Club In The News

OCTOBER 2018 – PROFILE OF THE SOROPTIMIST CHALLENGE in the Pulse section of Sun News on Thursday, October 18, 2018.
The nonprofit Soroptomist International of Las Cruces invites the public to participate in its new fundraiser, the Soroptomist Challenge, an innovative outdoors program that raises funds for Soroptimist education programs for women and girls.

Lauren Cunningham (right) takes a selfie with friends on the La Maria Trail as pert of the Soroptimist Challenge launched by Soroptimist International of Las Cruces, an outdoors program to raise funds for Soroptimist education programs for women and girls.  “By challenging themselves on designated trails of the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument, hikers, mountain bikers and runners can help women overcome obstacles to achieve their educational and career goals,” according to Soroptimist press release.  The Challenge runs through April 15, 2019.  The groups website includes 15 trail maps and driving directions to the trailheads.  Visit [09/21/18 Las Cruces Bulletin]

Soroptimist International of Las Cruces installed new member, Sheri Shattuck, center, at the annual installation dinner in June.  She is with member Esther Devall and Membership Chair Jean Alba.  Soroptimist International of Las Cruces is a women’s advocacy group with a mission to improve the lives of women and girls through education.  Contact them at [07/13/18 Las Cruces Bulletin]

Soroptimist of Las Cruces recently held their annual installation ceremony to induct officers to the 2018-2019 term. Pictured from left are Jean Alba, Chris Sheppard, Angela Velasco, Becky King, Betsy Holt, Jan Brydon and KC Carda. Soroptimist of Las Cruces is part of an international organization of women advocating to improve the lives of women and girls through education. The club conducts business meetings at noon the second Wednesday of each month at Good Samaritan Village, 3010 Buena Vida Circle. Program meetings are held on the fourth Wednesday of each month. Time and location varies. For more information, visit or email

They have a dream! SILC hosted its second Dream It, Be It Girls’ Conference to help high school girls learn how to achieve their educational and career goals. Girls from 11 communities in Doña Ana and El Paso Counties attended this all-day event at the Doña Ana Community College East Mesa Campus. All participants became eligible to apply for a $500 scholarship.  The program will be offered again in February 2019.

We accept new members all year long, if you missed this event contact us and come to our next meeting.  We would love to meet you and expose you to our signature events and dedicated members.  We are all working for the best for women.

Pictured from left to right is: Jean Alba-VP of Membership, Jan Brydon-President, Becky King-VP of Programs, Margo Bencomo-Community Liaison Officer, Betsy Holt-Treasurer, KC Carda-Archivist. Not Pictured are Chris Sheppard-One year Director, Angela Velasco and Diana Davis-Secretaries.

Melanie, a native of New Mexico, works as a counselor in Las Cruces. She specializes in treating depression, anxiety, trauma, attachment disorders and postpartum depression/anxiety. Melanie says, “I have always been passionate about serving the community in a therapeutic and holistic manner.” Melanie’s work of supporting woman and families has extended beyond her abilities as a therapist and has moved forward with being an advocate for the wives of veterans, woman veterans and those who know all too well, the struggle of mental health disorders

$500 DONATION TO GIRLS CAN ~ A check presentation was made to Ann McCullough, a member of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) in support of Girls Can!, a career exploration educational program for middle school girls.

The 2017 Awardees: Agni Guerrero is pursuing a degree Electrical Engineering.  She also tutors and mentors other students. Guerrero says, “The Live Your Dream Award will relieve financial pressure during my senior year, allow me to help my mother, and achieve my dream of becoming a power engineer.”
Marina Lucero is pursuing studying Chemical Engineering and plans to get a Masters degree.
“One of my personal goals is to find ways to give back to my community by seeking methods in which I can guide or mentor young women in their pursuit of an engineering career as well as offering tutoring to other aspiring students while I am in college.”