The Soroptimist Ruby Award: For Women Helping Women acknowledges women who are working to improve the lives of women and girls through their personal or professional activities. Their efforts help to promote the issues that are important to the Soroptimist organization. Honorees are women who have worked in extraordinary ways to benefit women and girls.
Examples of the type of work honored include: spearheading an effort to open a domestic violence shelter, working to secure health services for low-income women, starting a mentoring program for at-risk girls, or lobbing companies to provide on-site child care. The program enables local Soroptimist clubs and the Soroptimist organization to thank these women and encourage others to explore ways to assist women and girls.
The program begins on the club level, where the type of recognition varies. Award winners at the club level are eligible for additional awards at other levels of the organization. The finalist receives a $5,000 donation to the charitable organization of her choice.
RUBY AWARD NORTHWESTERN REGION
2010-2011 Honoree – Susan Moen
Susan has worked in the field of sexual assault response since the early 1990s, when she trained as an advocate with the Los Angeles Commission on Assaults Against Women. After moving to Southern Oregon and discovering there was no Sexual Assault Response Team (SART) in her county, she worked for 5 years to create the non-profit Jackson County Sexual Assault Response Team (JCSART) and Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner program to coordinate services and provide acute care, free of charge, for sexual assault survivors.
She served as JCSART’s first Executive Director until 2010, and currently volunteers as the Agency Manager as well as doing outreach and education for local schools and community groups. Former Oregon Attorney General Hardy Myers has called JCSART “the most impressive effort of its kind in the entire state,” and in 2010, Susan was awarded the SART Award for her contribution to the advancement of SART's in Oregon. Susan is married with two teenage children and way too many pets.