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Dan Thrift / Tahoe Daily Tribune / The Soroptimist clubs of South Lake Tahoe and Tahoe Sierra recently presented the Violet Richardson Awards. From left are Diane Imbach, awards chair; Linda Massey, education coordinator; Ali Martinez, honoree; Cindy Ramos, award winner; Evelyn Yonker, president; and Michelle Gray Gomez, youth and foundations chair.
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Recently Soroptimist International of Tahoe Sierra and Soroptimist International of South Lake Tahoe jointly presented the Violet Richardson Award to a very deserving young woman, Cindy Ramos. Special recognition was also awarded to Jade Copple and Ali Martinez for their exemplary volunteer efforts.

Violet Richardson was the first president of Soroptimist International in 1921. Soroptimist means “the best for women.” Richardson believed in personal responsibility and the motto “it’s what you do that counts.” She was committed to creating opportunities for girls and young women. Her dedication to the causes of young women and her devotion to improving life in her community were an inspiration to everyone who knew her.

Soroptimist International established the Violet Richardson Award to honor the memory of this unique woman and her dedication to volunteer action. Young women aged 14 to 17, who have demonstrated exceptional volunteer efforts in their school and community are eligible to apply for the award.



As the Youth and Foundation/Awards committees reviewed the wonderful essays that the applicants had submitted, there was one that particularly embodied the ideals of Violet Richardson and Soroptimism as a whole. As they read about the remarkable accomplishments of this young lady, it became evident that the ideals of dedication, enthusiasm, inspiration, and compassion were alive and well in a 16-year-old girl living at South Lake Tahoe. Her involvement with the Naval Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps at South Tahoe High School demonstrates her dedication to service projects throughout the school and community. She enjoys participating in activities that promote youth involvement and empower young people.

To say she is a hard worker is an understatement. Her work in this community defines volunteerism. She has dedicated more than 200 hours of community service – a record for a cadet – and volunteered for more than a dozen organizations. Here are some of her volunteer efforts:



— Outreach worker for Tahoe Youth & Family Services.

— Volunteers 40 to 50 hours a month at Barton Hospital Skilled Nursing Facility.

— Worked for the Lake Tahoe Marathon for three years.

— Collected canned food, toys and coats.

— Helped with the Optimist Club of South Lake Tahoe pancake breakfasts and Christmas tree sales.

— Served food with Soroptimist International of South Lake Tahoe at the Edgewood Celebrity Golf Tournament.

— Cleaned up Bijou Community Park with the Rotary Club of South Lake Tahoe.

Some quotes that really tell what Cindy Ramos is all about:

“It has been my privilege to help other people. … Serving as a volunteer is important work. … My life has been enriched in many ways by what I have been allowed to do. … There is much more satisfaction in just reaching out and being nice to elderly people.”

Ramos received $600 and is automatically advanced to the regional level, where she may go on to win an even larger award.


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