March 2021, SIBR Eblast #27

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Happy St Patrick's Day!

Springtime!! I am so looking forward to warmer days ahead!

SIBR has finished another fun and successful fundraiser, the Virtual Paint and Sip Class!
Our Virtual SUDS Trivia game was a lot of fun! Thank you SI Chico and SI Bidwell Rancho for playing!

This month we are going to celebrate our 2 Live your Dream Awardees and our Focus group Awardees, via Zoom. Congratulations!

At the end of March we are going to kick off our 3rd "Dream it, Be it" program, together with SI Chico, at Fairview High School. We have planned the entire 7 week program on Zoom and have invited some wonderful, inspiring speakers. The entire program will be shown once "live" for the morning class and one recorded version for the afternoon program. I am sure both clubs together will make this a great success, once again!

Stay tuned for more information about this year's 46th Annual Sierra Nevada Region Conference! It is scheduled 04/29 - 05/01 via Zoom!

Leaving you with an Old Irish Blessing,
"May you have all the happiness and luck that life can hold—and at the end of your rainbows may you find a pot of gold."

- Babette Maiss

Soroptimist Sierra Nevada Region News

Regional Governor: Sarah Carrasco
46th Annual Region Conference: April 29 - May 1, 2021 on Zoom
Details will be in Call to be sent out in March

Soroptimist International of the Americas News

President: Penny Babb
As we celebrate our 100th anniversary we would love to hear from Soroptimists all around the world! We invite you to #DreamBig and share a selfie video with a personal message. Click on the photo below for topic suggestions. You can submit your video here ➡️
We look forward to hearing from you and celebrating our 100th anniversary together! 💙 #Soroptimist100
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Soroptimist International News
President: Sharon Fisher
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Read the latest 'Our Voice at the UN' and learn about the latest news and events at the UN office in Rome by clicking below 👇
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Upcoming Events

Board Meeting
March 2nd, 2021
via Zoom

Business Meeting
March 9th, 2021
via Zoom

Awards Recognition Celebration
March 23rd, 2021
via Zoom

Click the highlighted Meetings for Zoom link


Dream it, Be it Session 1
via Zoom
March 24th, 2021
8:10am - 8:55am
 SI Bidwell Rancho

International Women's Day
March 8th, 2021

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Soroptimist International of Bidwell Rancho's Calendar
Live your Dream Award 2021

SI Bidwell Rancho has picked 2 Live your Dream recipients this year! Congratulations Leslie and Amanda!

Club Activities

Virtual Paint and Sip Class

Thank you Christine Mac Shane
for a fun paint class and thank you all for joining us! We appreciate your support! 💙
Here are just a few of the masterpieces, everyone created.

Community Events

Girls on the Run International for their virtual 25th Birthday Celebration.
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Members of Soroptimist International of Bidwell Rancho are sharing their favorite recipes!
Chicken Broccoli (Chicken Divan Simplified)
by Judi Merlo
1/2 bunch cooked broccoli
2 cups cooked chicken
2 cups cream of chicken soup
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1 t lemon juice
1/2 T curry powder
1 cup sharp cheddar cheese
1/2 cup bread crumbs
1 T melted butter
Cook broccoli, drain, and arrange in a greased casserole dish.  Cook chicken and place over broccoli.  Mix soup, mayonnaise, lemon juice, and curry powder and pour over broccoli and chicken.  Grate cheese and sprinkle over mixture.  Top with bread crumbs.  Drizzle melted butter over bread crumbs.
Cook at 350 degrees for 25 to 30 minutes.

Amazing Blue Cheese Appetizer

by Marie Hartman


Crumble 12 oz. of blue cheese on the bottom of dish.  
Mix 4 cloves of crushed garlic with 1/3 cup olive oil, pour over top of cheese.  
Mix: 4 Tbsp red wine vinegar, 2 tbsp lemon juice, 1 cup diced/minced cilantro, ¼ cup chopped red onion.  
Pour over top of cheese.  
Chill, covered for two hours and serve with baguette or crackers.


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Benefits of Membership
Soroptimist membership provides a variety of benefits, including:

  • Fulfillment – Working on projects that improve the lives of others leads to personal satisfaction and recognition from the community.
  • Friendship – Cultivating relationships with other women who have similar interests and values is a central aspect of Soroptimist membership.
  • Diversity – Meeting and learning about women from different ethnic and cultural backgrounds, and participating in projects that address the needs of women throughout the globe, contributes to world peace and understanding.
  • Networking – Associating with other women representing a variety of professions facilitates valuable business contacts.
  • Leadership – Developing skills at the club level results in enhanced professional capabilities as well as leadership opportunities at all levels of the organization.
  • Mentoring – Reaching out to women at the beginning of their professional lives provides an avenue for Soroptimist members to serve as mentors.
  • Convenience – Belonging to an association with organized programs and professionally developed resources frees members from administrative constraints, while enabling them to concentrate on providing volunteer service.
  • Services – Joining Soroptimist provides access to additional benefits, such as: several insurance options (United States only); low–interest credit card (United States only); and a subscription to Soroptimist International of the Americas’ award–winning magazine.
Happy Birthday!

03/03 Lisa Fitzgerald

03/23 Colleen Pembroke


Notes from the Editor

Please send all articles to the editor by the last Monday of the month.
Please share your recipes.

Thank you all
Babette (
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Live Your Dream Award: Club Resources
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PRESIDENT: Babette Maiss
PRES-ELECT: Linda Lucena
TREASURER: Melanie Austen
DIRECTOR: Susan Bandstra
Parliamentarian: Sheron Box

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