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Feather River Bulletin Wednesday, April 16, 2014 7A Debra Moore Staff Writer dmoore@plumasnews.com Lisa Kelly accepted her award as her friends sang, "You Are My Sunshine," and Billie Bequette received her award during a standing ovation. They were just two of the women honored during the Soroptimist International of Quincy awards dinner held at the Tulsa Scott Pavilion on April 9. The women ranged in age from 17 to 90, and all have made significant contributions to the community. The audience, the largest ever in the six-year history of the event, included Soroptimists from Portola and Quincy, as well as family and friends of the recipients. As everyone enjoyed a dinner prepared by Caron Chance of Back Door Catering, the awards presentation began. Calling it "probably the most important award," Joyce Scroggs presented the Women's Opportunity Award to Portola resident Sierra Skaufel. The award included a $1,000 scholarship. Skaufel is a preschool teacher, student, single mother and busy volunteer. "I'm truly honored to receive this," she said. The Violet Richardson Award is presented to a girl age 14 - 17 who exemplifies volunteerism. This year's recipient, Ava Hagwood, began her service early by working to establish Joyce Scroggs, left, presents the Soroptimist of the Year award to Billie Bequette. Photos by Debra Moore a service club for junior high students. Hagwood will be a senior at Quincy High next year. Suzanne Stirling, who, along with Nicole Yoacham, received the Women Helping Students Award, became the advisor for the young club. Nicole is the senior high's S Club advisor. Kendal Hicks received the S Club Student of the Year award, an accolade reserved for graduating seniors. Hicks plans to attend UC Davis in the fall. Graeagle resident Colleen McKeown and Quincy resident Jennifer Ludvigson received the Women of Distinction Award for their work with their respective foundations. McKeown established The Common Good Community Foundation and Ludvigson founded Tru Community. The former gives grants to individuals and organizations within the community, and the latter focuses on helping individuals with costs associated with medical care. "I put this together so we could give back," Ludvigson said. The community supported her family when her son was diagnosed with cancer. "We have just been amazed at the variety of nonprofits in this community," McKeown said. "Nights like this are good for the community and good for women." Mama Markham received the first standing ovation of the evening after she received the Women in History Award. Cindy Wood read a biography of the 86-year-old that cofitained her significant accomplishments such as being named the first female engineer for the Forest I I I I I I I Ibm Insure Your Family's Safety and Comfort! =m ~ mm ~ ~l m= ~=m =m m am n ~ m m m ~ m m =m em m ~ ~ m u m ~ m m ~ m m m m ~ ~ ~ A/C $99 • SWAMP COOLERS $159 Offer and coupon valid through June 30. Not valid with any other offer or coupon. mm mm me am mm am mm mm am mm mm mm mm mm im In mm mm mm mm ~ m m m ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ I I, I I I I ...J WE ALSO CLEAN CHIMNEY'S (530) e e "It's altitude, not aptitude, that gets you altitude." Marna Markham Women in History Award recipient Service and her work in the U.S. Postal Service. As Markham accepted her award she shared the "three great love affairs" of her life: her husband, her children and her community. During her tenure as postmaster she encouraged 16 postal clerks to become postmasters, and shared the same advice with the audience that she gave to them: "Don't hesitate to do what you really want to do." She closed her remarks by saying, "It's attitude, not aptitude, that gets you altitude." Markham wasn't the only woman to share wisdom gained through the years. Geri Bernard, who will turn 91 next month, told the audience, "Don't ever stop working; don't ever stop dreaming; and please remember CAN." Bernard received the Women Helping Women & Families Award for her work with CAN, the local food bank. "CAN is what gets her out of bed in the morning," said Billie Bequette as she presented the award. Bernard works in the back room organizing the food, but she is often called up front so that she can bestow one of her famous hugs on the visitors. Lisa Kelly received the Soroptimist Sunshine Award amid a chorus of "You Are My Sunshine." Kelly was recognized for a host of volunteer activities including with the Quincy Star Follies. A teary Kelly said, "I love this community. It's family; it's community, then all the other stuff." Penny Pines certificates were presented in memory of Kay Farris, Ruth Broadwell and Mary Ann Mathes. One acre of national forest will be replanted in the Chips Fire burn area for each of the three women. Martha Taborski accepted the certificate on behalf of her aunt, Mary Ann. The final award of the evening, and the only one that was a surprise, went to Billie Bequette, who was named Soroptimist of the Year. After a standing ovaiion, Bequette recalled her early days working in Plumas Unified School District and the evolution of the S Club at Quincy High School. 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