February 2019, SIBR Eblast #6

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A Message From our President

Can you believe it’s February already?! It’ll feel like we’re all trying to run downhill from now till June. I really enjoy this time of the Soroptimist year. So much to plan and look forward to. Of course I’m mostly talking about the 24th Annual SIBR Microbrew Festival! Last year was one of the best ever and we will continue that success this year.

But, first, there are so many other wonderful Soroptimist happenings from here to June. Always check out the calendar on the sibidwellrancho.org site. A lot of work goes into making sure all of this information is at hand anytime you need it. It includes the info on all the meetings, who’s speaking, when the committee meetings are, if a neighboring club is holding an event, so on and so forth.

So, of course we have our District 1 Winter meeting with our friends from District 2 this Saturday, the 2nd at Rolling Hills. Our signature program – the Dream It Be It program is holding a committee meeting on the 6th at Panighetti’s. Your amazing talents and ideas are always needed with this special project. For more details, contact committee chair, Babette Maiss. SI Placerville is holding their Chocolate Festival on the 9th. From what I hear, we may have a few from our club attending that one. Yum!

You must, must plan to attend our speaker meeting on February 26th. This is a very special one – we will have Catherine Goggia on hand to speak about “Living Our Values.” I’ve had the opportunity to hear her speak a few times, and she is well worth your time. She will be speaking for a full hour, starting promptly at 6pm. For this one we will be serving dinner at 5:30 PM so that we are finished and able to give Catherine our full attention by 6pm.

With gratitude for all of you,


Angie Little

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!




Soroptimist Sierra Nevada Region News

The Roster is an ever changing document. Did you know that it gets updated almost every month? The most recent update is dated December 3, 2018. 
Remember to check for a new roster often! As a best practice, you can bookmark or favorite the Roster in your browser, so that you get the most recent version. 
I promise that this link is safe and goes directly to the Roster, every time!
Danielle Kennedy
Roster Coordinator

Soroptimist International of the Americas News

2018/2019 Key Messaging

1. Changing for the Future

SIA is changing for the future to be what our members say they want to be—an organization with more members, greater capacity to serve more women and girls who face obstacles, and more recognition for our impact. This change requires working as one to fund and implement our brand-unifying Dream Programs.

2. Providing a Positive Club Experience

SIA clubs can grow and retain members by providing an engaging and civil member experience. Inviting and encouraging members to get involved on committees—or helping when they can if being on a committee is too much of a time commitment—is an ideal way to engage members. Making all members feel welcome by hearing and responding to their feedback/ideas in a positive manner, even if they are not feasible to implement, helps to create a civil member experience.

3. Branding SIA

When clubs and members are asked what they want most, they say—more members and greater recognition. The only way to accomplish this is by having a strong brand. We must be who we say we are and do what we say we do. That means all SIA clubs should implement our brand-unifying Dream Programs, which economically empower women and girls who face obstacles.

4. Dream Programs: Our Impact

Through our Dream Programs, we economically empower women and girls who face obstacles such as poverty, violence or teen pregnancy. We provide them with access to the education and skills training they need to reach their full potential. Our Dream Programs help specific populations of women and girls and have a measurable impact. To increase the number of women and girls we reach and be better known for our work, we need to invest our resources in growing the impact of our Dream Programs.

5. How Contributions Support Our Dream Programs

By focusing our resources and fundraising efforts, Soroptimist will economically empower more women and girls. Clubs and members can help by:

  • making Soroptimist your “cause of choice”
  • redirecting funds to support the Dream Programs
  • ensuring your club donates at least 10% to SIA of what’s raised locally
  • delivering SIA’s brand promise in order to attract outside funding.


Committee Update
Human Trafficking Committee Update

Chair: Linda Lucena
Members: Quinn Mendez and Sally Mendez

Most of the time our committee has electronic meetings through email. Or we may arrive early for a club meeting to update one another in person.

A project that has been in the works are the Circle of 6 postcards. These postcards promote the free Circle of 6 app “that prevents violence before it happens”. The information was brought to the Fall District meeting by our committee. SNR Governor Lane encouraged us to promote the project in our region. We will be sharing the information at the Winter District 1,2 meeting on Feb.2nd. We will also distribute the postcards printed with the Soroptimist logo to the clubs that placed the first order with us.

Two of our committee members continue to serve on the Butte County CSEC (Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children) Steering Committee. If you know of a group that would benefit from the Circle of 6 postcards, please notify Linda Lucena. (lglucena@yahoo.com)

To learn more about the app go to www.circleof6app.com
Winter Meetings - Districts 1 and 2
Districts 1 & 2 invite you to our Winter Meeting on Saturday, February 2nd in Corning, conveniently located on I-5. 
Club Presidents, leaders, and in particular, new members are encouraged to attend. We'll have a Friday evening Flamingle (social gathering), and Corning is close enough to just come for the day. More specific info will follow, but do save the date and get those reservations in to Host Club SI Bidwell Rancho.

Upcoming Events

Board Meeting
February 5th, 2019

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

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

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

Speaker Meeting
February 26th, 2019
5:30pm - 7pm

Panighetti's Eatery, 95973, 1851 Esplanade, Chico, CA 95926, USA
Welcome Catherine Goggia!
She will speak for an hour on the topic "Living Our Values"


Friday Night Flamingle
February 1st, 2019
6pm - 9pm

Rolling Hills Casino
2655 Everett Freeman Way, Corning, CA 96021

6pm No Host Food & Drink, Friendship and Fun

District Winter Meeting
February 2nd, 2019
9am - 2pm
Rolling Hills Casino
2655 Everett Freeman Way, Corning, CA 96021

Soroptimist International of Bidwell Rancho's Calendar
Every month we will introduce a Member!
Meet Linda Lucena, Butte College
Chair: Anti Trafficking Committee

I’ve had the pleasure of being a member of SI Bidwell Rancho since 2013. I’m originally from Southern California-a Valley Girl, moving to Chico in 1980 to attend CSU, Chico. This is where I met my husband Marc in a Flag Football class. This year we will celebrate 30 years of marriage. We enjoy attending sporting events, playing a little golf and spending time with our grown children, when they can fit us into their schedules:)


After earning my degree in Health Science, I returned to school, this time at Butte College in the Paramedic Program. I had a 16-year career working as a Paramedic mostly for Oroville Hospital.

After having our 2 children Kevin and Megan the 24 -hour shifts were not condusive to family life. I was able to transition into teaching at Butte College where I’ve been for 20 years, now teaching part time. Time flies!


In our Soroptimist club I have been on or chaired the Anti Trafficking Committee, Focus Committee, Live Your Dream Committee, and Holiday Committee. I’ve also held the position of Secretary on our Board. Becoming involved in SI Bidwell Rancho has not only given me the opportunity to meet extraordinary women but to also experience the reward of volunteering in my community.

Soroptimist Orientation and Leadership Training
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Leadership Tip: Public Speaking

When people hear the words public speaking, they most likely think about someone in the front of a room, up on a stage, and making a long presentation. However, public speaking takes on many forms and we may be speaking in public more often than we think. For example, within your club you may be giving a report during a meeting, leading a Dream It, Be It session, talking to prospective members about the benefits of joining, or even leading an auction during a fundraiser.

Being a leader within Soroptimist, you will often be tapped for information and for your expertise. You may be given advance notice, or you may even be put on the spot at times. That is why it is so important to improve upon and practice our speaking skills. To do that, review the following tips and try putting them into practice. They will help build your confidence and help put you more at ease when you step in front of a crowd.

Use your nerves to your advantage.
Cited as one of the greatest fears people have, just the thought of public speaking can make you sweat and develop an uneasy feeling in your stomach. This is normal! Our brains can perceive physical or psychological stress and the adrenaline starts pumping. Embrace this energy to show your passion, to vary your inflection, and move around the room.

Get personal.
Share stories about yourself (or someone you know) when public speaking. This is especially a great way to kick off a presentation because 1) you can grab the audience’s attention with a true story; 2) you’ll be able to easily convey a personal experience (having lived through it); and 3) listeners will be able to empathize with what you are saying and will want to hear more.

Keep it simple.
Don’t be tempted to use big words or complicated definitions in order to impress your audience. Speak plainly and to the point. If you trip up over an 8-syllable word – it’s not pretty. For example, try to say “intellectualization” a few times. Does it roll off the tongue? Now imagine including it in a speech you are giving. Choose words you and your listeners can easily say and understand.

Mistakes will happen.
Surprise… no one is perfect! Even the most polished of speakers can and will make mistakes. We are all human, so don’t be so hard on yourself. You may lose your place when referring to your notes. Someone may interject a question and throw you off track. If you make a gaffe – admit it, own it, and move on. Errors are humanizing and you’ll appear more relatable.

Practice – even though it won’t make you perfect.
Rehearse your speech not once, not twice, but as much as you can. Do it in front of a mirror, a friend, or even your family pet. This will help you see what parts you are stumbling on or realize content that just doesn’t work. Keep in mind, even practicing over and over won’t make you perfect. See above – mistakes will happen – but you will be better prepared to recover gracefully.

Start and end with a bang.
Finally, you want grab the audience’s attention right at the start and help them walk away with the key takeaways at the end of your presentation. In the beginning, that could mean sharing a personal story or relaying a startling statistic related to your subject matter. At the end, the final message you give is what people will remember the most. Try summarizing the key points enthusiastically, giving the audience a call to action, or use an inspirational quote that ties in directly to your subject.


Take these tips to heart when you are called upon or volunteer to speak in front of a group. They can help improve your public speaking skills so you will be ready to lead your next club meeting, or report out to the delegates at a Soroptimist region conference. In addition, you can apply these public speaking skills in your professional life during meetings or presentations at work, or in other civic and volunteer engagements in your community. By being able to stand up in front of an audience and clearly communicate your message, you’ll gain confidence and earn respect – and you’ll be able to spread the word more effectively about our mission to improve the lives of women and girls who face obstacles such as poverty, violence and teen pregnancy.


10 Tips for improving your public speaking skills: https://www.extension.harvard.edu/professional-development/blog/10-tips-improving-your-public-speaking-skills

5 Secrets to Looking Confident While Speaking in Public: https://www.huffingtonpost.com/nikki-stone/confident-public-speaking_b_4058830.html

Notes from the Editor

If there are any committee meeting or updates, please send them to me to include in the newsletter and add the dates to our calendar.
Thank you all!
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