Satcher, a retired medical office manager, also served as the group’s president in 2008-09. She follows Juanzette Hunter, who presided over the club the past three years.
Other new officers include Joyce Buehner, vice president; Maddy Houk, treasurer; and Joel Covolo, secretary. Roberta Petty is one-year director, Juanzette Hunter is two-year director, Barbara Hartsell is one-year delegate, Elaine DeLash is one-year alternate, Grace McCord is two-year delegate and Sonia Garcia-Ortega is two-year alternate. Coleen Sanguinetti is parliamentarian.
Soroptimist International of Patterson has 16 active members and three life members who joined the club more than 25 years ago.
The group meets from September to June and takes a break in July and August.
“We’re happy to be starting up again from a summer break and hope to do lots of good things for the community in the coming year,” Satcher said.
For instance, Soroptimists will work with Del Puerto Health Care District to offer women’s health days in the fall and spring. The club will also co-host a poker tournament in February with Patterson Lions Club and will serve the breakfast the Lions cook up during the American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Patterson in May.
In the past year, Soroptimists have hosted a Valentine’s Day luncheon, a talent show featuring Little Mr. and Miss Apricot contestants and a Timeless Tablesetting Luncheon with Miss Patterson candidates. The club co-hosted a Patterson-Westley Chamber of Commerce mixer with Studio 180 beauty salon in June.
Soroptimist of Patterson also gives grants to Women of Opportunity and Violet Richardson award winners. The Woman of Opportunity Award, $400, is presented to a local woman who is the head of her household and wants to further her education and career. The Violet Richardson Award, $200, is presented to a teenager who volunteers in her community.
The local club has donated money to Patterson High School’s sober graduation party; Creekside Middle School’s eighth-grade promotion party; Patterson Joint Unified School District’s Buzzing Bees spelling bee competitors; St. Vincent De Paul’s Walk Against Hunger; and the Patterson High School Kids Helping Kids Club, which buys clothes and shoes for younger children at Christmastime.
Soroptimist, which means “best for women,” is a worldwide service organization founded in Oakland in 1921. Violet Richardson Ward was its first president.
The local club was chartered in January 1955.
Soroptimist of Patterson meets at 1 p.m. the first, second and third Tuesdays of each month in the Patterson Branch Library building, 46 N. Salado Ave.
For information: Gloria Satcher, 892-0667.
Contact Maddy Houk at 892-6187, ext. 22, or firstname.lastname@example.org.