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 Message from the Governor
Dear SIA Members,
We, as a country, are in a polarized political time.  Each of us hold our personal beliefs and I hope that we can respect one another for those personal beliefs.  However, as Soroptimists, I think that we think fairly similarly when it comes to the health and well being of women and girls and our rights as women and girls.  Soroptimist International of Americas (SIA) has sent out emails to all US members as to the SIA stand on what is happening in our nation.  I am reposting SIA President RoseMary's message here, in case you may have missed it last week. 
Her message was titled, Tell Congress: Speak Up For Women and Girls
"For the better part of 100 years, Soroptimist has been on the forefront ensuring women and girls throughout the world have the rights and opportunities they need to succeed. SIA and LiveYourDream.org are nonpartisan. We have members and supporters from all over the world. No matter our country of origin or our political beliefs, we are joined in our support of women and girls. In fact, our diversity is what makes us strong and unique.
However, being nonpartisan does not mean we won’t speak up when necessary. Going forward we will do what we’ve always done—hold the U.S. administration accountable for its policies and speak out against any that are damaging to the rights and progress of women and girls.
Toward that end, please take a moment to urge your legislators to work toward gender equity so women and girls can reach their potential, live their dreams, and continue the social and economic progress we have all worked so hard to achieve."
I couldn't agree more with President RoseMary.  In my experience, Soroptimists, in general, are passionate about their beliefs and are able to appropriately separate their personal cause from their nonpartisan Soroptimist efforts.  We are able to accomplish so much good in the effort to protect and support our rights for all women when we work together. 
Imagine if...women were treated fairly and equally.  Keep up the good work ladies, there is still much work to be done.
Governor Vicki
SNR Governor 2016-2018
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.
Dream It, Be It Information
Hello Soroptimists!

This week I will share some new resources to be found on Soroptimist.org or through the links below. These will assist in presenting the DIBI curriculum.


  • Dream Collage Activity Materials (print and use for the Dream Collage activity found in curriculum session 1: Discovering Your Dreams) Since it was difficult to find appropriate pictures and messages in magazines, SIA gave us this great resource for Dream Boards.
  • Community Partner Proposal (customize and bring along when meeting with potential community partners to explain Dream It, Be It)

Please take advantage of these new resources to assist in presenting the Dream It Be It Curriculum.

Let me know if I can help you in any way.

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
District 5 Winter Meeting 


District 5 Winter Meeting will be hosted by Soroptimist International of Washoe County on February 11, 2017, Call , registration form, sales table registration form and tentative agenda are attached.  This will be a round table type meeting where everyone will share information on human trafficking in your area/county, information on agencies serving persons who have been trafficked, is there a task force on human trafficking in your area, what are the needs in your area.
Please come with information which will assist in establishing a District wide program.  We will also attempt to collaborate on a Dream It, Be It project, please look at your community and identify where the program can serve your local community best.
Looking forward to having every one share at this meeting.
Sarah V. Carrasco
District 5 Director
Sierra Nevada Region
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 Cameron Park and SI Placerville A Chocolate Affair

Please join SI Cameron Park and SI Placerville for our Chocolate Affair on February 11!

Two fantastic raffle opportunities available- Need not be present to win.

Win 100 bottles of wine for $100/ticket (go in with friends!) or New World Travel Ticket $100 to win your choice of one of five vacations!

100 Bottles of Wine Flyer
New World Travel Ticket Flyer

SI Greater Las Vegas Sweet Fantasy
Get your SWEET on! Our 6th Annual Sweet Fantasy - Chocolate and More Party is February 12. Join us for an afternoon of Sweet Indulgence and enjoy our incredible dessert buffet!

Admission is $30 (pre-sales only). Purchase Tickets NOW: https://siglv-sweetfantasytickets.eventbrite.com/

Funds raised through ticket sales, raffles and silent auction items will benefit Soroptimist International of Greater Las Vegas service projects, includingTeens Helping Teens and Anti-Human Trafficking programs as well as leadership education.

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.
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