Our days ahead are beginning to look brighter with the end of the pandemic in sight. We will be combining in-person events and virtual events throughout 2021 and 2022.
Building on our successful programs is our mission. The "Live Your Dream Awards" that distribute educational grants to women who provide the primary source of income to their families gives them the resources they need to improve their standard of living. "Dream It * Be It" empowers girls and helps them achieve success in future careers and their lives. Our own "Veronica Thee Service Awards" honors young women who volunteer in their community. And our "Literacy" program presents books to third graders in our community.
Soroptimist International Alhambra * San Gabriel * San Marino will continue to be a diverse and dynamic organization of leaders who empower women and girls to be their best selves and live their dreams. Please consider joining us in this important endeavor.
When you participate in the Live Your Dream Awards, you become connected to a global network of "sheroes".
The Soroptimist Live Your Dream: Education & Training Awards for Women assist women who provide the primary source of financial support for their families by giving them the resources they need to improve their education, skills and employment prospects.
Dream It* Be It: Career Support for Girls gives girls the tools they need to achieve their education and career goals, empowering them to break cycles of poverty, violence, and abuse. Topics addressed:
Soroptimist Veronica Thee Service Awards – honoring young women for volunteer Service – recognizes young women who make the community and world a better place through volunteer efforts.
Jane Carlson is, currently, a computer graphic designer creating marketing materials. She was in the marketing department of Stewart Title in Phoenix, AZ for 12 years. Prior to that she worked in the entertainment industry in Chicago for 20 years. Her daughter Julie is also a member of Soroptimist. Jane has four step-children and eight step-grandchildren. She has been a member of Soroptimist since 2016.
Emily Mayorga graduated from Cal State University, Los Angeles with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. She continued her education at the University of Phoenix and received a master’s degree in Organizational Management. Emily has a passion for volunteering in her community, she was introduced to volunteering at a young age by her mother. As a member of Soroptimist, she has served in various capacities including being President two times. Emily has served our Camino Real Region as Friendship Grant Chair, Live Your Dream Chair and District Director. Emily has been a member of Soroptimist since 1993.
Maureen Bateman is a retired junior high teacher. She taught all subjects. She was also a school VP, and a Principal of two schools in the Garvey Unified School District. Later, she served at the District level in administration, retiring in 2003. For 21 years, she sat on the board of directors of Lincoln Training Center. Maureen has also dedicated her time to the Mater Dolorosa Passionate Retreat House in Sierra Madre and Ramona Convent Secondary School. She has been a member of Soroptimist since 1981.
Terry Wong is a teacher. She began her teaching career with a Spanish bilingual class for Glendale schools. For the past 21 years, Terry has been teaching for Montebello Unified School District. Two ears ago, she opened up her own business, The Tutoring Center, for students in Kinder-12th grade. It is located at the Montebello Plaza. Terry has been a member of Soroptimist since 2018.
Julie Carlson is a freelance arts and culture writer. For over the past 15 years, she has had articles published in a variety of newspapers and magazines. Aside from her writing, Julie is also an illustrator. Currently, she is also a student at Glendale Community College working toward earning an A.A. in Visual Arts - Animation and a certificate in Graphic Design. She is also a member of Women in Animation.
Lisa Burke works in property management. She was born and raised in Alhambra. Her husband, Talmage Burke, spent 52 years on the Alhambra City Council and was mayor for 15 terms -- at the time becoming California's longest serving officeholders. In her spare time, Lisa enjoys visiting her children, six grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. She has been a member of Soroptimist since 2004.
Sophia Tsoi is a Certified Public Accountant. She also has a NASD Series 7 securities license. Sophia serves as a board member on the Alhambra Educational Foundation. In her spare time she enjoys golfing, Latin Ballroom dancing, singing, cooking and knitting. She also a certified scuba diver. She has two daughters. Sophia has been a member of Soroptimist since 1994.
Miriam Harrington is a retried bookkeeper. She worked with a private preschool in Temple City for 31 years. Miriam still volunteers in their office and is on their board of directors as treasurer. She is also the treasurer of her local bridge unit. Miriam has been a member of Soroptimist since 1987.
Barbara Messina is a retired Alhambra City Council Member, serving as mayor five times, and a board member of the Alhambra Unified School District. Barbara, currently, serves on the Board of Directors for the YMCA of West San Gabriel Valley. She has been a member of Soroptimist since 2018.
Dr. Karen Chao is a developmental optometrist with her own practice, San Gabriel Family Optometry. Karen has been helping children and adults with their vision needs for 27 years. She has served as a past president of Soroptimist of Alhambra/San Gabriel/San Marino, President of the San Gabriel Valley Optometry Society, and a past board member of the Alhambra School Foundation. She has two daughters, one in high school and one in college. Karen, a former Veronica Thee Service Awards recipient, has been a member of Soroptimist since 1995.
Pauline Lemire has been a Soroptimist for nearly 40 years. At the club level she participated in many Committees and served on the Board including being President. At the Region level - again she served on many Committees and was on the Board for nine years, including being Governor. Afterwards she studied and passed the tests to become a Registered Parliamentarian which led me to becoming Region Parliamentarian for 5 years. Since then Pauline has continued serving on club committees - most recently the Live Your Dream Committee.
Josephine Yang has been a Realtor in the San Gabriel Valley for 28 years. She currently works at Coldwell Banker serving San Marino and the surrounding areas. In her spare time, Josephine enjoys Latin ballroom dancing. She has been a member of Soroptimist since 2011.
After 28 years, Cynthia Jarvis retired from the City of Alhambra in 2017, last serving as the Environmental Resources Director. She has been a member of SI Alhambra since 1998. She has served as a board member and president. Currently, Cynthia is the District 2 Director of the Camino Real Region. She also volunteers her time as a member of the Board of Trustees at Ramona Convent Secondary school, a board member of Alhambra Day Nursery, and as a board member for the Kytherian Society of California. Cynthia has one daughter.
Lola Abrahamin was born in Iran to Armenian parents. She grew up in Los Angeles and for 14 years worked in the field of reproductive biology. She was a lead embryologist in several Southern California in vitro fertilization facilities.
An interest in criminal law and a chance meeting with the Glendale Police Department led to a ride-along that changed her career path. She joined GPD as a reserve and after three years switched to patrol.
Throughout her law enforcement career, she served as a crisis negotiator for the city’s SWAT team, worked as a detective in financial crime and assault units and because of her science background, oversaw the fairly new Verdugo Regional Crime Laboratory. She was later promoted to Lieutenant and North Area Commander. Abrahamin retried from the force in 2019.
In Soroptimist she has served a President of SI Glendale and District 2 Director. Abrahamin is a member of SILA.
Soroptimist International Camino Real Region participates in programs on the local level, depending on the specific needs of our community. The Camino Real Region is made up for four districts.