Hunter said the club would be recruiting more members to join the organization this year to provide community service. Soroptimist International members aim to help the local community with a special focus on women and girls. The word “Soroptimist” means “best for women.”
Community members are invited to participate in all Soroptimist meetings.
“We welcome new members to stop by our lunch meetings and see what we are all about,” Hunter said.
The club meets the first, second and third Tuesdays of the month at 1 p.m. in the Patterson Library’s meeting room, 46 N. Salado Ave.
Others who will serve on the board with Hunter are Gloria Satcher, vice president;
Sue Henderson, treasurer; Roberta Petty, corresponding secretary and Regina Reid, recording secretary. Also, Elaine DeLash, one-year director; Joel Covolo, two-year director; Mia Brudnicki, one-year delegate; Roberta Petty, two-year delegate; Linda Groves, one-year alternate delegate and Maddy Houk, two-year alternate delegate.
Hunter, who is originally from Alabama, came to Patterson from Fremont in the late 1980s. She has been involved with local schools and various community organizations, especially any which involve the youth.
This spring, State Senator Anthony Cannella of Ceres honored her as the 12th State Senate District’s Volunteer of the Year. The district covers half of Stanislaus County, Merced and San Benito counties and parts of Fresno, Madera and Monterey counties.
Also, Hunter is a volunteer for the Miss Patterson pageant, run in conjunction with the Patterson Apricot Fiesta.
She joined local service club Soroptimist International of Patterson in 2006, and has served in many offices and on many committees.
Hunter is a youth group leader at the Second Baptist Church in Modesto and has also worked with youth programs at Greater True Light Baptist Church.
Hunter and the other members of the local organization have worked with the Del Puerto Health District since November 2004 for Women’s Health Days, an event held in the spring and in the fall, where uninsured women receive no-cost health screenings.
Members have also worked with Patterson Recognizing Individuals Determined to Excel, also known as P.R.I.D.E., to raise money for scholarships for graduating seniors. Club members also host the Little Mr. and Miss Apricot Talent Show and the Miss Patterson Timeless table settings luncheon each spring to help kick-off the Apricot Fiesta.
This year Soroptimists have provided lunches a few times for local seniors at the Hammon Senior Center.
Money raised by the local club goes to Miss Patterson finalist needs, the Patterson Fire Department, St. Vincent De Paul March Against Hunger, Patterson High School Sober Graduation, Del Puerto Health District and the Creekside Middle School Academic Pentathlon, among other organizations.
Contact Maddy Houk at 892-6187, ext. 22, or email@example.com.