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Naba installed for SCV Soroptimists

Posted: July 7, 2011 1:55 a.m.
Updated: July 7, 2011 1:55 a.m.

New officers for Soroptimist International of SCV, standing left to right, Vice President Brenda Videgain; Director/Parliamentarian Kaye Cruger; Recording Secretary Sue Boscamp; Director Estelle Carney; Corresponding Secretary Wendy Smith; Treasurer Kelly Inga; and Treasurer-elect Janet Kachorsky. Seated, President Sandi Naba and President-elec...

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Sandi Naba was installed as the new president of Soroptimist International of Santa Clarita Valley during dinner ceremonies held at the Tournament Players Club in Valencia.

Naba’s theme was “Leading with Heart and Soul.”

“A good leader must lead with the heart and be sensitive, in this case, to the organization, its members and the needs to fulfill the mission of Soroptimist International,” Naba said. “It’s not enough to lead only with your heart; one must also lead with their soul understanding the core values and beliefs that underlie their decisions. We must believe that we can make a difference and let our hearts and souls guide us through our decision making process.”

Dora Zavala, Soroptimist International District 9 director, served as the installing officer.

The 2011-12 slate of officers includes: President-elect Lori Hollister; Vice President Brenda Videgain; Treasurer Kelly Inga; Treasurer-elect Janet Kachorsky; Recording Secretary Sue Boscamp; Corresponding Secretary Wendy Smith; Director Estelle Carney; and Director/Parliamentarian Kaye Cruger.

A tearful goodbye was offered by outgoing President Donna Kreutz.

Kreutz not only was leaving her post as Soroptimist International of SCV president, but also saying goodbye to the SCV.
She and her husband, Bill, delayed their departure to their new home in Ft. Myers, Fla., so Donna Kreutz could attend Naba’s installation and pass the gavel to the new chapter president.

“When I stepped into the presidency last year, I had no clue that this year I would not only be turning over the gavel to our President-elect, Sandi, but also the keys to our house to new owners,” Kreutz said. “It has been a whirlwind year for me personally — and also our club.”

Kreutz recounted several of the accomplishments of the club during her tenure.

“In October, we presented our seventh annual Bras for a Cause event,” she said. “We raised nearly $18,000 that allowed us to make generous donations to the Sheila R. Veloz Breast Imaging Group, Circle of Hope and other (Soroptimist) programs aimed at bringing awareness and a cure for breast cancer.”

Kreutz’ theme was “Turning Passion into Action.”

“We did that during the holidays and provided Thanksgiving dinners and a holiday home makeover for three families in the SCV,” she said.

Kreutz also lauded the joint Soroptimist Fashion Show held with the sister club, Soroptimist International of Greater SCV.
“We raised nearly $20,000 to support programs aimed at stopping human trafficking,” she said.

Since Soroptimist International of SCV was chartered in 1974 the club has contributed more than $1 million to SCV and international nonprofits and programs to improve the lives of girls and women.

As each of the new officers was installed, a small tiara was presented to each woman.

The next event for the service club will be the 10th annual Bras for a Cause — Denim and Diamond Hoe-down on Oct. 2 at TPC.

For information about the Bras for a Cause event, call (661) 713-3113 or (661) 964-7969. Tickets for the event are $65 each. Decorated bras and sponsors are being sought.

For more information about Soroptimist International of SCV visit www.siscv.com.

mbuttelman@the-signal.com

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