Soroptimist member reaches 25-year mark
TRUCKEE, Calif. and#8212; In 1982, Leslie Williams commenced her 13-year employment with Truckee River Bank, starting as a teller in the double-wide trailer on Jibboom Street. Stephanie Marsh, operations vice president, invited her to join Soroptimist and she did in 1986. Williams was club president in 1991/1992 and recalls how much this volunteer leadership experience taught her about people, their motivations, work habits and sense of belonging.
The Soroptimist experience, along with bank seminar training, assisted her in furthering her career, attaining the position of vice president and SBA department lending manager. She has held all of the club officer positions, except treasurer (on purpose).
and#8220;I wanted to utilize and improve my other skills and took a liking to recruitment, retention and newsletter editor,and#8221; she said. and#8220;I am continually amazed how our club always steps up, picks up the slack, works together and gets our job(s) done. Soroptimist has filled my world with community service, friendship and an assurance that there is so much good in this world!and#8221;
She also served on the Sierra Nevada Region as finance committee coordinator from 1996-2000, when she was elected District VII director and served the Region during the 2000/2002 biennium. After 30 years of banking (her original service club classification), Williams left her SBA position with US Bank last July and is enjoying all of the fabulous (and free) things to do in this town and region. Leslie is a member of the Soroptimst Laurel Society. Jo Ann Roberts, former Sierra Nevada Region governor and current member of Soroptimist International of Truckee Meadows, said, and#8220;Leslie is the Soroptimist who always puts a positive spin on everything. I remember her designing the and#8216;pooland#8217; where you would buy a square on a board and the winner would receive a Laurel Society membership. How can I, or anyone else, say no to someone like Leslie who has convinced you that you have an excellent chance of winning a Laurel Society membership worth $1,000! Her attitude makes you feel like a winner even when you are making a contribution to the organization.and#8221;
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