This winner receives a cash award and an additional cash award for the non-profit of her choice. Applications, which are also available from high school counselors, are due by December 1, 2012.

Women’s Opportunity Award — This award aids mature women who must enter the job market or return to careers in order to support themselves and their families. This award aids women who need additional skills, training and education to upgrade their employability. Candidates should be heads of households, completing undergraduate programs or entering vocational or technical training programs, who reside in the Loomis Basin. Applications are due by December 15, 2012.

Teacher Grants — These small grants help fund teachers’ long-term projects that will benefit numerous classes over time. Previous recipients have used the funds for books, music, science project equipment, historic costumes and other similar projects that benefit the students and community. The grant request can be from any area of study. Applications are due by December 1, 2012.

Sanford J. Weinberg Volunteer Reader Award — This award recognizes a volunteer in Loomis who offers help to elementary school classrooms through reading stories to children and improving literacy. Applications are due by December 1, 2012.

Loomis Soroptimist Funds International Water Filtration Projects

Soroptimist International (SI) of Loomis Basin contributed $1500 to the Seeds Of Hope International Project (SOHIP — and $750 to the For One Another Foundation (FOAF – to support international clean water projects.

According to Eileen Elder, the Soroptimist club is committed to helping women and girls both locally and internationally. “Our club was interested in selecting an international project that would have long-term impact,” said Elder. “After hearing presentations from several local organizations committed to helping those overseas, we decided to focus on clean water for the 2011-2012 year. Clean water makes a significant difference to mothers and their families.” Read more: SILB donates to international water filtration projects June 2012

Soroptimist contributes to KidsFirst

Read about Soroptimist Loomis Basin in the Loomis News 4/29/10 Soroptimist Club donates supplies to KidsFirst.

Soroptimist International of Loomis Basin has been making a difference in Placer County since 1974 and recently extended a helping hand to KidsFirst ( by donating over $1,700 in baby supplies.

KidsFirst, with centers in Auburn, Citrus Heights and Roseville, helped over 12,000 children and families last year and is dedicated to helping parents with difficult life circumstances before problems become overwhelming and a child is hurt. Soroptimist ( is an international volunteer service organization for business and professional women who work to improve the lives of women and girls, in local communities and throughout the world.

In addition to welcoming new Loomis Basin members, the group is chartering a group in Rocklin and will host an introductory event on Tuesday, May 25 at Bistro 33 located at Mercedes-Benz of Rocklin, 4747 Granite Dr. in Rocklin from 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM. Call Terry Duarte, Keller Williams Realty, at 916-417-5741 to RSVP. To learn more or visit a Wednesday 8 AM weekly meeting, contact Brenda Newsom, Newsom Industries, at 916-303-6837.