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Colfax Soroptimists hold Women’s Awards

By: Alan Shuttleworth
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COLFAX — The Colfax Soroptimist Club recently held their annual Women’s Awards presentation at TJ’s Restaurant and honored several women for their outstanding contributions to their community.

The Violet Richardson Award is presented to a high-school age woman who has demonstrated outstanding volunteer service to their community. The program is named after the president of the first Soroptimist Club, Violet Richardson Ward. She was dedicated to creating opportunities for girls and young women. This year’s award was presented to Emilie Webb. Emilie was recognized with a cash award for starting the Leos Club, the student branch of the Lions Club. From a start of 18 students, the club now has more than 100 members and the members participate in a wide variety of community service projects.

The Live Your Dream Award assists women in improving their skills, training and education. The award assists women who are the primary wage earner for their family unit and have faced challenges that have prevented them from achieving their educational and professional goals. Recipients may use the cash award to address any costs associated with their efforts including tuition, books, supplies and housing. This year’s award winner is Yarlenny Vargas. Yarlenny is a student at Sierra College and is pursuing an AA degree in criminal justice. She hopes to eventually secure a law degree and work in the legal field.

The Ruby Award, named after Ruby Lee Minar, the first federation president. Ruby is a gemstone, associated with wisdom, vitality, strength, power and love. It is designed to honor women who work to improve the lives of women and girls in their community through their professional work. This year, the Colfax Soroptimists chose to honor two women as Ruby winners. The first honoree was Bea Rolph, office manager in Kurtis Fox MD’s medical office in Colfax. She has made the office a safe place for over 25 years and greets everyone by name. In a small town, Fox’s office is the place where girls and women often go for advice for both medical and emotional issues. Talking with Rolph makes a person feel valued and positive about a decision to see physician.

“She makes me look good,” Fox said.

Temi LaMair is the second Ruby honoree. LaMair is the nurse in  Fox’s medical office and has held that position for more than 15 years. Her listening skills and medical knowledge make her a valued medical professional and a caring community member. LeMair handles all patients with sincere attention and a warm bedside manner. Fox likes to chat, so LaMair often reminds him that he has more patients to see. LaMair and Rolph each received a cash award that will be donated to a charity of their choosing.