Loomis Basin Soroptimists hand out honors

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Soroptimist International of Loomis Basin held its awards night Feb. 24 at the Loomis Depot. Recognition and monetary awards were presented to Michelle Sanderson, Alexandra Onea and Angela Hamilton. The Violet Richardson Award was given to Alexandra Onea, a Rocklin High School student. This award recognizes young women who make the community and world a better place through their volunteer efforts. Alexandra spent last summer as a volunteer at an orphanage and unwed mothers home in Romania. She plans to return there this summer. Alexandra plans to use her award money to purchase items to help these mothers and children to live a happy life. Angela Hamilton received the Women's Opportunity Award, presented a mature women who must enter or return to the job market in order to support themselves and their families. Hamilton is a single mother of three who is in the process of completing her schooling in order to obtain certification as a drug and counselor. She plans to serve the community from "the inside" where she says she should be able to make the biggest changes. The Ruby Award was presented to Michelle Sanderson. It is awarded to women who are improving the lives of other women or girls through their professional or personal activities. Sanderson is a certified massage therapist and public speaker who focuses on teaching women about breast health and improving their health by making small changes in their eating habits, make up use, cleaning supplies and daily preventatives. Several local grammar school teachers were also awarded with monetary awards for improvements in their classrooms. The teachers are Dana Swain, Placer Elementary; Becky Pahl, Franklin School; Kathy Lowry, Ophir School; Lynn Wheeler and Margaret Lubinski, Valley View School; Patricia Shier and Andrea Tiernan Pollack, Antelope Creek School; Cindy Smith, Cobblestone School; and Carol Strand, Twin Oaks Elementary School. - Staff report