Soldotna Community News

Posted: Monday, February 25, 2008

Good Monday! Whew! I'm not sure whether to wear my boots or ice skates when I go outside. So, be safe out there and buckle up. Icy conditions or not, it might just save your life.

  Addison Marie

Have you ever wanted to be someone's hero? Did you know one pint of blood could save up to three lives? If you have about 45 minutes to spare, consider dropping by the Blood Bank of Alaska and making a donation. The Blood Bank is at 35911 Spur Highway No. 12 (next to the Mattress Ranch in Soldotna).

They're open Tuesday through Saturday 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Wednesday and Friday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. They are closed Sunday and Monday. For more information, call 260-5672.

I was fortunate to visit with Sharon Geeslin this past week. Sharon is a member of the Kenai Peninsula Soroptimists. She graciously shared information about the club.

"Soroptimists are an international organization of women who are committed to working to improve the lives of women and girls in their local communities and throughout the world," she said.

I was amazed to learn that there are more than 95,000 Soroptimists in more than 100 countries. These women contribute their time, effort and financial support to community and international projects that benefit women and girls.

"Soroptimists are women at their best, working to help other women to be their best," she said, adding that the name, "Soroptimists," means "best for women."

Local club members work together to determine the focus of their volunteer work to their communities. Projects can range from renovating domestic violence shelters to providing a variety of support services for women. Locally, the Soroptimists sponsor two women's award programs: the Soroptimist's Women's Opportunity Award and the Violet Richardson Award for Community Service. The Women's Opportunity award is specifically for women who are the head of their household. It is designed to encourage women to pursue their educational goals. The Violet Richardson Award for Community Service is for young women ages 14 to 17. The organization that the young award winner provided community service to also receives a matching monetary award.

Each spring the Soroptimists host a young women's conference and the Soroptimist Cancer Fund is an ongoing effort to provide financial support to income eligible women so they can obtain preventative screenings or receive financial support while they undergo cancer treatment. The cancer fund is accessible through Central Peninsula Hospital's Social Services Department.

The Soroptimists of the Kenai Peninsula meet at the Kenai Peninsula Borough Building, 148 N. Binkley, in the downstairs conference room on the first Thursday of the month. For more information, call Sharon Geeslin at 262-7480 or Kim Pyfer at 283-5116.

Happy birthday to Dalen Cocklin today, Feb. 25; Douglas Harkley on Feb. 26; Clayton Helgeson on Feb. 27; and Betty Truesdale on Feb. 29.

Don't be shy, send me your news.

This week's Spenard Builders Supply reader-board message says: "Today's preparation determines tomorrow's achievements."

Russells have a daughter


Addison Marie

Shawn Marie (Martin) Russell and Todd Russell of Soldotna announce the birth of daughter, Addison Marie, Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2008, at 8:32 a.m. at Central Peninsula Hospital in Soldotna. She weighed 7 pounds, 2 ounces and measured 20 inches.

Her grandparents are Mary Martin of Apache Junction, Ariz., Phil Martin of Lombard, Ill., Barbara Russell of Eastham, Mass., and Dave Russell of St. Johnsbury, Vt. Her great-grandparent is Beverly Russell of St. Johnsbury Center, Vt.

Table tennis results

The following are the results from the Soldotna Elks table tennis tournaments:

* Jan. 24 Peninsula Winter Games, Matt Faris and Wayne Brooks first place, Steve Anderson and Darin Jones, second placed and Joe Szczesny and Chad Botirius third place.

* Feb. 1 Chad Botirius and Darin Jones first place, Tanner Hansen and Wayne Brooks, second placed and Todd Eskelin and Brannon Ames third place.

* Feb. 7 Bob Sizemore and Matt Faris first place, Joe Szczesny and Darin Jones, second placed and Steve Anderson and Mark Carr third place. The Elks hold table tennis tournaments at 6:30 p.m. Thursdays.

For more information, call Bob at 262-5130.

Senior center activities set

The Soldotna Senior Citizens Center will host the following events: Today: art class at 10 a.m. and dancing at 10:30 a.m.; Tuesday: cards and board games at 1 p.m.; Wednesday: cards at 10 a.m., music at 12:15 p.m., crafts at 1 p.m. and hula practice at 6 p.m.; Thursday: art class at 10 a.m., blood pressure checks at 11 a.m., shopping, cards and games at 1 p.m.; and Friday music at noon.

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