The Women in Service Event
The Women in Service Event honors women who have made a significant contribution to our community.
Each year, Zonta invites other community service organizations to nominate one of their own members who has contributed to the improvement of the status of women through volunteer service to their organization. The winner receives the Carmen Sarro Award.
The Carmen Sarro Award
"for Improving the Status of Women through Community Service"
Carmen Sarro is the epitome of the spirit of volunteerism among Zonta members of the Santa Clarita Valley.
The award recognizes and celebrates the life of our dear member, Carmen Sarro, who had such a positive impact on the people and organizations in the Santa Clarita Valley.
Carmen was a two time president of the Zonta Club of Sata Clarita, a charter member of the Canyon Theater Guild, President of the Santa Clarita Arts Council and active in numerous charities including the Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital Foundation, the Santa Clarita Valley Senior Center and the Boys & Girls Club of the Santa Clarita Valley.
The 2017 Women In Service Celebration
Twenty-one Women Honored at Women in Service Celebration Janine Jones, nominated by the American Cancer Society's SCV Leadership Council, has received the 2017 Carmen Sarro Community Service Award.
All twenty-one nominees were honored during the program before Sarro's daughter, Christine Sexton, announced the winner.
In addition to various roles at the local American Cancer Society office, Janine has supported the work of the Boys & Girls Club, the American Diabetes Association, the American Heart Association, Soroptomist International of Greater SCV, the College of the Canyons Foundation, the Betty Ferguson Foundation, HMNMH Women's Philanthropy Advisory Council and HMNM Hospital Foundation. She also has been active with L.A.R.C. Ranch, the SCV Senior Center, SCV Chamber of Commerce, Ballet Academy, Painted Turtle Camp, and a number of school and church volunteer organizations.
Before Jones was announced as the Carmen Sarro Award winner, Mistress of Ceremonies Marlee Lauffer introduced the honorees, and saluted the organizations which nominated them. The program opened with Elisha Soronio, a Canyon High School student, singing the National Anthem. She was then joined onstage by her brother Marco, on guitar, for an inspiring musical piece dedicated to leadership and seizing that "One Moment in Time."
The Zonta Club of SCV has been honoring service to the community for more than 30 years. Close to 200 guests attended this year's event.
The outstanding women saluted at this year's ceremony, and the organization which nominated each of them, include Barbara Karpp, Girl Scouts of Greater Los Angeles; Brigitte Travillion, SCV Senior Center; Candace Wells, Domestic Violence Center; Deborah Rocha, SRD-Straightening Reins; Emily Black, Boys & Girls Club of SCV;
Also, Ginger LeVang, Child & Family Center; Jamee Brandt, WISH Education Foundation; Janet Hedke, Special Olympics; Janice Murray, Circle of Hope; Janine Jones, American Cancer Society; Kim Kurowski, Soroptimist International of Greater SCV; Linda Palacios, Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital; Lorraine Murphy, SCV Rotary Club; Olive Bruins, American Association of University Women;
Also Patti Ryan, Samuel Dixon Family Health Centers; Sue Nevius, HMNM Hospital Foundation; Tamara Gurney, College of the Canyons Foundation; Teresa Smalley, Heat It Up and Keep It Cool Robotics; Teresa Todd, Carousel Ranch; Tracy Klehn Assistance League of SCV; and Mary Ackerman, Help the Children.