Award Presented By Soroptimist Organization
(Long Island, N.Y.) Soropomist International of Nassau County (SINC) presented the organization’s President’s Award to Fran Karliner of Old Bethpage at its fundraising gala, held on June 15 2010 at the Westbury Manor.
According to current president Mary Howard-Longmuir, “The President’s Award is presented each year to a person who exemplifies Soroptimist’s mission to improve the lives of women and girls, in local communities and throughout the world. Each year, the president of SINC selects a special member to receive the Club’s President’s Award. The individual selected is recognized and honored for the standard she sets for volunteer service; a sustained commitment to the Club and the Soroptimist mission; and the inspiration she provides to others.”
ABOUT FRAN KARLINER
Fran Karliner served as president of Soropomist International of Nassau County (SINC) for three years, bringing her creativity, intelligence, passion and innate drive to the organization. Under her leadership, SINC’s mission of “women at their best working to help other women to be their best,” both locally and internationally, achieved greater relevancy. As immediate past president, Fran’s dedication to SINC has not wavered; she serves as this year’s Gala Chair.
Fran has been the Director of Development and Community Relations for Hi-Hello Child Care, Inc. in Freeport since 2001. She also provides a range of consulting services to child care providers and high school seniors in the college application process. From 1996 until 2001, Fran held the position of Public Relations/Marketing & Grants Director at the Child Care Council of Nassau, Inc. In addition, she was a senior account executive in a New York City public relations firm and a fundraiser for the National Committee of Labor Israel. Taking time out from the traditional work force to raise her two daughters, she was a public relations consultant and was a partner in a company that provided on-site corporate training in business writing, customer service and time management.
With not-for-profit and philanthropic endeavors too numerous to list, Fran is currently president-elect of the Association for Fundraising Professionals, Long Island Chapter, and a member of the board of trustees of the National Association of Mothers’ Centers. Her influence on organizations has included the Long Island Fund for Women and Girls, the Long Island Women’s Agenda, ORT America, and the Plainview-Old Bethpage PTA and School District.
Fran’s her most significant accomplishments are shared with her husband, Gideon: raising two talented and loving adult daughters, Danielle and Ilana. A generous humanitarian with highly held principles and boundless energy, Fran Karliner exemplifies the essence of what it means to be a Soroptimist.
Founded in 1921, Soroptimist is an international organization for business and professional women who provide volunteer service to their communities. Almost 100,000 Soroptimists in nearly 120 countries and territories contribute time and financial support to community–based and international projects benefiting women and girls.
The name, Soroptimist, means “best for women,” and that’s what the organization strives to achieve. Soroptimists are women at their best working to help other women to be their best.
Soroptimist members belong to local clubs, which determine the focus of service to their communities. Club projects range from renovating domestic violence shelters, to providing mammograms to low-income women, to sponsoring self-esteem workshops for teenage girls. In addition, Soroptimists participate in organization-wide programs that include the Soroptimist Club Grants for Women and Girls, and the Making a Difference for Women Award.