Soroptimist International of Joplin recently held its annual awards banquet and installation of its 2019-2020 board of directors.

Stephanie Meek was presented this year’s Ruby Award for work with LovinGrace, a home for young women in the area, ages 18-24, who want to make a fresh start. The Ruby Award honors a woman who is working to improve the lives of women and girls through her personal or professional activities. Meek will be eligible for additional awards at the regional and federation levels of Soroptimist.

Monetary awards were given to Cheryl Pippin, Trista Tavernaro and Elizabeth Stewart, who are each in the process of continuing their education while also raising children and/or caring for other family members as a female head of household. These Live Your Dream awards provide funds to assist women who are the primary wage earners for their family and are seeking to improve circumstances for themselves and their families. Pippin also will be eligible for additional awards at the regional and federation levels.

Cathy Brown received the Alice M. Pantoja Best Woman of the Year Award, which recognizes a member who is actively involved in the club’s service projects, member recruitment and retention efforts, and who demonstrates the ideals of the Soroptimist organization in the areas of friendship, achievement, service, profession and country. As a member of Soroptimist International of Joplin for more than 10 years, Brown has led or been involved with Comedy for Camp, Camp Soroptimist, Dream It Be It, and nut sales. She has also served on the board for several years and was president during the 2017-2018 club year.

The new 2019-2020 board also was installed. Directors are:

• Sarah Alumbaugh, president.

• Janet Taylor, president-elect.

• Lynda Banwart, first vice president.

• Sarah Horton, second vice president.

• Rikki Smith, treasurer.

• Lisa Paugh, recording secretary.

• Lori Magoulas, corresponding secretary.

• Debbie Hutson, one-year director.

• Pam Houk, two-year director.

• Anna Leonard and Erin Johnson, associate directors.

• Courtney Barnard, past president.

• Amanda Mitchell, parliamentarian.

Soroptimist International of Joplin is a volunteer service organization for business and professional women dedicated to improving the lives of women and girls in local communities and throughout the world. Founded in 1937, the Joplin club is part of Soroptimist International of the Americas, which has nearly 160,000 members and supporters in 21 countries and territories.