Women Working For a Cause Not Applause

Each year the Zonta Club of Santa Clarita Valley hosts a Women In Service luncheon honoring outstanding women volunteers throughout the Santa Clarita Valley.  We celebrate the contributions each dynamic volunteer makes to their non profit organization that share Zonta's mission.


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 Santa 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.

Women in Service Celebration 2022

On Saturday, May 14, 2022, Zonta Club of Santa Clarita Valley hosted its 37th Annual Women in Service Celebration at The Centre in Santa Clarita.  This event was the first in person celebration since 2019 and there were many smiling and happy faces.

This year 19 fabulous women volunteers nominated by local non-profits were honored at the event, and one was chosen as the Carmen Sarro Award recipient.

The award recognizes and celebrates the life of Carmen Sarro, a two-time president of the Zonta Club of Santa Clarita Valley, who was known for her dedication and enthusiasm for service to her community. “We are tremendously honored to have so many incredible women nominated this year.

Each nominee is living testimony to our theme, Women Working for a Cause, Not for Applause,” said Mary Ree, chair of the event.


Women honored at the event were:

  • Caroline Bybee, Santa Clarita Valley Senior Center
  • Marianne Cederlind, Carousel Ranch
  • Lynda Cook, Sunrise Rotary Club
  • Sue Endress, SCV Rotary Club
  • Tracy Hauser, Single Mothers Outreach
  • Marianne Cederlind, Carousel Ranch
  • Sharlene Johnson, College of the Canyons Foundation
  • Jan Ladd, Assistance League of Santa Clarita
  • Alison Lindemann, Circle of Hope
  • Katherine Lujan, Santa Clarita Valley Boys & Girls Club
  • Cherise Moore, WiSH Foundation
  • Betty Burke-Oldfield, Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital Foundation
  • Susan Pearsall, American Cancer Society
  • Debbie Quintana, Fostering Youth Independence
  • Stephanie Sewell, Soroptimist International of Valencia
  • Doreen Slater, Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital Home Tour League
  • Sue Tweddell, Soroptimist International of Greater Santa Clarita Valley
  • Debra Wallace, Samuel Dixon Family Health Center
  • Aida Weinstein, Child and Family CenterSonja Wendt, American Association of University Women Santa Clarita

All of these women are what holds Santa Clarita Valley together.  A huge CONGRATULATIONS to each of them!


Alison Lindemann selected as Carmen Sarro Award recipient

This year, Alison Lindemann from Circle of Hope was honored with the Carmen Sarro Award.  Alison serves a multitude of roles for Circle of Hope. As a cancer survivor, she felt a calling to serve and to be involved at a personal level with the organization. She joined their board of directors in 2019 and has continually increased her involvement and impact on the organization. She co-chaired the annual Vine2Wine event spending hours overcoming huge obstacles to pull off the large event. At the same time, she chaired their annual Circle of Hope Tea and was recently elected Vice-Chairman of the Board.

She literally wears three hats at Circle of Hope, while running a successful business in our community. Alison is a founding member of Soroptimist International of Santa Clarita Valley. She is a current member of the SCV Chamber of Commerce as well as VIA and serves on the VIA Bash Committee. She participates annually in Relay for Life. She is a member of LeanIn in SCV, which donated several hundred purses filled with wellness goodies to Single Mother’s Outreach, Coco Moms and Family Promise. Through her business, Alison donates her time to create and maintain websites free of charge, or at reduced fees, to our non-profit community in Santa Clarita.

Congratulations Alison!

What Nominees Have Said:

"I would like to thank you for creating such a beautiful and meaningful "Women in Service Celebration"

"Under such difficult circumstances it was a perfect celebration"

"It was such an honor to be nominated and then recognized by your organization. Bravo!"

"Thank you for all you do for our community and around the world"

“We are the patchwork of a quilt that holds the community together.”

I truly appreciated hearing about all the great ways people and organizations in our valley  have developed to address the needs of our community and continue to actively support.

About Women in Service

The Zonta Club of Santa Clarita Valley has been hosting this event since 1984. This annual celebration honors dynamic and outstanding women volunteers from local nonprofits throughout the Santa Clarita Valley.

These outstanding women contribute their time and expertise at local nonprofit organizations which improve the lives of women and girls in the Santa Clarita Valley, and make our community a great place to live. Nominees were multi-generational, inspiring the celebrants of how volunteer women have strengthened the backbone of our community and set the groundwork for the future.

All nominees are honored; however, one nominee is chosen to receive the Carmen Sarro Award for “Improving the Status of Women Through Community Service”. All nominees must be 16 years or older. Both the nominees and their organizations are recognized for their services to the community as outstanding women volunteers and organizations. Individuals can be re-nominated for their service if they have not received the Carmen Sarro Award for exceptional service and giving.

This award recognizes Carmen, a longtime Zonta member who passed away in 2003. In addition to her Zonta service, she volunteered for several other organizations in Santa Clarita Valley. Zonta wanted to remember Carmen for being an icon through her self-giving and dedication to the community. We encourage everyone to emulate her. Carmen’s daughter, Christine Sexton, takes pride every year in presenting this exceptional award.

All nonprofit organizations are encouraged to nominate “one of their own” for this recognition.

Event attendance costs contribute to raising funds to help us advocate and empower women and girls. Your donation will enable us to continue this important recognition of our outstanding community volunteers who demonstrate that advocacy in their service work. Zonta has continued to do service work to help women and girls locally and worldwide during this pandemic.

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