EBlast January 10

      E-Blast Digest               January 10, 2017
Message from the Governor
January is National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month as proclaimed by President Obama.  He calls for all to come together to fight trafficking at the national and grassroots levels.  Per his Proclamation, "...build a global sense of justice that says no child should ever be exploited, and empower our daughters and sons with the same chances to pursue their dreams. This month, I call on every nation, every community and every individual to fight human trafficking wherever it exists.  Let us declare as one that slavery has no place in our world, and let us finally restore to all people the most basic rights of freedom, dignity, and justice."
Many communities and Soroptimist clubs are hosting events this month to bring awareness to Human Trafficking, most notably on January 11th.  January 11th was named National Human Trafficking Awareness Day in 2007. Here are just a few of the events I'm aware of:
  • Shared Hope Rally - January 11th
  • Woodland Community College Foster & Kinship Care Education and Soroptimist International of Davis and Woodland are hosting multiple workshops to educate the public about Human trafficking
  • Break These Chains - January 21st  Las Vegas
What's going on in your community? Although many clubs work year around on stop trafficking issues, I hope you can find an event in your area to attend this month to increase our awareness and impact in stopping Human Trafficking.
Vicki Watson,
Governor 2016-18
Anti-Trafficking Moment
This January, the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges is publishing a series of blogs authored by our experts on domestic child sex trafficking. The series is in honor of Human Trafficking Awareness Month. The first blog article, authored by Judge Stacy Boulware-Eurie from Sacramento County is available here: 



January 15, 2017 Deadline

Happy New Year!  If you’ve been thinking about being a sponsor or asking your company or a local company to, but thought that you’d wait until after the new year, the time is NOW!  January 15 is the deadline for Major Sponsors so that we can make sure they get all the benefits of sponsorship!  The levels have different benefits, but some include being in our Eblasts prior to conference, with either  article(s) or an ad.  The Live Your Dream Sponsor will also be included in the Call to Conference!  All get ads in the conference program and inclusion on our region website, so we need logo information, etc, to be able to get that all for you in time!  Still available are:  Cocktail Sponsor ($1500) Dream It, Be It Sponsor ($3000) and Live Your Dream Sponsor ($4000).  See all the details here:  The deadline for ads and promotional materials at conference isn’t until March 1, so you still have time for that, but if you want to make a big impression, sign up to be a major sponsor today!!!

Lane Parks, Gov Elect, Conference Coordinator 2016-18 

Our Signature Program:  
LIVE YOUR DREAM AWARD Submission Deadline February 1st
Soroptimists, we are quickly nearing our deadline to submit your club winner to the region for further advancement of your selection.  Phyllis Hayashi, our Live Your Dream Coordinator, is collecting the information from the clubs now.   As a Region, we are striving for 100+ participation.  In order to achieve this amazing goal, we all have to help each other.  If you are a club that is struggling to find a candidate, please contact Phyllis today.  She can help find you some applicants.  They don't have to be from your home town, they are women in need and worthy of our help and she can come from anywhere.  Or maybe you are a club that needs some financial assistance for your recipient.  Phyllis can possibly help you with that as well.  Some clubs are able to share financially.  BUT, you need to reach out and contact Phyllis now.
The region is honoring the 1st place winner with a laptop, so don't let your recipient miss out on this opportunity to be awarded a new laptop and be honored at our Conference in April.  So make sure to get your final applicant to Phyllis at  LiveYourDream@soroptimistsnr.org.
Some information on our impact from Soroptimist International of the America's website from last year:
  • 1,355 women received nearly $1.9 million in funding through the Soroptimist Live Your Dream: Education and Training Awards for Women.
  • Funding increased by $113,152 (7%) and 62 additional women received the award (5%).
  • The total of non-cash awards given by clubs was valued at more than $59,500.
  • 81 percent of clubs in Soroptimist International of the Americas participated in the program, which is a 3% increase from last year.
  • In an effort to determine the impact of the Live Your Dream Awards program, SIA sends surveys to recipients three years after they receive the award. For 2015-2016, SIA sent surveys to 868 club-level recipients from the 2012-2013 club year. The results of the survey are as follows: 
    • 95% of survey respondents reported an increased sense of self-esteem
    • 94%% of survey respondents reported earning or continuing to work towards an educational degree/certification
    • 81% of survey respondents who have completed their education reported securing higher-paying employment. 
    • 82% of survey respondents who completed their education reported an increased standard of living for themselves and their dependents.
    • 96% of survey respondents reported serving as a role model for their dependents. 
This is proof of us making a difference; please make sure your club participates.
Governor Vicki
Break These Chains Event
January is National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month and Human Trafficking Awareness Day is January 11.

In support of both, on Saturday, January 21, Break These Chains Live Free and the Soroptimist Clubs of Southern Nevada will bring awareness to the problems of human trafficking in our community and around the world. Join us for our fourth annual Human Trafficking Awareness Day Event at Fremont Street Experience in Downtown Las Vegas!


Break These Chains Flyer 

Jolt of SOLT (Soroptimist Orientation Leadership Training)
Happy New Year!! It’s that time of year where our SNR clubs should be doing an evaluation of how they are doing mid-way through the Soroptimist year. Some clubs do a mid-year retreat and if you don’t I would highly recommend it. It’s a time to re-strategize your club plan for the year. Well with the New Year I wanted to see how we are all doing with SOLT?? Have you added it to your monthly program meetings? Have you done a SOLT program for your new members? If you haven’t why not?? It’s easy! It’s our new members who need it the most. Ok let me put it this way:  

I’ve heard it said several times that new members wish there was a “School” to learn about all things Soroptimist, and there is! Its formality is a bit different from traditional classroom settings, as class is held at every committee, board, or regular meeting of members where information is gathered, shared, discussed, and homework assigned. The field trips are the Area meetings held in our region, where we network and ask questions of each other, and the Sierra Nevada Region meetings with all the clubs in Nevada and California, allowing a broader range of educational opportunities with multiple different breakout sessions on topics ranging from being a better leader (and person) to Treasurer’s duties and skills. Your education can proceed to a degree level by attending an SI of the America’s national leadership conference! A Master’s degree level would be equivalent to attending an International conference – held in the past in Turkey, Greece and other exotic locations.  

As we start looking forward to springtime that time of year with all the high school graduations and club elections that are fast approaching, it is the perfect analogy to help me explain why it’s so important pass on the history and programs that make our clubs so outstanding in the region.

So here it is:

Freshman year: SCARED to death of walking in to the group of strangers, intimidated by the powerful and senior women of our community, as they all look at me and wonder what I’m doing there. Don’t know anything about anything other than what someone told you, and you’re worried to death to look like an idiot. Relieved when it’s over!

TIP: we ALL feel that way, and we ALL want to have new members feel welcomed, so be friendly!  

Sophomore year: not quite as bad, but still a sense of unsurity about much. You may have been asked to handle a task you’re unsure of, but that’s okay. You learn to ask questions of your predecessors, and listening is a valuable skill you’re realizing.

TIP: There are boundless resources around you. Websites, social media and your SNR board members!  

Junior Year: Definitely more confidence, maybe even stepping up to be a committee chair, which means speaking in front of the group.  

TIP: We are ALL nervous, and our voices may waver, but there’s no need to announce it, and more times than not, no one even notices. It’s just the adrenaline, and yes, it will only get easier with practice.  

Senior Year: Feeling like the know-it-all because you’ve been around for almost 4 years and you have learned a lot. Leadership is a requirement of graduation, so serving as a board officer is a big accomplishment. So why not run for office?! You got this!  

TIP: it isn’t nearly as hard as you think it will be. Your club belongs to no one person and it requires many, many different roles be filled, and the fun comes when it’s a variety show and the differences allow us all to shine. I’m excited to see what the future holds! Looking forward to seeing those submissions for the SOLT Awards due March 1st! And even more excited to see you all in April at Conference in Reno!!  

Stacey Yurmanovic-Sawyer
Sierra Nevada Region SOLT Coordinator


March 1, 2017 Applications due to Region Coordinator: Stacey Yurmanovic-Sawyer

If you have questions – please email me at: sskrjc66@gmail.com and make those submissions to: solt_evelynholland@soroptimistsnr.org

Recruitment Minute: Follow-Up and Follow Through
By Jackie Sillman, SNR/SIA Membership Chair
Is your club prepared to welcome prospective members, invite interested women to participate in your club’s projects, and provide information to those who wish to learn more? 

How do you feel when you are in need of important information and someone says, “I’ll get back to you on that,” and you don’t hear from them for weeks, or months, or worse—they never get back to you at all?

It doesn’t feel good and this type of experience makes for poor customer service that you will probably talk about to your friends and relatives, tell your co-workers about the next day, and even post on your Facebook account for the world to see. 

In our fast-paced world it only takes three seconds to make a good impression!

That is why it’s so important to make sure you are following up and following through with potential members in order for your recruitment efforts to be a success. When someone expresses interest in joining or helping out in some way, we’ve got their attention and this is the time to strike—while the iron is hot! 

Message From Your SNR Webmistress

Please send your pictures!

I know we all have our Facebook pages and it is so easy to just post them out there, but having them on our website for our Region shows the variety of the things we do and potential members can see what fun we have!  We have an awesome Gallery to post your fabulous photos to.  Send them to  webmistress@soroptimistsnr.org!!

Thank you

Tanya Moran, 2016-18 SNR Web Administrator

530.919.4612 / SI Placerville 

#15 2016-12-12

Thank you!


Tanya Moran, CFRM
2016-17 President

Soroptimist Ruby Award: For Women Helping Women
Hi, I’m Ann Bryant, your Ruby Award Coordinator and a member of SI of the American River in Auburn, California. The goal is to have all of the Sierra Nevada Region clubs participate in this great program which personifies the goals of Soroptimist by giving attention, funding and encouragement to great women in our community. This award also is a great Public Awareness project.
Please submit your winner’s applications to me no later than Wednesday March 1, 2017. The writeable Ruby nomination form, judging sheet and writeable certificate are in at the Soroptimistsnr.org website under the Sierra Nevada Region Forms.
The winner will be celebrated at our awards brunch on Sunday April 30 at the SNR Region Conference. Soroptimist International of the Americas does not have this award as a standalone project, but still has materials under Celebrating Success.
If you have any questions, or just want help getting started, please call me at 530-320-8407 or email at rubycoord@soroptimistsnr.org
District 2 Winter Meeting
District 2 -- 

Please join us for a fun half of Dream It Be. Attached is a Flyer for the Meeting with Registration information. 

Don't delay registration is due January 18, 2017.

District 2 Winter Meeting

District 2 Winter Meeting 

Our District 1 winter meeting is coming up!  Please join me for a roundtable discussion of what is going on in district 1 clubs. The meeting will be an informal gathering in Redding on Saturday, January 28th from 8:30 – 2:00 ish. 

Thanks to SI Downtown Redding, our hosting club, we are able to register and pay online through the EventBrite system.  Please click on the link below for details and registration: 

Your event URL ishttps://www.eventbrite.com/e/soroptimist-international-sierra-nevada-region-district-1-winter-meeting-tickets-29758784325

Bring your comments and ideas!

Maureen Mason, District 1 Director
Sierra Nevada Region
Soroptimist International of the Americas

SI Metropolitan Las Vegas Bunco Fundraiser
It’s time for BUNCO and time to let ‘em roll.  Join SI Metropolitan Las Vegas’ BUNCO FUNDRAISER on Saturday, January 28, 2017, from 4 pm to 7 pm  at the New Day Café, 467 E. Silverado Ranch, #100, Las Vegas, NV 89183. 
For tickets, please contact  simlvpresident.jeanie@gmail.com or a SI/Metropolitan Las Vegas Club Member.  Tickets $30 or at the door $35.  Admission includes fun prizes and refreshments.  Cash bar is also available. 

Follow us on Facebook/Soroptimist International of Metropolitan Las Vegas.

SI Sacramento North Crab & Pasta Feed
Tickets are now on sale for Soroptimist International Sacramento North/Kiwanis Annual Crab Feed.
Please join us Friday February 3rd, 2017. The price this year is $50 which includes anti-pasta, salad, pasta, rolls, dessert and of course all-you-can-eat crab!
Get yours now as we always sell out early! Please see the attached flyer for more details.

Crab and Pasta Feed Flyer

SI Lincoln "Purses With Purpose" Handbag Boutique
SI Lincoln has officially launched their fundraiser "Purses with Purpose", which will be held on Saturday, February 4, 2017 at the Orchard Creek Grand Ballroom in Sun City Lincoln Hills. Help support your "sister" club, we would love to welcome you.
Tickets can be ordered by calling Brigitta Agopian at 916-660-2024 or via email at brigitta0765@gmail.com, or from Jerri Curradi via email at curradi@sbcglobal.net
SI Sacramento Crab Feed
Please join SI Sacramento on Saturday, February 25, 2017 at Welcome Hall, Unitarian Universalist Society of Sacramento, 2425 Sierra Blvd., Sacramento.
Tickets are $50.
SIA Procedures for Working With Youth
Earlier this year SIA posted the following guidelines for those who work with youth. These are mandatoryfor Dream It Be It, S Club, or any other project that involves interacting with girls. If you have not done already, so please implement the following:

Thank you,
Sharon Warner

Dream It, Be It Presentation
Attached is the SIA Powerpoint presentation that I presented at Conference. It will help your club to implement and plan a Dream It Be It program. Please let me know if you have any questions.
Sharon Warner,
Dream It , Be It Coordinator
A little something about the artist, Steven Saylor, who was commissioned to do the painting a View From Within. Steven is known throughout the country for his unique water colors.  He has done paintings of President and Mrs. Ronald Reagan,  a painting commemorating the 150th anniversary of the State of Nevada, a painting commemorating Mission San Carlos in California, and apainting called the Celebrity Train which depicted Roy Acuff, Eddy Arnold, Crystal Gayle, Kenny Rogers, plus many more famous entertainers.
To learn more about this renowned artist, please visit his website at EvergreenStudios.com  
January Newsletters
Sierra Nevada Region
SI Elk Grove November Newsletter Link
SI Greater Las Vegas Newsletter Link
SI Folsom El Dorado Hills  Newsletter Link
SI Greater Sacramento  Newsletter Link
SI Lincoln Newsletter Link
SI Tahoe Sierra Newsletter Link 
SI Sacramento Newsletter Link
SI Truckee Donner Newsletter Link

  SI Truckee Meadows Newsletter Link

E-Blast Submission Guidelines
Deadline for the weekly Blast - Saturday by 5:00pm.   Blasts will go out the following Monday or Tuesday.  Email your blasts to snrblast@gmail.com
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