Honors, awards and scholarships earned by many of our community's most deserving and accomplished young women and ladies are featured this week. As one generation paves the way for the next, these ladies are heroes who will serve as an inspiration for all of our neighbors.
Women of Distinction
The Soroptimist International of Diablo Vista "Women of Distinction" luncheon was held recently to honor Woman of the Year, Ann Haruki-Pinedo, for making a difference through her work with the Monument Crisis Center, Contra Costa Interfaith Housing and Returning Veterans.
Haruki-Pinedo co-produced a film reaching out to returning veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan with the Veterans Health Research Institute through UC San Francisco called "Welcome Home." Her commitment to helping veterans is inspired by her father, a member of the famed Japanese American soldiers of World War II who fought in Europe.
Women of Distinction Award winners honored for making a difference in our community are Bobbie Call, Diane Graham and Kathy Ramirez. The Violet Richardson Award winner is Nicole Hohenstein, and selected for the Women's Opportunity Award is Brittani Valez, with Celina Lopez taking second place. Michele Gotfried received the Marie Broman Award. SIDV presented $3,900 in awards and scholarships.
Congratulations to all of the deserving ladies receiving Soroptimist International of Diablo Vista
Tina Young, the Pleasant Hill Recreation and Park District recreation supervisor, accepted a generous check for $55,000 from the organization to be used for furnishing the new Community, Teen and the Senior centers in Pleasant Hill.
Soroptimist International is dedicated to assisting women and girls to create social and economic equality. Soroptimist International of Diablo Vista has been helping our community for nearly 60 years and supports the Monument Crisis Center, Shelter, STAND! for Families Free of Violence, The Respite Inn, Pleasant Hill Recreation and Park District, and many other community projects. Visit www.sidiablovista.org to learn about more of their fine work and membership opportunities.
The Danville-Alamo-Walnut Creek branch of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) has award seven 2012 scholarships. Each winner will receive $2,000 at an awards ceremony May 31, in Danville. Congratulations to these exceptional young women.
The Jane Trittipo Scholarship is awarded to Caitlin Rugg, a 2006 San Ramon Valley High School graduate enrolled at UCLA's David Geffen School of Medicine, who is pursuing a career in orthopedic surgery and working with the team doctor for UCLA women's sports teams. She received her bachelor's and master's degrees at Stanford.
Amanda Fujii will receive a scholarship for pursuing a bachelor and master's degree in the mechanical engineering program at UCLA. She is a member of Tau Beta Pi, the national engineering honor society and is a 2008 graduate of Monte Vista High School.
Scholarship winner and Ph.D. candidate in the Human Development Department at UC Davis, Sarah Hartman will be investigating how early family relationships affect development, physiology and psychological outcomes. She is completing a master's at Cal State Stanislaus after having received a bachelor's degree at Davis. She is a 2005 graduate of Valley Christian High School in Dublin, and a resident of Alamo.
Master of music in piano accompaniment is the goal of scholarship winner Danielle DiDonato, who is a senior at San Francisco State majoring in music. She has been accepted to study at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in Glasgow in the fall. DiDonato is a 2008 graduate of Carondelet High School in Concord and resides in Alamo.
Scholarship winner Erin Delker has a B.A. in psychology from George Washington University and is studying for a master's at Columbia University, where she has received recognition by the Mailman School of Public Health. Ultimately, she intends to work in academia and to continue public health research. She is a 2007 graduate of San Ramon Valley High School.
Lindsey Reardon earned her bachelor's degree at Brigham Young University and will use her scholarship award toward a master of science in nursing degree at the University of San Francisco School of Nursing and Health Professions. The advanced practice clinical nurse leader role requires knowledge of business and hospital policy to cut costs while improving care. She is a Danville resident.
After graduating summa cum laude from San Diego State with a B.A. degree in speech language and hearing sciences, scholarship winner Paige Branson is studying at the University of Wisconsin in Madison. A member of Phi Beta Kappa, she has worked with children with speech sound disorders, and next year she hopes to work in local schools and hospitals. She is a 2007 graduate of Northgate High School in Walnut Creek.
AAUW advances equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy and research. Danville-Alamo-Walnut Creek AAUW offers scholarships and supports women for personal and professional growth, community leadership and friendship.
AAUW membership is open to all graduates of accredited four-year colleges or universities and those holding an associate degree or equivalent. Prospective members can contact Tena at 925-837-0826 or firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.aauw-daw.org for more information.
The California East Bay Oncology Nurses (CEBONS) chapter has awarded $1,000 scholarships to Victoria Akinremi and Helena Abid, both Diablo Valley College students who will be furthering their education in the nursing area at a four-year college. The purpose of the scholarship is to promote nursing and to encourage and assist students in pursuit of nursing careers.
The Women's Initiative for Self Employment in Concord is the nation's largest training and funding organization supporting female entrepreneurs overcoming economic and social barriers to become drivers of economic development and leaders in our Contra Costa community.
A Mother's Day open-air market was held in May at their offices, 1465 Enea Circle in Concord.
Graduates of the Women's Initiative small business training program promoted their businesses and sold their products at the event which was a great success.
The organization provides business management training, technical assistance and financial services in English and Spanish to improve the quality of life for women, their families and our communities.
For every $1 invested in Women's Initiative, $30 is returned to the local community as women leave public assistance, pay taxes, employ others and purchase goods and services from others in the community.
In Contra Costa County, Women's Initiative has served more than 1,724 women, with almost 700 of those being Spanish speakers, and has created 425 new jobs.
"Good Neighbors" is compiled by Faith Barnidge. Send club and organization news, Scouting items, notices of awards and other submissions to email@example.com.