Mary Ann Searle
Greetings from Soroptimist of Stuart!
Soroptimist is an international women's service organization that is focused on encouraging women and girls to fulfill their dreams and reach their potential. Soroptimist of Stuart is committed to provide women and girls with the education and training they need to achieve financial stability and independence.
Soroptimist of Stuart plans to partner with The Martin County Boys & Girls Club to facilitate our "Dream It Be It" Program for middle and high school girls. We will help these girls prepare for the future by spending time with them over a few weeks. We will encourage them to share their dreams, set career goals, and learn about the education and training they will need to fulfill their dreams and accomplish their goals. Along the way, we will encourage them to apply for college and financial aid, including scholarships.
Soroptimist of Stuart will coordinate Fall and Spring fundraisers to raise money to "give back" to women who are making an impact in our community and/or developing themselves as future leaders for our community. Last year, through our Live Your Dream, Women in Transition, and Youth Service Awards, we recognized women who are making a positive difference in our community while pursuing their college education.
Soroptimist of Stuart will re-institute a "Women of Distinction" event. This program allows local businesses and non-profits to nominate outstanding woman who are making a positive impact on the lives of women and girls in our community. We know it takes a village to help women and girls reach their potential, so we enjoy recognizing women who are doing the "good work" locally.
Soroptimist of Stuart will continue to review and accept requests for help through the "Women in Need Committee." For example, last year, we helped a local woman pay for dental surgery, so she could maintain good physical health and present herself well to potential employers.
As you can see, we are looking forward to a busy year focused on improving the lives of women and girls! Would you like to join us?
Onward and upward!!!
Mary Ann Searle, President