Women encouraged to apply for $1000 cash award

This award assists women who are seeking to better their lives through additional schooling and skills training – such as college classes, technical school programs, working on a GED, and certificate programs.

To be eligible, you need to also be supporting a dependent (e.g., child, spouse, relative).

The deadline to apply is November 15, 2021. Winners are typically notified by December 15.

The winner will be eligible for additional cash awards at our Region and Federation levels. The maximum available is $16,000.

Here are some short videos that provide more details. We will help you fill out the application.

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Opportunity to honor nurses and elementary school teachers!

Donating to the El Dorado Soroptimist BCC Scholarship Fund is a great way to honor a teacher or nurse you know —  or to express appreciation for their doing their jobs during a challenging year due to COVID-19.

May 6 – 12 Nurses Appreciation Week  May 3 – 7 Teacher Appreciation Week  

This month the club is hosting a fundraiser among club members and others to increase our endowed Soroptimist El Dorado Scholarship fund.

Soroptimist El Dorado has been supporting scholarships for BCC nursing students since 1984. We recently added a scholarship for BCC students in its Elementary Education / BEST program. Our goal is to add another scholarship opportunity every time the principle in our scholarship fund reaches the point of awarding $1000 per scholarship.

We invite everyone to consider making a donation to help a future nurse or teaching student.

Donations to our scholarship fund can be made online on the BCC Foundation’s Give Now webpage

  • To designate our scholarship fund, be sure to use the designation dropdown list and select “El Dorado Soroptimist Scholarship”.  

This would be a great gift to honor a retiring teacher, a great honor for a mom that is a teacher or nurse, or just a great way to promote all the wonderful nurses and teachers who give their all to make our world a better place to live.


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How to support us at no cost to you!

Do you shop online using Amazon.com? Want to help our club at NO COST TO YOU?

Do you shop at Dillon’s Grocery Store? Want to help our club at NO COST TO YOU?

Select us as your preferred charity, and Dillon’s Community Awards Program will donate to our club every time you use your Dillon’s Plus Card.

We are listed as “Soroptimist International El Dorado, KS” – organization number IS770.

Thank you!

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Anyone want to win $500?

Soroptimist El Dorado, KS, has launched an “Investing in Dreams” fundraiser – to raise $2500 for its annual scholarships, awards, and projects.

Tickets are $20 and only 150 tickets will be sold. Those are good odds.

The winner will receive a $500 Walnut Valley Packing gift certificate. It can be used for one year to purchase beef, chicken, and pork cuts and products – including deli meats, bacon, sausages, etc.

To buy tickets, contact any Soroptimist club member. Don’t know any of us? – then contact Susan at 319-323-2802 (text) or email her at susan@logodepotweb.com

Soroptimist El Dorado has been in our community for over 60 years.

We are a service club with a mission to improve the lives of women and girls through programs leading to economic empowerment – education being a primary focus.

Ways we do this locally include:

  • scholarships and cash awards for local girls and women, including:
    • $1000 Nursing Scholarship at Butler Community College
    • $1000 “Live Your Dream” award for a woman pursing higher education while supporting a dependent.
    • $500 cash award for an outstanding H.S. senior.
  • an annual event for local girls to provide career advice.

Due to COVID-19, we are replacing our usual fundraisers with this raffle.

All proceeds will be used for our service projects, including the above awards.

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El Dorado Soroptimist excited to begin a new club year!

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Annual Potato Supper & Bake Sale is March 2

Tickets available from club members and at the door.

  • Questions?  Contact El Dorado Soroptimist President Janett Doile, 316-323-2342 (cell/text), kjdoile@cox.net.

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Soroptimist El Dorado – “Investing in Dreams”

Soroptimist El Dorado met January 6, 2020. President Janett Doile called the meeting to order after a light supper during our social time. We welcomed guest Jan Zuk.

Brenda Burk introduced guest Briana Salinas and her daughter Gabby. Briana is our 2019 Live Your Dream Award winner; she is pursuing her education at BCC. President Janett Doile and Brenda Burk congratulated Briana and presented her award.

Bernie Spradling provided a report of December’s Salvation Army activities. Seven club members rang bells at Dillons; gift bags were delivered to six nursing homes in Butler County and we adopted three single mother households from the Angel Tree.

Janett announced we will celebrate spring with a salad supper and member recruitment event on March 16. Each club member is encouraged to bring a guest.

January donations collected were school supplies which will be given to local schools.

Hostesses were Janett Doile and Sharon Mangels. Members attending not already mentioned were Julia Davis, Debi LaForge, Dee Marshall, Joni Sanders, Judie Storandt and Loretta Whitney. We adjourned with the Soroptimist Pledge.

Congratulations to Briana Salinas – our 2019 Live Your Dream Award winner.


Left to right: Brenda Burk, Gabby, Briana Salinas, Janett Doile.

Soroptimist is a global volunteer organization that provides women and girls with access to the education and training they need to achieve economic empowerment.

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Soroptimist Scoop: December 2019

Read all about us! 

The Soroptimist Scoop is our quarterly newsletter.

To read the December edition:  CLICK HERE


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Soroptimists Celebrate Successful Fall

Soroptimist El Dorado had an active fall season. In recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Day, our club served refreshments to women attending the SBA Memorial Hospital’s Mammogram Party for Hospital employees.

In November we kicked off our first ever Enchiladas fundraiser. We are grateful to everyone who purchased a pan. Proceeds are used to support club awards and programs for girls and women in our community.

Did you see us at the downtown El Dorado  Thankful Thursday? Robin’s graciously hosted our club at her amazing store.

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An awesome group of young women attended our   3rd annual DIBI event.

Our club’s third annual Dream It, Be It: Career Support for Girls (DIBI) event was November 16.

DIBI is a global program designed to empower teen girls to pursue their career goals and reach their full potential. We were honored to again have a wonderful group of young women attending our DIBI event this fall.

We continued our busy fall season by serving meals at the annual Community Thanksgiving Dinner held November 23.

Look for us at Dillon’s on December 5 – we will be ringing bells for the Salvation Army. We will also assemble Christmas packages for residents of local nursing homes, and we adopted two families through The Salvation Army Angel Tree Program.

Club members contributing to our success include Susan Adams, Sue Beattie, Bonnie Buckman, Brenda Burk, Julia Davis, Darla Deaton, Janett Doile, Marcia Greene, Debi LaForge, Velma Larimer, Sharon Mangels, Dee Marshall, Trisha Powell, Cathy Roland, Joni Sanders, Bernie Spradling, Judie Storandt, Bebee Thomas, Kim Whiteside, and Loretta Whitney.

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Soroptimist Launch Enchilada Fundraiser

Soroptimist El Dorado met Monday September 9, 2019. President Janett Doile called the meeting to order. In addition to 17 members present, we welcomed guest Loretta Whitney.

Bebee Thomas gave a budget report. Members and their families are encouraged to enroll in Dillon’s Plus Community Rewards – and select our club to receive charitable contributions from Dillon’s.


Bebee also presented plans for an Enchilada Fundraiser – to support club service projects. Tickets are $15 per pan of 8 beef or chicken enchiladas and will be sold October 7 – 30. Pickup is Saturday November 2 at Security 1st Title or delivery may be available. Contact a club member to purchase tickets.

Sharon Mangels gave an update on our club’s BCC Endowed Nursing Scholarship. This year’s scholarship recipient will receive $1000.

Julia Davis announced the first social event of the club year. On October 16 we will dine at Red Robin Burgers & Brews and then play mini golf at All Star Adventures in Wichita.

The 2019 South Central Region Fall Meeting is October 4 – 6 in Quapaw, OK. Seven club members plan to attend.

Donations of women’s sweats were collected for SBA Memorial Hospital for women treated in the ER who need clothing to return home.

Thanks to Trisha Powell for hosting our group at Security 1st Title, and along with Cathy Roland and Kim Whiteside for providing a light supper. Members attending not already mentioned were Susan Adams, Bonnie Buckman, Brenda Burk, Darla Deaton, Ginger Glenn, Debi La Forge, Velma Larimer, Dee Marshall, and Judie Storandt.

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