​The Violet Richardson Award is a program conducted by the Soroptimist International of the Americas Federation.  As a volunteer service organization Soroptimist believes that by acknowledging young women's volunteer involvement now, they will grow up to be vital active members of the community.  The Violet Richardson Award honors young women between the ages of 14 and 17 for volunteer action such as fighting drugs, crime and violence, cleaning up the environment and working to end discrimination and poverty.  (*We present the Violet Richardson Award at our Making a Difference Luncheon)

This a program that was established in 1972 by Soroptimist International of the Americas to assist women with primary financial responsibility for their families to obtain the skills training and education necessary to improve their employment status and standard of living for themselves and their family.  Live Your Dream  applicants (previously call Women's Opportunity Award - WOA) have faced economic and social barriers, and personal hardships that have prevented them from pursuing and achieving their educational and professional goals—until now.  

(*We present the Live Your Dream Award at our Making a Difference Luncheon)

The vision of Soroptimist is to be the voluntary service organization chosen by individuals committed to improving the lives of women & girls in local communities & throughout the world.

Below is a list of scholarships and projects that Soroptimist International of Diablo Vista participates in:

The mission of Founder Region Fellowship is to advance the status of women. Founder Region Fellowship offers grants to women enrolled in graduate schools within the boundary of Founder Region who have advanced to candidacy and are entering into the last year of their doctoral programs.
These grants-in-aid are given to assist women in the completion of their doctoral degrees. The Fellowships are  announced and formally presented at the annual Founder Region Spring Conference. 

Live your dream winner Brittany Ayala and her son, Oriana Morris and her daughter, & Joanne Magano

The Women of Distinction winners pictured L to R: Teri Gallagher, Sonja Wilkin, Denise Koroslev, Jane Streich and Ana Villalobos


Women of  Distinction

The Live Your Dream Awards

Scholarships, Awards & Helping Others

Jane Streich

Woman of the Year 2017

 "The Live Your Dream" Any Questions can be referred to Karen Jameson at 925-858-8611 or karenjameson0699@sbcglobal.net".

May 31, 2017

Members of SI/Diablo Vista, CA, thank you!

We know how hard you work to generate funds for programs that benefit women and girls. We are so grateful and honored you have elected to contribute a portion of those locally raised funds to Soroptimist’s global programs. Your gift of $1000.00, made on May 31, 2017 is going to travel the world to make a difference in the life of a woman or girl in one of our 20 countries or territories. 

A woman like Sandra, from Bolivia. The education and stability clubs like yours have provided her with $15,000 in Live Your Dream Awards funding once felt very far away.

Sandra was sent to live with her uncle when she was six, after her father died and her mother became overwhelmed. There, she was beaten and food was withheld. Eventually she made her way back to her mother, who had taken on a new boyfriend. This man attempted to rape Sandra multiple times. Then his son succeeded. Unfortunately, when Sandra’s mother learned of this, she kicked Sandra out of her home. Later, Sandra met a seemingly kind man, who over time became violent, a drunk, and unfaithful. Sandra divorced him, and following this one of her sons committed suicide.


Sandra has had a horrific life. What she dreamt of more than anything else in the world was normalcy. By contributing to Club Giving, you and your fellow members made dreams come true for women like Sandra, who is now on her way to graduating high school and becoming a chef so she can better provide a reliable income for her family. Thank you.


I am sure that all the members of SI/Diablo Vista, CA want to know the change they make in a woman or girl’s life. Please share this story with them so they know that every club donation, or action they took to fundraise was well worth it. Additionally, with your generous gift, we are pleased to acknowledge you as a Dream Believers contributor, with a total donation of $1000.00 for the 2016-2017 Club Giving recognition period.

In recognition of your gift, we’ve attached a virtual sign of our appreciation. The attached badge can be placed on your club’s website to distinguish your club for its outstanding support of women around the world.

On behalf of the many women and girls who will benefit this year from your Club Giving contribution, I’d like to again extend my thanks for your generosity.

In Soroptimist friendship,

Tracy Scala, Chair

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Scholarship: Founder Region Fellowship

Violet Richardson Award