Soroptimist International of Davie, an international volunteer organization for business and professional women, will begin seeking applicants for its recognition program targeted to young women who make the 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.
The Soroptimist of Davie will award $500.00 to the The Violet Richardson recipient and $250.00 to their charity. This winner then becomes 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 Cooper City H.S., Western H. S., Nova H.S., ArchBishop McCarthy H.S., Davie/ Cooper City Chamber of Commerce, or by contacting Marie Ambrosino at (954) 829-0551 or by email. Applications must be returned to us by December 1, 2009
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.
Founded in 1987, Soroptimist International of Davie is part of Soroptimist International of the Americas. Its mission is to improve the lives of women and girls, in local communities and throughout the world. Davie members join with almost 95,000 Soroptimists in about 120 countries and territories worldwide to contribute time and financial support to community-based projects benefiting women. In addition, the club participates in Soroptimist International of the Americas’ major service project, the Women’s Opportunity Awards program—cash grants for women seeking to improve their economic situation through additional training and/or education. For more information about how Soroptimist International of Davie improves the lives of women and girls, call Susan Coyle at 954-472-0140 or Barbara Granger at 954-309-1842.