Volume 13, Issue 8 Soroptimist International of Greater Sacramento March 2010 SIGS News www.sacramentosoroptimists.net Calendar Tues. March 2 Luncheon and Meeting at Scott’s, 11:30 Mini-Grant Recipients Inside this issue: Tues. March 9 Board Meeting, 6:00 p.m. Kathy Stassi’s office President’s Message, Financials, Wed. March 10 Ravishing Readers Book Club Nominations Sought, SNR Conf 2 Tues. March 16 Luncheon and Meeting at Scott’s, 11:30 Calendar Update 3 Egg Stuffing for St. John’s Brunch Member Profile & Notes, Chinese NY Tues. March 23 CPR Class at HMH, 6:00 p.m. (see page 4) Dinner, CPR Class, Tasty Tarts 4 Thurs March 25 Tasty Tarts, International Cheese Relations Mini-Grant and WOA Recipients 5 Sat. March 27 Brunch and Easter Egg Hunt (see below and page 6) St John’s Shelter Ruby Award, Superstars, St. John’s Shelter Brunch 6 Happy St. Patrick’s Day on March 17 Welcome Spring on March 20 SIA Convention, Book Club 7 Lunch Reservations, Menus & Calendar continued on last page Meetings, Calendar 8 March Highlights March 2 Mini-Grant Recipients We’ll hear from some of the agencies who are receiving grants from SIGS, including Amber Stott from Women’s Empowerment, Jack McNary from Family Promise, and a presentation about the WECARE solar program. More information on the grants is on page 5. SIGS Meetings First & Third Tuesdays 12:00 noon – 1:15 pm March 16 Easter Egg Stuffing (Sign in begins at 11:30) Come to lunch for fun and fellowship as we stuff the hundreds of Easter eggs that will be Scott’s Seafood hidden for the egg hunt at St. John’s on March 27. It’s Loehmann’s Plaza always a good informal meeting that allows time to catch up with other SIGS members. March 27 St. John’s Brunch and Egg Hunt St. John’s Shelter, Power Inn Road 9:30 a.m. - noon Our annual service project for St. John’s includes providing an elegant brunch for the women and providing stuffed plastic Easter eggs for women and staff to hide and for a hunt for the children. We also provide approximately 55 gift bags for the women to help them celebrate Spring, and will discuss the contents of the gift bags at the March 2 meeting..The event is coordinated by Anne Berner and Robin McIver. They will be seeking sign-ups at the March 2 luncheon and emailing more information. See page 6 for more information. SIGS New s Page 2 President’s Message By President Faye Holliman Can you believe that it is March already? February just went like the wind, or was it the rain? We had a great fundraiser at Kathy Stassi’s and welcomed in the Year of the Tiger with a bang (see page 4) 2009-2010 In March our fund raiser is the CPR class on March 24, and it is open Board of Directors to you and husband and friends, so get your money into Kathy ASAP, it is only $25.00 (see page 4) President Faye Holliman Our Calendar committee is working toward a deadline in June for the printer. The first picture session was on February 27th and a mockup of the Calendar should be available soon. You can President-Elect help with the start-up costs by pre-buying 5 calendars for only $87.00. Please put on your Carole Davenport “sales hat” to suggest possible sponsors; let Carolyn know of the name (see page 3) VP Service Penny Brown Then in April, Sierra Nevada Regional Conference will take place in Reno. So put April 23-25th VP Program Lori Edwards on your calendar. Lisa Culp, our nominee for the Ruby Award, will receive her recognition at the conference and we want to be there to cheer her up to the stage (details below) VP Membership Sharon Gilbert Also, on April 20th, we will have our Retreat, and that means that we will be having nominations soon for all of the Board positions. If you are interested in being President in a VP Ways and Means year, be sure to let Carole Davenport know, so your name can be put on the slate. All of our Kathy Stassi VP Offices and Board positions are fun to do and help you know what is happening in our club and helping it to be the great club it is. VP Communications Robin McIver I’m looking forward to a fun March and April and hope that you are too. See you soon. Secretary Susan Gower January Financial Report Highlights Treasurer Carol Lundsten As of the end of January, treasurer Carol Lundsten reports Total Operating Funds: $8,829 Director, First Year Total Service Funds, $17,358 Marilyn Goodfellow 33 out of 38 service commitments have been received. Soroptimist in the City income slightly exceeded expenses. Director, Second Year Sale of a See’s gift certificate and Ilse’s photo class netted $46 for the service fund Jane Castillo Director and Immediate Past President Alice Carney Nominating Our 2010-2011 Leadership it is once again the time of year when the nominating committee will be formed. According to our by-laws, the committee will consist of the President-elect and two other club members. The committee's duty is to nominate one or more candidates for each office and the directors. Next Board Meeting If you would like to serve on the nominating committee nominate someone or volunteer for a leadership role, please contact Carole Davenport. March 9, 6 PM Kathy Stassi's Office, 707 Commons Dr., Sierra Nevada Region Conference Suite 101 April 23-25, Atlantis Hotel Reno “Lighten Up” is the theme of the 2010 SNR Conference. It features speakers and workshops on what various clubs are doing as well as key SIA issues including human trafficking. It is also when we elect our regional and district officers: our District V director Janice Labadie is on the slate for Governor-Elect. And, we hope to have a good showing to support our nominee, Lisa Culp, who will receive the SNR Ruby Award at the Awards lunch on Sunday. Please let Faye Holliman know if you are interested in going. The fees are based on the meals you attend. Hotel registration rates are approximately $140 a night double occupancy. SIGS New s Page 3 “Celebrate! Women of Food and Wine” …is the theme of the 2011 SIGS fundraising calendar. Not only has every potential star enthusiastically agreed to take part in this project, we received a call from a woman Our Calendar Stars involved with upscale restaurant who had heard of the calendar and wanted to claim her own month (we were already full!). Our stars are enthusiastic about helping with sale of the calendar, and have great ideas about how and where to market it. Carolyn Walters and Biba Caggiano Paula Maw have met with the stars and found them delightful to work with. Biba’s The first round of possible layouts for the calendar has been presented to the Design and Suzanne Peabody Publication Committee by our graphics designer, Terri Kanolz of Addobati Design. She is an Ashworth enthusiastic talented woman who really "gets" this project. Ilse Spivek and Terri have collaborated on the beautiful pictures Ilse will take and how they will fit into each month's Del Rio Botanicals design. Ilse and the Design committee have completed the first photo sessions with Biba and Molly Hawks. In a few weeks, we'll have a mockup to share with you and with potential Patty and Jody Bogle markets and sponsors. Bogle Winery Sandie Neal, just back from the Galapagos Islands, is taking on the Finance Committee, and she and Carol Lundsten will funnel the funds into the appropriate SIGS account. Sandie will Ginger Elizabeth be keeping a close watch on calendar orders and costs. Ginger Elizabeth Chocolates Yolanda Cuesta is putting together her sales force, spreadsheets for tracking, sales receipts,. Lina Fat and is collaborating with Carolyn Walters as she recruits sponsors and Penny Brown from Fat Family the Service Committee to cover all the bases. You've heard about sponsor recruitment in our meetings – if you have an idea about a possible sponsor, please let Carolyn know. Terry Gilliland .And there is still plenty to do; you are each invited to find a place on a subcommittee. We Lucca and Roxy need all kinds of talents and we would love to welcome you on board. More updates and exciting details will be published in the newsletter and announced at each meeting. Molly Hawks By Jane Castillo, Chair, Calendar Steering Committee Hawks Making it Easy to Market the Calendar By Yolanda Cuesta, Chair, Calendar Sales and Marketing Louise Maestretti The Calendar project is moving along quickly and we will soon be approaching retailers and Pastry Chef, Tower Café others to carry our beautiful “2011 Celebrating Women of Food and Wine” calendar. Liz Mishler And we need your help! But don’t worry—you don’t have to do anything other than come up with the leads. We need you to help us locate gift shops, card shops, specialty stores, Bella Bru and small businesses that may be good places to carry the calendar. We all live in different parts of town, shop at different stores, have hobbies and interests that bring us into contact Mai Pham with different businesses, and intersect with our communities in different ways. So, during Lemon Grass the next couple of weeks: Look around you as you go about your daily shopping and other activities and Norma, Dora and Sonia think, “Is this a possible place to sell our calendar?” Check out the not-so-obvious places, like car wash stores. Saenz How about stopping by that little store you’ve seen many times before and always Three Sisters and Tres meant to check out? You have a good reason now—you have a SIGS assignment. Hermanas Or, how about asking your friends and family for suggestions? Tina Wilkins At the March meetings you will have a chance to add to the growing list of retailers and businesses that the sales committee will contact. We’re counting on you to be ready with Vina Castellano your ideas. Many many thanks from the Sales Committee: Chair Yolanda Cuesta, Sharon Gilbert, Lori Edwards, Faye Holliman, Kathy Stassi. SIGS New s Page 4 Member Profile Marianne Stockton is one of our longest term members. She has been a SIGS member since 1986 when the club was formed! She has served as the SIGS Secretary, the Chair of Ways and Means, and has participated on many committees, including Service. Marianne is currently on Luncheon/Hospitality and Laws & Resolutions. Marianne has been a Property Management & Real Estate Agent for twenty years. She works with real estate buyers, sellers, and investors. Marianne finds homes for buyers, negotiates the sale of a home for sellers, and finds appropriate rental income property for investors. Marianne most enjoys seeing the excitement of buyers when they find their dream home. She least enjoys seeing people lose their homes to foreclosure. A typical day at work for Marianne includes paper work, preparing home tours, touring houses, paper work, and more paper work. Lyon, the real estate company that Marianne works for, has multiple offices with approximately 900 real estate agents. When she was "young", Marianne wanted to be an airline flight attendant Ringing in the Year of the Tiger The Chinese New Year’s celebration at Kathy Stassi’s home was an evening with good friends, good food and the promise of new fortunes. At least that's what the cookies told the partiers. Twenty people enjoyed a fabulous dinner prepared by Kathy. The good fortune for the club was raising $610.00 for the club operating funds. Learn CPR & Support Our Club Space is still available Learn how to save a life. This American Heart Association CPR certification course taught by our own Kathy Stassi will cover adult, child and infant resuscitation, and the Heimlich maneuver. You will receive a two year certification card. CPR Course March 23rd at HMH The cost is $25.00/person: twenty dollars goes to the club, and five dollars to the American Heart Association. Paid reservations are a must: Kathy will accept sign ups and collect your 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. checks made out to SIGS. Tasty Tarts to do Cheese and Wine Tasty Tarts dining group welcomes all to join them at enjoying various restaurants around town on the fourth Wednesday of the month. The schedule changes slightly for March event, when on Thursday, March 25, 6:30 – 8:30 they join a special class: International Cheese Relations by Laura Martinez, author of The Everything Cheese Book. She will guide us through the fundamental art and science of pairing international cheese and wine selections. Member Notes Sharon Gilbert reports that she and Paula Maw gathered at a wonderful sushi restaurant to provide Sue Garmston with a new member orientation. March Birthdays mean good wishes go to Ilse Spivek on March 5, Carol Little on March 16, and Millie Stone on March 25. We extend our sympathy to Millie Stone on the loss of her brother at the end of January. SIGS New s Page 5 Mini Grants Awarded Four local organizations will receive mini- grants from SIGS this year, selected from six applications. The Service Committee and President Faye Holliman reviewed the six in early February and recommended the following four, which were approved by the Board at its February 9 meeting. Family Promise of Sacramento. Family Promise of Sacramento is a non-profit program designed specifically to help homeless women and children to regain housing and achieve self-sufficiency. Specifically, their grant application is targeted at supporting their job search and counseling activities. We are awarding $1000 specifically targeted to help in the purchase of a new computer, printer/copier and hardware maintenance and software trouble-shooting for use by the case manager who helps guest families through counseling, housing, job searches, the production of resumes, cover letters, and other materials necessary for conducting the program. Discovery Museum Science and Space Center/Challenger Learning Center. We are providing $500 as a scholarship to cover the fee for the Challenger Learning Center, one of the museum’s educational programs, which will cover one class from a Title 1 school. Title 1 schools have a high percentage of students from low income families and are unable to afford the cost of the program. The program is directly related to an educational opportunity that would not otherwise be available to children in a Title 1 school, especially for young girls. Students participating in this program gain confidence in the ability to use math and science in real world situations, including developing decision-making, problem-solving and communication skills while learning the importance of teamwork. Teachers who have brought students to the Challenger Learning Center report higher math scores and an increased interest in science. Women’s Empowerment. Our $1000 grant will be used by the WE Clerical and Customer Service Program to support graduates of its program who suffer from mental illness and have been struggling to enter the workforce after the eight-week job readiness program. The program is a new program at WE designed to provide women with customer service skills, training on a multi-line phone system, filing, taking messages and other administrative duties. The skills the women learn in the program will help reduces the fears and anxieties inherent in all new job situations. The program has been running for about one year and had 24 women participate. Of those 24 women, almost 50% have gotten jobs. WECARE Solar. Women’s Emergency Communication and Reliable Electricity provides portable solar-powered lighting and mobile communication to health care centers in Africa to improve maternity care and lower infant and maternal deaths. The program involves local engineering students at Cosumnes Oaks High School who assemble portable solar electric suitcases and pack them with overhead lights, headlamps and two-way radios. The systems are being used by maternity and pediatric care facilities in Africa and Mexico. We are providing $500 to support the creation of a fully-equipped solar suitcase. This grant recipient has a local connection that reaches out to affect women and children around the world. Women’s Opportunity Award The Service Committee recommended and the Board approved making a $500 Women’s Opportunity Award to Nicole Dawson. Nicole is a student at Sacramento City College who anticipates completing her studies in December 2010. She intends to transfer to Sacramento State University and would love to become a social worker or teacher. She works 20 hours per week and is raising three children (two family members as foster children and her own child). Her references indicate that she is a highly motivated individual--when it was necessary she stepped up to take care of family members in the foster care system. Recipients may use the cash awards to offset any costs associated with their efforts to attain higher education, including tuition, books, childcare and car care. Her application will be forwarded to the regional level to compete for the regional WOA. Our Salvation Army Bell Ringing raised $1684.91 to support the work of that fine organization. We were ranked sixth of all service clubs who participation in the kettle drive. Congratulation and thanks to all ringers. SIGS New s Page 6 Lisa Culp to be Honored with Ruby Award Lisa Culp, Executive Director of Women’s Empowerment was nominated by SIGS for the Ruby Award, and will receive her award at the Sierra Nevada Regional Conference in Reno in April. She was nominated for her outstanding contributions to making a significant difference in the lives of women. Lisa’ commitment to service began as early as the age of 13, when she helped those who founded Loaves & Fishes bring sandwiches to the homeless near the railroad tracks. Lisa studied both at UCLA and University of Grenoble in France, and received her degree from UC Davis. A long-time activist and voice for those less fortunate, Lisa spent 10 years after college working in Nicaragua. When she returned home to raise her son, she continued her service by creating various programs with Loaves & Fishes and Quinn Cottages. One of the projects Lisa designed grew into today’s Women’s Empowerment. Her work also has been recognized when Women’s Empowerment earned Nonprofit of the Year Award in 2009, and in 2008, she received the Woman of the Year Award from the National Association of Business Women. Many thanks to Carole Davenport for heading the effort to submit the nomination Super Stars SIGS Super Stars honor an event in their lives by contributing at least $50 to the Service fund. As a benefit, they are fine free for the year. In the past two months, four new people have joined the group. Robin McIver because Faye asked her join the program in order to sell the Macy's Shopping Passes to benefit Sacramento Child Advocates at one of our lunches. Kathy Stassi joined because her niece received a $1000.00 from the Soroptimist Club in Oak Harbor WA, and she made an extra contribution because she received her first Social Security check. Kay Bell honored getting a new job with the state. And Paula Maw is the fourth new SuperStar. They join Faye Holliman, Carolyn Walters, Millie Stone, Dara Lee and Laurel Bell-Cahill, Marilyn Goodfellow, Corrine Hood, Carol Little, Sandie Neal, and Cindra Smith. St. John’s Brunch & Egg Hunt, March 27 By Anne Berner Our annual service celebration, the St. John’s Shelter Easter Brunch, is once again set for the weekend before Easter. We meet at St. John’s Shelter on Power Inn Road at 9:30 a.m. to set up tables and decorations. We traditionally provide fruits, juices, quiches, and breads and serve brunch around 10:30 to the women at the shelter. While the women eat, staff members entertain the children. Then, the children eat (St. John’s provides lunch for the children and we serve) while the moms and staff hide our stuffed plastic Easter eggs for the children’s egg hunt. Usually festivities end around noon. Robin McIver and Anne Berner are coordinating the event this year. They will have sign-ups available at the March 2 luncheon and will be communicating more information about the event via e-mail. We’ll be stuffing the plastic Easter eggs at our March 16th meeting. Gift bags for Moms: We usually provide a small gift bag for the 55 women at the shelter. Although we talked about bringing small bottles of lotions, shampoo, etc. for the gift bags, my contact at the shelter says that they get plenty of those items. She suggests shower caps, toothbrushes, lip gloss, nail polish, costume jewelry, playing cards. If anyone has an idea (or better yet, a contact for a donation of items), please contact Robin or Anne. And, please check your closets and drawers to see whether you have some of these items that you would be willing to donate. You might also check with your dentist – they may provide a bunch of samples for us to use. We’ll finalize items for the gift bags after a discussion at the March 2 meeting. SIGS New s Page 7 SIA Biennial Convention, July 7 – 10, San Francisco Members of SI Greater Sacramento Our club has already paid the required fee of $325 for a won't want to miss the opportunity voting delegate. The Board selected Faye Holliman to to experience the international represent the club. She will be attending all 4 days of the flavor of Soroptimist International convention along with Kathy Stassi. Other members who have of the Americas (SIA) first hand. expressed interest in attending for fewer days are Cindra SIA's 41st Biennial Convention will Smith, Paula Maw, and Carole Davenport. It would be great to be held July 7-10, 2010 in San Francisco at the Hilton Hotel on have more members attend for one or more days. Union Square. Women from countries throughout the federation will attend. Member countries include Argentina, The cost for the entire convention is $300. Any portion of the Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Guam, Japan, confab is $125 per day. Meals are extra. Kathy has a time Korea, Mexico, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Puerto share that will comfortably accommodate three people. Rico,Taiwan, USA, and Venezuela. Cindra has reward points for the Hilton and may be able to provide additional housing. Faye also has a time share The convention organizers have gathered an impressive group available, if we have more members who would like to attend of speakers. Opening key note speaker is Victor Malarek, multiple days. We would like to arrange carpools, schedule journalist, senior investigative reporter and author of The housing and get an idea of the number of SIGS who are Johns--Sex for Sale and the Men who Buy It. The closing keynote interested. speaker is Cynthia D'Amour on "Party Your Way to Your Club's Future Success." The general session on July 9 will feature If this information has piqued your interest, we hope you will Hanne Jensbo from Denmark, the current President of consider attending at least one day of the convention. Please Soroptimist International. email Carole Davenport to let her know that you would like to join the group heading to SIA Biennial Convention in SF Other convention speakers include many women who hold this July. She will be keeping a list of interested members so positions at the federation level including SIA President Cathy that the logistics can be coordinated. This opportunity doesn't Sandiford, Executive Director Leigh Wintz, and Debra Beach, SIA come to the west coast often so please look ahead to your Director of Corporate Relations who will offer a session on July calendar and join other SIGS who want to be part of the opening day titled "Shaping Your Future with Strategic excitement. Plan to be inspired by your connection to women Thinking" and another session, "Sponsorship at the Club Level" who may speak a different language on July 8. To learn more, go to www.soroptimist.org or dress differently but who share your commitment to improving the The registration deadline is May 7, 2010 in order to avoid a 20% lives of women and children. And in fee increase. You can register online on the SIA website: click true SIGS style, it will be just plain on the "members" section and go to "Meetings, Conventions." fun. The site also contains the complete registration policy. By Carole Davenport Ravishing Readers The SIGS book club is open to members interested in enjoying an evening discussing (or not) the book for the meeting. Contact Corrine and/or the hostess if you are interested in being on the reminder email list. Following are the dates, hostess, and book through this club year. March 10 at Lori Edwards’. One Thousand White Women: The Journal of May Dodd by Jim Fergus April 14 at Ilse Spivek’s. The Hitchhikers Guide To The Galaxy by Douglas Adams May 12 at Dyan Pease’s. Sweet Revenge by Diane Mott Davidson June 9 at Moira Little’s. And Ladies of The Club by Helen Hooven Santmyer (Note from the editor: I started reading this longer book a couple of weeks ago, and am really enjoying this detailed and realistic glimpse into the lives of women in a literary club in a small Ohio town, starting after the civil war and ending in WWI. I’m seeing parallels with SIGS with how we support each other even with our diverse backgrounds and ways of thinking. So, I’m highly recommending the book. And as Moira says, it’s okay to skim through the politics…..) SIGS New s Page 8 Lunch Reservations & Menus Scott’s Seafood Restaurant Cost: $20 Please make your reservation at firstname.lastname@example.org or voice mail, 313-4811. Include your SOROPTIMIST lunch selection, name and guest name if appropriate. INTE RNAT ION AL OF GRE ATE R Please make your reservations by Friday before the meeting in order to assure an accurate S ACR AME NTO count to Scotts. We don’t want to discourage last minute attendance by you or guests, but please have it be the exception and not the rule. Late arrivals may need to wait for their lunches to be c/o 2440 Corona Way served. If you did not make a reservation, a meal may not be available. Sacramento CA 95864 email@example.com March 2, 2010 Seafood Salad w/Prawns, Scallops and Bay Shrimp www.sacramentosoroptimists.net Thai Beef Lettuce Wraps Chef’s Choice Salad (no meat, no seafood)* March 16, 2010 Skirt Steak Wrap w/Baby Greens, Bleu Cheese, Fresh Tomatoes & Red Onions SIGS NEWS Calamari Salad w/Sweet Thai Chili Lime Vinaigrette EDITORS C.J. Smith and Robin McIver Chef’s Choice Salad (no meat, no seafood)* Please submit articles by the 20th *Scott’s has let us know there is a now an additional charge for adding chicken to the salad. of the month to firstname.lastname@example.org or Cancellations: notify Corrine Hood as soon as possible and she will do what she can to avoid the email@example.com cost to the restaurant and to you. However, last minute cancellations and no shows must pay for their lunch and will receive an invoice. Coming Attractions April 6 Lunch Meeting: Trends in Healthcare, Susan Gower ME E TING AGE NDA 11:30-12:00 April 17 Activity: Wine Tasting, Old Sugar Mill Registration and Visiting April 20 Annual Retreat at Bella Bru, 6:00 12:00 – 12:15 April 23-25 Sierra Nevada Region Conference, Atlantis Hotel, Reno Lunch is served Announcements & Introductions April TBD Fundraiser: Spring Garage Sale at Paula Maw’s 12:15 – 1:15 May 4 Lunch Meeting: Soroptimist International Projects Program Pledge and Adjourn May 18 Lunch Meeting: Trends in Cosmetic Surgery, Dr. Debra Johnson May TBA Activity: Spring Hike First Meeting of the Month 1:00 – 1:15 June 1 Lunch Meeting: Program TBA Business Meeting Pledge and Adjourn June 15 or 16 Installation Dinner July 7-10 Soroptimist International of the Americas Convention in San Francisco Ravishing Readers Book Club: Second Wednesdays Tasty Tarts Dining Club: Fourth Wednesdays Reminders….. Remember to bring feminine hygiene supplies to all lunch meetings: Paula Maw takes them to Wellspring for their homeless clients. And, bring your Soroptimist magazines to the club: we use them in calendar sponsor recruitment, member recruitment and to donate to St. Francis High School.
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