MINUTES AND RECAPS
September 19, 2023
Reminder: Tickets for Octoberfest are currently $65 each and will
increase to $75 on October 1 st .
Meeting Recap by Bridgit Strachan
The meeting was called to order @ 12:15 by Clara Oakes, Co-President Elect
Pledge of Allegiance All
Inspiration: Marsha Lucas The theme of today’s inspiration was “Push people up, all
people, for the higher they go, the higher we go.”
Soroptibit: Clara Clara reviewed the Four Pillars of Soroptimist and examples of
1. Programs - Live Your Dream
2. Membership - recruitment and retention
3. Fundraising – Rocktoberfest
4. Public Awareness – ongoing articles that appear in
various publications and social media.
Parliamentary Point: Lenora “Stand Up! Speak Up”
Announcements: Clara and
Mary, Co-President Elects
LuAnn: 5 th Tues – Nov
Thank you to Diane Irby for the Pizza appetizer.
Thank you to Dawn for picking up lunch.
Thank you to Clara for lunch.
Mary: Consider attending the District Meeting on October 13.
It is both informative and fun.
A sign-up sheet was circulated among the members.
The Solano County Library Foundation is having their 23 rd
annual Authors’ Luncheon on Nov 5 at Rancho Solano. Diane
B’s book club is donating two tickets for Octoberfest. They are
Tickets are $95 each.
Next 5 th Tues October 31 at noon at regular meeting space
Wear your most bewitching outfit (optional)
Raffle tickets for District Meeting basket raffle
There are 8 sets of 3 tickets, $10 each, available.
Program: Gail Thompson, Gail’s position is to help the homeless navigate through the
Homeless Advocate resources that are offered in the community and county.
Gail shared current statistics and very poignant stories of
The homeless are considered invisible residents.
“Very few want to be on the streets and are there
through no fault of their own.”
All are redeemable.
None deserve to live like they do.
Which ones don’t matter?
Many were once active members of our community.
The homeless are not a priority.
Vacaville is too generous of a community to let this
Bureaucracy contributes to delays in helping them such
as opening warming and cooling centers, enrolling
them in various programs, and to the lack of wrap-
To date, 7 homeless have died on our streets.
The problem of the homeless could be solved if the city and
county would come together and address the current
Sleeping bags, blankets, shoes, socks, tents, warming
and cooling stations, roaming shower
We were invited to ride with Gail on Tuesdays, when she visits
and provides what she can to the homeless people of
Dream Maker: Marsha
Our Dream Maker, Marlene, shared with us her story. She is a
single mother of five children, and once was the owner of a
successful business. Covid hit, and she lost her business, and
began a downward spiral of Covid – abusive relationship –
drugs - lost her restaurant, kids, herself, went to jail – met Cat
moved into sober living – repeated this cycle x2 – on street for
Cat continued to work with her, and she has now been sober
for nine months, has a daughter living with her, her father
adopted one of her children and they are co-parenting, and
she is hoping to begin visitation with her three other children.
She comes from a history of addiction (mother) and has
despaired at times that she has repeated the cycle. Our
program has made her feel very special and proud of herself
and she thanked us profusely for this program.
Rocktoberfest Update: Mary needs scratchers for one of the Silent Auction items.
She has emailed and distributed a form for us to complete for
any live and silent auctions. This is needed to keep track of
what is being donated.
Dawn thanked everyone for their ongoing hard work to make
this a successful event.
Personal Sharing Diane I. thanked everyone for all the cards, phone calls,
flowers, and support during her recent illness. “This is a very
special group of women, and you all mean so much to me”
LuAnn told us about a book she read yesterday for the Reading
Program. It was about an ant, a fly and a spider web. Not a
very good ending!
Lenora: Updated us about the beautiful Banyon tree in Maui
and how it appears to still have life in the mother tree. The Phoenix is Rising
SEPT 5, 2023 RECAP
Inspiration- have positive thoughts
Pres. Dawn asked us to inspire others.
Sept. Food Bank month, among others
Dist. Meeting is Oct. 14th WE need lots of our members in attendance to help with check in and registration 7:30 am
Our club pays for registration, we pay our own lunch, $40.00
Debbie H. and Marsha to work on our basket for District Meeting.
Buy raffle tickets, 3 for $10 We have numbers instead of tickets. Pay Yolanda
Sept. 6 Literacy night Library Ambassador night Sept. 14
Ask Pres. Dawn if interested
Library foundation 6-8:30 Eastridge 5250 Deer Ridge Ct. Fairfield, 6-8:30 cocktails hors d’oeuvres Sept. 21
Authors’ luncheon: Sunday Nov. 5, 2023
Rancho Solano Club house tickets:
( This always sells out, get a group and go says Joy)
Best for Women is an on-line magazine SIA sends out the first of each month. Please read it, lots of good information. Our name is mentioned as finalist in Celebrating Success award.
Candidate for SIA Fundraising council wanted- you must be willing to donate $500 and raise money for our mission.
Tell Dawn if you are interested.
Fundraising: Activity to bring awareness and lots of good ideas.
$50.00 bottles of wine needed, steep price so team up if interested in donating.
Oct. 21 Octoberfest- our only fundraiser- Please start selling tickets, see our website for on-line purchases.
$65.00 Buy tickets for yourself and friends.
Silent auctions needed- good quality, Oct. 9 deadline
Ask businesses for donations
Mary needs scratchers- please purchase and give to her.
Gift cards also sought for a gift card tree.
Christmas tree tour on Dec. 16 at Donna’s house for museum-
she will open home to us on 15th as one of the Live auction
Everyone needed to work the Octoberfest, all hands-on deck and sell, sell, sell. OUR only fundraiser!
Submitted by Joy Swank
AUGUST 22, 2023 RECAP
Read to end about the fifth Tuesday!
Pres. Elect Mary called meeting to order:
Inspiration and Introductions
New Member Induction- welcome Debi Schrader
Membership chair Linda inducted her, sponsor is Yvonne Thrasher
No money, no dreams. Pres. Dawn urged everyone to help.
Katie printed flyers, committee and Jackie worked on letters, see website.
Please give sponsor letters out, reach out to friends. Let’s all help.
Table for eight $1,000 or $1,500.00
Just do it!
Get creative too, make baskets
Dawn to reach out to last year’s sponsors.
Tina will approach Nugget market again for donation.
Décor Cyndy, call if you can help make some stuff- otherwise all hands-on deck on the 21st to decorate the venue.
Food- Linda and Tina to confirm with Anderson’s, and Pure Grain
Venue is booked, event starts at 5:00
Dawn has contract, Sandy to handle dessert auction, make sure you make the presentation beautiful- lovely platter, etc.
Live Auction- Clara to handle, she will send email blast. Looking for nice, creative, experiences. Joseph Diaz auctioneer again.
Silent auction goes to Mary, she will look into on-line donors.
Raffle- Clara wants kitchen gadgets Bring into her.
Tickets on-line, a few hard copies if you need them
Parliamentarian Point: Lenora- Raise your hand to be recognized, stand to speak. Stop shouting out. Wear pin on left over heart, name tag on right.
Clara- happy 63rd birthday to us, we sang.
Soropibits: see the website for the History of Us, Special shout out to Jull Hunter who wrote our fabulous history/herstory.
Trivia game played, lots of fun.
Today we have 38 people now on the books average attendance 20
Next Tuesday is fifth Tuesday, 29th Main Grape meet at 5:00-7:30
Bring cash please to pay Mercille, about $7.00 each.
You are required to purchase two drinks, house wine cheaper, about $8 the others pricier. Food items were ordered.
Submitted by Joy Swank,
AUGUST 15 RECAP
Meeting called to order at 12:15pm by Co-President -elect Clara
15 members present, Guests- Marsha's exchange student, Speaker Holly, Cat and Dream Maker ( Shondeia) and Yvonne's guest Debbie S. who will be inducted next week.
Pledge of Allegiance: All
Inspiration: Marsha ( The 4 Agreements: Impeccable with your word…,
Don’t Take anything personally…, Don’t make assumptions… ,Always do you best…
Soroptibit : Co-President -elect Clara- SI Level- conventions vs. conferences. SI just had a convention in Ireland. SI every 4 years in 2027 it is an Alaskan Cruise. President presides over SI convention. SIA convention every 2 years- next is Belleview Washington 2024. Every year in May is Founder Region conference, usually in San Ramon, every 6 years Hawaii or Guam- 3 delegates are paid for by our club, Pres. or designee and 2 delegates. 2025 Our club is a host club for conference
Program: Speaker, Holly Carter from Aldea
Highlights of presentation:
Become a Resource Parent with Aldea- foster families- more placements than there are foster homes. Looking for people who want to provide a foster home, they are looking for a wide range of ethnicities etc. to foster. Pre and post foster parenting classes. You will have support to deal with children’s behaviors. Vacation and respite help. Caregivers can be provided since some people do work. www.aldeainc.org Holly’s contact email: firstname.lastname@example.org cell 707-977-8628 They also have a program for 18-21 aging out of the system provided through assembly bill and Aldea has some transitional housing.
Lenora- Parliamentary point- Please wear your name tag and pin.
Introductions after speaker as a change of pace.
Dream Makers- Cat and this month’s Dream Makers person- Shondeia came and Shondeia gave a nice presentation being recovering addict . She is 18 months clean this month – substance abuse for 20 years on and off- lives at Opportunity House, working on repairing relationships. She volunteers at the Vacaville Storehouse and is reconnecting with her children who are in foster care . Going to adult school; she has a GED and is working on turning it into a high school diploma. NOTE: SHE WAS GIVEN INFO ON THE WRAP SCHOLARSHIP
Thanks to committee members: Marsha and Mercille who took her shopping and to lunch last week.
Lenore- update on her friends/family on Maui her family had to evacuate. They left without anything. They can pick up signals if they go very close to the water edge. From Tuesday the hotel had no power or running water, power got restored Monday. Maui Humane Society was affected and needs supplies. Lenora will send donation information that she has gotten from her contact.
ROCKTOBERFEST: Mary- Dawn has been getting sponsorships, raffles silent auction- letters are on the website so that you can start getting donations- art work, silent, live, desserts of the month, start collecting items we make our money on the auctions and sponsorships. Think about contacting Sandy to donate a nice dessert for the Live Dessert Auction at the event.
Live Auction- Dessert of the month, and higher value live auction items, experiences are nice. Contact Clara
Joe Diaz is the Auctioneer.
Tickets online now- other tickets ( hard copies, will be available Tuesday) Try to encourage online tickets.
Need Nice bottles of wine 50 and above for the wine pull
Bridgit Muscle Committee has 4 strong young men who can help transport and will be there about 4 hours.
Soroptimist Pledge: Please refer to the laminated form on your table if needed.
FABULOUS LUNCH PROVIDED BY MARY DICKEY
August 22nd Club Birthday Celebration/RocktoberFest Committee
August 29th No daytime meeting
5th Tuesday- Mercille and Luann- downtown Vacaville Main Grape closed on Tuesday, but owner will open for us on Tuesday 29th Cozy and chic Wine, Champagne and Chai tea etc. time: 5:00 to 7:30 or may be 5:30 to 8:00 depending on survey.
Email coming for the members not present. RSVP by Sunday 8/20 to email@example.com
October 14th District II Meeting in Richmond 9 to 3 pm
October 21st- RocktoberFest
December 12th Christmas Gift Exchange at Anderson’s Family Catering.
Submitted by Jackie De Vries for Joy Swank, Recording Secretary
August 1, 2023, Recap
Recaps and Minutes will be posted to website under Members Only site.
First Soroptimist meeting 19 out of 37 members present
Opened with Pledge of Allegiance followed by Introductions
Dawn’s theme: overview and welcome
Focus on Mission
Celebrating our Passions and Making Dreams Come True
Pres. Dawn said not just her theme- we all have our own passions!
Reminder: two directors available if you have a club concern Bridget and Diane B.
Soropti-bit each meeting
Parliamentary bit every Meeting ( Lenora)
All business cards, etc. are consistent with the logo and are on our website for you to download and print
Dawn will bring in some business cards to distribute
Butterfly award online. Hard copies for submission also available at club. Jackie created certificates based on Tara’s artwork
Thanks for signing up
Fundraising and Membership need more members on their committees.
Lenora pointed out according to Club Customs everyone is on the fundraising committee.
Clara- Speakers are needed- send her any ideas
Clara and Mary are the Co- Fundraising Chairs
Mary- room set up for meetings
Calendar- Oct. fundraiser
Dec. 12 Christmas luncheon at Anderson’s ( car pool)
Dream It, Be it, planning for end of Jan. focus- girls in foster care ( 14 to 18)
One day workshop- mentors needed
March- Women and Wine ( with the museum)
Today’s Soropti-bit- SI Flow chart
( SI 5 Federations, we are SIA 28 regions, we are Founder Region. 5 Districts, we are District II. Our Director is Jackie De Vries)
Parliamentary bit- Lenora- Stand to Speak, Speak Loudly
August is Dog Month… and dozens of different mentioned and RRRR it’s Pirate Month Matey!
OUR NEW WEBSITE
Password for member site: DREAM1960. All members use same password.
Printable Roster now available. Print your own copy if you need one. Roster is also online.
Thank you to Jackie for fabulous website.
Review your information on the roster and send any corrections to Jackie. Hard copy will be passed around at the next meeting for corrections as well.
Snacks- committee needed to pursue snacks at every meeting- voluntary donations. On speaker days light lunch.
Reading program- Donna looking for readers, let her know. Begins day after Labor Day.
District Meeting- Sat. Oct. 14th we are one of the host clubs. We need all members there. Richmond at Galileo club. Our specific job is registration.
REMINDER – Board Meeting first Tues. evening.
Next week is business meeting- August 8th. Aug. 15 Speaker Aug. 22nd regular meeting and 5thTuesday is Fifth Tuesday- LuAnn requesting suggestion.
Then we had about a minute. Mary thanked all for food train.