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Annual Awards and Installations of Officers Banquet 2015

The evening we celebrate the most!

Annual Awards and Installations of Officers Banquet was held on May 27, at the Centerton Country Club.

7. CHECKSoroptimist International of Cumberland County, Inc. through fundraising gave $41, 000.00 back to the community through awards.

Soroptimist International of Cumberland County, Inc.2014-2015 Community Service Donations:

International Awards

  • Isle of Jersey Women’s Center Kenya Student Education Fund
  • SI President’s Appeal Founder’s Pennies
  • SIA Annual Club Campaign
  • Heifer International Program
  • Jamaica SEW Program
  • Haiti – Emmaus Project
  • Water Project
  • SI Nepal of Khatmandu

Local Community Awards

  • Bethany Grace Outreach Program
  • Bridge the Gap
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters GROW  Program
  • Catholic Charities
  • Boys & Girls Club of Vineland-SMART Girls Program
  • H. E. A. A. T.
  • City of Bridgeton – Code Blue Fund
  • Breast Cancer Bridge
  • CompleteCare – Baby Love Program
  • Hug A Bear
  • Inspira HomeCare & HospiceCare, Inc.
  • N.F.B.-Alice Eaddy
  • Jillian Loyden Foundation    Salvation Army
  • Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation
  • SERV of Cumberland Co.
  • Miss Cumberland County Scholarship
  • St. Vincent DePaul Society
  • Sr. Thrift & Caring Center – Food Program
  • Truth & Spirit Ministries
  • West Cumberland Girls Softball
  • Habitat for Humanity: Women Build
  • Kristen Salvatore Memorial Fund for Shirley Eves Center
  • Seabrook House Changes for Women
  • Anne Woodruff Memorial Award

 2. Difference awardSICC Making a Difference for Women Award – Miss Annie Wright (pictured with Past President, and Banquet chair, Paula Austin)

The Soroptimist Making a Difference for Women award honors women, who, through their professional or personal efforts, are making extraordinary difference in the lives of women and girls.  Honorees are women who have worked to improve the lives of other women and girls.  Their work has had a significant impact, and also encourages other women.

3. Ruby AwardThe SICC The Soroptimist Ruby Award Ruby Award- Ruth Ann Bishop-Sotak. ( pictured with Past President, Peggy Gentile-Van Meter)

The Soroptimist Ruby Award Ruby Award recognizes and honors the first  SI Federation President, Ruby Lee Minar.  A ruby is also a deep red gemstone associated with wisdom, importance, vitality, power and love: all words embodying the strong and compassionate women who are our award recipients.  The Soroptimist Ruby Award honors women who have worked to improve the lives of women and girls through their professional and/or volunteer work.

4.SICC Laurel SocietySICC Annual Laurel Society Award-Peggy Gentile-Van Meter

The Laurel Society was established in 1994 to honor individuals who have made SIA their charity of choice, supporting the Soroptimist mission. The Laurel Society was created to show appreciation and recognition to donors for major gifts that would ensure continued funding for Soroptimist programs. Laurel Society contributions are used to fund Soroptimist programs and awards: Live Your Dream Awards, Dream It Be It Awards, Soroptimist Club Grants for Women and Girls, STOP Trafficking, and the Workplace Campaign to End Domestic Violence. In 2009, SI of Cumberland established an award that honors a member of our club for service above and beyond.  It is a member who consistently attends club meetings and has been actively involved in committee meetings, activities, and fundraising.  This member has brought potential new members to meetings.  She has attended district meetings and conferences.  She has been a mentor to other club members.  She goes that extra mile and puts forth that extra effort.  The award is voted for by the members.

NEw officersSI Cumberland officers for 2015-2017

(back row) Michelle Smith, Delegate; Betty Johnson, Corresponding Secreatary; Maria Rottkamp, Treasrer; SI NAR Governor-Elect, Tammy Klotzbach; Nancy Pizzo, Delegate; Madeline Wolk., Delegate. (seated) Beth Kostok, Director;  Carol Hutton, Recording Secretary; Christine Pompper, 1st Vice President; Stephanie Shoemaker, SICC President; Fran Spinelli, 2nd Vice President; Rosalia Arno, Director; nor pictured, Mary Jane Lake, Director.

Group picture of members and award recepients

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New member installed: Sandia Waller with mentor, Jody Hirata


SI Cumberland President-Elect presenting a check to West Cumberland Little League Treasurer Kenny Shepperd and Bonnie Knerr- Price

8. WCLL check presentation

Soroptimist International Cumberland County recognized April Students of the month at their dinner meeting.

Cumberland Regional students:   Courtney Burdsall, Rachel Ore, Jessica Rottkamp, Abaigeal Styring and Vineland High School students:  Mia Massaro and Jennifer Negron.

SI Cumberland Student Awards

Guest speaker for April, Louise K. Smith, spoke about the involvement of the SJ Community Justice Group Human Trafficking organization.

Louise K. Smith SJ Community Justice Group

Soroptimist International North Atlantic Region annual Spring Conference in Gettysburg Pennsylvania. Several members from Soroptimist International Cumberland County attended.  The theme for Saturday evening awards was civil war era dress.

1. Peggy Gentile-Van Meter, Denise Johnson, Paula Austin, and Chrissy Pompper.

2. NAR District II Director, Peggy Gentile-Van Meter

3. Group:  Nancy Pizzo, SICC President: Jocelyn Valentine,Maria Rottkamp, Peggy Gentile-Van Meter,Denise Johnson, Carol Hutton, Betty Johnson, Chrissy Pompper, & Stephanie Shoemaker.

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