Soroptimist International of Ogden honors three

Apr 4 2012 - 4:42pm

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Kathy Bella
Shannon Dixon
Taylor Johns
Kathy Bella
Shannon Dixon
Taylor Johns

OGDEN -- Soroptimist International of Ogden, a group that supports programs providing services for women and girls, has announced its Soroptimist Award winners for this year.

This year's winners are Kathy Bella, Shannon Dixon and Taylor Johns.

Bella, a resident of Evanston, Wyo., has received the Making a Difference for Women Award, states a press release from the group.

This program acknowledges the efforts of women who, through their personal or professional activities, are working to improve the lives of women and girls.

Bella spearheaded a "Build African Schools" fundraiser.

She pulled together people from all of Evanston's schools and the community to raise more than $40,000 to build a school in Kenya for children who have no resources for an education.

"She also partnered with the government of Kenya to make sure the school had teachers and technology available," states the press release. "It not only provided a resource for education for girls but also for their teachers, who are all women."

Dixon, a student at Utah State University who is half way through her bachelor's degree program in mathematics, received the Women's Opportunity Award, which grants $1,000 to a deserving student, states the press release.

This award is designed to help women seeking to improve their economic situation through additional training or education.

Dixon's plan is to complete her degree and then obtain her master's in mathematics with an emphasis in teaching.

"Her goal is to help more students understand and enjoy math," states the release.

Taylor was the recipient of the Violet Richardson Award, which recognizes a young woman who makes the community and world a better place through volunteering.

"As Taylor reflects back on her leadership and extracurricular activities, the theme that resonates through her experience is the them of service," states the press release.

Having received the unique opportunity to participate in the Youth Linc Service year, Taylor will perform 100 hours of service in the local community.

The year of service will culminate in a two-week humanitarian trip to Kenya in the summer.

"There, she will be building classrooms, addressing women's health issues and helping the women of the village build income through small business ventures," states the release.

Soroptimist of Ogden conducts fundraising efforts to get the resources to support local community support programs throughout the year.

Fundraisers include cookbook sales, poinsettia sales, yard sales and a dinner held at the Gray Cliff Restaurant.

The Ogden club is part of Soroptimist International of the Americas.

Ogden members join with almost 100,000 Soroptimists in about 120 countries and territories to contribute time and financial support to community-based projects benefitting women.

More information is available at soroptimist.org or by calling Jeannie Hatherbruck at 801-546-6002 or Carol Felici at 801-479-7816.

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