Women Helping Women

Soroptimist International of North San Diego (SINSD) recently installed its new officers for the 2018-2019 year. The leadership team is President Ginny Brown, President-Elect Arlene Cawthorne, Treasurer Karon Samson, VP of Membership Pam Warnock and Liz Bartoli, Delegates Barbara Bertran and Pat Hamilton, Recording Secretary Sue DeVicariis, and Corresponding Secretary Michele Mason.

Ginny has been a member of SINSD since 2013, when it was still called Soroptimist International of Rancho Bernardo. The name has since changed to better reflect the club’s membership, which extends through 4S Ranch, Escondido, and Temecula. What hasn’t changed is the mission that drew Ginny to the group: women helping women. The club was also an opportunity to build connections with her new community after she and her husband moved from Syracuse, NY to be closer to their children.

As president, Ginny looks forward to promoting membership participation and community impact through SINSD programs. SINSD’s Live Your Dream scholarship program supports low-income women continuing their education, and Leap to Success supports women rebuilding their lives after domestic violence. SINSD also supports the Palomar Forensic Health Department, Palomar Health Lifeline, and the Transitional Housing Program in partnership with Soroptimist International of Poway.

Dream It, Be It is an educational program for at-risk high school girls. Club members lead classes for groups of 10 to 15 girls, with a focus on personalized career support. In addition to teaching general career preparedness, they mentor girls according to their personal career goals. SINSD has run the program at Westview High School and Rancho Bernardo High School, and Ginny hopes to bring the program to more schools this year.

Learn more at www.soroptimistnsd.org.