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Posted: Wednesday, November 30, 2011 12:00 am

Soroptimist International of Lodi is seeking candidates to honor for its annual Ruby Award — for Women Helping Women. This award honors ordinary women who, through their professional or personal activities, make extraordinary efforts to improve the lives of women and girls.

Examples of the type of work honored include spearheading an effort to open a domestic violence shelter, starting a mentoring program for at-risk girls or lobbying companies to provide on-site child care.

Soroptimist International of Lodi is part of Soroptimist International of the Americas, headquartered in Philadelphia. The club joins Soroptimists in more than 120 countries and territories worldwide who offer programs that improve the lives of women and girls through three platforms; education and economic empowerment; elimination of violence; and gender equality.

Soroptimist also sponsors the Live Your Dream campaign in recognition of the power of women and their dreams. We are a nonprofit organization and rely on charitable donations to support our programs.

The Ruby Award honors the first federation president, Ruby Leed Minor. The ruby is also a gemstone associated with wisdom, importance, vitality, strength, power and love: all words which also describe the recipients of this special award. If you would like to nominate yourself or someone you know for the Soroptimist Ruby Award, please contact Germaine Burke at silodi@soroptimist.net; go to our website, www.lodisoroptimist.org, for an application; or call 403-5315.

The deadline for receipt of applications is Dec. 15. The honoree will be recognized at our annual Award Night, which will be held March 20, 2012.

Soroptimist International of Lodi meets the second, third and fourth Tuesdays from noon to 1 p.m. for lunch at DeeDee’s, 1170 S. Cherokee Lane, Lodi. We are accepting new members.

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