Soroptimist International of Long Beach Honors Local Women Who Make A Difference

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WOMEN WHO MAKE A DIFFERENCE Awards Soroptimist International of Long Beach is announcing the upcoming 31st annual Women Who Make A Difference awards and luncheon.

This program honors women in our community who use their influence to improve the lives of women, and who have distinguished themselves in their profession and in the community. This year’s honorees include winners in 5 Women of Distinction categories:

  • Judy Ross, Executive Director of Long Beach Non-Profit Partnership, is being honored in the category of Economic & Social Development;
  • Daphne Ching-Jackson, Executive Director of Constellation Community Middle School, is being honored in the category of Education;
  • Helene Calvet, MD, former Health Officer at the Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services and current Deputy Health Officer in the Orange County Health Care Agency, is being honored in the category of Health & Human Service;
  • Giovanna Martinez, Youth Services Coordinator at WomenShelter of Long Beach, is being honored in the Human Rights/Status of Women category; and
  • Mary Barton, PhD, Principal at the Barton Group, is being honored in the category of International Goodwill & Understanding.

Pathways to Independence, an organization providing education, health care, therapy and mentoring for young women in need, is receiving the honor for Businesses and Organizations Advancing the Status of Women. This year’s Ruby Award for Women helping Women is going to Tulynn Smylie, Executive Director of the WomenShelter of Long Beach, which provides emergency shelter and other crisis services for victims of domestic violence and their children.

The winners of these awards will be honored at a luncheon on Saturday, April 14, 2012 at 11:00 am at The Grand, 4101 E. Willow St., Long Beach. For more information on this event, call 562-596-6915, or visit the Soroptimist website at:

Soroptimist International of Long Beach was founded in 1924 and since that time all of our volunteer members have contributed time and funding to community-based programs that benefit women and children such as our Women’s Opportunity Awards, which provides cash grants for women seeking to improve their economic status through training and education. SILB is a part of a worldwide organization with over 90,000 members in 125 countries and territories. Over 120 women have been acknowledged by Soroptimist International of Long Beach for their influence on improving the lives of Long Beach women of all ages.

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