Soroptimist president

Regina Reid, new Soroptimist president, left, is also chairwoman of the Apricot Fiesta Arts and Crafts contest. In this June 4 photo, Reid oversees the event with Kathi Peichoto, another Soroptmist member.

Regina Reid will lead the local Soroptimists for the first time after taking the oath of office during an installation ceremony June 21 at the Patterson-Westley Chamber of Commerce office, where the club’s meetings are held. Outgoing co-presidents Coleen Sanguinetti and Gloria Satcher installed the new board with the theme “Church Basement Ladies,” presenting incoming members with things they can use in the kitchen.

Soroptimist means “best for women,” and members help the local community with a special focus on women and girls.

Reid is thrilled about the projects and events planned that will benefit the community in the year ahead.

“We invite interested community members to stop by our meeting and see what we are all about,” Reid said. “I’m excited about the upcoming year and the opportunity to serve.”

Satcher feels Reid is prepared to lead the club.

“Regina has so many new and invigorating ideas, so I’m sure she’ll put a great amount of effort into her new position.”

Soroptimist members are currently helping out at the Patterson Certified Farmers Market on Saturday mornings, running the children’s area from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. this summer.

For the past few years, Soroptimists have sponsored the placement of Christmas trees in South Park and helped with the Patterson-Westley Chamber of Commerce in December. Members have also partnered with Patterson Recognizing Individuals Determined to Excel to present scholarships to local graduating seniors.

Club members celebrate the Apricot Fiesta by hosting a Little Mr. and Miss Apricot Talent Show, as well as a table-setting fundraiser in which they introduce Miss Patterson finalists in the spring of each year before Fiesta weekend.

Reid herself is the chairperson of the Fiesta arts and crafts contest, something she really enjoys.

Money raised from fundraisers held throughout the year goes back into Patterson High School’s Sober Grad Night and the Miss Patterson pageant, among other events.

Local club members meet the first, second and third Tuesdays of each month at 1 p.m. at the Patterson-Westley Chamber of Commerce office in the U.S. Bank Building.

Reid said anyone interested in helping the community can stop by any of the three meetings each month and learn about Soroptimists.

Other officers installed with Reid on June 21 are Wanda LaRussa and Marlo Bradley, co-vice presidents; Juanzette Hunter, treasurer; Lynda Avarett, recording secretary; and Elaine DeLash and Gloria Satcher, directors. Maddy Houk is the appointed parliamentarian.

Maddy Houk: 892-6187 ext. 302,

PI community reporter

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