On December 3, 2017, our club marched in the 60th Annual Christmas Parade of La Jolla. "Rosie," Bonnie's big red car, was our float. Maureen made the arrangements. Sharilyn brought champagne to celebrate. Ronda got us sandwiches to maintain our energy. All of us decorated. The crowd cheered for us as we marched by. We are proud of our 70-year legacy of helping women and girls succeed in life.
Soroptimist International of La Jolla won 4 awards for its 2017 performance. They were presented by SIA (Soroptimist International of the Americas) at the Fall Conference of the SI Desert Coast Region in El Centro, CA.
SILJ is Showcased in the
The 59th Annual La Jolla Christmas Parade & Holiday Festival was attended by thousands of children and adults from all over San Diego. Our Soroptimist Club was showcased in a 1964 shiny Cadillac convertible owned & driven by Steve Raskind, friend of member Debra Levine. Riders were Diana Hill, Sharilyn Gallison, and Maureen Murphy. Walkers were Gaylyn Boone and Vickie Riggs. A prominent banner was carried by UCSD students Kristina Ryan and Daylin Anderson, future members of Soroptimist International of La Jolla.
Thanks go to Maureen Murphy (Owner/Hotelier of the La Jolla Village Lodge), and Steve Raskind (Entrepreneur & Classic Car enthusiast), for making SI La Jolla the highlight of the parade.
Photos courtesy of Vickie Riggs, Gaylyn Boone, and Diana Hill
UCSD Students (Kristina Ryan and Daylin Anderson, center) preparing to form
a new Soroptimist Club, shown with VP Vickie and President Diana.
Bonnie Mendenhall and Delores Fazzino are mentoring them to bring on 12+ student members!
2016-2017 Board of Directors
Front Row: Bonnie Mendenhall (Past President), Diana Hill (President), Vickie Riggs (Vice President)
Back Row: Anseth Richards (Director), Jackie Young (Parliamentarian), Rebecca Ritchey (Treasurer), Kit Ladwig (Secretary)