Soroptimist International of Muskogee, a local volunteer organization working to improve the lives of women and girls, hosted the 2012 awards banquet at Cowboy’s Restaurant on March 7 to honor two women who strive to make the world a better place.
Soroptimist Kim Winston presented the “Woman of Distinction” award to Eileen VanKirk. VanKirk has 30 years experience in designing, implementing, and managing school-age programs and community partnerships. She is currently employed by Muskogee Parks and Recreation as the Director of the Youth Volunteer Corps of Muskogee, a service learning organization fro youth grades 6-12. She is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Oklahoma Afterschool Association.
VanKirk is also certified as a Youth Work Methods Trainer by the Center for Youth Program Quality and is providing this training to youth service program staff in the community.
A $200 contribution was made to Youth Volunteer Corps honoring VanKirk as Soroptimist “2012 Woman of Distinction.”
The Women’s Opportunity Award program was established in 1972 to assist women with primary financial responsibility for their families to obtain the skills training and education necessary to improve their employment status and standard of living for themselves and their family. Soroptimsts Carole Fisher and Jaushlyn Hoover presented a certificate and $1,000 to a single mother of one working a full-time job and two part-time jobs while attending college for her degree in financial management. The financial award can be used for any costs associated with educational efforts.
Tahlequah Aglow Community
The Tahlequah Aglow Community Lighthouse Meeting, “Finding Peace in a Society Gone Wild!” will be at 7 p.m. Thursday in the Tahlequah Public Library’s Carnegie Room 120 S. College Avenue.
Kaye DePinto will be the guest speaker.
A former hospital chaplain and registered nurse, DePinto is a mother and grandmother. She also is a widow, who lost her husband Tom, after being married for 46 years.