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Soroptimist members wear orange in support of day to eliminate violence against women

Hagerstown group also raising awareness about domestic violence

December 20, 2012
  • First row, from left, Pam Steiner, Justine Keltz, Sarah Cannady, Lisa Fennel and Kim Lee (kneeling). Middle row, Joanne Seilhamer, Tressa Nicewarner, Amanda Ford, Debbie Frew, Tracey Eberling, Kay Hoffman and Marlene Shank. Back row, Vicky McKenzie, Linda Shirey, Crista Shoemaker, Jerri McNew, Pam Cole, Susan Starsinic, Teri Leiter, Cindy Hutchinson, Teresa Magaha, Nancy McKinsey, Paula Stotler and Lois Walling. Not pictured: Leigh Hunter and Holly Luther.
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At the November meeting of the Soroptimist of Hagerstown, members wore orange in support of the United Nation’s “International Day to Eliminate Violence against Women” and to raise awareness about domestic violence.

The UN General Assembly designated Nov. 25 as International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women in a 1999 resolution inviting governments, international organizations and nongovernmental organizations to “organize activities designed to raise public awareness of the problem on that day.

Soroptimist is an international volunteer organization working to improve the lives of women and girls in local communities and throughout the world. As part o its awareness campaign against violence against women, members are encouraged to keep their eyes and ears open for signs that a woman in their office might be being abused.

Some warning signs include a woman showing feelings of fear and social withdraw; bruises or physical complaints that show evidence of assault; intermittent crying and/or outburst of anger while talking with a domestic partner on the phone; increased absenteeism; reduced productivity and/or a lack of concentration.

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Almost 85,000 Soroptimist in 120 countries and territories contribute time and financial support to community-based and international projects that benefit women and girls.  Locally, the Hagerstown chapter gives the Soroptimist Women’s Opportunity Award, which assists women by giving resources they need to improve their education, skills and job prospects. 

Other awards include the Violet Richardson Award, given to a young woman who has engaged in volunteer action with their schools and communities and the Ruby Award, which honors women who have worked to improve the lives of women and girls through their professional and/or volunteer work.

For more information about Soroptimist of Hagerstown, send an email to  sihagerstownmd@aol.com.

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