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Soroptimist International of Garden Grove

Installs 2011-12 Officers!


On June 9, 2011 the members of Soroptimist International of Garden Grove (SIGG) officially

installed their new officers for the 2011-12 year, while celebrating the accomplishments in



Outgoing President Erin Webb, Senior Planner for the City of Garden Grove, commended

the club for its efforts to help women and girls during the year. Some of the notable activities


· Providing Seven Habits for Successful Teens training to girls and their advocates from the non-profit Court Appointed Child Advocates Program and girls enrolled in the Garden Grove Unified School District Teen Mother program

· Raising awareness through Soroptimists Stop Trafficking activities in partnership with Garden Grove Kiwanis and Grandma’s House of Hope

· Supporting the Global Partnership with Afghanistan to provide economic opportunities for Afghani women

· Collecting clothing for Women Helping Women

· Awarding Erin Runnion, founder of the Joyful Child Foundation with the Soroptimist Ruby Award for Women Helping Women

· Distributing a Soroptimist Women’s Opportunity Award to (name?) so she could live her dreams for economic empowerment through education

· Honoring (name? ) with the Soroptimist Violet Richardson Award to honor her local volunteer efforts

· Conducting an essay contest for younger girls asking them who the “Superwoman” is in their life and why.


The incoming President is Mary Ann Hamamura, Retired Housing Authority Manager for the

City of Garden Grove. Mary Ann’s focus this year will be to continue the 7 Habits of Highly

Effective Teens Project with teen mothers, host a community informational meeting on Human
Trafficking, increase SIGG membership, have fun while fundraising, and foster innovation while

completing the Soroptimist mission to improve the lives of women and girls in local communities

and throughout the world.


Other SIGG officers installed were President Elect Connie Margolin, retired; Secretary Ana Ramirez, Administrative Aide, City of Garden Grove; and Treasurer Monica Covarrubias, Administrative Analyst, City of Garden Grove.


Incoming SIGG Board members include: Fundraising Director Janet Pelayo, Community

Services Supervisor, City of Garden Grove; Program Director Lori Smith, Fire Marshal, City of

Santa Ana; and Public Awareness Director Mallory Vega, Executive Director, Acacia Adult Day


Soroptimist International of Garden Grove develops leadership skills and the knowledge of

the needs of women and children in our world. Friendships and fun while working together for a common cause are also part of the experience of membership. The club meets twice a month. If you are a woman who is looking for opportunities to give back by helping others, engaging in leadership activities, and making personal and business friendships, please call club President Mary Ann Hamamura at (714) 526-7371 or visit www.gardengrovesoroptimist.org. To also find out more information about Soroptimist International of the America’s, please visit www.soroptimist.org.




Celebrate Connie Day!
It was “Celebrate Connie Day” at the April 28th evening meeting of Soroptimist International of Garden Grove (SIGG)! President Erin Webb and club members started planning the celebration in January when it was noted that Connie Margolin had been a member of SIGG since 1987. How best to celebrate Connie, her commitment to Soroptimist and her great sense of humor? With limericks, of course! Limericks are witty and full of vim, not unlike Connie.

Club members rose to the challenge – with one Haiku poem thrown in for good measure.


A sample:


An Omahian, with a star that is BIG.

Connie has had much more than one gig.

She’s known for her wit,

On many a stage bit.

We’re so happy she’s a member of SIGG.


by Suki Carter


Prior to dinner at the Garden Grove Marriott Suites, club members (complete with tiaras and baubles on their pinkies) recited their poetry creations to the delight of all. A toast of a combination of Cosmopolitans and sparkling apple juice was made to the honored guest. The finishing touch was a review of some of Connie’s achievements and thoughts on life.


She and her husband Jerry moved to Garden Grove in 1973 with their family. Connie says Garden Grove has a small town feel with big opportunities. She has been honored as Garden Grove Woman of the Year, a Garden Grove Chamber of Commerce

Women’s Division Silver Spoon recipient, and the Cypress Americana Garden Grove

Citizen of the Year. She has given back to her community many times as a Past President and Lifetime member of the Garden Grove Strawberry Festival Association, as a Past

President and current member (since 1987) of the Garden Grove Soroptimist Club, as a

PTA member of Barker, Patton, Bell, and Pacifica schools, past member of the Orange

County Human Relations Commission Living Room Dialogues, OCTA Light Rail

Commission, Garden Grove Hospital Governing Board, Garden Grove Girls Club,

Assistance League of Garden Grove, Beacon’s, and the Garden Grove Historical Society.

She was also co-owner and Executive Director of the Miss Garden Grove Beauty Pageant and is currently a Board member of Acacia Adult Day Services.


As a member of Soroptimist International of Garden Grove Connie recruited her daughter,

Stacy, to join her. They are the first mother/daughter members. Connie enjoys seeing

Stacy follow in her footsteps, watch her “do it better and more accomplished”, which gives

her great pride. Connie is also enjoying seeing the infusion of young professional women

joining SIGG with their desire to make the world a better place. “We’re learning from them and the club is better for it.”







“Who is the Superwoman in your live and what are the three ‘super powers’ she uses to make the world a better place?” was the theme of the inaugural essay contest put on by the Garden Grove Soroptimist Club. Keying in on President Erin’s focus this year of celebrating the superwoman in each of us, the Club asked girls from 7 to 14 years of age to participate by writing an essay that described the superwoman in their life.

Twenty six essays were received! Congratulations to our winners: Jenny Lam from Ethan Allen Elementary School and Katherine Bibiano from Izaac Walton Intermediate School. Honorable Mentions were given to Hillary Nguyen from Ethan Allen Elementary School (Special Award for Creativity), Chantelle La Nguyen from Ethan Allen Elementary School, and Monica Elias from Bryant School. Each received an award of a Target gift card.

The Soroptimists asked three professional women writers to be judges for the competition. One of our judges was Mary McDonough, an award winning actress (Erin on the Waltons), writer and director. She has a recurring role on “The New Adventures of Old Christine”. She has just completed a book, “Lessons from the Mountain, What I learned from Erin Walton”, which will be released March 29, 2011. Our second judge was Beverly Nault, who co-authored Mary’s book. Beverly also writes fiction. Fresh Start Summer is the first of a seasonal series of books and will be published this month by Lamp Post Press. Our third judge was Alison Bell, the author of the five-book Zibby Payne series for children as well as 10 nonfiction books for teens. Alison is a regular contributor to the Los Angeles Times as well as an on-line advice columnist. Alison teaches fiction writing to children and is working on finishing a novel for adults.

Some of the favorite quotes from the essays; “…my mom took a picture and we looked like shining diamonds”, “And in the evenings, she makes all of us tasty chicken soup. It is so tasty that the flavors seem to dance in my mouth and laugh all the way to my stomach”, “She heals wounds with some kind of magic cream”, “She [my mom} can be bossy, but that’s just because she loves me”, “… my mom can be as fun as a day at the beach”, “She can come up with many funny jokes and stories to create an enchanted atmosphere” and “When I’m feeling blue, its SuperMom to the rescue”.

The awardees were announced at the “Live Your Dream” luncheon hosted by the Soroptimists at the Garden Grove Marriott. The following were also honored: The Ruby Award – Erin Runnion, Founding Director of The Joyful Child Foundation, Women’s Opportunity Award – Wendy Ramirez, a Cypress College student, and the Violet Richardson Award – Lananh Vu, a graduating senior of Rancho Alamitos High School and American Red Cross volunteer.
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In this photo (left to right): Cathy Standiford (Recruitment Chairperson), new member Ana Ramirez,

and Raquel Manson (her sponsor, friend and a recently inducted member).




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