for attending our
Celebration of Women event!
Our Soroptimist club's awards program distributes educational grants to women in pursuit of degrees to further their dreams and career goals. In addition, a local essay contest for students introduces women of the past and the present whose accomplishments serve to inspire and educate us. This year, we will recognize 11 individuals in the following award categories:
Live Your Dream (a major program of Soroptimist International of the Americas)
Anna Faulkner (named for a former Canton/Stark County club member)
Shirley Howes (named for a former Canton/Stark County club member)
Virginia Wagner (named for a former Soroptimist Midwestern Region member)
Sally Donze (named for a former Canton/Stark County club member)
New Winners Every Week -
Our Club's Virtual Fundraiser!
Through December 2020, tickets were sold giving purchasers a chance to win once a week for an entire year! Funds raised from this effort will be used to support Soroptimist programs during the 2020-21 year. Drawings started on December 8, 2020, and new winners are drawn each Thursday and announced on our social media channels.
Donations for the DVPI
Learn more about Soroptimist!
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!
Book Discussion - April 17
@ 10:00am via Zoom
Our club is excited to be partnering again with the Massillon Museum in its NEA Big Read! This year's book selection is Circe by Madeline Miller. Join us for a free Zoom discussion about the book on Saturday, April 17 at 10:00am. We'll consider the circumstances surrounding Circe's narrative and how they might have been different if she were a 21st-century woman. Register to attend here!
Learn more about
Women's Day 2021 - #ChooseToChallenge
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! Bring donations to meetings held the first Tuesday of each month at Buehler's in Jackson Township, or contact us to arrange for a pickup/dropoff of your contributions.
Each year, the United Nations selects a theme for International Women's Day--in recognition of March 8 as being the recognized day of unifying people around the globe to inspire positive change for women. In 2021, the theme is Choose to Challenge. According to the IWD website, "A challenged world is an alert world. Individually, we're all responsible for our own thoughts and actions - all day, every day. We can choose to challenge and call out gender bias and inequality. We can choose to seek out and celebrate women's achievements. Collectively, we can all help create an inclusive world. From challenge comes change, so let's all choose to challenge." To learn more about International Women's Day 2021, and how you can get involved, click here!
Business meetings are currently facilitated via Zoom, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and for the safety of our members and guests. We'd love to have you join us! Email for information on membership or to request access to a meeting!
2020 Woman of Distinction
2020 "Ruby Award" Winners
Congratulations to our 2020 "Woman of Distinction" award winner, Bonnie Zorc! Bonnie retired from TimkenSteel in 2017, and has been the Co-leader of Canton Ohio Days for Girls Chapter for more than three years, and a member for seven. She serves as a mentor at Hannah House and for the Beacon Academy’s sixth grade girls class. A mother of three daughters, she has been married to her husband Tom for more than 34 years. Bonnie was a graduate of Carnegie Mellon University, with a B.S. in Metallurgical Engineering and Materials Science.
Days for Girls International was founded eleven years ago to create sustainable feminine hygiene kits to donate to over 1.5 million girls all over the world so they can stay in school. The local chapter has been in existence for eight years. Bonnie enjoyed getting together with many talented, generous spirited women with the common goal of helping girls achieve their education, avoid childhood marriage, and manage their periods with dignity.
Members of the “Sisterhood of the Traveling Pads” chapter need not know how to sew or quilt to make a difference; they apply all talents and time to the Days for Girls mission. They have created over 8,000 kits to date. Bonnie says, “Our efforts give meaning to our lives and we share the beauty of service with whoever attends and shares time. Having many generations participate in events is very endearing to our members. We have had much encouragement for our mission from Soroptimist. specifically knowing these kits are more than just a yard of fabric: they very much support many of the issues that affect the lives of women and girls that Soroptimist also supports.”
JESSICA TSOUFIOU & MAGGIE O'BRIAN
Congratulations to our 2020 "Ruby Award for Women Helping Women" winners! Frazer Elementary teachers Jessy Tsoufiou and Maggie O’Brian co-founded the Fierce Females at in Fall 2018. The confidence and kindness-building program for fourth grade girls embraces the motto, “Learn, Lead, and Love.” Students participate in service projects and lessons to build confidence in their abilities and make them less troubled by peer pressure and social environments. Professional women from across the country present powerful messages to the group. Emphasis is placed on spreading kindness and the importance of giving back. Daily, the girls empower each other by supporting one another as they work to achieve their goals.
Fierce Females Co-Founder and fourth-grade Math teacher, Jessica Tsoufiou, has been contributing to the healthy development of fourth graders at Frazer Elementary in Plain Local School District for seventeen years. Jessy has proudly served her school and the community as a team leader, peer consultant, lead teacher, tutor, mentor, and national Milken Educator Award winner.
Maggie O’Brian is a fourth grade English Language Arts teacher at Frazer Elementary, a position she has held for the past eight years. She has spent the last thirteen years committed to developing literacy skills and personal growth among her students. O’Brian has been recognized as a Repository Teacher of the Month, a member of various state and district initiatives, and a building team leader.
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 2336
North Canton, OH 44720
Tues, March 2 - Business Meeting @6pm, via Zoom
Thurs, March 11 - Virtual Celebration of Women, 6:30pm
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 and P.A.T.H.S.
Maintaining an active Awards program for women in our community.
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