photo by Karen Thompson

The women of Soroptimist International of Vista and North County Inland (SIVNCI) recently hosted their annual awards gala, titled Live Your Dream: Education and Training Awards for Women. Three single mothers who are all attending college locally were awarded $5,000 each to help them continue their education. Additionally, each was given a laptop and printer. All are balancing school while working to support their families. Sheryl Roush, CEO for Sparkle Presentations, Inc., author, and coach, was the featured speaker for the night.

SIVNCI also recently held their annual Salad Luncheon fundraiser at Grace Presbyterian Church. The event included the salad lunch prepared by Club members and local restaurants and served up by volunteers from the community. The luncheon also had raffles for a gift basket and money hat. “This is our biggest fundraiser of the year, and a great community event,” said Soroptimist Assly Sayyar, who was co-chair of the event this year. The luncheon fundraiser raised over $5,000 for the club’s Service Fund, which will go towards next year’s grants.

SIVNCI encompasses members from Escondido, Fallbrook, San Marcos, and Vista. For more information visit