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Tickets on sale for 
Celebration of Women event!

Learn more about Soroptimist!

Soroptimist International of Canton/Stark County's annual awards event celebrates education as the pathway to economic empowerment and recognizes the extraordinary efforts of women on behalf of other women. We will recognize our Live Your Dream, Virginia Wagner, Anna Faulkner, Shirley Howes, and Sally Donze award winners.  In addition, our organization will honor outstanding professional women in our community.  


Tickets can be purchased here, and include a family style meal of dinner salad, parmesan crusted chicken, penne pasta in marinara, roasted potatoes, fresh beans in oil and garlic, dessert, and beverage. All pasta is gluten free. Doors open at 11:00am, and the program begins at 11:30am. A basket raffle at the event will help raise funds for Soroptimist programs. All ages are welcome! Tickets must be purchased by March 2.  


If you want to be part of a network of dedicated women who work together to improve the lives of women and girls in our community, consider joining this impactful organization!  Click here to tell us more about yourself, and you'll hear from us soon!

Donations for the DVPI

We collect donations for the shelters operated by Domestic Violence Project, Inc.  Click button at right to view a list of what we collect each month.  YOU can participate in this effort!  Contact us to arrange for a pickup/dropoff of your contributions, or purchase directly from the DVPI's Amazon wishlist and have shipped to the organization directly.


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Business meetings are held the first Tuesday of every month, and currently rotate locations.  Scroll down to the schedule of events below for up-to-date information on upcoming meeting locations, or email President Tammy Iams at

2023 "Ruby Award" Winner


Congratulations to our 2023 "Woman of Distinction" award winner,

Maiharriese Wooden is the Founder of the Stark Blessing Box Initiative. She is also the Community Engagement Director at First Christian Church - Canton where she co manages their clothing ministry (Common Goods), runs the monthly Laundry Project, and does community engagement activities. She also works to build relationships with other organizations and communities to empower residents of the greater Stark  county area.Se is a Saint Joseph's Senior Living board member and a Member of the Stark County Junior League. Maiharriese is a mother of two adult daughters, grandmother of six, and is strong in her faith. 


Maiharriese has had personal experiences with daily challenges with food insecurity and this has encouraged her to start the Stark County Blessing Box initiative. She has been called by the Lord to begin this and has placed over 16 boxes in the Stark county area helping hundreds of families a year provide food for their families. 


Her obedience and faith in the Lord is very important to her and her mantra in life is, “To follow Jesus’ example in caring for the disadvantaged and suppressed while guiding them toward the transformational love of Christ.

2023 Woman of Distinction
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Taylor Bates was born in Alliance, OH. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Human Development and Family Science, and is currently attending Northern Kentucky University online to earn her Master of Social Work with a micro-focus in Trauma Informed Care. She has been a General Mental Health Case Manager at Coleman Health Services since October 2021. Taylor is also a Volunteer Board Member at YWCA of Alliance to help promote the empowerment of women, and eliminate racism. She is also the Vice President of COVID Christmas Angels, a non-profit organization centered around providing Christmas gifts for families in need. In her free time, Taylor enjoys spending time with her cats, family, and friends. Her dream is to help our youth realize their dreams, and then help build their resilience to achieve those dreams!

The Soroptimist Ruby Award honors women who, through their professional or personal efforts, are making extraordinary differences in the lives of women and girls. Honorees are women who have worked to improve the lives of other women or girls. Their work has had a significant impact, and also inspires and encourages other women.



PO Box 2171
North Canton, OH  44720




  • Working with Domestic Violence Project Inc. of Canton to collect items of need, make shelter improvements, lead empowerment workshops, and facilitate the Furnishing a Fresh Start program.

  • Collaborating with partners like Days for Girls, Girls on the Run.

  • Maintaining an active Awards program for women in our community.


Tues, Mar 7 - Business Meeting, Location TBA

Sat, Mar 11 -   Celebration of Women at

                        La Pizzaria in Canton, OH

Sun, April 30 - Book Discussion at Tremont                                          Coffee - Perry location on Tusc!                                    1:00pm - FREE!

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