2016-2018 Southern Region Governor Elect
As Soroptimist International of the Americas approaches its’ 100th birthday in 2021, Soroptimist members have been Celebrating our Soroptimist Story by, first, recognizing our past accomplishments and, second, by looking to the future as we determine and develop our next Big Goal that will take us to 2031 and beyond. We know that part of that future will include continuing the process of empowering women and girls to live their dreams through access to education. Celebrating our past as we prepare for the future includes telling the stories of our members and how each Soroptimist came to be a part of this special, volunteer organization.
My Soroptimist story began in March 2008 when I was invited to attend the major fundraiser for the Tuscaloosa, AL club: The Brunch for Boobs. The Brunch is a wonderful event with a unique name that raises money to support all of the many Tuscaloosa Soroptimist projects and has been held annually for over 40 years. 2008 was a turning point for Soroptimist International of Tuscaloosa and for me. I decided to join this brave group of women who committed to raise $25,000.00 for a Soroptimist Room at the DCH Hospital Manderson Cancer Center so that women undergoing chemotherapy and radiation treatment would have a serene and dignified place to dress and prepare for treatment. Prior to our Soroptimist Room, women had to change clothes in a closet! Tuscaloosa had never embarked on a project of this size and scope before, but with dedication and enthusiasm, this dynamic group of women raised the funds and paid off the debt in just two years. SI Tuscaloosa has never looked back and I have been blessed to be a part of this incredible journey.
While each member’s story is unique, they all have a common thread of passion, commitment, and long-lasting friendships. Soroptimist Southern Region is fortunate to have hundreds of such women working daily to improve the lives of women and girls locally and around the world. I am honored to serve this region as Governor-elect and to be a part of the Southern Region Soroptimist team.