Soroptimists honor local women
by Maddy Houk | Patterson Irrigator
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Soroptimist International of Patterson presented its annual awards — Woman of Opportunity, Ruby Award and Violet Richardson Award — to Lorae Mendoza, Midge Galvan and Grainne “Gracie” Bradley respectively in the past few months.

The three community-minded women, who have bettered their lives, or the lives of others, were honored at Soroptimist luncheon meetings in March and in May.

Gloria Satcher, club president, said the honorees have inspired others to achieve their goals.

“Lorae, Midge and Gracie are inspiring for all they have accomplished in their lives,” Satcher said.

Mendoza, who received the Woman of Opportunity Award, was also presented with a $500 check to further her education and to help her re-enter the workforce. Galvan received a Ruby Award certificate for helping the local club in their endeavors and for volunteering in the community. Bradley, a newly graduated senior of Patterson High School, received the Violet Richardson Award and $200 for her contributions to the Patterson community.

Mendoza wants to achieve her personal goal of owning her own business one day. She strives to be the best person she can be for herself and for her three children. Mendoza decided to return to school and pursue a degree. She enrolled in Modesto Junior College with a full load of classes and carries a 3.1 grade-point-average.

Mendoza has also helped run a small family business since Mendoza’s father passed away in 2009. Receiving the Woman of Opportunity Award will help Mendoza purchase needed books, help with the daycare and have some money for her children’s future.

Galvan, who has been in Patterson for 24 years, received the Ruby Award, once known as the Women Helping Women Award, for her community service.

“Midge is a great asset to the Patterson community with all the gifts that she gives back to the non-profit organizations,” said Juanzette Hunter, Soroptimist incoming president.

Among Galvan’s projects are that she has participated in Earth Day at Sacred Heart Catholic School, conducted computer classes at the Hammon Senior Center, helped with the Soroptimist Timeless Tablesetting luncheon, where the Miss Patterson finalists are introduced, and also helped with the Soroptimist newsletters.

She has also served as administrative assistant of the Patterson-Westley Chamber of Commerce and helps assist small businesses to get back up and running, and assists with the Christmas trees display in the South City Park.

Galvan is thankful of her husband, Tom, daughter, Stephanie and son, Kris.

Grainne “Gracie” Bradley, Violet Richardson award winner, was honored for her dedication to her community evidenced by the amount of time and energy she puts forth in various activities at Patterson High School. Bradley, daughter of Marlo and Steve Bradley, also wore the Apricot Fiesta’s Miss Patterson crown for 2012.

The activities she participates in not only benefit other students, but their families as well. Bradley believes that being involved in positive activities helps keep students out of trouble in and outside of school.

Bradley was the Associated Student Body president this past year and helped organize and volunteer at the school’s blood drives. She also helped prepare for night rallies and high school dances. Through her involvement, she has gotten to know staff and teachers. She was asked to become a freshman ambassador for the school’s new Ambassador program, a group of students who help incoming freshman transition from middle school to high school. Each leader is assigned 10 freshmen to mentor throughout the entire year. Bradley states she still keeps in contact with each of the freshmen.

Bradley has also joined Kids Helping Kids, a group of volunteers who help underprivileged children and their families. The group raises money from August to December, and in 2012, took 70 children to Kohl’s in Turlock for clothing at Christmas time. The children returned to the high school where they ate, met Santa, received a small toy that they requested.

Contact Maddy Houk at 892-6187, ext. 22, or

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