While we recognize deserving women and girls in our community, we also acknowledge the accomplishments of our members.
"If not you, who?" These words were the call to action of life-long community advocate Annabell McCord. A two-time Mayor, city council member, planning commissioner, teacher, parliamentarian, business owner, parent, foster parent, and Soroptimist for decades, Annabell embodied community involvement and community service. Annabell was a force to be reckoned with. She gave generously of her time and talents throughout her 93 years, more than 50 spent here in Auburn, inspiring many other women to do more than they ever thought they could.
This award, named in honor of this indomitable spirit of Auburn, is given to one of our own, recognizing her contributions--for Soroptimist, for community and for business.
Past Recipients Merrill Kagan-Weston (2014), Ann Bryant (2013), Norma Rash (2017), Pat Ferguson, Lisa Bloom (2015), Kathy Dunbar (2016),
The Laurel Society was established in 1994 as a permanent recognition program to honor individuals dedicated to the Soroptimist organization and its mission. Soroptimist had just completed the Five in Five campaign, which exceeded the goal of reaching $5 million in five years to establish a reserve fund to secure the long-term financial health of the organization. Many members wished to continue their financial support for Soroptimist after the close of the campaign. The Laurel Society was created to show appreciation to donors for gifts that would ensure continued funding for Soroptimist programs.
Our Laurel Society Members ...