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Soroptimist Club seeks women who have made extraordinary differences on behalf of women and girls

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File photoPictured from left; Soroptimist 2011 Woman of Distinction Leticia Aguilar; Sandy Horn, Soroptimist Human Rights Status of Women Committee Coordinator and Ruth Hall, a past recipient and one of three who nominated Leticia. Nominations are being taken through Sept. 14 for this yearand#8217;s award.

TRUCKEE, Calif. and#8212; Soroptimist International of Truckee Donner (and#8220;SITDand#8221;) is searching for applicants for its Soroptimist Ruby Award: For Women Helping Women (locally known as Woman of Distinction Award), which honors women who and#8212; through their professional or personal activities and#8212; make extraordinary efforts on behalf of women and girls. Women can nominate themselves or be nominated by someone else in the community. The club has been recognizing women in the community through this award since 1984.

Applications are available at Truckee Donner Chamber of Commerce, or by contacting Linnis Jellinek at 530-414-5126. Applications must be received by Soroptimist International of Truckee Donner no later than Sept. 14. Mail to SITD at PO Box 1423, Truckee, CA 96160 or e-mail to lj@tahoeplasticsurgery.com

Nominees should be women who have made extraordinary differences on behalf of women and girls. Past recipients have spearheaded an effort to open a domestic violence shelter, started a mentoring program for at-risk girls, or lobbied companies to provide on-site child care. The recipient will be eligible for additional awards at other levels of the international organization.

Soroptimist International of Truckee Donner is part of Soroptimist International of the Americas, headquartered in Philadelphia, Pa. The club joins Soroptimists in more than 120 countries and territories worldwide who offer programs that improve the lives of women through three distinct platforms: economic empowerment, elimination of violence, and gender equality. The organizationand#8217;s major project is the Soroptimist Womenand#8217;s Opportunity Awards, which disburses more than $1 million each year to head-of-household women who wish to make a better life for themselves and their families by improving their education, skills and employment prospects. A 501(c)(3) organization, Soroptimist relies on charitable donations to support its programs. For more information visit Soroptimist.org. For more information about Soroptimist International of Truckee Donner, contact membership chair, Linnis Jellinek.