On Thursday April 16 the Soroptimist International of Vista held their annual Salad Bar Luncheon at the Grace Presbyterian Church on E. Vista Way. This is a popular event and as usual it was well attended. Even the Deputy Mayor of Vista, John Aguilera, was seen at the salad bar with the many varieties of salads being served. Soroptimist volunteers in their blue aprons were seen everywhere at this function which both raises money for community service projects but also gives out funds to worthy recipients.
Photos by Mary Murphy
This year’s recipients included, The Boys and Girls Club of Vista, North County Lifeline, Operation Hope, Leap to Success (workshop for former victims of domestic violence), Olive Elementary Millionaire Club (students reading over 1,000,000 words per year), Schizophrenics in Transition, Welcome Home Ministries (dental care for women), and a Soroptimist Project to combat Human Trafficking. The funding given to these programs that are aimed at improving the lives of women and children totaled almost $10,000.00.
Tickets were sold for the luncheon, advertising for the placemat/programs was sold to local business owners and two of the beautiful Miss Pride of Vista Princesses Bianca Salgado and Brianna Molina were gracefully moving from table to table selling raffle tickets. There was a plethora of basket raffle prizes that filled the stage and an adjacent table. Also selling tickets was Thoralinda Soyland but her tickets weren’t good for any of the many raffle prizes that would be awarded. Buying a ticket from Thoralinda would get you a chance to win the hat she was wearing. The hat was decorated with dozens of currency bills folded to look like green ribbons.
I learned that this event was formerly known as the Paupers Luncheon because it is traditionally held on or shortly after the April 15 Tax Day. Many folks remembered that it used to be held at the church on Eucalyptus in the Historic Downtown area. No one seemed to remember when or why the name had been changed. If anyone out there knows please tell me.
Soroptimist International is a worldwide volunteer service organization for business and professional women, working to improve the lives of women and girls in local communities and throughout the world. Almost 95,000 Soroptimists in about 120 countries and territories contribute time and financial support to community-based and international projects that benefit women and girls.
Empowering girls to pursue their career goals and reach their full potential is the goal of the new Soroptimist International global program, “Dream It, Be It”. Aimed at students in secondary school that have a need to access mentors and trusted adults who can share their knowledge and experience, the curriculum will cover career opportunities, setting & achieving goals, overcoming obstacles to success and moving forward after setbacks or failures.
Soroptimist International of Vista will be providing more details about this exciting new program soon! http://www.soroptimistvista.org/