By Pat Kumpan
Gina Storr considers it her civic duty to help others — something ingrained in her during her days growing up in Detroit.
After raising her three children, Garrett, 19; Adam, 23; and Lauren, 25, Storr said she can now dedicate more of her time to volunteer work.
That wish has been fulfilled in several ways in volunteer efforts with Soroptimist International of Poway and the Greater San Diego Boys & Girls Club.
Eleven years prior to those recent activities, Storr was also dedicated to seeing to it that children had their dreams come true via the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
“I still get letters these days from parents who said I brought joy into their child’s life,” Storr said.
A few months ago, Storr was recognized as “Soroptimist of the Year” for “going above and beyond,” said her Poway club members.
She felt an overwhelming sense of accomplishment when she learned her first attempt at writing a grant to Verizon Wireless for a $9,500 request to help domestic violence victims was a successful one.
“We’re teaching life skills to women, building confidence in women and girls,” she said.
“These women are so beaten down physically and emotionally that it’s nice we can give them a free, independent life,” Storr said. “We help babysit, or assist with whatever they need.
“I really enjoy it, getting information about our Soroptimist programs out there,” Storr said. “I’ll be helping with more press releases, especially when we update our website.”
She is also passionate about helping the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater San Diego with that organization’s major fundraiser, “Rhythm & Vine.”
Held in the spring, the event offers food, wine, entertainment and auctions to raise money for local clubs. It will be a while before the 2012 details are released, but the location of the event will likely be a pleasant surprise, Storr said.
She credits her 12 years experience producing and as an assignment editor for a CBS affiliate in Hartford, Conn., during her earlier days of marriage, as easily adaptable job skills that are useful in her promotion of nonprofits.
“As someone once told me, ‘do what your passionate about,’” Storr said.
She and her husband, Steve, own Projector Doctor, a company in the Poway Business Park which services and repairs projectors and other equipment. The company also has offices in Atlanta.
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