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                                                           E-Blast Digest               February 7, 2017
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 Message from the Governor
Dear Members,
Hard to believe that we are more than half way thru this club year and I haven't introduced Danielle Kennedy.  Danielle is our Region Chair for Public Awareness.  This position is generally more techno savvy then most of our region positions which makes it a perfect fit for Danielle.  She understands technology better than the average bear.   She is ready to assist your club in your public outreach whether it be setting up a Facebook page or trouble shooting something on your website or submitting an article to your local newspaper.  She has built a data base of all the newspapers in our region, traditional and online.  She also has a team of volunteers on each of the platforms if she needs help.
A little about Danielle:  She has a background in various office positions such as administrative assistant, legal secretary and office manager.  She has recently started her own business out of her home and is enjoying the short commute. 
A fun fact about Danielle is that during her recent marriage, her husband-to-be wore bunny slippers.  I asked her what she would like the members to Imagine If, she replied, "Imagine if...you did not need your elevator speech, because everyone knows what Soroptimist Stands For".
Contact Danielle for ideas or assistance in building or updating your club's public awareness plan.  You can reach her at publicawareness@soroptimistsnr.org.  You will be glad you did.
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.
Top 10 Reasons to Attend Region Conference 
#10. Expand your Soroptimist Experience 
If you were to ask people that go to conference every year what their favorite part is, you would get a variety of answers, but they would include: "feeling like you are part of a bigger picture", "meeting other Soroptimist's from all over", "reconnecting with my Soroptimist friends from other clubs", "learning how other clubs do things",  "hearing about all the work the clubs in the region do", "hearing from the award winners on Sunday", "FUN!".  ---The Call to Conference will be coming out in a few weeks and we hope you plan on joining us April 28-30 at the Atlantis in Reno. We look forward to reconnecting with those of you that regularly come to Conference.  We also hope to honor others as First Time Attendees on Friday night. Let's have the biggest crowd of first timers ever!  
#9. Great Location/Food/Accommodations/Spa
The Atlantis Casino Resort Spa is proud to be recognized as the # 1 Reno hotel on Trip Advisor.  It is known for its luxurious accommodations, dynamic casino action, award-winning dining, a revitalizing spa and salon as well as its state of the art meeting facilities. The Atlantis has been accommodating us for several years now and are very responsive to our needs.  What a great girls’weekend – you will never need to leave the hotel!!  And while they do have valet parking,you can park for free!
If you already know you want to attend, don't wait for ‘the call’, get your room reserved now! We are sharing Reno with the Girls Volleyball Tournament, so rooms will be in demand. Just go to this link:  https://www.atlantiscasino.com/reserve.html?g=SOROP17&d=042617&n=4 and use the code: SOROP17
Think Your Soroptimist Club is the Greatest? 

Then, tell everyone about your fabulous fundraisers and spectacular service projects by advertising in the upcoming Sierra Nevada Region Conference Program!   

Advertising options range from club write ups to full page ads.  Complete the attached advertising form and be sure to submit it along with your ad no later than March 27 and then we’ll see who really is brag-worthy!!

Advertising Form

Dream It, Be It Information
Hello Soroptimists!

This year is more than half over but it is not too late to start a DIBI program. Start small. Many clubs are involving vocational or alternative high school girls who can most benefit from career support. Teachers or counselors can often recommend appropriate students. Use the Planning Resources found on  soroptimist.org. Comply with Procedures for Working with Youth;

There is still time this year to use the Curriculum in a one day conference, weekly small group mentoring sessions, or two chapters/day for four days. There are many ways to present the DIBI Curriculum. Those clubs with an existing girl project, can participate in DIBI by incorporating at least three chapters of the DIBI Curriculum and completing the reporting process.

Sierra Nevada Region has many wonderful DIBI projects happening. I look forward to hearing from your clubs as the programs are completed. Please let me know if I can help 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: 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 Pahrump Valley Bunco Nite
It's time again for the event that puts “FUN back into Fundraiser. Soroptimist International Pahrump Valley is once again hosting Bunco Nite at Nye Communities Coalition in the Activities Center.
Mark your calendar and make plans to grab a few friends and join the party. The event will be held on Friday, February 10 at 6:00 pm. You can look forward to lots of fun and laughter, door prizes, raffles, pick a prize, and Bunco prizes. SIPV promises Fun/Fellowship/Food and an evening to remember all for $15 per person.
For more information on joining the Bunco Party contact Liz Frazer at 702-340-4718 or Cecilia Thomas at 775-910-9521.
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
A Chocolate Affair 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.
SI Chico's Home & Garden Show will be held at the Silver Dollar Fairgrounds in Chico.
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