The Orestimba 50-Plus Club will host a barbecued ribs dinner at 12:30 p.m. Friday, July 17, at the L.J. Newman Hall, 649 Orestimba Road, in Newman. Members should bring salads and beans to accompany the dinner, as well as their own table service. Lorraine Bettencourt will chair the dinner, assisted by Angie Snowdall. Ellen Greer and Bud Thon will serve in the kitchen committee.
At the June 19 meeting, it was reported that sunshine cards were sent to Marge Andrade, Roberta Davis and Marie Archer, and a sympathy card to Bev and Bob Frias. A thank-you card was received from Marge Andrade.
Caroline Stone was welcomed as a new member, and Dana Hammersley as a guest. Rosemary Bettencourt won the 50-50 prize, and Betty Hernandez won the sign-in prize.
For information: Barbara, 862-2063.
Open house set for group
The Mothers Offering Mothers Support (MOMS) Club of Patterson will host an open house at North Park on the downtown Circle at 11 a.m. Tuesday, July 21. The day will include games for the moms and refreshments for all.
The day is for anyone interested in the club as well as for current members. MOMS Club is a nonprofit support group for stay-at-home moms that offers activities for mothers and their children. MOMS Club is also a community service club that donates back to Patterson in the form of scholarships and donations to various organizations.
For information: Pierce, 892-0975, or Gordon, 892-7840.
Hunter named new president of Soroptimists
Juanzette Hunter was installed as Soroptimist president for the 2009-10 year at a special meeting June 16 in the library meeting room.
Hunter, a Soroptimist member for the past three years, was most recently first vice president and has also served on a number of committees.
“There will be big and exciting things coming up,” Hunter said.
Soroptimist Elaine DeLash installed the officers with a “Wonder Woman” theme at the meeting.
Other officers who will serve with Hunter are Lorena Tafoya, first vice president; Gloria Satcher, second vice president; Maddy Houk, treasurer; Joel Covolo, recording secretary; and Grace McCord, corresponding secretary.
Roberta Petty is a one-year director and Michele Havener is a two-year director. Elaine De Lash is the one-year delegate and McCord is the one-year alternate.
Houk is the two-year delegate and Brinda Gillaspy is the two-year alternate.
Soroptimist means “best for women,” and the local club was chartered in January 1955.
Over the years, the members have done numerous things in the community.
For the past five years, Soroptimists have had two women’s health days annually with the Del Puerto Health Care Center. At these health days, uninsured women get blood tests and breast cancer screenings.
The annual Christmas Luncheon and Bazaar and Apricot Fiesta Tea are two of the club’s projects. Soroptimists hosted a “History of Fashion” show at the Fourth of July Centennial celebration, where they highlighted fashion styles of the past century. In addition to these projects, the Soroptimists have added a table-setting luncheon that will be on Oct. 17 at the Masonic Hall.
Most of the money the group raises goes to community events and organizations such as Patterson High School Sober Grad Night and scholarships with Patterson Recognizing Individuals Determined to Excel, or PRIDE.
Money also goes to Soroptimist projects on the international level such as “Project Sierra: A Family and a Future” helping support women in extreme poverty in Sierra Leone, West Africa. This quadrennial project, in partnership with Hope and Homes for Children, is in force for Soroptimists worldwide between 2007 and 2011.
Locally, the 21 Soroptimists meet at noon on three Tuesdays per month from September to June at the Patterson Library building, 46 N. Salado Ave.
Sordello is new Rotary Club president
Richard Sordello, an attorney with Curtis & Arata Law Firm, is the 2009-10 president of the Patterson Rotary Club. Sordello was installed June 24 at Damasco restaurant in the Best Western Villa Del Lago Inn.
Sordello has been a member of the club for three years and said he is looking forward to the coming year.
“We have a lot of great Rotarians in the club that step up and help us accomplish our fundraising goals,” Sordello said.
Other officers who will serve with Sordello are Linda DeForest, president-elect; Paul Spencer, secretary; Julie Alves, treasurer; and Jesse Gallegos and Kenny Buehner, sergeant-at-arms.
Rotarians bring in money for various projects through fundraisers, such as the annual Crab Feed each February, the most successful fundraiser of the year. A cocktail party the Friday of the Apricot Fiesta weekend is another big moneymaker.
The club’s goal is to keep most of the money raised in the community, while at the same time supporting international projects.
One of the big focuses of the local club is literacy. For many years, the Rotary Club donated dictionaries to elementary school students.
“Literacy in the community is a big project,” Sordello said.
One of the international projects — Polio Plus — aims to eradicate polio worldwide. More than $600 million has been donated to the effort to date.
Another international Rotary project is the donation of money used to purchase wheelchairs distributed directly to individuals in Central and South America in need of them. Spencer has gone on the trip a couple of times to distribute the chairs with other Rotarians from the area.
The Patterson Rotary Club — 40 members strong — meets at noon Wednesdays (except before a holiday) at Damasco restaurant in the Best Western Villa Del Lago Inn, 2959 Speno Drive.