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November 2, 2013

Muskogee Soroptimists seek applicants from community

Soroptimist International of Muskogee, an international volunteer organization for business and professional women, is seeking applicants for its recognition program targeted to young women who make their community and world a better place. The Violet Richardson Award honors young women, between the ages of 14 and 17 for volunteer action such as fighting drugs, crime and violence; cleaning up the environment; and working to end discrimination and poverty.

“As a volunteer service organization for business and professional women, Soroptimist believes that by acknowledging young women’s volunteer involvement now, they will grow up to be vital, active members of the community,” President Cindy Perkins said in a media release.

The Violet Richardson Award program begins at the local Soroptimist club level, where the type of award varies (SI of Muskogee awards $500 to the winner and $100 to their volunteer organization). Club-level winners then become eligible for one of 28 $1,000 awards.

In addition, at this level, $1,000 will be contributed in honor of the winners to their volunteer organizations.

One finalist will be chosen from among the 28 winners for an additional award, including a contribution of $2,500 to the finalist’s volunteer organization.

Applications for the award program are available at the following High Schools: Muskogee, Hilldale, Fort Gibson, Oktaha, Boulevard Christian, Porter, and School for the Blind; also at the Muskogee Public Library or by contacting Sue McBride at (918) 684-3904 or smcbride@mfcuonline.org.

Applications must be returned by Dec. 1.

The award program is named after Violet Richardson, the president of the first Soroptimist club in 1921. Richardson believed in personal responsibility and the motto, “It’s what you do that counts.”

She lived her life accordingly, as an active member in her community who was committed to creating opportunities for girls and young women.

Soroptimist established this award to honor the memory of this unique woman and her dedication to volunteer action. S I of Muskogee is part of Soroptimist International of the Americas headquartered in Philadelphia, Pa.

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