Provided by Soroptimist International of Manassas
Judy Dennis has been a member of Soroptimist International of Manassas for 44 years. “They can’t get rid of me now!” she quipped in a video shown at the recognition event held on Saturday, Oct. 21, at Bethel Evangelical Lutheran Church in Manassas. Judy was one of six women honored for their time as a Soroptimist and for their service to the local community. In other remarks, Judy voiced a shared sentiment and underlying theme for the day, “They’re my family.”
The women recognized were Margaret Glick Dyer of Manassas, for 47 years; Judy Dennis of Haymarket, for 44 years; Sue Brown of Fort Myers, Florida, for 43 years; Jane Strong of Gainesville, for 42 years; Linda Simms of Nokesville, for 41 years; and Audrey Moore of Manassas, for 41 years of membership in Soroptimist. Although Sue moved out of the area, she still maintains her membership and says she supports the Manassas club due to its mission of improving the lives of women and girls, and because of the dedicated members of the club.
Over 80 guests attended the tea, including family, current and former coworkers, and friends of the honorees. As the guests enjoyed tea, handmade sandwiches, and desserts served on fine china, they were able to reflect on the many memories that the six ladies shared about club activities in which they have participated over the years, including local fundraisers, volunteer projects, and international conventions. The event highlighted the membership contributions of these ladies and the club’s programs and awards as reasons for new members to join the organization and become involved in the community.
Founded in 1956, the Manassas club is part of Soroptimist International of the Americas, a global organization that works to improve the lives of women and girls through programs leading to social and economic empowerment. Manassas members join with almost 80,000 Soroptimists in about 120 countries and territories to contribute time and financial support to community-based projects benefiting women and girls. For more information about how Soroptimist International of Manassas improves the lives of women and girls, or for more information on membership, visit simanassas.org.