Soroptimists honor award recipients
POLSON — Soroptimist International of Polson recently celebrated its
31st anniversary by hosting a banquet for the recipients of its major
scholarship awards. Since 1979, the Soroptimist International of Polson
has aided women and youth who must enter the workforce or upgrade their
employment status with various awards and scholarships. At the awards
banquet six individuals received awards totaling $6,500.00. This is the
same amount the club was able to give last year. Consequently, thank
you to the Mission Valley community for supporting the Soroptimist
fundraising events like the Wine Festival in August and Ladies on the
Green in May. Your dollars are making a difference in women and youth’s
lives in our local area.
Some amazing individuals in our Mission Valley community
received awards for their accomplishments. Emily Colomeda was the
recipient of the Fellowship Award. This award is granted to a woman
seeking higher education such as a Masters or P.H.D. Emily is currently
working on her masters in public health to improve her management
skills at Lake County Health Department. Teri LaMere of Salish Kootenai
College received the Vo-Tech Award. This award is given to a young man
or woman entering a vocational or certificate program. Teri plans to
use his award to complete a heavy equipment certificate. Jordan Hinshaw
was awarded the Violet Richardson Award. This award is for a young
woman between the ages of 14 and 17 who volunteers in her community
and/or school; plus an award is given to the organization she
volunteers with. Jordan enthusiastically volunteers with Polson Youth
Soccer. There were several winners for the Women’s Opportunity Award.
This award is for a woman who is the financial head of their household
and wish to further their educational or vocational training but do no
have the financial resources to do so. The award may be used for
tuition, books or other costs associated with her education like
childcare or car care. The first place winner for this award is Shana
Brown. The first runner up was Shelley Schenderline. Lastly, Ruth
Sheesley, a Polson native and music student at MSU, received the Ina
Davis award for a women seeking education in the arts.
Soroptimist would also like to congratulate all the award recipients. Good luck in your future endeavors.
International is a women’s volunteer service organization who works to
improve the lives of women, girls and children in local communities and
throughout the world.