December 2018, SIBR Eblast #4

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A Message From our President

My friends, our community has experienced a devastating disaster. The Camp Fire has all but erased what was beautiful Paradise. And then the danger of flash floods and debris flows with the rain! But, out of catastrophe comes compassion, kindness and generosity. The out pouring of support from Soroptimist clubs all over the world is so inspiring. I want to extend an emphatic thank you to SIBR club member Traci Williams for volunteering to chair our new committee focusing on Camp Fire recovery. The committee has already met and begun brainstorming for the best way to assist our neighbors in returning to a sense of normalcy. This will take years. And we will be there every step of the way!


Speaking of normalcy, it will be so nice to hang out with you all at our annual holiday party December 11th. Thanks so much, Sherry Holbrook, for hosting again! If you are planning on donating to the food drive, you are welcome to bring those goods to the party for Yvette Sanfilippo to collect. And, I’m looking forward to the Santa Project on December 13th at the Dorothy Johnson Center. Once of my most favorite projects! Oh, and we’re ringing the Salvation Army bell at Save Mart on December 8th from 10 am to 6 pm. Additional info can be found on the SIBR calendar on the website. Even if you didn’t sign up, you can still come hang out.


Just a quick reminder that our January meetings are pushed back a week due to the fact that New Year’s Day is on the first Tuesday of the month. So, our business meeting will be held on the third Tuesday and the speaker meeting on the fifth Tuesday.


Be safe all and take care.


In the Soroptimist spirit,

Angie Little

Here is a PayPal link, SI Bidwell Rancho and SI Chico have set up for Donations for Victims of the #CampFire! We will split the donations between SI Chico and SI Bidwell Rancho and distribute the funds to the right places in and around Paradise, impacted by the CampFire.




Soroptimist Sierra Nevada Region News

Click Here for the complete November Newsletter!
Inside updates on the Camp Fire from District 1 Director Lisa Fitzgerald and Summaries from SI Chico and SI Bidwell Rancho's club presidents.


Soroptimist International of the Americas News

Take One Step: Give One More Live Your Dream Award

For decades, clubs have given one cash award to one local woman to support her education and career goals. It’s time to update our way of thinking about what the Live Your Dream Awards are “supposed” to be. Just like the women we serve have big dreams for themselves and their families, we have big dreams for our cornerstone program. We’re aiming to reach more women with increased funding and ongoing support beyond a one-time cash award. But we need your help!

Can your club give one more Live Your Dream Award? Consider shifting requirements for a scholarship your club already provides, or re-allocating dollars from fundraising activities to support one additional Live Your Dream Award. Or, perhaps start planning and budgeting now for one additional Live Your Dream Award for next year.

We know your club’s one step can make a big difference!

Around the world, women-headed households have the highest poverty rates. About 10 million women within SIA’s countries and territories could build a better life if they received a Live Your Dream Award. And we know our Live Your Dream Awards change women’s lives because recipients tell us so …

“I have entered into a career that will raise me and my daughter out of generational poverty. Without the women of Soroptimist and their many levels of support, I could not have become the woman I am today nor the mother I've always wanted to be and wished I had growing up!”

           -Live Your Dream Award Recipient

One more Live Your Dream Award from your club could end generational poverty for one more family in your community!

Click here to read the complete summary of the November Newsletter

Upcoming Events

Annual Christmas Party!
December 11th, 2018
Where: Sherry Holbrooks

13977 Lindbergh Cir
Chico, CA 95973

When: 5:30


Annual Santa Project
This is our annual Santa Project, together with C.A.R.D.
We will meet at the Dorothy Johnson Center
5pm - 7:30pm

775 E 16th Street, Chico, CA 95928


Salvation Army Bell-ringing
10am - 6pm
Save Mart Supermarket
146 W East Ave, Chico, CA 95926
Sign - Up            

We still need 2 more Ringers at 5pm and 6pm!
Some of our S- Club Members will also join us at different times.

Soroptimist International of Bidwell Rancho's Calendar
Every month we will introduce a Member
Meet Lisa Fitzgerald, Event Marketing and Management
District 1 Director

I am a Soroptimist. Born and raised in Oakdale, California, I was president of our S-Club and headed off to CSUC in 1974 with a Soroptimist Scholarship.   I lived in the French and Spanish Language Houses on 3rd Street, and worked at the AS Bookstore during the day, around classes.  I received my BA in Latin American Studies, minor in Spanish, in 1980. I worked summers of 1977 and 1978 as a peer advisor for CSUC’s new student orientation, where I met, and in 1980 married, my college sweetheart, who I also worked with while I was a waitress at Jake’s. My sweetheart/husband’s grandmother was a member of the SI Alameda club, in Founders Region, so of course I was never too far from my Soroptimist roots. 

I graduated on a Saturday, and the following Monday embarked on a 10 year career  with the company which owned the Sandpiper Restaurant, as corporate Human Resources Director and a Restaurant Consultant, opening turn-key restaurants. During this time I returned to CSUC and earned a Life Community College Teaching Credential in Food, Food Service & Related Technologies, was coordinator and taught for Butte College’s Food Service program, and was a moderator/lecturer for a fall class at UC Berkeley Extension in San Francisco, in conjunction with California Restaurant Association.  I joined SI Chico in 1981, but was only a member for a couple of years due to the attendance, and other strict membership requirements.

In 1990 I married my husband, Matt, we created our family. with son Conor, and daughter Emma, and my business, Big Chico Creek Resources. The core of my work was restaurant management consulting, and I was an Independent Administrative  Law Hearing Representative for 13 national companies in Northern California. Over the years BCCR has evolved to be more marketing and event planning for nonprofits such as Chico Concours d’Elegance, North State Symphony, Patrick Ranch Museum and Oroville Chamber of Commerce.

On a whim, in 1995 I began my 15 year career in radio (through 3 ownerships).  My position was challenging, and outrageously fun, as the Marketing Director for a station group with 5 formats, in 2 languages. Of course I rejoined SI Chico in 1996, and held many offices, including serving as President 2010/2011, and in my final year I was the SIC’s Recording Secretary. 

I decided to step up my Soroptimist game when I turned 60 a couple of years ago, and served on Sierra Nevada’s region board as the chair of the Strategic Planning Committee. Since SI Chico was the largest club in all of SIA the year I was president (130 members) I felt it appropriate to broaden my horizons and see how smaller clubs work, and being no stranger to change, joined SIBR in 2016/2017.  While the mission and programs were familiar, the structure and approach were different; obviously it has to be, based on the membership.  SIBR has been the perfect fit for me, as I’ve made deeply sincere new friendships, rekindled old ones,  and as it turned out, SIBR produces leaders on the Sierra Nevada Region and SIA Federation levels, and I’m honored to be representing our 10 clubs in SNR’s District 1 as Director 2018/2020 Biennium. Every day, as far back as I can remember, has been a great day to be a Soroptimist!

Soroptimist Orientation and Leadership Training
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Dream it, Be it – Career Support for Girls

Soroptimist’s global program for girls – Dream It, Be It: Career Support for Girls – targets girls in secondary school who face obstacles to their future success. It provides girls with access to professional role models, career education and resources to live their dreams. Career support includes help and assistance to pursue an occupation that will offer opportunities for long-term success. Although we don’t think all girls will know what they want to do for the rest of their lives, the skills they learn in Dream It, Be It will help them regardless of the career they choose to pursue or when they choose to pursue it.

Program Goal: Through education and access to role models, girls will be empowered to pursue their career goals and reach their full potential.


To Increase the Number of Girls Who:

1. Feel prepared to pursue their career goals.
2. Feel comfortable creating achievable goals.
3. Have tools to overcome obstacles to success.
4. Understand the importance of resilience.
5. Can connect personal values with possible careers.
6. Feel more confident about their future success.
7. Have professional role models.

Topics We Cover

  • Career opportunities
  • Setting and achieving goals
  • Overcoming obstacles to success
  • Moving forward after setbacks or failures


There When It Matters Most

By reaching girls while they are still young, we not only can help them stay healthy and safe in the short term, but we can reduce the number of women in crisis in the future. Putting them on a path will help them realize their dreams.

Here are last years videos from "Dream it, Be it", we did together with SI Chico!
Video #1
Video #2
Video #3



Welcome to our new Members!
(from Left to right) Sally Mendez (New Membership chair), (New Member) Traci Williams, Cathy Gurney, (New Member) Betsy Spear and Angie Little (President)
For this month Speaker Meeting we invited Kate Post, an instructor at Haley's Martial Arts. Kate showed use some basic and easy Self Defense Moves!

Notes from the Editor

I like to start a sign up list for the "Member Spotlight" for each month! I just need a short write up, containing some information you like to share about yourself, with all of us.
Sign Up Sheet
Please email your articles or announcements by January 29th to get the Eblast send off in time to make the regional Newsletter!

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Helpful Links
Soroptimist Sierra Nevada Region:
Soroptimist International of the America:
Live Your Dream Award: Club Resources
Dream it, Be it: Club Resources
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