November 2018, SIBR Eblast #3
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In This Issue:

A Message from the President

We had such a great October, didn’t we? Most memorable for me was the Walk for Freedom event that was held on the 20th. It was such an amazing feeling walking through Chico, bringing awareness to others about modern day slavery. We had a fabulous speaker meeting. It was so enlightening to hear from Emily Bateman and Kelly Seolas talk about our homeless youth and what we can do to help.

But, now October is done, Halloween is over, and I just can’t believe it’s November already. The holidays are coming, my favorite time of year. The air is getting cooler, the leaves are turning beautiful colors and the start of Thanksgiving dinner plans. I take pause to think of family and friends. Positive thoughts that make me smile – to push out the craziness of this world. There’s so many wonderful events in November. Be sure to read to the end of the eblast so you don’t miss anything. Just a few of the things: Friday, the 2nd is the SI Orland Laugh and Craft event, SI Chico’s Dueling Piano fundraiser is the 3rd, The Girls on the Run 5K is the 10th. One thing I’m really looking forward to is our speaker meeting that will be on the 27th. We get to learn some self-defense! Kate Post will be our guest for invaluable tips to keep ourselves safe.

In the mix there is, of course, is Thanksgiving. There are so many things I’m eternally thankful for. I’m especially so grateful for each and every one of you. For your kindness and support, and for your teamwork! Some of you, I owe so much more than words will ever express. Thank you all, for all you do for each other and for women and girls worldwide.


In good service,

Angie Little


Soroptimist Sierra Nevada Region News

Membership Committee Update (from SNR October E-Blast- copy)
As we are attending Fall District Meetings and hopefully getting even more excited about our Soroptimist Mission we also need to pursue avenues for increasing recruitment and retention. One strategy that I advise all clubs to take a good look into is the CEO (Corporate Engagement Opportunity). This is a strategy touching all 4 mainstays of SIA (membership, fund raising, public awareness and program) where clubs invite local business to become involved in our Mission not only through financial support but by having employees become members. Potentially this partnership provides us with another avenue that promotes collective power as a means for Soroptimst to touch so many lives. 

Under Membership, on our SNR website , I have posted the entire packet from SIA that gives you everything you may need to get this program active for your club…please go in and take a look ( click here ). I think you will be impressed! 

I have also been and will be talking about the SIA Diamond Campaign at District meetings and will be in touch with each club about the goals SIA has set for your club during this first year of the campaign. I’d also like to mention that we are working on 2 new clubs in our region. 

Finally, thank you to all members who participated in the survey membership sent out. We are in the process of analyzing all results and will be letting you know information to hopefully improve our recruitment and retention efforts. 

Thank you all for your support

Soroptimist International of the Americas News

Follow the Link and check out some of the Extraordinary Stories of some amazing women!
"The women and girls we serve are some of the most courageous, powerful and inspiring people you’ll ever meet. Each and every one of them is a superhero and we are honored to share their stories with you." (
"Strong is the New Pretty" Book Distribution
“Strong Is The New Pretty" Book by Kate T. Parker, 
was given to 100 fifth grade girls at four Elementary 
Schools in Chico as part of last years Focus recipients.
One group of "Girls on the Run" also received books as
well as the Chico Main Library and all other libraries 
in Butte County. The remainder of the books may be
sold as a mini fundraiser.
Susan Bandstra

Live Your Dream

Each year all the clubs in Soroptimist International of the Americas provide more than $1.6 million in education grants are awarded to more than 1,200 women, many of whom have overcome enormous obstacles including poverty, domestic violence and/or drug and alcohol abuse. Live Your Dream Awards recipients may use the cash award to offset any costs associated with their efforts to attain higher education, such as books, childcare, tuition and transportation.

In addition to providing the primary financial support for their families, eligible applicants must be enrolled in, or have been accepted to, a vocational/skills training program or an undergraduate degree program and must demonstrate financial need. 
Sorptimist International of Bidwell Rancho will award one or more applicants with the "Live your Dream" Award
The Deadline for applications is November 15th, 2018

Here is how to apply
For more information  please contact the "Live your Dream" Committee Chair Marie Hartman at

The Soroptimist Live Your Dream Awards (formerly the Women’s Opportunity Awards) assists women who provide the primary source of financial support for their families by giving them the resources they need to improve their education, skills and employment prospects.
Live your Dream Video
Visit with SI Muenster in Germany, October,2018
During my visit to Münster, Germany I was able to get two chances to meet with our friendship club SI Münster. They currently have 38 Members.  
The first time we met in one of our city museums and enjoyed a very interesting tour of the journey from Westphalia to the South Seas. Catholic mission in the German colonies. (Link to Museum)
Afterwards I was treated to a wonderful dinner. We exchanged a lot of information about our different club projects. SI Münster Is committed to projects supporting education and culture. Promoting and supporting  young people, especially girls and young woman, In their artistic and cultural work enables them to keep an eye on fringe groups, as well as highly talented children and adolescences, especially when they come from socially disadvantaged backgrounds.  In addition to art and culture they like to connect with young woman in science professions. They are also part of 13 clubs in the surrounding areas, providing some funding for several water projects. They were all very interested in all of our “hands on projects”. 
Two days later I was invited to a so called “Dämmerschoppen”, drinks and appetizers. That way I was able to meet a lot of their members. I really hope we will get a Chance to welcome one or two of them here in Chico, sometime in the future. We talked about the 100 year anniversary. At this point no concrete plans have been made to take part for them. However I extended invitations to them to maybe come and visit around that time.  It is always an honor to represent SI Bidwell Rancho and exchange ideas about different projects. I am already looking forward to the next gathering. 
  Babette Maiss

Upcoming Events!

Business Meeting
November 13th. 2018

Panighetti's Eatery, 95973, 1851 Esplanade, Chico, CA 95926, USA

Speaker Meeting
November 27th. 2018

Panighetti's Eatery, 95973, 1851 Esplanade, Chico, CA 95926, USA

The winter month are ahead and we have invited Kate Post, who will show us some Self- Defense Moves. So please wear something comfortable to move in!

Fairview High School Success Center!
Earlier this year, as most of you know,  we have helped Fairview High School to create a room, the “Success Center” , that will give students a place to come and feel safe, get counseling, study and get some necessity items, such as clothes, toiletries, some food and baby items, etc. This Center is an ongoing project and below you find the updated list for Donations. Donations can be dropped off directly at the school office or by making arrangements with Quinn Mendez - 



Get your tickets!

A Delightful Evening of Dueling Pianos, Dinner and Dessert Auction
Presented by: Soroptimist International of Chico

It's a "Date Night" or "Girls Night Out" Extraordinaire - Featuring Dueling Pianos by the Killer Keyz. (information below)
When: November 3rd, 2018
Where: Sierra Nevada Brewery - Big Room
Time: 5pm (doors open) - 10pm
Cost: $75

A Delightful Evening of Dueling Pianos, Dinner and Dessert Auction

Girls on the Run North State's Fall 2018 GOTR 5K
November 10th, 2018
7:45am - 10:45am
more details in the link
Soroptimist International Chico and Bidwell Rancho are the Diamond Sponsors for this fun event!
Follow the link below to sign up for SI Bidwell Rancho’s 10 Spots to participate in the Run/Walk
Sign Up
Soroptimist International of Bidwell Rancho's Calendar

I was born in Berkeley, California and grew up in Walnut Creek. Enjoyed a childhood filled with time outdoors, swimming and with my friends. My Dad was a Berkeley fireman and had time to takes us all camping to the beach and to the mountains.

Dick and I met in High School and married after he joined the Navy. We moved to San Diego and lived in a tiny alley apartment on Coronado Island just blocks from the beach. The bridge hadn't been built yet and you took a ferry to get to the island. San Diego remains one of my favorite vacation spots!

Mark was born in Walnut Creek while Dick was stationed on an aircraft carrier.

The ship was used for take off and landings, sending planes to fight the Vietnam war

We moved to Auburn California after Dick got out of the Navy. Jack in the box restaurants had a lease program and we ran the store in Auburn off of highway 80. Bryan was born there, and we loved the area. Jack in the Box restaurants were sold and Dick was offered a position with the new company in Sacramento.

After a couple of years we were moved from Sacramento to Danville. I was busy with two little boys and enjoyed being back in the Bay Area. The boys were getting older so I went back to work and ended up in the mortgage business. Dick moved from fast food to fast oil at Jiffy Lube working for a franchisee as a area manager. I went from a loan processor to a loan officer for Weyerhauser Mortgage.

The Boys grew up and Bryan went to Chico State. We visited, loved Chico and the area. In 1995 We bought our own Jiffy Lube in Chico and moved. At Jiffy Lube I pay the bills and enjoy working with my family (most of the time).

I met Sheron Box not long after that move and she suggested I join Soroptimist. It was the best suggestion I ever received! I met wonderful friends and felt part of the Chico community. My first Brew Fest was in 1996, our first at the Elks. It has been an important part of my life ever since. Soroptimist has given me many opportunities to give back that I would of never had. The women I have met have been amazing, so generous, kind and the best of friends. Soroptimist has been the best for this woman....

Soroptimist Orientation and Leadership Training 
Dash of SOLT......

The Basics of Making a Motion

The act of making a motion is how business is brought to the membership for action.  While some think that this level of formality just adds another level of complexity, in actuality it is just the opposite.  Using a motion process makes it easier to keep track of Club business and decisions, gives everyone an opportunity to be heard, whether they are "for" or "against" a particular question and by keeping business organized,  a motion process actually helps meetings proceed in an orderly fashion, thus keeping things moving along.
You may make a motion when you want the group to take some action: to send a letter, to accept a report, to hold a special meeting, to spend money for some special purpose, etc.
Introduce the motion by saying, “I move that,” followed by a statement of the proposal. You cannot discuss the motion until someone has seconded it. This is done to reduce the number of discussions on a subject in which no one else in the group is interested.

Notes from the Editor

 I am back from my visit with family and friends in Germany! What a great vacation and a great reminder how important family is! Many reasons to give thanks for in November.
Thank you everyone who has send in write-ups for the newsletter. Please keep 
 sending me updates on committees and other announcements by the end of each month, so I can add them to the upcoming edition!
Thank you very much and happy Thanksgiving!
Babette (
Wishing you a happy Birthday....

11/01 Gayle Luna
11/08  Sherry Holbrook
11/30 Yvette Sanfilippo
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Live Your Dream Award: Club Resources
Dream it, Be it: Club Resources
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