Truckee Soroptimist club celebrates five local women |

Truckee Soroptimist club celebrates five local women

From left, Marisol Gonzales, Zoe Peterson, Courtney Simson, Audrey Jacobson (Audrey’s daughter Avery), (Karen’s son Alexander) and Karen Davidson.
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On March 19, Soroptimist International of Truckee Donner held its inaugural Celebrating the Best for Women Awards Reception.

The event introduced the recipients of the Soroptimist highest honors and scholarships to the community. The Soroptimist International-Sierra Nevada Region Governor Jackie DeMartini attended to join the celebration for the five women being honored.

The Soroptimist Violet Richardson Award recipient was Zoe Peterson, a senior at Truckee High School. This award recognizes volunteerism in teenage girls. The recognition and scholarship are given to young women, ages 14-17, who are engaged in volunteer action within their communities and schools.

The Soroptimist Live Your Dream Award (formerly the Women’s Opportunity Awards) recipients were Marisol Gonzales, Audrey Jacobson and Karen Davidson. This award assists women who provide the primary source of financial support for their families by giving them the resources they need to improve their education, skills and employment prospects.

The recipient of Soroptimist International of Truckee Donner’s highest award, the Soroptimist Ruby Award (known locally as the Woman of Distinction Award), was Courtney Simson, artistic director of the Truckee Community Theater.

The Ruby Award honors a strong and compassionate woman who, through her professional and personal efforts, is making an extraordinary difference in the lives of women and girls in the local committee. The honoree is someone who, as a beacon of inspiration and encouragement, makes a significant impact in our community.

President Linnis Jellinek said she was excited to see this inaugural event happen during her term.

“Our club made history in Truckee by honoring all of these women and girls in one event,” she said. “It allowed our Club to share with the community the inspiring stories of each of the award recipients.”

Susan Horst, event coordinator, worked diligently to bring this event together and stated, “we are excited that the community had the opportunity to see and hear from the full range of women and girls who are making an impact on the community and their families.”

The Soroptimist mission to improve the lives of women and girls through programs offering social and economic empowerment is advanced through awareness, advocacy and action.

Soroptimist recognizes that there are many women in our community who have made outstanding achievements through their professional, business, educational or volunteer activities in keeping with the Soroptimist mission.

Each year, Soroptimist International of Truckee Donner invites nominations and applications from our community so that we can recognize these girls and women of action.

The nonprofit Soroptimist International of Truckee Donner holds monthly club meetings on the second Thursday of each month at noon at Zano’s Restaurant, 11401 Donner Pass Road, Truckee. All women are invited to join as a guest by emailing at

This article was submitted to the Sun by Soroptimist International of Truckee Donner. For information, visit or contact Jellinek at

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