EBlast January 24

         E-Blast Digest               January 24, 2017
Message from the Governor 
Election of SIA President-Elect for 2017-2018
Many of you have mentioned that you were unaware of why you are being asked to vote for a new SIA President-Elect at this time.  I am "reposting" the email that members should have received directly from SIA in December.
From SIA:
Dear SIA Members,
As you know, on October 6, 2016, our dear President-elect Yoko Ichigatani suffered a traumatic head injury as the result of an in-home invasion/robbery. Yoko has been recovering from her injury in the hospital. On November 29, 2016, she is scheduled to have a second surgery, which will require a two-month additional stay in the hospital. Eventually she will be released to home health care as she continues her recovery.
It has become clear to Yoko and her family that she will not be able to fulfill her duties this year as required of an SIA president-elect. To give herself the time she needs to recover from this traumatic event, she has tendered her resignation as president-elect, effective November 15, 2016.
As is stated in our bylaws and procedures, we will now look toward the future of our leadership succession. In accordance with SIA Procedure H.3.b., the vacancy in the office of president-elect will be filled by election with members of the current board only as the eligible candidates. The vacancy must be filled within 90 days.
After we have the names of the current board members interested in running for 2016-2017 president-elect, SIA headquarters will send a mail ballot to clubs on December 14th, 2016 so they may choose SIA’s next president-elect.
We expect the vacancy in the position of 2016-2017 president-elect to be filled by February 14th, at which time we will proceed with our normal process to fill the position of 2017-2018 president-elect. Therefore, we will be holding two different elections.
We are heartbroken for Yoko and continue to pray for a full recovery. As previously mentioned, Yoko’s family is requesting privacy during this time. Please remember to keep posting messages for her.  Thank you all for your support of Yoko during this difficult time.
RoseMary Reid
2016-2017 SIA President
You should have also received a recent email extending the deadline to March 20, 2017 due to mailing issues from SIA.  This election is to fill the vacancy left by Yoko's resignation.  This individual will serve as our SIA President for the term Sep 2017 to Aug 2018.  I urge you to vote for a candidate after reviewing their resume and video on SIA's website.  It's important to rank all candidates; don't stop after the first or second one.  Per SIA bylaws Section 6.02, preferential voting shall be used; therefore, ranking ALL candidates is important.
Thank you for paying attention to this important matter.  Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions you might have.  I'd love to hear from you.

Yours In Service,

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: 


Dream It, Be It Information
Hello Soroptimists!
I hope that 2017 is going well for you and your Dream It Be It (DIBI) Programs. There are some new resources and process changes in the program which I will share in this and future E-Blasts. This week I will share the new reporting process for those clubs that are already presenting DIBI programs.  The forms that I mention are available through the links below or soroptomist.org, Members Area, Resources Information and Forms, Program Resources, Dream It Be It, Reporting and Evaluation
1) The Club Transmittal Form is due to me one month after completion of your program, or as soon as you can, If one month has already passed.             
2) Download the Updated Club Evaluation Guide, to help in the reporting process.
3) Distribute the Evaluation Form (page 12-13) to your DIBI students for their feedback.    
New Reporting Process 

Due ONE MONTH after completing your Dream It, Be It project: 

Updated Club Evaluation Guide (contains a Reporting and Evaluation Worksheet to help clubs collect information needed for the online form.    

Next week, I will share new resources for the DIBI Curriculum. 
If you have any questions or would like assistance in starting a DIBI program, I would be happy to help. I look forward to hearing from you.
Sharon Warner
Dream It Be It Coordinator
Sierra Nevada Region  
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
Break These Chains
Check out this article in the Las Vegas Review-Journal about the nonprofit organization founded by Southern Nevada Soroptimist clubs.

Break These Chains Article

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. 

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
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 Blvd., Sacramento. 
Live Auction, Silent Auction, 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.
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

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