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Soroptimist Club Encourages Community Service

Soroptimist Club offers opportunities to volunteer in the community.

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Soroptimist Club offers opportunities to volunteer in the community.

Julissa Ochoa, Staff Reporter

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Los Banos High has a variety of clubs including the Soroptimist or S Club, a worldwide volunteer service organization for business and professional women to improve the lives of women and girls and local communities.

The S Club was first founded in Oakland, California in 1921. It included over 80 business and professional women from Oakland and the surrounding area. Members from this club meet weekly and discussed worldwide issues that affected them and their community.  Their first project was to save the redwood trees. Ancient trees were being felled and members from the club went around trying to gain public support. Because of their hard work, this land still exists and is protected to this day.

The S club in LBHS is made up of about 35 members including the president Samantha Almanza, (12), vice president, Victoria Torres, (12), and treasurer, Joey Catalan, (12). Anyone can join the club at anytime during the year. Club members dedicate your time to all the volunteer work needed.

Samantha Almanza shared that her favorite thing about this club “would be helping out the community and being part of this amazing organization.”

Thanks to the advisor, Mrs. Lisete Sova and all the members, the S club continues to expand and be more helpful each year. Members from this club do a lot of special events. Some of them include participation in the Tomato Festival, food drives, prom:  Say Yes to the Dress, and marches.  They also spend time at nursing homes where they talk with the people, play games with them, and even polish their nails if they want.

The club’s goal is to expand girls’ mind in volunteering and giving back to the community.

It is not too late to join if you are interested in helping others and our community.  Next meeting is Oct 17 in Room 3.

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