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Manteca Soroptimists recognize outstanding women

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Manteca Soroptimists recognize outstanding women

Soroptimist Ruby Award recipient Jodie Sheffield, left, and Women’s Opportunity Award honoree Natasha Adams, third from right, are pictured with the winners of the 2012 high school scholarships and...


POSTED April 10, 2012 12:58 a.m.

The program was low key in terms of pomp and circumstance, but high in significant impact on the women who were the special guests at the annual Manteca Soroptimists’ Awards Night.

Recognition presentations were made to Jodie Sheffield for her longtime volunteer work at the Haven of Peace Shelter in French Camp, and to Natasha Adams for her efforts in overcoming adversity in her life.

For her tireless efforts in helping make significant impacts on the lives of women and their children, Sheffield received the Soroptimist Ruby Award: Women Helping Women. Adams received the Soroptimist’ Women’s Opportunity Award.

In addition to these two recognitions, the annual high school scholarship awards were also given to Manteca Unified School District seniors graduating this year. Two of these awards were new in the list – the ones given to outstanding students from Calla High and New Vision High. The $2,000 Betty Bergthold Scholar Award, also presented the same evening, went to Sierra High senior Nicole England.

The service club, in choosing the scholarship awardees, takes into consideration the students’ “contributions to their school and community through volunteer activities, as well as maintaining high academic standards.”

The following high school seniors received the Soroptimist scholarship awards this year: East Union, Marissa Clawson ($1,000); Manteca High, Myklyn Bolmut ($1,000); Lathrop High, Mark Carmesis ($1,000); Sierra High, Francis Scherry ($1,000); Weston Ranch, Emily Medeiros ($1,000); Calla High, Maddison Harris ($500), and New Vision High, Natalie Stephens ($500).

Two recipients were unable to attend and personally receive their awards: Mark Carmesis of Lathrop High and Natalie Stephens of New Vision High.

Cash awards plus certificates of recognition were also given to the recipients of the Ruby Award: Women Helping Women and the Women’s Opportunity Award. Sheffield and Adams were both presented $500 each. Sheffield was given the money to use for her charity of choice; she chose to give it to the Haven of Peace Shelter where she has been a volunteer for nearly a decade. Soroptimist Gayl Wilson was given the honor to present Sheffield with the cash award.

The money presented to Adams was to help her with her various financial needs. The purpose of this Soroptimist award is 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.”

A single parent with a 14-year-old daughter, Adams received her Associate degree in December from ITT Technical Institute where she majored in Visual Communications and was a full-time student. She is getting ready to transfer to California State University at Stanislaus to continue her studies in creative media with concentrations in web design and graphic arts. Between her family responsibilities and college studies, Adams is still finding time to volunteer 20 hours a week for a non-profit organization. Presenting the award to Adams was Soroptimist Sandi Rebeiro.

Overall, the Manteca Soroptimists’ annual awards presentation is held every year “to spotlight women that are out in the community making a difference in the lives of others.”

Assisting the Soroptimist members in presenting the awards at the Manteca Senior Center was Mayor Willie Weatherford.

Soroptimist Carol Nunes made the presentation for the Betty Berthold Award which was named after the late longtime member of the service club.

The high school scholarships were presented by the following Soroptimist members who gave a brief profile of each recipient: awards chairperson Sharon Cunial who stood for Arleen Sevor who could not make it to the event, Barbara Brocchini, Judy Vasquez, Betty Ingell who did double duty for Calla and New Vision), and current club President Judy Abrew.


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