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Soroptimists celebrate 50th anniversary

by Karole Stockton
   Soroptimist International of Prineville celebrated the 50th anniversary of its charter on June 2.
   The semiformal dinner event held at the Senior Center was attended by approximately 80 local Soroptimist of today and yester-year along with their spouses.
   The membership was honored by the presence of Audra Brennan, one of the three remaining charter members. Brennan confided to one member present at the event that she will celebrate her `ninety-something' birthday this next August. Soroptimists from other clubs around the state also came to pay tribute to this significant anniversary.
    The program included introductions, a history of Prineville Soroptimist with accomplishments of the group and plans for the future. A highlight of the evening was a 50 Year Style Review with many of the Soroptimist serving as models. Beth Grimes coordinated the review assisted by Neva McPherson. The style show script was written and presented by Karole Stockton.
   Soroptimist officers for 2001-2002 were installed in accordance with the ritual of installation of the era when the club was chartered.
   New officers are reported as Shirley Jacobs, President; Bethene Grimes, 1st Vice President; Dianne Christiansen, 2nd Vice President; Beatrice Smith, Club Treasurer; Mickey Gray, Civic Trust Treasurer; Barbara Williamson, Corresponding Secretary; Sue Lockhart, Recording Secretary. Newly elected club Directors are Neva McPherson and Debbie Norris.
   The Prineville Soroptimist is a non-profit organization. It is managed entirely by volunteers donating their time to carrying out the work of the organization. Of particular importance to the community are meals prepared at the Senior Center each Monday through Friday.
   The month of June 2001, reported 2,882 meals having been served on site for an average of 130 a day (30,601 to date for the year). There were 1,467 Home Delivered Meals reported for an average of 67 a day (15,629 for January through June). The Senior Bus reportedly transported 822 passengers in 25 days of operation.
   The Soroptimist managed Senior Center/Neat Repeat operation totaled 982 volunteer hours as part of the work force for the month of June. Total volunteer hours for the year are 11, 282.
   Soroptimists maintain their dedication to making the community a better place to live and look forward to continued partnership with volunteers from other clubs and organizations.