Soroptimists recognize young volunteers |

Soroptimists recognize young volunteers

Jim Grant / Tahoe Daily Tribune

Soroptimist International of Tahoe Sierra recently honored its Violet Richardson winners, Nora Esders and Lauren Andrew, at a celebratory breakfast.

The Violet Richardson Award, named for the president of the first Soroptimist Club, is designed to recognize a young woman, 14 to 17 years of age, who volunteers in the community and/or school. Violet Richardson believed in personal responsibility; her motto was: “It’s what you do that counts.”

The winner of the VR/SITS award and $300, Nora Esders, is a volunteer with the Bread and Broth program administered at St. Theresa Catholic Church. She helps with the set-up, cooking, serving and cleaning up, in addition to helping create a positive and happy atmosphere for all. She said that this experience has provided a “reality check” for her; showing just how tough this world can be to live in.

Esders also volunteers with the Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival as a part of the work crew. She said that she really enjoys working with this mostly volunteer organization that brings “much needed culture” to our small community. In addition, Esders is a student representative for her high school’s booster club.

“Being a part of the booster club has made me appreciate all the things and activities my school provides me with because now I know how much time and effort is put into raising the money that is used to supply these things,” she said.

As a club level winner, Esders will be eligible for one of the 28 $1,000 district awards, presented across the country.

Lauren Andrew, another worthy teen volunteer, was named as a Violet Richardson runner-up, and received a $200 cash award. In her application, Andrew said, “Giving my time and energy to my community is something I cherish.”

The past three years she has been a volunteer at the Kahle Community Recreation Center, where she worked with the Rad Camp program for young children. As a teen volunteer, she helps supervise activities and accompany the children on field trips to swim centers, the beach and many interesting places. The teen volunteers act as friends and mentors to the campers.

Andrew is also involved in the Caps for Kids program and she has knitted or crocheted many caps and an afghan for the program. In addition, she acts as a teacher’s assistant for her mother’s third-grade class and helps with the religious education program at her church.

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