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As a member of Soroptimist for over 20 years, I have been honored to be President a few times and have chaired many of our fundraising events.

Although we work hard for women and girls, we enjoy our time together raising money which allows us the ability to give back through our mentoring programs such as Live Your DreamDream It Be It and a local program, Go Girls.

I am very proud that this past year we made a financial donation to the Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital’s Cardiovascular Care Unit.  Heart disease continues to remain the leading cause of death for men and women, and the prevalence of heart attacks in female patients, age 35-54, is increasing.

As president last year we reached our goal of over 100 members, including two male members.

Our mission and pillars remain the same: women’s health issues, women in crisis and celebrating women.

Personally, I have been married for 48 years, have a son who is married and lives locally with my four wonderful grandchildren (3 girls) who I enjoy spending as much time with as possible.

We are an amazing group of individuals doing great work right here in our own community and globally.  If you would like form information, please contact us.  We welcome all!


Community volunteer Dora Zavala dies at 59

A beloved longtime community volunteer, Dora Zavala, of Stevenson Ranch, died Friday, July 9.  

Born in Barstow on Aug. 12, 1962, Zavala moved to Orange County after graduating high school and getting married.  

In 1998, Zavala moved to Stevenson Ranch, where she raised her two daughters, Nicole and Noelle. 

“She was a single mom. She always wanted to give back to single moms and help women (through) empowerment,” said Nicole Zavala. “She gave a lot back to the community.” 

Dora Zavala, 59, was a member of the Soroptimist of Greater Santa Clarita Valley for more than a decade, and a district director in Soroptimist International. “Dora was always a very positive person,” said fellow club member Pam Ingram. “She loved Soroptimist.” 

Zavala, who spent 35 years in the grocery industry, was also an active member of the Santa Clarita Valley Chamber of Commerce and its Latino Business Alliance. 

“She was always active with the chamber, she was always active in the community, but her heart and soul (were with) Soroptimist and her family,” said Ingram. 

Nicole Zavala called her mom the “most amazing mom and the most amazing grandma.”  

“She spent a lot of time with us and the grandkids,” Nicole said. “They would always get their nails done, and (she would) take them to the pool.” 

Nicole was shocked by the community response she received to a Facebook post about her mom’s passing. 

“We knew that she’s amazing, but to see it and to read it and just see all the love that people had for her. It’s really incredible to us. We are super thankful of all of that,” she said. 

The cause of her death is unknown. The family announced that a memorial service will be held at Real Life Church, where Zavala was a parishioner for 20 years.  A date has not yet been announced. 

“She was first and foremost a believer of God and lived every day through God and his will,” Nicole said of her mom. 

Zavala is survived by her parents, Carlos and Sally Duran; close friend and father of her children, Tony Zavala; children, Nicole Zavala and her husband, Bryan Lewis, and Noelle Zavala; grandchildren, Makayla and Myah. 

Editor’s note: An earlier version of this story misidentified Pam Ingram. The story has been updated to reflect this correction.

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Soroptomist Leader, Santa Clarita Community Member Dora Zavala Passes Away

Dora Zavala, a mother, grandmother and active member of Soroptimist International of Greater Santa Clarita passed away Friday at 59 years old.

Zavala was a part of Soroptimist International, Single Mothers Outreach and served on the board of Samuel Dixon Family Health Center, among other endeavors.

“She was a strong woman; she was loving, kind, giving, caring,” said daughter Nicole Zavala. “She was an inspiration to everyone.”

The philanthropist was also a member of Real Life Church for 20 years.

“She was a follower of God,” Nicole said. “She lived her life through God.” 

Zavala passed away on the afternoon of Friday, July 9, at the age of 59 due to unknown causes. 

She is survived by her daughters, Nicole and Noelle Zavala, and her two grandchildren,  Makayla and Myah.

“We just love her and her grandkids love and miss her,” Nicole said. “She is flying high in heaven, that’s for sure.”

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