Soroptimist enjoys games and giving

Arkansas City Soroptimists include, from back row: Christine Tanner, Sandy Smith, Linda Neal, Marianne Smith, Tracy Muller, Angie Bruce, Kim Fleetwood, Connie Kimsey, Jill Hunter, Brandy Williams, Pam Crain, Pam Zimmerman, Blanche Schmidt and Mendy Pfannenstiel.


Soroptimist of Arkansas City met for an evening of food, games and giving on Dec. 11. They took part in a round of Family Feud, Christmas style and a “decorate a human snow-woman” competition.

The women purchased pajamas, books and snacks to be provided to at-risk area children. About 50 of these “Santa’s Satchels” were assembled. The items were placed in a Soroptimist cinch-sack for ease of delivery with specially chosen books of the child’s preferences. Soroptimist of Arkansas City was awarded a grant from South Central Region Soroptimist that assisted in funding this Santa Satchel project. This is the third year that the women have donated and assembled bags for community children.

“The ladies thoroughly enjoy this project. Making Christmas a little brighter for children in our community is a great way to celebrate the holiday season.” Soroptimist club president Sarah Griggs said.

Santa Satchels is an annual project that the club plans to continue in the future.

Soroptimist is an international organization for business and professional women who provide volunteer service to their communities. The name Soroptimist means “best for women” and that is what the organization strives to achieve. Soroptimists are women at their best working to help other women be their best. For more information on Soroptimist International of Arkansas City, call Blanche Schmidt at (620) 441-7142.

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