The Soroptimists of Arkansas City met Jan. 25 in the President’s Dining Room at Cowley College and presented area women with various awards.
New members Christine Tanner and Kim Bay were welcomed to Soroptimist International. They received new member packets, SI pins and a fresh-cut yellow rose.
Doug Teubner and Bob McGregor, from Cowley County Circles in Winfield, were the guest speakers. They explained how they reach out to generational impoverished community members to work with them in breaking the circle of poverty within their families, so they can reach greater heights of success for themselves and their immediate family members.
Circles matches members with allies and works with them during their 16-week course to relearn how to be positive, functional members of society in the workforce.
The process, from beginning to end, takes approximately two years. Circles currently is looking for volunteers to start the program in Arkansas City.
The Soroptimist ladies also collected items to donate to the blessing boxes project. Among the items were hygiene products, cereal bars, and macaroni and cheese.
Caitlyn Eickleberry received the Alice Hunt/Soroptimist Scholarship Award.
She was chosen as a recipient because of her volunteerism, achievements and involvement in many different types of activities.
Eickleberry is on the Arkansas City High School principal’s honor roll, was a Kansas Honor Scholar, is a member of the National Honor Society and has taken Advanced Placement courses.
Her extracurricular activities include participating in Usherettes, three years of playing soccer, two years as a band member, a year of track and participating in FFA for four years.
Eickleberry was crowned Braman (Okla.) Rodeo Queen and is involved with Stock Horse of Kansas.
She volunteers and donates to the Cowley County Humane Society and Arkansas City Relay for Life.
Eickleberry also enjoys reading books to kids.
Morgan Hettenbach also was awarded the Alice Hunt/Soroptimist Scholarship Award.
Hettenbach was a Kansas Honor Scholar; is a member of the National Honor Society, serving as local chapter president; and has earned Work Ethics certificates.
Her extracurricular activities include the ACHS dance team, serving as the Student Council senior class president, Usherettes and yearbook.
Hettenbach also enjoys volunteering at the Ark City Dance studio.
This information was provided by Soroptimists of Arkansas City member Suvanah Perdue.