Soroptimists will honor young women
Special to The Hays Daily News
On Oct. 1, Soroptimist International of Hays, an international volunteer organization for business and professional women, began seeking applicants for its recognition program targeted to young women who make the community and world a better place. The Violet Richardson Award honors young women between the ages of 14 and 17 for volunteer action such as fighting drugs, crime and violence; cleaning up the environment; and working to end discrimination and poverty.
The Violet Richardson Award program begins at the local Soroptimist club level, where the type of award varies (Soroptimist International of Hays presents a $500 award to two winners). Club-level winners then become eligible for one of 28 $1,000 awards. In addition, at this level, $1,000 will be contributed in honor of the winners to their volunteer organizations. One finalist will be chosen from among the 28 winners for an additional award, including a contribution of $2,500 to the finalist's volunteer organization.
Applications are available at Hays High School, Thomas More Prep-Marian, Hays Middle School, Hays Public Library and the Girl Scout's office, or by contacting Whitney Duscher at (785) 621-2507. Applications must be returned by Dec. 1.
The award program is named after Violet Richardson, the president of the first Soroptimist club in 1921.
Richardson believed in personal responsibility and the motto, "It's what you do that counts." She lived her life accordingly, as an active member in her community who was committed to creating opportunities for girls and young women. Soroptimist established this award to honor the memory of this unique woman and her dedication to volunteer action.