I received a very nice email from a visitor to our Soroptimist Place of Peace in Andrews Park. I was impressed by the sign which the visitor took a picture of. I will include the contents of the email.
I saw your sign at Andrews Park in downtown Vacaville while taking a
walk in the park after church.... I liked the sign so much I took a photo and featured it on my Facebook page:
The sign looks a bit weathered, otherwise is very nice.
God bless you for helping to proclaim Vacaville as a Place of
Our new member Vanessa Williams did a presentation for us about the Leaven Organization.
Her presentation about The Leaven brought lots of interest. We all jumped in and talked about helping this project thrive.
Vanessa is the director of an after school neighborhood program. an has a lot of fun and shares with us the exciting things that are happening there.
Dr. Andrew Brooks talks to the Soroptimist International of Vacaville Club about arthritis and joint replacement. Dr. Brooks, Cyndy Giaquinto, Joint Replacement Program Manager and Orthopedic Patient Navigator at NorthBay VacaValley
Hospital was our guest as well as NorthBay Marketing Representative Kelly Rhoads-Poston.
Dr. Brooks does several hundred knee and joint replacements a year. He has a lot of positive things to say about this surgery and how it helps you have a better life.
There was a lot of giving going on this last couple of weeks at Soroptimist functions. First we gave gifts to our STEPS girls, then we had a white elephant gift exchange at club. We also sang at two senior rehab facilities and presented over 100 wrapped gifts of lap blankets. There were a lot of smiles, laughter and singing going on. Our club had a great time. Have a wonderful Holiday Everyone. PS We meet again on January 8th and have a board meeting January 9th and the business meeting is Jan 15th.
This group is amazing. We put on a Lobster dinner for 300 people and it went very smoothly. Like Wendy said the event is amazing and so is our club. Thank you all. Team work is alive and well at Soroptimist. We will do some debriefing soon and fine tune our event for next year!! Peace Out...
August came and went but our club started STEPS. The excitement of STEPS is reaching the female student population at Country High We had 35 young women in attendance. The students are excited and were thankful for the great lunch. Next session is on Interviews and first Impressions. I can't wait!!
The Lobsters are coming October 19th. This is our major fundraiser and allows us a healthy budget to do our work throughout the year. I am planning on filling 2 tables with my friends and family. I also get to dress like a hippy and revert back to being a child in the 60's again.
Club Members we have the call to District Meeting which is October 5th on a Saturday.The cost for registration is $20 and the meals are $25. It will be held in St. Helena. It is a one day affair loaded with Soroptimist information and training. Are you in??? Carole Warren is making the basket we donate to raise money for Fellowship. I still have many raffle tickets to sale. We traditionally win something. The baskets are very well done and Carole does us proud and our basket is a wonderful gift to the person who wins it.
Before I close I want to give a shout out to Mary Harris for doing the Camino Walk in Spain. For her 75th birthday she rewarded her self with the experience of a lifetime and signed up for this famous walk. Mary has allowed me to ask for donations in support of her walk. She wishes these donations to go to Soroptimist Scholarships. Please send all donations to our P O Box 6054 Vacaville CA 95696 in honor of Mary's walk. That is all for now Peace out... and Sell tickets to our lobster event. Lets have a sold out event!!
It is July 11th. I missed going to our lunch at Fuso on Tuesday since we are dark this month. Joy and I met that day to go over some agenda items and fun things that we would like to see happen at every meeting. We want you to enjoy your Soroptimist meetings. Let us know if you have any ideas. On another note, Thank you for the wonderful installation. I will remember it always.
Making a difference Matters...
The 2012-2013 club year has come to an end. We enjoyed a Mexican themed installation dinner in the courtyard of the Vacaville Museum as the 2013-2014 board was installed by Founder Region Governor elect, Bobbi Enderlin.
I am turning over the gavel and the blog to our new President, Sandy Esparza. I'm confident that Sandy is going to keep us going in the right direction. Sandy has a passion for "Making a Difference" and I'm sure the upcoming club year will reflect her club year theme: Making a Difference Matters!
"Past" President Clara
Desiree Tinder and an amazing team of volunteers: Laura, Suzan, Joy, Donna, Yvonne, Joanie, Faye, Mary, Sandy, Suzanne, and especially our non-Soroptimist volunteers Kathleen Ramos and her sidekick from Kappel & Kappel and Sarah Hey, were on hand Wednesday at Travis Credit Union to help facilitate the MCM program with our STEPS students from Country High. We couldn't have done it without all of you!
25 students, an even mix of boys and girls, were in attendance. Though the session started
out a little slow, they were attentive and interested. Once we got started and moving through the stations you could really see some of the kids "get it." The kids who really, really "got it" made everything worthwhile.
Thank you to Carole and Joan for the excellent grab-and-go lunches.
And thank you to Camille Guiterrez and Travis Credit Union for giving
us this day with the kids. We look forward to doing more of these and getting
better with each one!
The momentum continues with Suzan Hey and college
prep on April 10th.
WOA Chair, Joy Swank and President Clara present our first place winner, Nolelia Valdez-Soto, with her certificate, a check, and a print of a Jill Hunter's "Extra" etching.
We enjoyed the "Live Your Dream" inspired evening of awards at the Buck Mansion Carriage House last Tuesday evening. Our annual awards banquet hosted the recipients of the Woman's Opportunity Award, the Violet Richardson Award, and the Ruby Award. In addition we recognized a special "STEPS" star and several Soroptimists during the evening.
In total, $5000 was awarded to these inspirational women.
Vacaville Vice Mayor, Dilenna Harris, delivered a motivational message encouraging us to live our dreams and work hard to accomplish our goals, realizing there are obstacles, but overcoming those challenges and experiencing even more growth as a result.
The event was well attended, including Region Board members, Governor Dona Gaddis-Wolf, Governor Elect Bobbi Enderlin, Treasurer Pam Parker, Secretary Charlene Stamps, and District III Director Shannon Richards.
To see more photos taken during the evening, visit our Facebook page. (Be sure to "like" our page)
Our STEPS meeting was so incredible today, I can not wait until next week to tell you all what happened, I have to tell you now. Our first speaker was wonderful, cheerful, positive and her message of Choose Your Attitude was well received. WE all ended up in a circle, arms around each other singing! Very uplifting, and then our second speaker came forward. She was a former student and started to cry and give the most moving message of agony and hope to everyone. This girl survived molestation, rape, attempted murder, drug use, miscarriage, abandonment by men and finally had a child of her own and realized it was time to make positive changes. She made it clear that she made some bad choices and once she realized that she turned her life around about a year and a half ago. She returned to school and got a job with Blake-Austin. She is raising her eight year old daughter on her own and making her life a success. She sobbed at many parts and we were all affected by her story. I thanked her and told her she would never know how many lives she changed today. Later she told me she was so scared, then surprised by how many people came up to hug her. She told me it was scary but also EMPOWERING! Wow, it was so moving. She made a difference today, as did Suzy Mitchell with her positive attitude exercise. I am so grateful Desiree brought this project to us and we were smart enough to proceed with it. We are making a difference in lives! Hugs to all