GFWC-OK 2019 Club Year AWARDS: Sorosis Club of Cheyenne

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Joan Maddox, GFWC-OK State President, is pleased to announce that the Sorosis Club of Cheyenne won two awards this year: Community Service in the Home Life Category and Special Projects for their Advocates for Children Programs.

According to reports submitted for judging, Cheyenne Sorosis Club supported four projects as part of their Special Projects Advocates for Children programming. 1. Methodist Women’s Summer Sack Lunch Ministry where they helped feed an average of 65 children daily and served about 1,887 meals during the summer of 2019. 745 volunteer hours were served during this program. 2. Oklahoma Outdoor Reach Program where all 22 members donated time to provide prepackaged snacks to help the Cheyenne Methodist Church host the 11th annual program where 10 special needs youth hunters were provided a hunting experience. 41 volunteer club hours were devoted to this program. 3. Operation Elf supports the Toy Project at OU Medical Center’s Children’s Hospital. 4. The Club donated $200 to the Spikes Softball Team to be used for softball equipment. Spikes is a summer league program for teenage girls. Dollars Donated were $200.

The Club also won $25 for their Home Life Projects which consisted of five projects. 1. Food Baskets. The Food Basket program was started more than 50 years ago by the Cheyenne Sorosis Club. The program provides boxes containing non-perishable foods, personal care items, Angel Tree gifts as well as a gift card to a local grocery store to families around Roger Mills County during the holidays. 2. Spouse Trays (co-sponsored by the GFWC-OK Cheyenne Platonic Club) provided trays of homemade cookies, fruit and candy that were delivered to persons who lost their spouses in 2019. This past year they delivered 10 trays during the 2019 holiday season. 3. Pet Parade is co-sponsored by the local library. Press releases invite the children throughout the county to enter their pets (live, stuffed or imaginary) in the parade. This year there were 40 participants. 4. Nursing Home project including adopting a nursing home in the adjoining county as a Christmas project. They partnered with the Methodist Church and provided trays of fruit, cookies, and some personal items to 26 residents. This project receives assistance from other organizations, as well. 5. Angel Tree Program provided is co-sponsored by the Crawford Magnolia Baptist Church. Each child receives five age-appropriate gifts. Recipients are anonymous. 422 volunteer hours were devoted to these five projects and $5,588.83 dollars were donated with an additional $7,856 in in-kind donations provided by club members.

Congratulations to all club members for devoting time, energy and resources to your community. If you have questions on any of these programs, please contact Lauren Schmidt, Club President, at laurenschmidt2015@gmail.com or Jan Bailey at janbailey@cableone.net.

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