Soroptimist awards six lifetime members; Strieby named Ruby award recipient

Lois Strieby (front middle) was the Ruby award winner and was surrounded by Dala Pardue and Bonnie Langum. Back row, l-r, Ibeth Herrera, Lesa Cahill, Alexa Vanbelle and Lorrie Clause.

Lakeview’s local Soroptimist International awarded six lifetime members and one Ruby award winner at their meeting on Tuesday, May 29. 

According to Soroptimist member Barb Simpson, the Ruby award winner is a very prestigious award that is decided by the local Soroptimist International Awards committee. This year’s award recipient was Lois Strieby. 

“The Ruby award isn’t awarded very often and I think the last time we awarded one was about six years ago,” Simpson said. 

Simpson said that for centuries, the Ruby was described as “a drop of the heart’s blood on Mother Earth.” The gemstone was thought to endow its owner with love, energy, passion, wisdom, power, motivation and a zest for life. 

Strieby was born in Klamath Falls, but raised in Lakeview. She graduated from Lakeview High School in 1941 and was a Daly Fund recipient.  She has been a Soroptimist member for 40 years and a volunteer in the community for nearly 50 years. She was the president of Soroptimist in 1987 and 1988. She was a founding member of the Lake County library endowment fund and served on their board. She was instrumental in helping establish a residential building, which resulted in the Aspen Court apartments, housing for the elderly and people with low incomes. She even managed the complex for 15 years. 

Six lifetime members; Ellie Barry, Kit Collins, Hannah Cremin, Lauri Crocker, Maurice Lepley and Ann Murphy were also given recognition by the Soroptimist ladies. All six members have been a part of Soroptimist for over 30 years, with a few of the members surpassing the 40-year mark. 

These six ladies were noted as having been instrumental in helping shape the community into what it is today. The six ladies have helped bring music, improve quality of life and many more into the Lakeview community. A few of them have even served as president of the club. The ladies enjoy Soroptimist’s diverse programs and enjoy making a difference in the community that they call home. 

For more information contact Simpson at 541-947-4716.

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