Never doubt the power of recognition to spur a girl into leadership. My Soroptimist club received an email the other day from our 2009-10 Violet Richardson Award honoree, thanking us for inspiring her to continue her volunteer efforts–and letting us know that she’s helping others apply for the award this year. Some excerpts from her email:
I’m currently a junior…and I just want to thank you for the great opportunity that has given me a lot over the past 2 years. After receiving the [Violet Richardson] award I was happy to donate $500 to my 2 organizations, and they were thrilled! I’m also honored to represent the Garden Grove Soroptimists by helping other girls apply. I’ve advocated this scholarship at many Girl Scout meetings to encourage others to apply, and the girls at [my high school] as well. This scholarship has been the catalyst in motivating me to seek other great community opportunities… and I’m so excited for college in 2 years! …I’m sorry it’s taken me this long to send an email…but I was just reminded of your great support when my friend just asked me about my experience earning this award, and she’s excited to turn in an application. I’m thrilled to be a role model to other young women on behalf of Soroptimist International of Garden Grove. I hope many girls receive the same gratification and awesome experiences that I have earned myself.
The Soroptimist Violet Richardson Award honors teenage girls for their volunteer efforts. Like our Women’s Opportunity Award, it is nice to know that our recognition matters to them–long after the award ceremony is over.