A Woman of Action…Spotlight on Sylvia Harsin


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Her smile is a warm, winning smile and that is exactly the feeling you get when you first meet Sylvia Harsin!

Here is how Sylvia, a realtor with Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, describes herself: “I have been a professional Realtor in the Huntington Beach area for over 25 years. Combining my years of industry sales with solid knowledge of the California real estate market, I try and create a positive buying and selling experience for all of my clients. I understand the true meaning and value of integrity and service, I believe my adaptable personality brings a host of market information and industry skills to the table…”and she adds, “There is nothing that I enjoy better than helping people reach their Goals!”

Sylvia joined Soroptimist in July 2017 after meeting Anne Gillespie, who she says is an “awesome neighbor.”  And…she immediately began to give back.  Sylvia generously paid for the meeting room we used for our retreat but, that’s not all….She provided each of us with a water bottle and a beautiful bookmark but…that’s not all…when Cathy Standiford asked if anyone wanted to be the Assistant Treasurer, Sylvia quickly volunteered.

She also joined our Fundraising Committee and joined us at our first committee meeting on Saturday, September 9, to help plan our first FUNdraiser, our annual Wine Tasting.

When asked what made her decide to join Soroptimist, she said that “once Anne explained to me what Soroptimist was all about…I knew I wanted to be a part of this great organization.”  (Author’s aside: Anne is our VP of Membership….perfect position for her, don’t you think??)

Sylvia is my kind of girl…..When asked if she had a hobby, she responded, “I enjoy exploring different restaurants, and I appreciate Fine Wine!”  (something many club members also enjoy!)

She travels for fun when she can and has seen most of Italy including the Tuscany area and the South of France.

Currently she is enjoying “being by myself” but her 9 nieces and nephews have always been a “huge part of her life” and now their children are the same.

On a sad note, Sylvia lost her mother 3 years ago and more recently, her nephew, Jason Christopher Finan (Navy),  who was a Chief Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technician out of Mobil Unit 3 (San Diego) who had been deployed with his platoon to Iraq in support of SEAL Team Five and Special Operations Task Force-Iraq as an EOD Supervisor and Platoon Leading Chief Petty Officer (October 20, 2016).  We know you are very proud of him, Sylvia, and must miss him very much.

On a happier note, when I asked Sylvia to describe herself in one word, she said, “Fun!!”

We are so excited that you decided to join us, Sylvia!  We welcome you with a great big SIHB hug!

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