November 2019, SIBR Eblast #13

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A Message From our President

Happy November!
The leaves are changing colors and the crisp mornings are such a change. Thanksgiving is just around the corner!

I want to take a moment to think about the 1 year Anniversary of one of the most devastating fires in California History. The Camp fire on November 8th has changed many lives forever. Paradise, as we know it, was lost that day forever. Many people have started rebuilding their lives slowly, either somewhere else or in and around Paradise. Some members from SI Chico and SI Bidwell Rancho were directly affected. We are very grateful for all the responses and the help in form of donations that came from all corners of the world from different Soroptimist clubs. SI Chico and SI Bidwell Rancho have been very committed to identify the needs and distribute the funds available.

November brings a couple deadlines for our busy Soroptimist schedules. The 15th is the deadline for the Live your Dream Applications and the deadline for nominations for the SNR Board 2020-2022 Biennium.
S.I.S.Y (SI South Yuba) has their Charter Dinner Party that evening in Wheatland. How fun to witness another new club starting up with so much enthusiasm!

I am really looking forward to our SUDS evening with SI Chico at the Commons Social Emporium. We always have a great time together!

I want to also take this opportunity again and thank all the Members from District 1 who donated the "Happy Bucks" at the Fall District Meeting to our Inspire S-club for their "Period Project". The students were very exited and much appreciated it. Pictures will follow as they complete the project.

There are so many things to be thankful for this Thanksgiving season. I am grateful to each and everyone of you. Your support, kind words and teamwork has helped me lead this club thus far. I couldn't do any of it without you!

Warm regards, Babette Maiss
Soroptimist Sierra Nevada Region News

Regional Governor: Lane Parks
Message from Governor Elect Sarah Carrasco
I have been attending District Meetings with my message for the next Biennium. This article is a reminder of my presentation as well as a message for those of you who were not able to attend your District Meeting.
The Region is looking to fill the positions of Governor Elect, Secretary, Treasurer, and District Directors for the 2020 – 2022 Biennium. Can you believe it, we are preparing for the next biennium?  The deadline to submit nominations is November 15, 2019. The nomination form is on the SNR Website. The completed form goes to Nomination Coordinator Sharon Warner and her email address is on the form. Here is an FYI, the Region will no longer read the vote count, the Region’s Bylaws do not require this step, only the name of the successful candidate will be announced at conference.
We want qualified members to step up and help the Region continue its good works. To be nominated as Governor Elect you must have previously served on the Region Board. To serve as Secretary, Treasurer or District Director you must have previously served as a club president. We welcome you to contact any current or past Region Board Member to get information of their experience. 
We also need to fill the position of Parliamentarian and Committee Chair/ Coordinators. The positions are appointed and if you have an interest in serving, please send an email expressing your interest to Governor Elect Sarah Carrasco at
There are a lot of reasons to serve at the Region level. It furthers leadership training. You will be part of a Region, which has been recognized as a “Healthy Region” by Soroptimist International of the Americas, for several biennium, in a row now. This Region has been fortunate; we have had, and currently have great women serving in leadership positions. We want that greatness to continue. Region successes do not happen at the hand of one person, it is the team efforts of the Region Board, Committee Chair/Coordinators and Committee Members who have made success possible.
If you are not familiar with the various positions feel free to reach out to any Board Member or Committee Chair/Coordinator. We all want to share our experiences. Personally, my experience has been nothing but positive. Interacting at this level of Soroptimist is a growth experience
I truly hope that all members give some thought on serving at the Region level. I am asking members to take the leap, join me in growing the membership, moving the dream programs forward, and continue to reach more women and girls and help them reach their dreams. My personal goal is to have the next Biennium be as great as this one or better.
Governor-Elect Sarah

Soroptimist International of the Americas News

President: Elizabeth Di Geronimo 

Cynthia is a survivor with an uplifting message: hope and healing. Read more about one of our Live Your Dream Awards recipient who overcame enormous odds and fights for other survivors as well.

Soroptimist International News
President: Mariet Verhoef-Cohen

Day of the Girl – Unscripted and Unstoppable

October 11th, 2019 the #DayofTheGirl. Read a wonderful blog by Sarah Cowley - her thoughts on today and her experience being part of Soroptimist International *Originally written for SI Moreton North Inc. Special thanks to Sarah and Chris Knight of Soroptimist International South West Pacific for sharing this blog with us.
Read more here!

Welcome to Soroptimist International of Bidwell Rancho
On our last meeting were were happy to install 2 more out of 6 new Members. We look forward to helping them explore their membership with SIBR as they participate in club projects and activities that advance our mission, to provide women and girls with access to the education and training they need to achieve economic empowerment.

( from left to right: Tricia Homesley, Babette Maiss, President, Daran Goodsell)

Live your Dream

The Live Your Dream Awards application period has opened! The apply page is full of great information including ways applicants can prepare their applications, award levels and eligibility requirements. Applicants can also watch short videos on how to apply, how to strengthen their application and what to expect after they apply. Check out all the great info and resources and share with anyone you know and might qualify.
Click here for Application
Deadline is November 15th,2019.
Please contact our Live your Dream Chair, Marie Hartman at, with questions.

District 1 Fall Meeting Summary
October 5th, 2019

Hosted by Soroptimist International of Bidwell Rancho
After the meeting was called to order by District 1 Director Lisa Fitzgerald, guests were welcomed and new attendees were recognized. SNR Governor Lane Parks, SI Citrus Heights, welcomed everyone and updates us on focus points at the 21st SI Convention in Kuala Lampur, Malaysia and what lays ahead for Soroptimist International and Soroptimist International of the Americas.
Governor Elect Sarah Carrasco, SI Truckee Meadows, talked about Leadership roles in the 2020-2022 Biennium.
SNR Committee reports were presented. After lunch Governor Elect Sarah spoke to us about Future events, followed by more SNR Committee reports. During lunch attendees were able to watch a presentation about SI Bidwell Rancho's S-Club and their past and current projects.
All 10 club presidents gave updates on special fundraisers and news about their clubs. The "Happy Dollars" went to SI Bidwell Rancho's S-Club at Inspire High School for their "Period Project". Thank You!!
The meeting was adjourned with the Soroptimist Pledge.

Upcoming Events

Board Meeting
November 5th, 2019

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

Business meeting
November 12th, 2019
5:30pm - 7pm

Garden Villa Cafe
196 Cohasset Rd, Chico, CA 95926

Speaker Meeting
November 26th, 2019
5:30pm - 7pm
We will meet for a social Gathering!

Location to be announced soon!

SUDS with SI Chico
November 7th, 2019
5:30pm - 7pm

The Commons Social Emporium
2412 Park Ave, Chico, CA 95928
Evite link Here

Charter Dinner Party
SI South Yuba

November 15th, 2019
Wheatland Community Center
101 C Street
Wheatland , CA 95693
6pm - 9pm

Soroptimist International of Bidwell Rancho's Calendar
Every month we will introduce a Member!
Meet Sherry Holbrook, Holbrooks Clearance, Orphan Care International

I’m happy for the opportunity to share a little bit about myself with my fellow Soroptimists.  It’s always good to get to know each other better.  Originally from Ohio, I lived in Utah (and worked for the Osmonds!) for about 10 years, then moved on to Chico in 1989.  I’ve been a member of Soroptimist for over 10 years and have served on many committees; however my favorite has always been the Focus Committee.  I love giving money to people and organizations in need.  In fact, giving is one of my favorite things to do.  I served on the Board of Directors for North Valley Community Foundation for six years, took a mandatory one-year break, and now have served another five years, including two as President.  I also formed my own non-profit organization, Orphan Care International, to help AIDS/HIV affected orphans in Zambia, Africa.  I’d love to have you join me on my next trip in May of 2020.


I met my husband Gary in December of 1973 and married him in January of 1974 … yes, 3 weeks after I met him.  We have been married for over 45 years!   We have 4 children and 6 grandchildren … all who are wonderful human beings.


Besides volunteering, I love traveling. I have visited 6 continents, but have no plans to visit Antarctica, so 6 will have to be my limit.  I also love boating, gardening, reading, crafting and laughing.


I love being a part of Soroptimists and working with women who love to give back.  Thank you for the experience.

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

There are four, soon to be five, Soroptimist Federations under the umbrella of Soroptimist International; Soroptimist International of the Americas, Soroptimist International of Europe, Soroptimist International of Great Britain & Ireland and Soroptimist International of the South West Pacific. Find out more about the work of the Federations, the clubs and their members as they work to transform the lives of women and girls.

Soroptimist International of Europe (SIE)

With some 34,000 members located in 62 countries across Europe, Africa, the Middle East and the Caribbean, Soroptimist International of Europe (SIE) works actively to improve the lives of women and girls. Holding special consultative status at the United Nations’ ECOSOC, SIE has participatory status at the Council of Europe
Read more here

Soroptimist International of the Americas (SIA)

Soroptimist International of the Americas (SIA) was formed in 1921 by a group of 80 women in Oakland, California. Currently with about 30,000 members in 20 countries and territories, SIA's mission is to improve the lives of women and girls through programs that lead to social and economic empowerment. SIA's
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Soroptimist International of Great Britain and Ireland (SIGBI)

With 8,000 Members in 352 Clubs in 29 countries including Great Britain, Ireland and countries in Africa, Asia, the Caribbean and Malta, Soroptimist International of Great Britain and Ireland (SIGBI), works at a local, national and international level to educate, empower and enable opportunities for women and girls. The Programme
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Soroptimist International South West Pacific (SISWP)

Soroptimist International of the South West Pacific (SISWP) currently includes thirteen countries in the Asia Pacific Region. These countries are: Australia, Cambodia, Fiji, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Malaysia, Mongolia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Singapore, Solomon Islands and Thailand. VISIT SISWP SITESouth West Pacific Best Practice Awards The following clubs
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And soon:
Soroptimist International Future African Federation.

Notes from the Editor

Committee Reports and other information have to be mailed to the editor no later than the 25th of the month. Thank you all so much!
Happy Thanksgiving!
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Babette (
Happy Birthday!

11/01 Gayle Luna
       11/08 Sherry Holbrook
  11/25 Betsy Spears
        11/30 Yvette Sanfilippo



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