Soroptimist International club celebrates Ginny Cooper’s 100th birthday

    Soroptimist International of Indian Rock (SIIR) held a celebration at Spring Mill Country Club to present Bucks County’s Virginia Cooper Day proclamation and to honor “Ginny” on the occasion of reaching her 100th birthday last month.

    Citing 46 years of volunteer service with SIIR to improve the lives of local women and girls through programs leading to social and economic empowerment, the proclamation made earlier by the Board of Bucks County Commissioners officially proclaimed September 25th, 2018 as “Virginia Cooper Day.”

    The proclamation was presented at the September 5th celebration and monthly membership meeting of SIIR during which the current members of the club, in “full royal court” mode, crowned her “Queen for the Day.”

    “Ginny is the only living active charter member of SIIR which was established in 1972 by 31 dedicated professional women. Over the years, she has held many leadership and committee positions,” said SIIR President Patti Cullen. “And we’ve honored her service.”

    In 1993, Ginny was recognized by SIIR as a Woman of Distinction for her passion, support and kind-heartedness.

    In 2006, the Ginny Cooper “Women Helping Women” Award was established to honor her.

    It aids women with financial responsibility for their families who find themselves in need of some assistance.

    Ginny said that personal experience gave her empathy for others and a desire to see them succeed. “I don’t know how many young women we [SIIR] helped go to college.”

    Beyond her work with SIIR, she was recognized for other important accomplishments.

    She raised three children, became one of the first Postmistresses in Bucks County, served on the Wrightstown School Board and volunteered numerous hours at Doylestown Hospital.

    She has served on the Bucks County Council of Republican Women and with Wrightstown Friends and Questers for more than a half-century.

    Soroptimist International of Indian Rock is a chapter of the global women’s organization, Soroptimist International of the Americas, whose members volunteer to economically empower women and girls by providing access to education, the single most effective anti-poverty intervention.

    There are 120,000 members and supporters in 21 countries and territories.

    PHOTO CAP: Marsha Cooper (left) celebrates with her mother, Virginia Cooper, to mark her 100th birthday and her 46-year history with Soroptimist International of Indian Rock.