Auburn’s newest Soroptimist Club, Soroptimist International of the American River, or SOAR, recently held its first annual awards dinner. SOAR was very proud to give out four awards for outstanding ladies within the community. Melody Dowlearn received the Violet Richardson Award, which is intended for teens between 14-17 who have done volunteer work within their community. Tera Fletcher received the Women’s Opportunity Award, which is intended for women who have the primary financial responsibility for family members and are currently attending college, a vocational school or training program to further their education. Serena Kaveny won the Live Your Dreams art contest, which asks girls to submit a drawing of a fictional woman character that is a personal inspiration to them and a written format of why that person is inspiring. Arij Mousa of the Placer School for Adults’ PASSAGE program received the Ruby Award. The award is meant to recognize a woman within the community who has encouraged others to explore their dreams and goals. Learn more about Soroptimist International of the American River by calling Laurie Whitton at (530) 401-5127 or visiting www.siamericanriver.com.