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2015-16 President Sandy 70th SISR Anniversary registration 70th Celebration History speakers

  • President - Sandy Frazer (far left)

    President Sandy's theme for the 2015-2016 club year is Teamwork!

    Although we are taking a one month breather now with no weekly club meetings in July, there is still so much to do while we prepare for the new 2015-2016 club year. Members will attend Committee meetings, Planning meetings and our officers will attend their 1st Board meeting on July 23rd before the opening August 6th business meeting.

    We just finished celebrating our club's 70th Anniversary and we combined three activities into one big event at Charlies Restaurant in Windsor on Saturday May 30th.

        IN PICTURES ABOVE,   2014-2015 President Florence  checked-in the guests as incoming 2015-2016 President Sandy greeted and directed them to tables with lovely accompaniment by harpist Susan Weinstein.  Past President Flo shown at the podium welcomed members and guests to our celebration and introduced the head table speakers who then shared Soroptimist History  at the Club, Region, Federation, and International level.

    -Marj Conley, club member since 1959, spoke of prior CLUB fundraisers and service projects, including our very first project in 1945- surveying over 1,000 homes in Santa Rosa to find rooms for returning World War II veterans and their families.

    -Governor Bobbi Enderlin of FOUNDER REGION noted that so many new members joined clubs in Southwest Region that it was necessary to split into three parts, and the section including Oakland (and Santa Rosa) was named Founder Region since that's where Soroptimist originally began in 1921. There are 54 city clubs and 6 Districts including Hawaii, Guam and the Marianas.

    -Patsy Daniels has worn ALL the Soroptimist hats as a Santa Rosa club president, Founder Region District Director and Governor, President of the Americas Federation, and President of the world-wide Soroptimist International organization. She led the NGO delegation into the Women's Conference in Beijing. Patsy told about the beginning of the Soroptimist organization and shared her passion for improving the lives of women and girls - especially regarding the fight against human trafficking in Sonoma County and around the world.

    -Maddy Leader, Director District IV of Founder Region was the installing officer for the new club Board and Delegates to close the luncheon event.

     Each speaker received a gold gift bag holding a clock engraved with their name and date commemorating the event.

  • Best 2030 Pres Bethanie pic Best 2030 group picCheryl Parkinson-Living RoomMaddie installing Pres Sandy

    1.      IN PICTURES ABOVE,   After lunch we honored women who make a difference for women and children in Sonoma County with our "Women of Distinction" award. This year we honored President Brittanie Haberthur and all members of  the Redwood Empire 20-30 club #1029 as well as the Executive Director Cheryl Parkinson from The Living Room.

    2. The event ended with Director District IV, Maddy Leader, installing all incoming officers and delegates for 2015-2016 by giving each one a different "team" ball, except incoming President Sandy who received a baseball bat. Board members were discouraged from trying to work alone or toward their own agenda. The various balls were retrieved and all incoming board members and delegates promised to work together as a team in the year ahead.

    We are currently updating some of our scholarship applications which include awards for students at Santa Rosa Junior College, for Sonoma State students who have been accepted into their Masters program, and educational awards for women who are returning to the workforce or changing career paths. Our current awards total almost $15,000 each year and we are already adding scholarships in the near future for students working toward a Certificate at the Santa Rosa Junior College.

    We invite our award winners to club meetings to share their experiences and goals as they receive their monitary award.

    We help sponsor several local non-profit organizations and invite representatives from various organizations or businesses to speak at our club meetings to learn more about how they benefit the community as we raise Pulic Awareness about our club.

    We hope you will join us at one of our meetings or attend one of our upcoming fundraiser events.

    For more information on how you can become a member of the world's largest service organization for women, phone Kris at 707-545-6089, or E-mail: sisrclub@sonic.net

    To improve the lives of women and girls, in local communities and throughout the world.