Wednesday, 08 February 2023

Clear Lake Soroptimist Club to make cash awards

Members of the Clear Lake Soroptimist Club. Courtesy photo.

LAKE COUNTY, Calif. — After two years of zoom meetings and limited activity due to the COVID pandemic, Soroptimist International of Clear Lake is again fully operational.

Through the “Live Your Dream” Program, two local women will each receive cash awards of $1,000.

The club’s mission is to help women and girls achieve economic empowerment through education and training.

One way it fulfills its mission is through the Live Your Dream program.

Under the program, women can receive cash awards to offset costs associated with their continuing education.

To qualify, applicants must be the primary source of financial support for themselves and/or families, have a financial need and be enrolled in or accepted for a high school equivalency program, vocational skills training program or an undergraduate degree program.

The application deadline is Nov. 15. To apply, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The program is a favorite of current President Sally Munger, a 35-year member of the Clear Lake Soroptimist Club and Tina Scott, a seven-year member who led the club prior to and throughout the pandemic.

“Sally is a powerhouse, I’m so pleased she stepped up to lead our club this year,” Scott said. “We lost some momentum during the pandemic but as we begin a new budget year, it warms my heart to know the Live Your Dream program is a top priority in 2022.”

In addition to Live Your Dream, the Club is resuming support of “The Nest,” a local residential program for new moms and their families.

“Supporting young moms in their transition from the nurturing and supportive learning environment at The Nest to their own homes is extremely rewarding,” Munger said. “It’s a defining endeavor I would recommend to anyone.”

Munger knows first-hand the value of these programs. Many years ago, when she was a struggling young mom, the Soroptimists helped her achieve her goal to become a nurse.

“Becoming a nurse opened the door to self-sufficiency and today I’m living the dream, right here in Lake County,” Munger said. “I encourage women who need help to apply for a Live Your Dream award. It made a difference in my life; it can make a difference in theirs.”

Munger added that under Scott’s leadership, the Live Your Dream and Nest programs thrived.

“Tina worked hands on to ensure the success of these programs. She made a difference in the lives of many and we are grateful,” she said.

On Sept. 14 at 5:30 p.m., the club’s next meeting will be held at The Ripe Choice in Lakeport where owners Mark and Tammy Lip will cater dinner.

By changing the time and location, the club hopes to entice new members. Everyone is welcome for dinner and socializing.

Contact President Sally Munger at 707-485-2132 to make a reservation or for more information about what it means to be a Soroptimist.

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