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Soroptimist awards grant for Get Real Academy

District II Director Pat Eileen Fisher presents a mock check for $2,500 to members of the Martinez Soroptimist Club. Seated, from left, is: Club Director Ann Stanley, Vice President Kendra McKeen, Treasurer June Rogers; standing, from left: Monica Sanders, Secretary Sara Stout, Bert Vigil, Pat Eileen Fisher, Barbara Kapsalis,  Linda Shahade and President Judy Moon. (COURTESY / On File)
District II Director Pat Eileen Fisher presents a mock check for $2,500 to members of the Martinez Soroptimist Club. Seated, from left, is: Club Director Ann Stanley, Vice President Kendra McKeen, Treasurer June Rogers; standing, from left: Monica Sanders, Secretary Sara Stout, Bert Vigil, Pat Eileen Fisher, Barbara Kapsalis, Linda Shahade and President Judy Moon. (COURTESY / On File)

MARTINEZ, Calif. – Soroptimist International of the Americas has recognized the efforts of local Soroptimist clubs and provided a $2,500 grant for a local event.

“Soroptimist Club Grants for Women and Girls” is the title given to the grant program administered by Soroptimist International of the Americas Foundation, headquartered in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Each year it awards over $200,000 in grants to clubs for programs that truly make a difference for women and girls.

This year the charter club of Soroptimist International of Martinez is teamed up with Soroptimist International of 24-680, Diablo Vista, Antioch, Pittsburg and Brentwood in the Contra Costa area to present “Get Real Academy,” an all-day career orientation for senior high school girls that will be held on Thursday, March 2, 2017, at the Concord Hilton Hotel.

The goal of Get Real Academy is to provide a one-day leadership, life skills event for 200 high school senior girls in the area of District II, Founder Region. The clubs from Walnut Creek/Lafayette, participate in planning, fundraising, presenting and managing the overall mechanics of the day.

Some of the objectives from participation in workshops and general sessions are:

• Increased awareness of sound financial management and the pitfalls of credit;

• Increased self-esteem through mock job interviews with positive feedback;

• Increased awareness of violence and workplace harassment;

• Increased awareness of women’s health issues.

The planning committee is currently contacting all 37 schools in the area and contract forms for participation will be going out next month.

Soroptimist encourages all readers to like them on Facebook at “Get Real Academy.”

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