March 2015 Awards Recipients

Soroptimist Ruby Award: For Women Helping Women -  $1000
This award recognizes and honors the first federation president, Ruby Lee Minar.  A ruby is a gemstone associated with wisdom, vitality, strength, vivacity, power and love, all words embodying the strong and compassionate women who are our award recipients.  The Soroptimist Ruby Award honors women who have worked to improve the lives of women and girls through their professional and/or volunteer work.  Our recipient is eligible for further awards at Regional and Federation levels.

This award comes with a cash grant of $1,000.00 to the non-profit of the recipient’s choice.  This year SI Chico’s recipient has selected La Leche League.

FullSizeRender-7Debbie Pierce
Debbie is a registered nurse, registered lactation consultant, and La Leche League Leader, helping new mothers connect with their babies since 1979.  A former maternity nurse and retired Maternal-child Public Health Nurse, she was a select participant on the California Breastfeeding Promotion Advisory Committee from 1994 to 2004.
As an international Board Certified Lactation Consultant, Debbie has been helping mothers with breastfeeding for two generations.  Here is a quote from her nomination letter:  “Debbie meets with struggling mothers, and with her quiet disposition and gentle example, she helps a mother help herself...Debbie has been a catalyst for the education of women, that is her gift to the world.”


Live Your Dream Award - $1000
MandyThis award is for women who are working to better their lives through additional schooling and skills training, have the primary financial responsibility for themselves and/or dependents, are attending or have been accepted to an undergraduate degree or vocational skills training program and who demonstrate financial need.

This award comes with a $1,000.00 cash grant from SI Chico for each award recipient. Recipients are eligible for further awards at Regional and Federation levels.

Mandy McClaine
Mandy is a single woman who is currently attending Butte College where she is pursuing an Associate’s Degree in Social and Behavioral Science.  Her future plans include a transfer to Chico State University to pursue a Bachelor’s Degree and a long term goal to pursue a Master’s Degree.  In addition to her studies, she also works full time in a local retain position.

FullSizeRender-8Jennifer Ragsdale
Jennifer is a single mother of two girls ages 7 and 8.  She is currently attending Shasta College with a plan to transfer to Chico State University in the fall of 2016 to obtain her Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration.  In addition to her family and schooling, she also works 25 hours a week with the Poor and the Homeless Tehema County Coalition (PATH).  She is both Project Manager to the PATH Board of Directors as well as Program Manager at their transitional living home for women, The PATH Safe House.

* Jennifer also received an additional $5000 from our regional Soroptimist International