Community Ser­vice Group Wel­comes Newly Elected Of­fi­cers

MidWeek Islander (Central Oahu) - - Central Oahu Islander -

The women’s club with the im­pres­sive name — Sorop­ti­mist In­ter­na­tional of Cen­tral Oahu — re­cently elected new of­fi­cers to get set for a busy year of community ser­vice.

Founded 25 years ago, the lo­cal chap­ter aims “to en­rich the lives of women and girls in­ter­na­tion­ally and locally,” ac­cord­ing to mem­ber Jackie Pac­tol. They give out cit­i­zen­ship and other youth awards, have men­tored DARE pro­gram’s Lei Ilima Girls Club, and sup­plied Lee­ward Abuse Shel­ter with per­sonal items and fur­nish­ings for years.

In the past two years, Pac­tol said, mem­bers have en­cour­aged girls at the Bobby Ben­son Cen­ter, a res­i­den­tial sub­stance abuse treat­ment cen­ter on the North Shore, to give to oth­ers in need. For ex­am­ple, the girls made lap blan­kets for clients at the Lee­ward Abuse Shel­ter with ma­te­ri­als fur­nished by the club.

New of­fi­cers are pres­i­dent Leona Soto, pres­i­dent-elect Rene Man­sho, sec­re­tary Kathy Ishi­moto, trea­surer Su­san Lau and di­rec­tors Angie Bu­garin, Judy Fomin, Ann Freed and Lor­raine Fuku­mae.

The club meets at 6 p.m. on the first Thurs­day of each month at Ruby Tues­day in Mililani.

For more in­for­ma­tion, call 623-6577.

Angie Bu­garin, Judy Fomin and Ann Freed are new chap­ter di­rec­tors for Sorop­ti­mist In­ter­na­tional of Cen­tral Oahu. Photo from Jackie Pac­tol.

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