CAPE MAY — Sherrie Hanagan has been elected as the new president of the Cape May County chapter of Soroptimist International.

Hanagan has been a member of SICMC for nearly three years and said she looks forward to leading the organization's efforts “to work together toward our common goal of supporting and empowering the women of Cape May County, in any way we can, to be strong, successful women.”

Hanagan said she joined the Soroptimist organization after she and her husband adopted their daughter.

“I committed to being a strong female role model to her, and to showing her that it is important to volunteer in your community,” Hanagan said. “I wanted her to see that you can make a difference in others' lives, and in your community, by giving of yourself.”

Hanagan said she is proud of the contributions SICMC makes to the community. Through the work of volunteers, the organization raises money to provide “awards and scholarships to women and girls who are working toward their goals of bettering themselves, and also by supporting local organizations such as Family Promise and CARA (the Coalition Against Rape and Abuse) by providing funding and woman-power to complete projects and give their clients the resources they need, so that they can concentrate on their personal goals, such as family, education and career,” Hanagan said.

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Based in Philadelphia, Soroptimist offers programs that improve the lives of women and girls through social and economic empowerment.

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