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Soroptimist International of Marysville inducts new Board, prepares for annual auction

The Soroptimist International of Marysville Board for 2013-14. Front row from left, Debbie Elgin, Marge Due, Co-President Teresa Trivett and Louise Alexander-Way. Back row from left, Elaine Hanson, Veronica Love, Suzanne Perry, Jackie Van Assche, Kathleen Shalan and Melissa Clarke. Not pictured: Co-President Kathie Roon. - Courtesy photo.
The Soroptimist International of Marysville Board for 2013-14. Front row from left, Debbie Elgin, Marge Due, Co-President Teresa Trivett and Louise Alexander-Way. Back row from left, Elaine Hanson, Veronica Love, Suzanne Perry, Jackie Van Assche, Kathleen Shalan and Melissa Clarke. Not pictured: Co-President Kathie Roon.
— image credit: Courtesy photo.

MARYSVILLE — Soroptimist International of Marysville has inducted its Board members for the 2013-14 year, which they're kicking off by reaching out to the community this fall.

Marysville Soroptimist Co-Presidents Teresa Trivett and Kathie Roon will serve alongside Board members Debbie Elgin, Marge Due, Louise Alexander-Way, Elaine Hanson, Veronica Love, Suzanne Perry, Jackie Van Assche, Kathleen Shalan and Melissa Clarke for the next year, as they focus on improving the lives of women and girls in the local community and throughout the world.

The recipients of Soroptimist International of Marysville's nearly $28,000 in charitable contributions to the Marysville community during the 2012-13 fiscal year included the Marysville Community Food Bank and Toy Store, Kloz 4 Kidz, the Marysville YMCA's Invest in Youth program, the American Cancer Society's Relay For Life, Domestic Violence Services of Snohomish County, the city of Marysville's Parks and Recreation Department and Marysville girls who received $17,000 in college scholarships.

According to Renae James, former president of Soroptimist International of Marysville, the group has already begun planning its annual fundraising auction at the Medallion Hotel in Smokey Point, starting at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 26.

"This is always a fun event, with lots of silent and live auction items, great raffles and a delicious meal," said James, who noted that this year's theme is "Bounty of Treasures," during which attendees are welcome to wear pirate outfits, if they dare. "Costumes are encouraged but not required. This auction is our club's primary fundraiser, and the funds raised go toward local scholarships and supporting local and international service projects."

For ticket information, or to donate an item, call 360-722-2242 or 360-708-0538.

In the meantime, those interested in learning more about Soroptimist International will have a chance to meet and greet its Marysville members on the first and third Tuesdays of each month, from September through June, from Sept. 3 forward. The hour-long meetings at Fanny's Restaurant, located at 505 Cedar Ave. in Marysville, start at 7 a.m. The first Tuesday of the month is typically a business meeting, while the third Tuesday tends to be a program meeting, although meeting times may change due to the holidays.

"At our local club level, we organize fundraisers to support various service projects chosen by the members," James said. "We do several hands-on projects, and also donate money to projects that share our vision. We recognize exceptional women and girls with awards and monetary grants to help them continue their work."

For more information about Soroptimist International of Marysville, which recently marked three decades of service in the local community, log onto its Facebook page at www.facebook.com/SIMarysville.

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