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                                                           E-Blast Digest               February 28, 2017
 Message from the Governor
I am excited to share some news with you.  Our Stop Trafficking efforts under the direction of Joanne Tremelling has really taken off.  We have moved from the "awareness" stage to the "action" stage for many clubs in our region.  Joanne is in high demand.  Our region presents some challenges.  In this particular effort, we are in 3 distinct areas, Northern California, Northern Nevada and Southern Nevada.  All have their unique challenges.  With support from Joanne, we are dividing these areas to 3 coordinators.   Joanne will maintain an overall tutelage of the others, but each will be responsible for their respective area.  With this news, Joanne and I are pleased to announce that Amie Laughlin from SI Washoe County will be the coordinator for Northern Nevada. 
Amie is a five year Soroptimist.  Awesome to see a five year Soroptimist taking on a region role.  Amie is an auctioneer and owner of Vanzant Auctions.  She has served as President to her club and is currently on the technical committee and learning much.  She has come from a background of hardship and has overcome it.  She had created her own non profit to throw birthday parties for homeless kids.  After being invited to present her mission to SI Washoe County, she says their big hearts were humbling.  She had no idea that an organization of caring and giving women existed.  She ended up to joining.
Once a full fledged member of Soroptimist, she quickly focused on the plight of fighting against human trafficking.  This makes a perfect fit for this position.
Members of the Northern Nevada clubs, please reach out to Amie for assistance, advice, club visits etc.  She is excited to take on this new role and is ready to assist your club.  Her contact information is : 
We will get her a region email address soon....this has all happened fairly quickly.
Thank you all.....exciting times
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 


#10.  Expand your Soroptimist Experience
#9. Great Location/Food/Accommodations/Spa 
#8. Guest Speakers
#7. Entertainment

#6.   Learn what the Region does to support our clubs

Did you know that it takes over 70 volunteers to run this region? On Saturday we will hear from a lot of those volunteers and learn what is happening in their areas. The reason that we have these positions to support the clubs, so come hear what they are doing and how they can help your club.  We will also be electing new representatives to the Nominating Committee, as well as voting on revisions to the Fiscal Standing Rules.  This afternoon is the reason that we convene for annual Conference, so join us and learn more about your Sierra Nevada Region.

Lane Parks, Conference Coordinator/Governor Elect
Thank you to our Region Conference sponsors!
I would like to thank our sponsors for this year's Region Conference that are helping to make this a great conference and keep your costs down!
U.S. Bank is our Presenting Sponsor
Elan Advising is our Dream It, Be It Sponsor
Recology is our Bag Sponsor
JC Bookkeeping and Wraith, Scarlet and Randolf are our Cocktail Sponsors 
Vivek Mortgage is our Badge/Lanyard Sponsor
Watch for more on these generous companies that are helping keep your costs down. You can chip in too by having your company buy an ad in our program or space in our goodie bags! See the article from our Sponsorship Committee for more information. 
Lane Parks, Governor Elect/Conference Coordinator    
SI Reno Celebrates 75 Years
The day before Region Conference begins, April 27, 2017 between 5 pm and 7 pm, Soroptimist International of Reno will be holding a celebration of its 75 years of service. 
The event will be held in Reno, place to be determined.  Come early to conference and join the festivities on Thursday.
Best, hope to see you there.
Sarah V. Carrasco
Member of Soroptimist International of Reno
District 5 Director
Sierra Nevada Region
Soroptimist of the Americas 

Save The Date Flyer

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)

So have you ever wondered why we name awards after certain folks?? I have, so I started poking around the internet and wanted to know more about “Who is Evelyn Holland, and why did we name the SOLT award after her?”

Well after not finding much on the internet – I called SIA – Yep – I picked up the phone and called SIA 215-893-9000. I’m including this – because they are a great resource to have.

They connected me to Lisa Mangiafico – Senior Director of Information Services at SIA. She was wonderful and gave me some great information. Can I just say her name sounds like Magnifico! Like the magician or something! Or least that’s what I thought. LOL!

Come to find out that Evelyn Holland was a past Governor of Southwest Region from 1962-64. She hailed from SI Woodland, California. Her theme: Building Today’s Youth into Tomorrow’s Leaders. During this biennium (1962-64) they were on a “new quest” through the expansion of the IGU programs. They took on the development of youth leadership and studying the needs and problems of youth. Enthusiasm and support was given to the Soroptimist Foundation Endowment Fund and Southwestern Region continued to lead in contributions to the fund. Conference planning took on a new approach through group discussion and evaluation, especially emphasizing that “PUBLIC AFFAIRS ARE OUR AFFAIRS.” Plans were made or the introduction of an Education Handbook. 

Now some of this information can also be found in the SNR “The PAST” book – which is always on sale at conference and district meetings – which I highly recommend every SNR club in the region should have.

Past Gov. Evelyn Holland was all about education. Not only for our youth but also for our members. So now you know why we call it the Evelyn Holland Recognition for SOLT.

So with that little history lesson – why or why have you not submitted an entry for SNR awards???

It’s so easy to do. If your club did any type Orientation or Training – or even a fun learning event – make sure send the cover page with 200 words or less describing what you did for a SOLT program for your club! Include how member participated and the program’s overall impact/outcome. – That’s it! That’s all there is to it! Seriously I know you guys can do this. Plus I’m planning on some fun awards for the top three entries. I’ve already started receiving a few entries! Thanks to SI Placerville, SI Carson City, SI Redding! YOU GUYS ROCK! So this is your little JOLT of SOLT reminder that deadline for entries is MARCH 1st – send to SOLT_evelynholland@soroptimist.org

I hope to read all those wonderful entries before conference – I can promise you this – I will have some fun awards to give out! See you in April! 

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 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.
SI Burney-Fall River will be celebrating our 47th Anniversary with a luncheon at noon at Gepetto's Pizza in Burney on Wednesday March 15th. The club was chartered on March 18, 1970.
     Please RSVP if you will be attending to:
     e-mail: sibfr1970@gmail.com
     phone: Lola Harris 530 335-4314
     Facebook: Soroptimist International Burney-Fall River
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

SI Metropolitan Sacramento LUNAFEST

SI Metropolitan Sacramento invites you to our second annual LUNAFEST Film Festival on April 8, 2017 at the Guild Theater in historic Oak Park of Sacramento. This year we have 2 showings – a matinee at 2:00 PM and an evening showing at 7:00PM. Doors open one hour early for beverages, popcorn, raffle viewing, and silent auction bidding! Come check out the 9 inspiring short films created by, for, and about women. 

Tickets are $20.00 for the matinee$25.00 for the evening, and $5.00 off for students. Click here to find out more about the event.


Thank you,
Morgan Lardizabal 

LunaFest Flyer

SI Roseville Original Bag Lady Event
Soroptimist International of Roseville proudly announces the original Bag Lady Event of 2017.  This year we are having a light dinner, dessert, dice games and prizes along with 50 beautiful new bags to raffle.  Come join us and share the fun.  See attached for details.
SI Grass Valley A Day For Women
Mark your calendars.  Soroptimist International of Grass Valley presents A Day for Women at Sierra College in Nevada County.  A day of girlfriend time, fun and learning.
February Newsletters
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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

March 8th is International Women's Day 
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