Soroptimist International of Newport Harbor Area members celebrated their 51st anniversary at the 27th annual Matters of the Heart awards luncheon at Costa Mesa's Turnip rose on Feb. 9. Club President Carolyn Turner noted they have started to use "area" in the name once again. When the club was formed 51 years ago, "area" was in the organization's name because the area of influence went beyond Newport Beach. And it still does.
The luncheon honored Jane Glenn Haas, founder of WomanSage in 2004, now with 600 members in Orange County and 6,000 across the U.S. and the Orange County Girl Scout Council.
While Martha Garcia received this year's Women's Opportunity Grant, I enjoyed learning about Angela Kelly, who received the same award from the Soroptimists in 2000. Angela is a single parent mother of seven children — and against all odds, but with the help of Soroptimists and the Women's Opportunity Grant, she was able to return to college, earn a degree, help her children attend college and become successful adults. Today, Angela serves others at the Florence Critten Home and is giving back to the community as a member of the Soroptimist Club in Cerritos and is active in the Soroptimist District activities as Dist. 1 representative for Women's Opportunity Grants.