EBlast January 19

     E-Blast Digest               January 19, 2017
 Message from the Governor
A Potpourri of Soropti-topics
I have a growing list of reminders, helpful hints and business piling up, so I've decided to attend to them this week.
1.  Correction Corner:  In last week's article I talked about the upcoming Live Your Dream Award deadline.  So, although it's a great idea to get'er done and submit your entry to our region chair Phyllis Hayashi at LiveYourDream@soroptmistsnr.org by February 1st as I stated, you really have until February 15th.  Oops....
2.  Upcoming Survey:  Please check wherever you receive your Soroptimist email for a member survey on the region annual Fellowship award.  It should be out soon and we want to hear your voice.  It's only a few questions, so it's quick and easy.  I thank you in advance for your participation.
3. New Club:  As many of you know, we have a brand new club being chartered this month.  It is customary for all clubs in the region to make a monetary donation to help this club get started.  In fact, I've had several clubs asking for the mailing information to send them a Congrats and a check.  But, we have to hold our horses until the new club SI Sutter-Yuba gets her tax exemption squared away.  We don't want to cause a tax situation in the generous moods we are in.  As soon as I get the all clear, I'll send out the information. 
4.  And speaking of new clubs:  You might be asking, "How would I know where we might start a new club"?  Well...during Governor training we learned a few things to help us in this endeavor.  I'll share one with you.  If a town or city has a Starbucks, apparently they are a strong candidate for a Soroptimist club.  Now, I really don't know why that is, but according to those who are in the know, a town with a Starbucks has the same demographics needed for starting a Soroptimist club.  Who knew?  And I have no doubt that Starbucks puts some research into an area before allowing a franchise to open.  I think their budget and research crew might be a big bigger than ours, so let's test this theory.  Jackie Sillman, SNR Membership Chair, would love to know if you know of a town with a Starbucks that is in need of a Soroptimist club.  It could happen....
5. SNR Policies and Procedures:  The SNR board was busy at their last board meeting in October and made some changes/corrections to the Region Policies and Procedures.  Nothing major here, primarily just clean up.  So, if you're the one in club who generally deals with bylaws and such, please review these changes here and share with your club.  The revised documents will be uploaded soon with the corrections in tact on our region website. 
6.  Conference Hotel Rooms:  Yeah, yeah, yeah, I know we've been posting about Conference a lot already. Well, there is a reason for that, well, several reasons.  But for right now, I thought I'd let you know that the OUR room block is already 53% booked. And remember, the volleyball gals will be there with us and will take up all the other rooms outside of our block.  I'm not kidding, you might want to book your room now before it's too late.  Every year, there are some who wait too long and have to get alternative lodging.  It's so much more fun to stay at our Conference hotel, the Atlantis Casino Resort Spa.  And to think...the official Call hasn't even gone out yet! 
Ok, that's it for now.  I hope you all have survived the storms and were able to reflect this past few days on the inspirations of Martin Luther King, Jr.  He has so many inspiring quotes from his speeches during the Civil Rights movement, but I think this is one is fitting for Soroptimists, "The time is always right to what is right".  If we live by this, we will fulfill our Soroptimist dreams.   
Governor Vicki
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: 


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

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
Fellowship Grant Survey
Please take a moment to fill out this Fellowship Survey
The Sierra Nevada Region Board is looking at the future viability of the Fellowship Grant and asked the Fellowship Committee to review the grant as it exists today.  The purpose of this survey is to get a feel for what the members of SNR think about the Fellowship Grant program.  
The Committee has developed a short survey for the members as your input is needed.  Please take a few minutes to complete the survey and perhaps learn a bit about the Fellowship Grant.
Fellowship Award Deadline March 1
Help us find our honored recipient. Spread the word. Be the club the recommended a finalist candidate.
Help Women Doctoral Students!!
Sierra Nevada Region awards an annual grant to outstanding women students working for doctoral degrees.
  • Applicant must be a citizen of one of the 119 countries represented by SIA
  • Currently enrolled in a college or university within the boundaries of SNR. Colleges include UCDavis, UNReno, UNLas Vegas, UOP McGeorge School of Law and  CSUSacramento.

If you are a women who could use our financial help or know of a woman who would qualify or have any questions, please contact:

SNR Fellowship Chair, Cathie DuChene
Fellowship Grant Application

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 Loomis It's In The Bag
It’s time for a Girls Night Out, January 25th from 6 pm to 8:30 pm at the Blue Goose Event Center in Loomis!  Join us for our “It’s in the Bag” Designer Purse Event. 
A limited number of tickets are still available and can be purchased on our websitehttp://www.soroptimistloomis.com/its-in-the-bag-2017/ , $30 includes dinner, bottled water, coffee/tea, (3) Left-Right-Center games and a chance to win several door prizes.  Alcohol and purse raffle tickets are sold separately.
SI American River Girls SOAR
Soroptimist International of the American River is sponsoring GirlsSOAR ,a free workshop for girls, grades 5-8 from Penryn to Colfax and Auburn to Bear River on Saturday, January 28, 2017.  Sessions will deal with self-worth, self-esteem, bullying, and the influence of outside forces such as the media. There will also be leadership activities and other hands-on and science activities. 
During lunch, the girls have the opportunity to chat with local, successful women who represent a number of STEAM careers (Science.Technology.Engineering. Arts.Math) and other non-traditional and inspirational occupations.
The featured presenter is Lauren Galley, an award winning teen mentor, TEDx Speaker, Amazon Best Selling Author, a 2016 Changemaker Nominee by The White House for the State of Women Summit and President of Girls Above Society. Just this month, she has been selected by the United Nations as a 2017 Youth Delegate working with global mentors to empower women/girls around the world. 
She is dedicated to empowering tween and teen girls to be confident while maintaining positive morals and values as they face the tough pressures of today’s media driven society. Lauren travels throughout the U.S. speaking at schools, universities, corporations and organizations on the topics of body image, leadership skills and self-confidence. Her curriculum is designed to empower and inspire girls by raising awareness which, in turn, empowers them to create change in their world.
#GirlTalk.  #BeThatGirl
The workshop is sponsored by Soroptimist International of the American River (SOAR) as part of its mission to help women and girls.  SI of Auburn is providing lunch for the attendees and guests. Holiday Inn is also a contributor to the workshop.
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. 

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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
SISS Winter Crab Fest 2017
Please join SI Sacramento South on Saturday, February 4, 2017 at their Winter Crab Feed. Doors open at 6pm, Dinner served at 7pm.
Location: Unitarian Universalist Society of Sacramento, 2425 Sierra a Blvd., Sacramento. 
Live Suction, Silent Suction, Dessert Auction! All you can eat crab $50.
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.
Kudos, Compliments, You Rock!
I just want to say what a wonderful job our SOLT Coordinator Stacey Yurmanovic-Sawyer is doing writing articles for the E-blast every month!
Didi Chaney
SI/Carson City
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