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For nearly 20 years Soroptimist of McKinleyville has committed to making McKinleyville a better place by providing opportunities to help improve the lives of girls and women. Unfortunately, the club is shrinking and is down to only nine members.

“Our club got really small in the last few years because several members died of wonderful old age,” said club president, Lynnie Horrigan. “But, we weren’t able to have our fundraiser this year, we just didn’t have the manpower.”

So they’re looking for some fresh new faces to step up to the plate and continue the club’s legacy and traditions.

At 6:30 p.m. on April 27, the club is hosting a free “friendraiser” at Dell’Arte in Blue Lake to share the club’s history and mission. This will be followed by a showing of Girl Rising, a documentary about the importance of education for young girls to help break the cycle of poverty.

Despite dwindling numbers, the club perseveres. In this LoCO Video Report we hear about the club’s recent awards tea party, where they honored 13 families who are raising the next generation of commendable young ladies, and how it’s working with the McKinleyville Family Resource Center to help those in need.