EBlast February 14

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 Message from the Governor 
Dear Soroptimists,
Another busy week, so a couple of things to share....
Imagine If....we could grow our membership thru chartering some new clubs. Well, we just did.  I know I announced this awhile back, but now it's really official.  The Charter party was on January 31st with an installation of the offices and induction of the new members.  It has been confirmed that SI Sutter-Yuba has her tax exempt status.  Per our region protocols, It is customary for each club to send a token monetary gift to help them get started.  Please send your donations and congratulation notes to our new club at:
Soroptimist International of Sutter-Yuba
PO Box 1402
Yuba City, CA  95992
On another note....how about a sneak peak at what is coming up for our 2017 Conference?  Look here for a peakI am pleased to announce that Shirlee Draper, SIA 2014 Live Your Dream Finalist, will be with us on Sunday and share her story and experiences since she received her award in Vancouver, Canada.  Fun entertainment both Friday and Saturday nights with more information to come in the Call to Conference that will be out in a few weeks.  Our hotel block is already 70% booked, just sayin'.
On a somber note, our hearts and best wishes are extended to the members who are affected by the situation at the Oroville Dam.  Several clubs are in the downstream area and have been evacuated and displaced.  For those in the surrounding areas, please check with your local officials to determine if they are in need of donations for those in your local emergency shelters.
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 
Top 10 Reasons to Attend Region Conference 
#8.  Guest Speakers
If you saw the ‘Sneak Peak’ flyer from Governor Vicki on our upcoming Region Conference, you saw that Shirlee Draper will be our guest speaker on Sunday!  Shirlee won the SIA Live Your Dream Award in 2014 and some of you may remember her from the SIA Convention in Vancouver that year.  Shirlee was born and raised in the fundamentalist polygamist sect known as the FLDS. She was placed into an arranged marriage and had four children.  In 2003 she took her children and left the community, her family, and everything she had ever known, to move to St. George, Utah to escape that life. Since winning the Life Your Dream award from Soroptimist International of the Americas in 2014, she has graduated with a Bachelor of Social Work and is currently working on a Master of Public Administration, both from the University of Utah.  She should be a great inspiration to our Region Live Your Dream award recipients who will be there on Sunday to hear her.  I know she is an inspiration to me!
PLEASE REMEMBER!!!  If for any reason you need to cancel a room reservation, PLEASE call Conference Coordinator Lane at 916-863-2500 and tell her.  She will cancel your room so that we don't lose your room out of our block.  The hotel is sold out and we will need every room.  The hotel will give us a cancellation confirmation for you. Thank you!!
Lane Parks, Conference Coordinator/Governor Elect
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!!

Conference Sponsorship Committee


Advertising Form

Five Star Public Awareness
Five Star Public Awareness
As the deadline looms to wrap up all of the hard work we have done for the year, Region wants to add yet another deadline to the list. But this one is easy. This one is the celebration of all of the hard work you have put in toward publicizing your club and the great things you do all year long!
The Five Star Public Awareness award deadline is March 1 (does anyone else see a pattern). Take the time to write up a pat on the back! A short email to publicawareness@soroptimistsnr.org is all it takes to enter your club for some recognition for the year long communication efforts of your Social Media, Newsletter and Website Committees (or people, if there's only one). 
Did you do something really spectacular that got your club a lot of press? Send that in for the Innovation Award! 
Please review the PDF attached to ensure that you have the best chance of winning this year's Five Star Public Awareness Award!

Five Star Public Awareness Award

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: 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 
SI Truckee Meadow Public Awareness Committee meeting
KOLO 8 Anchor, Sarah Johns and Digital Sales Director, Ashley Fritsche will be speaking at the upcoming Public Awareness committee meeting on Thursday, February 16th at 12:00pm at The Atlantis. Sarah Johns and Ashley Fritsche will be talking about why public awareness and promotion is important for a nonprofit. They will also be talking about KOLO Cares, connecting the community with events, the events with the people of Northern Nevada, and the people back to the community.
Please RSVP to sitruckeemeadows@hotmailno later than Tuesday, February 14th. Non-members are welcome and encouraged to join SITM for lunch.
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 Downtown Redding
SI Downtown Redding is having their Awards and Recognition luncheon Event on Monday, March 6th from Noon to 1:30; Red Lion hotel, Redding, Ca. Cost is $30 per person.  

Awards and Recognition Flyer

SI Elk Grove Presents Martinis & Merriment
Come for the Martinis, Stay for the Laughter!
Please join us Friday, March 10th, from 6 - 10pm at the The Falls Event Center, 8280 Elk Grove Blvd., Elk Grove.
Our Opening Act is Cheryl "The Soccer Mom" and our Headline is Marc Yaffee.
Local restaurants and catering companies will be providing mini-Martinis and small bites.
Blues Mechanix Band will be performing in the Ballroom. 
We'll have a Silent Auction and Raffle.
Tickets are $40 and can be ordered online at 
Martinis & Merriment.  Last year we SOLD OUT 2 weeks before our event.
Please contact Lisa - lfitzgerald51@gmail.com. Encourage friends to follow us on Facebook or visit our website for more information about our show at chicohomeandgarden.com 
SI Folsom El Dorado Hills' Dine in Mexico


Destination Dinner: Passport to Mexico is going to be a great time for all!  Slated for March 25th at Folsom High School, we are partnering with the Folsom High Culinary Arts students who will prepare and serve our fiesta feast which will be buffest style with many options to create your favorite Mexican fare.  Bolero and Flamenco guitarist Michael Padilla will set the mood while guests dine, bid on silent auction items and partake in mock margaritas. 

There will be a door prize, raffles, craft corner for kids (and the kids at heart!), desserts and more!!  This family friendly event is from 5-8pm and is “open house” style where guests can come and go on their time frame.  Tickets are $25 ($12 for 12 and under) and are available for purchase online.  Please go to our website at  www.sifedh.org for details and to buy tickets online. 

1st Annual Destination Dinner: Passport to Mexico Flyer

February Newsletters
Sierra Nevada Region
SI Carson City Newsletter Link
SI Chico Newsletter Link
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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