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Zonta Club presents Sarro Award

Sue Reynolds named winner at 28th annual Women in Service Celebration

Posted: April 5, 2012 2:00 a.m.
Updated: April 5, 2012 2:00 a.m.

Nominees for the Carmen Sarro Community Service Award gather for a group photo during the awards brunch held Saturday at Robinson Ranch. Left to right, front row: M.J. West, Margo Miller-Hudson, Sandi Naba, Jaci Hoffman and Margie Altman. Middle row, Jill Bondy, Brendie Heter, Mary Ellen Kearney, Laina McFarren and Jorja Harris. Back row: Sue R...

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Sue Reynolds, current president of Soroptimist International of Greater Santa Clarita Valley, has been named the recipient of the Carmen Sarro Community Service Award from the Zonta Club of the Santa Clarita Valley. Reynolds was selected from a slate of 15 SCV women nominated by area nonprofit organizations for the honor which was presented Saturday at Zonta’s 28th annual Women in Service brunch.


Carmen Sarro

All 15 nominees were honored during the program before Sarro’s daughter, Christine Sexton, announced the final winner and presented the award to Reynolds.

A Zonta committee selects the Carmen Sarro winner each year as the nominee who best epitomizes the commitment to volunteer service that Sarro maintained throughout her lifetime.

Sarro, who died in 2003x, is most remembered for her volunteer work with Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital, the Canyon Theatre Guild and in city of Santa Clarita formation activities.

She was the first employee hired by the city after its incorporation in 1987. Sarro was a charter member of SCV Zonta Club and volunteered with many other nonprofits in the SCV.

Sarro was named SCV Woman of the Year in 1985.


Sue Reynolds

Reynolds has contributed to improving the lives of women through her professional volunteer work with the SCV Chamber of Commerce Women in Business Group and the Association of Women Entrepreneurs.

She also volunteers for the Valley Industrial Association’s Star (Students Teaming to Achieve Results) program, Connecting to Success business conference for high school juniors and the SCV Education Foundation.

Reynolds was accompanied to the event by her two-year-old Doberman, Nudel. The duo have been certified for Search and Rescue and certified as therapy dog workers. As a therapy dog team, she and Nudel visit the SCV Senior Center and Wiley Canyon adult day care facility weekly to support local seniors.

As Soroptimist president, Reynolds has been active in her club’s Wine Affair, annual fashion show and the High Heel-a-Thon to “stomp out domestic and teen dating violence.”

Under her leadership, her club has donated thousands of dollars to the Sheila R. Veloz Breast Imaging Center and to the breastfeeding resources room at the new Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital neo-natal intensive care unit, and to ZOE Children International to fight trafficking of women and girls, SCV Domestic Violence Center, Break the Cycle (which concentrates on teen dating empowerment) and the Valley Trauma Center.

Soroptimist International is an organization of business and professional women working to improve the lives of women and girls in our community and around the world.


Other nominees

Before Reynolds was announced as the Carmen Sarro Award winner, emcee Carol Rock introduced each of the 15 honorees, saluted the organizations which nominated them and presented each with a nominee’s award. Each honoree received a yellow rose corsage, the symbol of friendship for Zonta International.

“We are pleased that 15 diverse organizations submitted nominees this year, representing thousands of hours of community service,” said Karen Maleck-Whiteley, event chair. “It is evident when going through the applications that the Santa Clarita Valley is blessed with many giving women.”

The other nominees for the Carmen Sarro Award were:

Margie Altman, nominated by the SCV Senior Center which works to enhance independence, dignity and quality of life for our seniors through community outreach and inclusion.

Jill Bondy, nominated by the SCV Senior Center Foundation which supports the SCV Committee on Aging/SCV Senior Center to meet its objectives through fund development and support of signature fundraisers.

Michele Eusebi, nominated by Girl Scouts of Greater Los Angeles which works to build girls of courage, confidence and character who will make the world a better place.

Jorja Harris, nominated by the Domestic Violence Center of the SCV which works to promote and preserve nonviolent, non-abusive family systems.

Brendie Heter, nominated by the Foundation for Children’s Dental Health which works to provide dental care, emergency dental services and oral hygiene education to low income children and families in the SCV.

Jaci Hoffman, Boys & Girls Club of SCV which works to inspire and enable young people to reach their full potential as responsible, productive, healthy and caring members of society.

Mary Ellen Kearney, Bridge to Home which works to achieve solutions to homelessness by raising community awareness, providing services, and coordinating volunteer, and governmental services.

Laina McFerren, nominated by the Child & Family Center Foundation which works to help build a healthy SCV by providing mental health, behavioral and education services to children, adults and families.

Margo Miller-Hudson, nominated by Single Mothers Outreach which empowers single parents and their children by providing hope, support, and resources so that families can become self-sustaining.

Sandi Naba, nominated by Soroptimist International of SCV, an organization of business and professional women working to improve the lives of women and girls in the SCV and around the world.

Judy Penman, nominated by Circle of Hope which works to financially and emotionally assist uninsured and underinsured individuals with breast cancer who live, work, or receive treatment in the SCV.

Leila Rosenberger, nominated by Assistance League of Santa Clarita which is a nonprofit service organization of volunteers who identify and serve needs of the SCV through philanthropic programs developed and administered by its members.

Rose Stoffer, nominated by Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital Auxiliary which renders service to the hospital and to patients.

Mary Jane “MJ” West, nominated by the American Association of University Women, Santa Clarita Branch which works to advances equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy and research.

In addition to a buffet brunch the Women in Service Celebration — “Shining Stars of Santa Clarita” — included a reading from Lois Bauccio about the mission of Zonta International.

For more information about the Zonta Club of SCV visit / 661-287-5590


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