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Governor's Message May 15, 2018

42nd Annual Sierra Nevada Region Conference

I want to thank the almost 300 members who attended the conference in Reno. It was a whirlwind of events starting with a region board meeting and ending with a region board meeting (a joint new board/existing board meeting). Highlights for me: hosting the SIA President Elect Elizabeth Di Geronimo from Venezuela, laughing with the Lip Sync contestants, watching the Facebook videos, electing our next biennium board, our keynote Jennifer Spear on Saturday who had us all on our feet, hearing Governor Elect Lane's plans for us over the next two years (especially seeing the surprise when her son Scott was Skyped in from Japan), and of course, everyone's favorite, everything about Sunday. I've included the conference minutes to assist our club delegates with their reports to their clubs and anyone else who is interested. 

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So much time and effort goes into trying to make this a rewarding and valuable experience for our members. I do hope that you left us on Sunday with more knowledge of Soroptimist, more enthusiasm and rejuvenation to carry out our mission during the next biennium where we will be reminded that "Girls with Dreams, Become Women with Vision" (Governor Elect Lane's theme for 2018-2020).

And for those of you that were there, know "You Got This"!

Governor Vicki

SNR Governor 2016-2018

Governor's Message May 1, 2018

Dress A Girl Around the World Results

For those of you who were not at the 42nd Annual Conference this past weekend, I want to share the results of our efforts on our Dress A Girl Around the World region project. Before revealing the total, I want to thank District 6 Director Sarah Walker for bringing the project to my attention. This project met my criteria that a region project would need to have an international aspect. Our collaboration with Hope4Women on their Dress A Girl Around the World was a perfect fit. It provided us with a mission-based project with multiple ways to participate.

The big, no huge, unforeseen bonus was the "community involvement" in our efforts. Clubs had other groups sewing, cutting and donating to Soroptimist for this project. This resulted in such public awareness of Soroptimists in their own communities.

Although this is not her project, Governor Elect Lane has agreed to continue to collect dresses and track your club efforts into her biennium. Thank you to Governor Elect Lane.

So, how did we do?

•District 3  195

•District 1  381

•District 6  461

•District 5  614

•District 4  1,026

•District 2  1,326

Grand Total 4,003 and over $1,818

We had 43 of 55 clubs participating, that's 78%. Simply amazing.

Thank you to everyone who participated. It's a great project and you all went above and beyond my expectation.

Your humble Governor,



Governor Vicki

SNR Governor 2016-2018

Governor’s Message April 23, 2018

Are you "Stopping to Smell the Roses"

It seems that we, Soroptimists, tend to be very busy woman. Many of us are still working full time jobs while raising a family, or helping with childcare of our grand kids and, of course, doing our Soroptimist work. But, are we taking care of ourselves too?

I googled "Stop and Smell the Roses" and found a great "how to" article. Here's how to get started:

Make Time for Family and Friends

  • Schedule it like you do everything else in your life.
  • Make sure to celebrate the important dates like birthdays and anniversaries, don't let them slip by.
  • Connect more with friends as they can help keep things in perspective.

Build Deeper Relationships

  • Be Present (seems like I've heard this a lot lately) by putting away our phones and iPads, stop multitasking, actively listen and tune in to others.
  • Laugh and share experiences.
  • Make someone feel special with a small gift, a kind note or other gesture.
  • Give out random acts of kindness; it feels great to give and to receive.

Appreciate the Small Things

  • Be mindful (I definitely have been hearing this a lot) by actively closing out the distractions and paying attention to things around you.
  • Be Positive. Surround yourself with positive people and live a "happier" life.
  • Meditate to help clear your mind. I've tried this recently and it's much harder than one might think; its going to take some practice.
  • Be Thankful for what you have and not for what you don't.

Nothing new here, just a reminder as I'm feeling a little Spring Fever coming on as I typically do in April. And with that in mind, I'm going out for a nice Sunday walk and I am planning on literally stopping and smelling some roses.  I don't think my neighbors will mind. Have a great two weeks and see some of you at Conference soon.

Governor Vicki

SNR Governor 2016-2018

Governor’s Message April 1, 2018

Imagine if...every girl owned at least one dress

As I've traveled through region since our last Conference in April 2017, I have been overwhelmed with the support clubs have given to the Dress A Girl Around the World project. So, after a year of "sew-fests," we will measure our collective impact and I will report at Conference the difference we have made to the lives of the girls reached through this project. I think it would be interesting to hear from those that have hand-delivered dresses as well. Shoot me an email about your experience. Our district Directors will be contacting the club Presidents soon to count the number of dresses made and/or any support you may have given to another club. I'm collecting photos of them too.  

I recently ran into the Northern California Ambassador, Sharon Miranda, of the Hope 4 Women International, our partner organization in the Dress A Girl Around the World project. She has personally visited about 13 clubs and shared the vision of her organization. I told her of the "tubs" of dresses I anticipate to be brought to Conference by the clubs. She is so excited with the Sierra Nevada Region participation, she accepted my invitation to come to Conference and speak to us all. And, she can help me cart all those dresses back to Sacramento.  Please bring your dresses to Conference. 

Continue the good work if your club is so inclined post Conference. Governor-Elect Lane has indicated that although this won't be her region project, she will continue to support and accept dresses for the Dress A Girl Around the World organization during her biennium.

Thank you for your generous support of this program.

See you at Conference; register before April 7th to avoid a late fee.

Governor Vicki

SNR Governor 2016-2018