June 2019, SIBR Eblast #10

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A Message From our President

Greetings fellow Soroptimists.


It’s June, and you know what that means.  Brewfest, Brewfest, Brewfest! All things Brewfest!  Only one week away to our 24th annual Microbrew Festival.  It always amazes me that our modest club can pull off such a huge successful event. It may be a long day of hard work, but it’s so fulfilling when you see 800 to 1100 people enjoying themselves while partaking in beer, food and raffles, which supports our cause of improving the lives of women and girls.  


The June 11th business meeting will actually be our installation dinner.  We will be thanking and celebrating our outgoing board and installing our new, incoming board.  We do have a tiny bit of business to conduct. We will be voting on the 2019-2020 budget that was distributed to you electronically by our Treasurer, Melanie.  So, be sure to be there to celebrate the past and the future.


The Sierra Nevada Development Retreat is July 26 - 28.  I highly recommend this event. The workshops held at this event are so invaluable.  There’s great instruction on membership recruitment and retention, fundraising, programs and many more topics that are invaluable information to take back to the club to plan for the coming year.  Plus, it’s always fun just hanging with a whole bunch of other Soroptimists.


The SIBR Development retreat is forthcoming, time and place to yet be determined.  So, be sure to look for some correspondence in the coming weeks for time and locating for a gathering to plan the year for our club.


This is my last Eblast as President.  It’s been an amazing run. I couldn't’t do any of it without the patience and support of the board and the club.  A million thanks to all of you.


Angie Little

Soroptimist Sierra Nevada Region News
Governor's Message
Looking forward. 
As our club year draws to a close, we are looking at our accomplishments for this year and looking forward to next year. It’s a time that we start anew and that includes installing new officers, doing a new club calendar, new budgets and new goals. I’d like to take this opportunity to plant some little nuggets for a few items to include in your plans. All, of course, are just my suggestions, clubs are free to do whatever they see fit. In an effort to try to reinforce our image in our communities as THE organization that improves the lives of women and girls, please keep these things in mind: 
  1. Try to focus on women and girls in your service projects; 
  2. Look at how much you budget for your Live Your Dream Award vs other awards or scholarships. Is it a ‘signature program’ in your club? If not, how can you make it more meaningful? Can you give more than one award? Can you give follow up support to past recipients to help assure their success?
  3. Have you budgeted for Dream It, Be It? Either as your club doing the program or as support for another club near you? 
  4. Have you budgeted for a membership recruitment event? We all need members, right? If what you have been doing is working, great, please share!!! If not, mix it up and do something new! 
  5. Does your club budget to send delegates to district meetings and region conference? You are allowed to spend some of your money (that was not raised in the name of specific causes) to educate your members. Having your members have a grasp of the ‘big picture’ can only strengthen your club. 
  6. Do you budget for “Club Giving”? Every dollar donated to SIA is spent on our mission, whether it’s through our Live Your Dream Award or other grants to clubs. It all goes to women and girls. 
  7. Are you using social media to get your club known in the community? Should you budget a few dollars to ‘boost’ your posts for fundraisers in the coming year?
What are other ways that you can become better known for helping women and girls and making dreams come true for them?
Thank you for considering these in your plans going forward! 
I congratulate all new club presidents and thank you for taking on this role in the coming year! I recognize it’s a commitment, but it can also be very rewarding! Let’s all work together to establish a stronger image as the organization that helps ‘Girls with dreams become Women with vision’.
Lane Parks, Governor

Soroptimist International of the Americas News

Penny Babb Named President-elect

Penny Babb has been elected to the position of 2019-2020 President-elect and will assume that office on September 1, 2019. She will assume the office of SIA President on September 1, 2020, and will serve in that position through August 31, 2021. Click here to watch Penny's candidate video and review the full ballot results.

New SIA Staff

Meet SIA’s newest staff member, Jackie Schrauger! Jackie joins SIA as program director. In this role, Jackie will develop program materials and resources to support the Soroptimist Dream Programs: The Live Your Dream Awards and Dream It, Be It. Read more about Jackie here! You can reach Jackie at jaclyn@soroptimist.org. Please welcome her aboard!


Soroptimist International News

Congratulations to SI President for delivering a compelling interview on 'France 24' and for her inspirational speech at the 'Thirsty for Change' panel at UNESCO this week. Click the image below to see the interview and read Mariet's speech in full.


Upcoming Events

Board Meeting
June 4th, 2019

Sheron's Office
60 Landing Circle, Chico, Ca 95973

Installation Ceremony
June 11th, 2019
5:30pm - 7pm

Krista Knecht's Property
754 Liberty Lane, Chico, CA 95928
Celebrating a job well done by the current board and welcoming the new board!

24th Annual Microbrew Fest
June 8th, 2010
2pm - 6pm

One week left to sell, sell, sell..... tickets!

Soroptimist International of Bidwell Rancho's Calendar

Dream it, Be it 2019

SI Bidwell Rancho teamed up again with SI Chico and had some further help from SI Orland this year!
We alternated sessions, brought different Speakers in and incorporated the 7 weeks curriculum.
Thank you all for your help, making this year's Dream it, Be it another success!
Here is the video from the 7 week sessions!
24th Annual Microbrew Fest
June 8th, 2019
2pm - 6pm


This is Soroptimist International of Bidwell Rancho's 24th Microbrew Fest! It is the Largest and Original Microbrew Fest in the area!

The Micro Brew Festival presents many different breweries offering a wide range of beers, ciders, and new wines and other surprises that have an appeal for all. Participants also have a unique opportunity to taste and learn more about making home brewed beers.

The majority of the proceeds from the Micro Brew Festival are put back into the community to benefit women and girls through Soroptimist sponsored programs.

$50 tickets will cover Beer, Food and live Music!

Tickets can also be purchased at:

The Home Brew Shop
3130 Hwy 32 #2 – Chico

Every month we will introduce a Member!
Meet Yvette Sanfilippo,
Owner of Bella's Day Spa and Boutique

My father was in the Navy, so we traveled quite a bit when I was really young.  My father was born in Rome, Italy and my mother is Irish.  He was stationed in the Bay of Naples for a couple years which is where I was born.  We later made our way across the United States, landing in San Francisco.  My father was stationed at the Presido.   A few years later we settled in the San Jose area (it used to be all orchards) which is where I pretty much grew up since I was 5 years old.  I am the middle child of two brothers who I survived growing up with.  My mother was a homemaker, later a college student and then an Esthetician.  She is the reason  I got interested in the Esthetic career.  She invited me to go with her to class one day and I went.  I was whisked away by all of the newbie budding Estheticians where they proceeded to give me the "works".  Facial, eyebrow wax, make-up, etc.  Of course I loved it all and thought, I could do this!  Our idea was to end up working together, but that didn't end up happening.


I chose to move to Chico as I had made a few trips there with friends in my late teens and fell in love. My goal was always to finish college.   I attended Butte College then transferred over to Chico State where I received my BA in Social Science.  I met my husband Dominic  about 3 months later at Mr. Wash, where we were doing laundry.  He had just got a job with Chico Fire.  Three months later he proposed, a year later on July 21, 1984 we were married in San Jose.   I've been co-owner of Bella Day Spa for 17 years.     We have two boys, Nicholas(29) and Anthony(24).  Nick married two years ago and Anthony just last April 20th.  Nick and Kim live in Dixon, Ca. but will be relocating to the Bend Oregon area in a couple months.  Bend is a family favorite of ours.  We enjoyed many family vacations there.  Anthony and Jaina live on our property.


We have vacationed to the Hawaiian Islands and Mexico, but by far my favorite trip is when we went to Italy and spent almost 3 weeks.  We look forward to going back and exploring Sicily, where my

husband has roots.


Regarding Soroptimist, I am a Charter member since 1977, that equals  32years!  I have to say, the magnitude with which we give is amazing and makes me so proud to be a Soroptimist, especially a member of SIBR.  In looking back and remembering some of our fundraisers; yard sales, selling cheesecakes in the downtown plaza to selling ice cream (melting ice-cream) at the Chico Air Show to our Brewfest, I find it incredible that with the size of our club we can  pull off one of the most successful fundraisers in the region.  Near and dear to my heart though, are the wonderful friendships I've made through Soroptimist. 

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

As we are going into the summer break I wanted to share a Blog, I found on the Soroptimist International of the Americas Website about interacting with others. Something, I feel, we can all take a piece from and make our relationships stronger.
The blog is called: How to interact is a choice
Take a look

Notes from the Editor

We are winding down for the summer! What a great year it has been!
I had a lot of fun adding the newsletter to our club!
We will continue in September! Looking forward to new articles and committee reports!
Thanks you all!
Babette (eblast@sibidwellrancho.org)
Happy Birthday!
   06/12 Karen Marlatt
   06/13 Linda Lucena
06/16 Sheron Box
06/19 Della Miller


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Helpful Links
Soroptimist Sierra Nevada Region: https://www.soroptimistsnr.org/
Soroptimist International of the America: https://www.soroptimist.org/
Live Your Dream Award: Club Resources
Dream it, Be it: Club Resources
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