March 2019, SIBR Eblast #7

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A Message From our President

Greetings, my friends. What a great Speaker meeting on February 26th! While the weather was terrible and our scheduled speaker cancelled, luckily we have in our ranks the SNR District 1 Director. Lisa Fitzgerald instantly agreed to be our special speaker for the evening. She planned a super fun exercise for us to get to know each other better. I, for one, had a blast, having some dinner, a drink, laughing and listening to these amazing special facts about each person. I really, truly felt more connected at the end of the evening. A million thanks to you, Lisa!

At this point I do the usual calendar rundown for you. While everything on the calendar, everything we do is important, this time I really want to focus on two things.

First, I want to talk about Conference. Let me tell you, attending Conference is so worth it! It’s so inspiring, motivating, touching and brings into perspective why we are in Soroptimist to begin with. Never mind we always have a boat load of fun! Yes, the conference is three days. But attending even just one day is so worthwhile. We always try to carpool, room together, etc. to bring the costs down. And, if you’ve never been before, the club will cover the cost of the Conference meals for first time attendees. Now how can you pass that up? So, please, new members, veteran members, seriously consider attending this year’s Conference. The more the merrier. Go to your last SNR Eblast for the link to sign up, or contact me and I can forward it to you.

The second thing I really want to promote is participation on the Board of Directors for the club. With President Babette beginning her leadership in July, well, it’s going to be a productive and fun two years. I know I’m excited! With the support and encouragement of all these amazing women, there is only success for anyone who wishes to fill any of the roles. Just a reminder, the positions up for election are: President-Elect, Treasurer, Secretary, Financial Coordinator and Director. Don’t really know much about those positions? No biggie. Talk to the Nominating Chair, Linda Lucena for more insight. And, just know that we are all there for you for training and mentorship. This is a perfect opportunity to be in a leadership role and learn the ropes. Talk about empowering! If I can do it, anyone can!

With much Soroptilove,


Angie Little

Soroptimist Sierra Nevada Region News
Conference is just around the corner. The Region Conference Committee is busy confirming details and working with Governor Lane in preparing the Call to Conference and working with Danielle Kennedy to set up the Registration Program. The Committee is getting really excited as we have worked hard on the entertainment portion of conference, this is where the fun comes in. Hope to see all of you in April.
You can book online by clicking here. Use code SNRVR19
Best, Sarah Carrasco, Governor Elect/Conference Coordinator.

The Call to conference is OUT!
Register now by clicking here

Soroptimist International of the Americas News

Year-end info graphic

SIA’s year-end info graphic is now available in all languages! Visit the Translated Resources page, then look under the Federation Information section for the downloadable PDF. A direct link to the English version is here. Read, enjoy and celebrate our many successes in FY2017-2018!

Soroptimist International News



Here you will find the Soroptimist International Where We Stand statements and the organizations’ stance on various issues that affect the lives of women and girls.
SI Position

 District 1 and 2 Winter Meeting Summary
hosted by Soroptimist International of Bidwell Rancho

Rolling Hills Casino, 2655 Everett Freeman Way Corning, California 96021
Welcome Soroptimist
Lisa Fitzgerald, District 1 Director, SI Bidwell Rancho
Terrel Locke, District 2 Director, SI Marysville-Yuba City

Dream it, Be it Presentation,
Babette Maiss,Pres.elect, SI Bidwell Rancho

Sharing my Secets, AKA How to apply for Awards and Grants and How to win,
Tracey Edwards, District 3 Director

Linda Lucena, SI Bidwell Rancho
Anti-Trafficking Committee
Steering Committee Butte County CSEC
Circle of 6 App Postcard
Human Trafficking Chap stick Artwork


Upcoming Events

Board Meeting
March 5th, 2019

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

Business Meeting
March 12th, 2019
5:30pm - 7pm

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

Awards Dinner Meeting
March 26th, 2019
5:30pm - 7pm

Wine Time
26 Lost Dutchman Dr, Chico, CA 95973


Dream it, Be it Project
March 27th, 2019

1st Session presented by SI Bidwell Rancho
Fairview High School
"Discovering Your Dreams"
290 East Ave, Chico, CA 95926

Sign Up Sheet

Save the Date for the
Tea Bar Takeover Fundraiser!
May 2nd, 2019 6pm - 8pm
Soroptimist International of Bidwell Rancho's Calendar
Every month we will introduce a Member!
Meet Susan Bandstra, Interior Designer
I am proud to be a third generation Chico Resident and have seen many changes in our small town.  My husband Ernie and I have 4 kids, 12 grand kids and 1 great-grant baby born in January.

I've been an Interior Designer for 42 years, 30 of those owning my own business. My husband is a general contractor and we work on many remodel projects together.
I was "bit" by the travel bug when my son Ethan decided to go to school in Switzerland. Traveling is one of my passions, not only the actual trip but the excitement of planning the excursion. As of my last trip to Vietnam and Cambodia I have visited 19 countries with several trips to my favorite Italy, Spain and France. I also love to snow ski and spending time in my greenhouse with my plants.

Many of my friends urged me to join SIBR but i felt with 4 Teenagers and a very demanding business I had no extra time. As it turned out, I joined 1990 and making the time for Soroptimist was one of the most rewarding decisions I have ever made. I serves 8 years on the board as President Elect, President and 4 years as Past President. Giving back to the community and the worlds with a focus on women and girls has given me more purpose to my life as well as the friendships I've made with so many generous and caring woman.
Soroptimist Orientation and Leadership Training
Dash of SOLT.......

10 Tips for Leading the Way

Whether you are a club president, work as a manager in a corporation, or serve as an active member—chances are, you are frequently put in leadership positions. Sometimes these opportunities are by choice, sometimes they are not. Regardless of how you get there, people are now looking to you for guidance so it’s important to develop and implement effective leadership skills.

Take the following 10 tips into consideration in order to be a strong leader—in your club, at work, or at home!

Take time to listen to each other. Remember that hearing and listening are different. Fight the urge to interrupt people and let them speak their opinions and thoughts. Be present in conversations, remove outside distractions, and ask questions. Great club leaders talk with their members, not at them.

In the mist of working on programs and projects, serving on committees, and organizing events, it’s easy to overlook accomplishments (both great and small). Acknowledging efforts and making members feel appreciated goes a long way toward providing motivation and boosting morale. Just when you think you’ve said “thank you” enough—say it again! The more you reward, the more that gets accomplished.

Be the model
If you expect members to be active and follow through on their commitments, it’s up to you to set the example. Make sure your behavior exemplifies a team player attitude and you fulfill your promises. Actions speak louder than words, so be prepared and try to participate in the club’s tasks as much as possible.

Boost the fun factor
Create a fun atmosphere in your club in order to keep current members engaged and remaining attractive to new ones. At your meetings, include ice breakers and build in some social time so it’s not all “business.” Or take it to the next level and organize a fun flash mob!

There is no “i” in club
It’s not all about you. Engage members, make them think, and get them involved. Keep in mind this quote from Lao-Tzu, the Chinese philosopher and founder of Taoism: “A leader is best when people barely know (s)he exists, when his (her) work is done, his (her) aim fulfilled, they will say: we did it ourselves.”

Nobody is perfect
It’s inevitable that mistakes will be made and yes, there may be times when you, as a leader, are wrong! Even Walt Disney was fired by a newspaper editor because "he lacked imagination and had no good ideas." When times are tough, pick yourself up and give yourself a pep talk. Think about your strengths and work on your weaknesses. Be tenacious and strategize—seek alternative ways to meet goals.

Empower others by delegating. The leader doesn’t do it all—like an orchestra, a club needs to work together, bringing all the strengths to the table in order to make a beautiful sound. Be supportive once you delegate responsibilities so others gain ownership in the task and hone their skills.

Gain Trust
We are social beings and therefore healthy and happy relationships are essential. When you are able to establish trust, the dynamic of the club flourishes. By keeping promises, being transparent, telling the truth, and demonstrating fairness, you’ll be on the path to obtaining the confidence of members.

You can’t motivate others unless you are motivated yourself. A positive attitude will be contagious as you strive to excel and commit yourself to your vision. Inspire others by being the leader others want to support.

Pass on the torch
There comes a time when even the best leaders must step away from their post and allow for another to take the lead. In order to ensure the future of the organization, it’s important to plan and help develop future leaders. To take on the challenges of tomorrow, key members should be identified and guided so they are well prepared to continue on with our important mission.

By putting a focus on these 10 key tips for improving or strengthening your leadership style, you can set the direction for others in your club, in your workplace, or in your own circle of family and friends. Why? Because leadership skills are transferable to other areas of your life—therefore the benefits are endless!

Leadership involves continuous growth, learning, and practicing all of these components. Don’t be overwhelmed—it’s an ongoing process. Strive to improve yourself, increase the satisfaction of your club members, and make the world around you a better place for women and girls to live their dreams!


Thank you for the generous donations that have come in from Soroptimist clubs and friends worldwide!
 SI Bidwell Rancho and SI Chico have split the donations and have started distributing the funds to the people and places in and around Paradise, impacted by the Camp Fire!
You can follow SI Bidwell Rancho on their website "Home" page  or their FB page to see where the funds are going!



Notes from the Editor

Know someone who would enjoy this Eblast? Send me their name and email!
Let's start sharing our great organization with others!
Babette (
Happy Birthday!
Lisa Fitzgerald 03/03

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Live Your Dream Award: Club Resources
Dream it, Be it: Club Resources
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