Soroptimists International held their annual installation of its new board on June 19 at Valley Springs Memory Care.

The meeting area was transformed into a magical replica of Neves Farms to honor the incoming president, Darlene Neves and her family’s business. Her weekly daytime job is as an accountant for San Luis & Delta-Mendota Water Authority, but after hours and weekends she becomes a Cowgirl.

Her theme for the new year is “Time to Dream Big”. The local club’s goals are to invest in dreams for women and girls by sponsoring four S clubs and scholarships at Valley Community School, Pacheco, Los Banos, and San Luis high schools, sponsoring Live Your Dream awards for women, and Dream It Be It Workshops for high school youth.

Darlene’s posse dressed as cowgirls with their own inflatable horses consisted of new board members for the 2023-2024 program year: President Elect-Delia Salazar, Treasurer-Katty Alvarez, Recording Secretary-Sandy Lemas, Correspondence Secretary-Deborah Todd, and Delegates-Elizabeth Lopez, Christina Martinez, and the club’s newest member, Krista Willson. The new posse is behind the new President and will help her make all things “Posseble”.

The outgoing President, Sandy Lemas was put out to pasture and rode off into the sunset with her inflatable horse saying “Hi ho Soroptimist”. She returned shortly as the incoming recording secretary. The club is looking forward to another successful year in providing women and girls with access to the education and training they need to achieve economic empowerment. 

For more information on Soroptimist, contact Sherry Pearson, membership chair, at (209) 617-9624.

Sandy Lemas

Sandy Lemas is a longtime resident of Los Banos who has volunteered much of her time to community service. She will be writing a regular column on volunteers and volunteer organizations that help their community.