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‘Cowgirl up’ for Soroptimists

Installation: Soroptimist International of Greater SCV names incoming board

Posted: July 28, 2011 1:55 a.m.
Updated: July 28, 2011 1:55 a.m.

The 2011-12 officers and directors of Soroptimist International of Greater Santa Clarita Valley were installed in ceremonies held at El Trocadero in Newhall. Back row, left to right: V.P. of Membership Sheryl Geraci; Treasurer-elect Julie Morel; Recording Secretary Rebecca Johnston; Parliamentarian Darlene Gandara; Director Pam Ingram and immedi...

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For Sue Reynolds, a farm girl from Illinois with time spent living near Nashville, Tenn., the Western theme of her installation was obvious.

Reynolds was installed as president of Soroptimist International of Greater Santa Clarita Valley in ceremonies held recently at El Trocadero Steakhouse in Newhall.

Also installed on the 2011-12 board were officers: Vice President Vanessa Wilk; Treasurer Karen Schnurr; Treasurer-elect Julie Morel; Corresponding Secretary Julie Sturgeon; Recording Secretary Rebecca Johnston; V.P. Membership Sheryl Geraci; Director Jo Ann Vindigni; Director Pam Ingram; Parliamentarian Darlene Gandara and past President Kris Hough.

The outgoing board included: Darlene Gandara, Karen Schnurr, Kris Hough, Dora Zavala, Sue Reynolds, JoAnn Vindigni, Vanessa Wilk and Sheryl Geraci.

Reynolds spoke of the need to “Cowgirl up” during her installation speech.

According to Reynolds,  to “Cowgirl up” is an expression that means to rise to the occasion, not to give up, and to do it all without whining or complaining. It is easy to say “Cowgirl up,” however it takes a “true cowgirl at heart to live up to the true meaning.”

Reynolds also passed on some colorful cowgirl advice: 

“How to address the reality of life’s ups and downs?  Ain’t no horse can’t be rode, ain’t no rider can’t be throwed,” she said. “How to keep from causing trouble for yourself? Don’t squat with your spurs on. There is that of her that needs no spur.  Sound like any women you know?”

Among the accomplishments and fundraisers of the philanthropic club in the last year were the Wine Affair, Simply Irresistible Fashion Show and High Heel-a-Thon. 

In addition, the club has worked to bring attention to the cause of human trafficking, breast cancer, and domestic and dating violence.

“We must strive to be strong, and kind, and patient, and helpful, and even willing to fail, to make mistakes, to land in the mud,” Reynolds said. “Because we’re quite a band of mares.”

Soroptimist International is a volunteer organization for professional and business women who work to improve the lives of women and girls, in local communities and throughout the world.

Almost 95,000 Soroptimists in about 120 countries and territories contribute time and financial support to community based and international projects that benefit women and girls.

The name “Soroptimist” means best for women, and that’s what the organization strives to achieve. Soroptimist are women at their best working to help other women to be their best.

In the SCV, the mission of Soroptimist International of Greater SCV is to focus on women in crisis, women’s health issues and celebrating women.

For more information, visit or call V.P. Membership Sheryl Geraci (661) 877-5544.


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