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Soroptimists to host LUNAFEST film to benefit local community

By From page B2 | March 19, 2014

Words mean things. As a writer, they fascinate me.

Take, for example, the word “patron.” It’s an Old English word, borrowed from the Latin “patronus,” which itself comes from the Latin word “pater,” meaning “father.”

In ancient times, men were the ones who held positions of leadership in the community. (Although, I’ve often wondered about that. After all, a happy wife makes for a happy life). In the modern era, women have a vital role in our communities as well.

The words we use nowadays are either more “gender neutral” or their meanings have altered slightly to include both genders.

Today, we speak of “patrons of the arts.” Not “matrons and patrons” of the arts.

Patrons, according to, are people who support, protect or champion individuals or things, such as an institution, event or cause. They are sponsors or benefactors.

We see them every day: Rotarians, Kiwanians, Lions, Elks and Eagles. Some groups are for men, such as the Knights of Columbus. Others are for women, such as the Soroptimists.

Each of these groups of people strive to make a difference in the local community. Their events provide value and serve a greater purpose: to improve the lives of our neighbors.

Case in point: the Soroptimist Club of Cameron Park/El Dorado Hills.

Chartered in 1981, the Soroptimists are active and retired business and professional women, dedicated to improving the lives of women and girls in our local community and throughout the world. Internationally, the club has nearly 100,000 members in 120 countries and official status with the United Nations to advocate on behalf of women’s and children’s issues.

The Soroptimist Club of Cameron Park/El Dorado Hills fundraisers include A Chocolate Affair and the Show n’ Shine and Fly-In. This year is their second annual LUNAFEST fundraising initiative.

LUNAFEST is a fundraising film festival dedicated to promoting awareness about women’s issues, highlighting women filmmakers and bringing women together in their communities.

This unique film festival highlights women as leaders in society, illustrated through nine short films by women filmmakers. The films range from animation to fictional drama, and cover topics such as women’s health, motherhood, body image, aging, cultural diversity and breaking barriers.

Dads, this is a great opportunity to attend a meaningful event with the women in your life.

All proceeds from LUNAFEST will benefit the Breast Cancer Fund and Soroptimist’s project to provide financial aid for education of women who are solely responsible for themselves and their families. Thus far, LUNAFEST, which is created and funded by LUNA, The Whole Nutrition Bar for Women, raised more than $656,000 for Breast Cancer Fund and more than $1,250,000 for other women’s non-profit organizations. Last year’s event was a big success in our community.

So, save the date, April 10. All monies go to benefit the local community, and women and children through scholarships and grants.

LUNAFEST will be at the Cameron Park CSD Community Center, 2502 Country Club Drive in Cameron Park. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.; the films begin at 7 p.m. Tickets are $15 general admission, $8 for students. Beverages will be available for purchase. You can pick tickets up at the El Dorado Hills Chamber of Commerce in Town Center or at the Cameron Park Health Foods on Coach Lane.

We live in one of the greatest communities in California, largely because we support one another. Want to make a greater difference? Find a local group and to become a patron. And if time keeps you from that, then “patronize” these events.

It’s fun to meet other people who share your passion for excellence. And you will get so much more back than you give.

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Susan Laird


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