A milestone day for Shamail (Formerly Shamayel).
Who is Shamail? Click HERE for the answer.
Clockwise, starting at upper Left:
1. Soroptimists: Sam Bucheneau, Diana Hill, Gaylyn Boone, Shamail (LYD Winner), Maureen Murphy, Sharilyn Gallison, and Bonnie Mendenhall
2.The auditorium of 1300 citizenship applicants from 83 countries on the lower level, and supporters on the mezzanine.
3.Shamail proudly holding her certificate of U.S. citizenship.
4.With Shamail, her mentors Dr. Mel and Jane Kishnick. They met her through "Victims of Torture," an NGO they founded. They referred her to SILJ.
Marie's Famous Auction is a grand tradition at Soroptimist, notably for the fun we have in searching for an bidding on pre-Holiday gifts, and as a fabulous fund raiser. This year we hosted 32 bidders (members and guests) and raised $1600.
Pictured, L to R: Diana Hill (Co-chair), Alberta Valentini (Jewel and cashier), Maria Ramirez (Co-chair), and the legendary auctioneer, visiting us all the way from Palm Desert, Marie Newton!
We not only award grants to single heads of household pursuing college degrees, but we also keep in touch with them and continue to support their dreams.
Shown here, Gaylyn Boone invited the family of Chuc Le over during the Holidays. Gaylyn and her daughter Patty taught the children how to make Christmas cookies. Cookies and cocoa, plus gifts and meaningful conversation were enjoyed by all.
As of January 2019. Chuc is now in her Junior year at Mesa College. She's pursuing a special 4-year Bachelor's degree in "Health Information Management." She's a math wiz!
Chuc's daughter is enrolled in a charter school at UCSD, and her two sons are now nine years old and in 3rd grade/
Chuc continues to struggle with covering costs, in particular books and tuition. SILJ members help in any way we can.
Chuc Le, 2017 LYD winner, is a single mother of three. Read her complete story of struggle and success here, and scroll down the page.