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Almond fete showcasing Soroptimists

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Almond fete showcasing Soroptimists

Judy Tvedt, who will serve as the grand marshal for this year's Ripon Almond Blossom Festival, attended Wednesday's kick-off fashion show staged by the Soroptimists.

HIME ROMERO/The Bulletin

POSTED February 19, 2009 5:00 a.m.
RIPON – When Judy Tvedt learned that the Ripon Soroptimist’s would be honored for the upcoming Almond Blossom Festival with the theme of “Women at Work”, she immediately started thinking about how much fun the float they’d enter into the parade could be.

But her fellow Soroptimists had other plans.

Rather than focusing on everyone, the group voted to have Tvedt – the founding President of the organization that has been operating in Ripon since 1991 – as the grand marshal for the annual Almond Blossom Parade that will pack the streets of downtown Ripon on Saturday, Feb. 28, as the highlight of the 47th annual three-day celebration.

“At first I was shocked that they had selected me as the grand marshal, but ultimately I’m honored to hold that position,” Tvedt said. “It’s not something that I ever expected.”

As the co-owner of Ripon Chiropractic Clinic with her husband Leo, Judy Tvedt has long been a part of Ripon’s business community. She has served in a leading role within the Soroptimists ever since she first saw Ripon’s charter become official almost two decades ago.

While the camaraderie with her fellow “sisters” is something that she enjoys, being active in the community and helping to raise money for a myriad of non-profit organizations that couldn’t survive without the donations of service groups is also one of her most favorite things about being involved.

“I’m blessed with having a large group of sisters that all believe in the power of pulling together for the community,” Tvedt said. “I’m honored that we’re being honored for our contribution this year during the Almond Blossom Festival – which has long been one of my favorite times of year because everybody comes together and it makes Ripon what it is.”

When she isn’t busy with her duties within the Soroptimists or her career, Tvedt likes to unwind by playing golf at both the Spring Creek Country Club and various courses in the Palm Desert where she has a condo. She also enjoys light reading, and relaxing at home.
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