“Heroes are not giant statues framed against a red sky. They are people who say: This is my community, and it is my responsibility to make it better!”
The history of Soroptimist International of Abbotsford-Mission is largely formed by the history of Rose Jenkins.
Rose was a founding member of the club in September, 1981. She was President from 1986 – 88 and again in 1998-99. She held essentially every possible office in the club, but dearest to her heart was the Awards Program – the Violet Richardson Award and the Women’s Opportunity Award, which we are presenting today. Rose has handled the awards for the last many years and has established them into our community.
From 1992 – 95 Rose and her husband, Norm, moved to Chase, to be near their daughter, Betty, but she never gave up her membership. She travelled to Abbotsford for most special occasions. The club was pleased when Rose moved back to the Abbotsford area.
Rose had another life than Soroptimist. Norm was very active in Alcoholics Anonymous and Rose worked very hard in Al Anon. Their home was a place where folks in trouble could go to get steered in the right direction. Rose handled public relations for the BC-Yukon division of Al Anon for many years. She still attends Al Anon meetings and has for many years brought Al Anon and Ala Teen information to meetings at Peardonville House. Rose was instrumental in furnishing rooms in the Christine Lamb House through the Catholic Women’s League of Saint Ann’s Church, where she attends.
Rose decided to retire from Soroptimist because she felt that she could not keep up the workload required to be a “good “Soroptimist member; – -the only kind she could be. But, SI Abbotsford Mission was not prepared to let her go.
To honor Rose, and her contributions to Soroptimist, SI Abbotsford Mission presented Rose with an honorary life membership in Soroptimist. See you at the next meeting ROSE!