Awards Committee

  • Women’s Opportunity Awards — The Women’s Opportunity Awards program was established in 1972 to assist women with primary financial responsibility for their families, to obtain the skills-training and education necessary to improve their employment status and the standard of living for themselves and their family. The women receiving these financial awards may use them for any costs associated with their education.
  • The Ruby Award: For Women Helping Women — Recognizes women who have distinguished themselves in their chosen field. A $100 honorarium is given to the recipient’s chosen charity or non-profit organization.
  • The Violet Richardson Award — This award is named for the first president of Soroptimist, Violet Richardson, who had a personal motto, “It’s what you do that counts!” She laid the foundation for the heart of the Soroptimist philosophy, which is volunteerism. Each year the two Soroptimist clubs honor two South Lake Tahoe girls between the ages of 14-17 who epitomize the values in which Violet Richardson believed. The recipients receive cash awards and are entered in a regional contest for additional cash recognition. The regional winner goes on to compete at the federation level. Members of the Education and Youth Committee often serve on the Joint-Club Committee

Committee chair: 

First NameLast NameCityStateMember of Committee(s)Chairman of
Ellen Palazzo South Lake Tahoe CA Communications, Awards Awards

Additional committee members: 

First NameLast NameCityStateMember of Committee(s)Chairman of
Pam Barrett South Lake Tahoe CA Awards, Budget
Louisa Boone South Lake Tahoe CA Awards, Education & Youth, Winetasting, Budget Allocations
Carolyn Meiers South Lake Tahoe CA Awards
Norma Severloh South Lake Tahoe CA Allocations, Awards