member spotlight

Cathy Standiford featured on Giving Back Podcast

Cathy Standiford, a retired City Manager and Local Government Consultant, a volunteer mentor for Write Girl, is a 30-year member of Soroptimist International and a member of our club, Soroptimist International of Huntington Beach. As a woman of faith, Cathy believes it is her purpose to serve, mentor, and empower young women. On the Giving …

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Long Walks on the Beach…Spotlight on Mary Chiappetta

We are so excited to welcome new member, Mary Chiapetta…and we thank long walks on the beach with Christine Soresi for introducing Mary to Soroptimist International of Huntington Beach. To help you get to know Mary a little better, here is some information about her. Mary became a single mom to her young daughter, Gina, …

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A Woman of Beauty and Grace…Spotlight on Margie Bunten

We can thank Pat Davis, a longtime member, for Margie Bunten joining SIHB in September, 2002. Margie said she joined SIHB “because of the women who were involved and the hands-on community involvement” and giving back to the community seems to be what Margie Bunten does best! Margie & her husband of 49 years, Charlie, …

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A Native Californian Who Loves Cooking and Horses….Spotlight on Vera Austin

It took Vera Austin 27 years from when she first heard about Soroptimist until she joined in June, 2017. When asked what made her decide to become a Soroptimist, Vera said, “It is time to give back”, and that she is “proud to be part of such a professional organization.” So…who is Vera…and how does …

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Once A Soroptimist…Always A Soroptimist ….Spotlight on Ellie Nixon

Ellie Nixon’s friend, Linda Gallagher, first introduced Ellie to Soroptimist International Huntington Beach in 2003.  Ellie joined because she believed in our mission, to improve the lives of women and girls through programs leading to social and economic empowerment, but, life took over and although Ellie continued to support us at fundraisers and events, she …

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March is a Surprising Month!

Growing up in the Midwest, I never knew what March would bring….warm spring weather with flowers blooming or cold freezing winds and one last snowstorm but, here is southern California, we don’t have to worry about snowstorms!  That doesn’t mean that March is a month that slips by without any memories.  So….what are my memories …

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It All Began With A Meetup…Focus on Leslie Miller

In order to promote Soroptimist in Huntington Beach and hopefully attract more women to either join us or support us, I decided to create a Meetup for our club.  I had no idea or expectations of what would happen but, we struck gold when Leslie Miller found us! Leslie joined our Meetup and then came …

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Welcome Home….Spotlight on Michele Robb

When Michele Robb decided to come home to Orange County, SI Huntington Beach got lucky.  Michele not only jumped in with all her heart, she immediately became an active participant. Why is Michele a Soroptimist?  In her own words, “so I can have a life that is ever so much more so!” Although Michele joined …

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Celebrating Our Love For Phyllis

Phyllis Nichols is beginning a new chapter in her life….in another state….Florida…far far away from all of her friends in California. For months, I have been telling Phyllis that I wanted to go to dinner with her before she left but, my busy schedule had kept me from making a date until earlier this month. We …

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The Voice of Reason…Spotlight on Carol Speaker

I don’t know if it is because we are both Sagittarians or what but, I do know, when I need someone to go to for advice or an objective opinion; I go to Carol Speaker. Carol Speaker joined Soroptimist over 20 years ago, February 1995, because friends who were members asked her to join but, …

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