It’s what you do that counts — Nominations sought for Violet Richardson leadership award

Violet Richardson

CONTRA COSTA COUNTY, CA (Nov. 25, 2022) — The Violet Richardson Award honors young women between the ages of 14 and 18 for volunteer action such as fighting drugs, crime and violence, cleaning up the environment and working to end discrimination and poverty.

The award is named after Violet Richardson, the president of the first Soroptimist club in Alameda County in 1921. Richardson believed in personal responsibility and the motto, “It’s what you do that counts.”

She lived her life accordingly, as an active member in her community who was committed to creating opportunities for girls and young women. Soroptimist established this award to honor the memory of this unique woman and her dedication to volunteer action.

Who is the Violet Richardson Award Honoree?
A young woman who is caring, compassionate, creative and most of all committed to making the world a better place. One who has demonstrated leadership and initiative in both identifying a problem and in trying to solve it. Taking a first step in making a difference in the world shows both leadership and initiative. The honoree should also be young woman who has had significant and noteworthy accomplishments as a volunteer.


  • Young women 14 to 18 years of age
  • Applicants must be engaged in volunteer activity


Applications will only be accepted from clubs within Founder Region, which includes Northern California.  Once both application and media consent forms are completed, mail them to:

  • Soroptimist International Diablo Vista
  • PO Box 5855 | Concord, CA  94524
  • Attention:  Violet Richard Award

Deadline for application submission is December 15, 2022.

For more information and application forms, please visit SI Diablo Vista or contact Mary Ann Van Buren at