Published On: Tue, Oct 16th, 2012

Soroptimist Breakfast Honors 25 Women of Distinction Nominees,

BOCA RATON– The 39th Annual Soroptimist International of Boca Raton / Deerfield Beach Women of Distinction Breakfast was celebrated on October 3 at the Boca West Country Club.

Mistress of Ceremonies Emily Lilly heartily welcomed the crowd of several hundred nominees, club members and guests.

Event Co-Chairs Lorry Herdeen & Mariela Montgomery, together with Diamond Sponsors Dr. Marta Rendon and Dr. Patricia Rooney, shared the spotlight with 25 area professional woman who were recognized as the 2012 Women of Distinction Nominees.

Breakfast Gold Sponsor Barbara Schmidt introduced Honorary Chairwoman Jan Savarick, who praised the Nominees for their commitment, compassion and contributions that have touched thousands of lives and made the community a better place.

Following breakfast, each nominee was introduced and a brief description of their accomplishments, written by the person who nominated them, was read.

Emily Lilly and Soroptimist Pat Reed presented each nominee with a bouquet of yellow roses, a portrait and congratulatory plaque.  The following winners and their categories were announced:


  • Linda Spielmann,  Dr. Gwendolynn Randall, Health Care


  • Sue Blum Gerding, Ed.D., Professional


  • Harlene Zweig, Volunteer, working


  • Joan Weidenfeld, Volunteer, not working

Soroptimist past Governor Mary Jo Horton gave an overview of Soroptimist (which means “Best for Women.”)


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