Club News

Posted: Monday, February 16, 2004

Soroptimists present annual awards

Soroptimist International of the Twin Cities recently announced the winners of its annual Violet Richardson Award and Women's Opportunity Award.

Kaitlin Vadla, a Soldotna High School student, received the Violet Richardson Award, which recognizes young women who make the community and world a better place through volunteer efforts. Vadla is an active volunteer with the 4-H club and has volunteered as a youth horse camp counselor, herdsmanship judge, teen leader and mentor. She also works with her church's youth organization, the Kenai Peninsula Food Bank and The Salvation Army. For Vadla's award, the 4-H club will recieve $200 from the Soroptimists. Vadla also will receive $200, and will advance to the Soroptimist Northwestern award level to compete for $1,000 for herself and her volunteer organization.

Dawn Daris was chosen as this year's recipient of the Women's Opportunity Award, which provides women in need with financial resources to help with higher education or additional training. The money can be used for tuition, books, business attire, child care and transportation. Daris will receive $500 from the local club and will advance to the regional award level to compete for $5,000. Should she win, Daris then would compete for an additional $10,000 national Women's Opportunity Award.

Elks table tennis results announced

Bob Sizemore and Chris Moss won the Soldotna Elks Lodge's doubles table tennis tournament Wednesday. Rob Coreson and Mike Ehlers placed second, and Andy Szczesny and Joe Szczesny placed third.

The Soldotna Elks hold table tennis tournaments every Wednesday night beginning at 6:30. For more information, call Ray at 262-7415.

SPCA to hold fund-raiser

The SPCA of the Kenai Peninsula will hold a spaghetti feed and auction fund-raiser from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the Riverside House in Soldotna. The cost is $15 per person. Children 6 and under will be admitted for free. For more information or to purchase a ticket, call 262-8550.

History center, Totem Tracers plan open house

The Soldotna Family History Center and Totem Tracers Genealogical Society will hold an open house from noon to 6 p.m. Feb. 28 at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints at 159 Marydale Ave. in Soldotna.

Guest speakers will include Sharon Bushell, writer for the Anchorage Daily News, and Bruce Parham, archivist of the Anchorage National Archives. There also will be discussions and displays on history, research and preservation of family history, as well as an heirloom quilt display. For more information, call Alaine Maw at 262-6101 or Kathy Western at 262-7429.

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