June 2020, SIBR Eblast #20

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June!! Where has time gone! Looks like the summer is here. Temperatures are heating up here in Chico.
Last Tuesday we held our last Business meeting via Zoom, before going into the summer break!
I am so proud of all Members of SI Bidwell Rancho. These have been trying times with so many un-chartered territories! I am incredible grateful for everyone to embrace these times, helping me along, trusting me to lead the way and just being there whenever I needed them.

Next weekend would have been our 25th annual Microbrew Fest. We have designed a Tshirt, so our loyal followers won't have to miss out on their yearly Brewfest Shirt!! They are available in our Tshirt store.

SIBR has "adopted" 3 High School Senior that are graduating from Fairvirew High School. All three girls have been part of our Dream it, Be it program. I had so much fun delivering Gift Baskets to them!

Our end of the year party, June 26th, will be an outdoor Potluck in my backyard. There is certainly lots to celebrate!!
In August we will meet again for our Membership Retreat to plan what's ahead for SIBR and we will just wait and see what September will bring!

 Appreciating you all!
Have a great summer, Babette
Soroptimist Sierra Nevada Region News

Regional Governor: Lane Parks

Through March, I am happy to report that our SNR is continuing to gain members! Yes, we increased by 16 members in March. As for status regarding Diamond Campaign Goals: SI SUTTER YUBA went from even to exceeding and SI DAVIS and SI TRUCKEE DONNER went from below to exceeding their goals as set by SIA for our 2nd year of the Diamond Campaign.
I am so happy to see clubs out there continuing all Soroptimist efforts. We are a mighty force. I totally enjoy seeing all the creativity coming forth and the successes we are experiencing!
As memberships are coming up for renewal, I know that COVID-19 is presenting us with another challenge. SIA has set up Disaster Funds to help defray member’s Federation dues….go to the SIA website under SIA Relief Package funding for more information. This information has also been sent out to Club Presidents and Treasurers. And, SIA has also created a Club Dues Invoicing Toolkit for Treasurers …helpful when you are not seeing one another face to face.
I have loving lifted this from Angela Bunting who has been a friend since she was our SNR Conference Federation visitor in 2012 and would like to share it with you:
Avoid touching M.E.N.
Follow W.O.M.E.N.         
Wash your hands with soap
Obey directives
 Move away from crowded places
 Exercise regularly
 Never ignore warning signs
Trudy Mills
SNR Membership Coordinator

Soroptimist International of the Americas News

President: Tina Wei-Kang Pan

2020 Proposed Amendments to SIA’s Bylaws

With the termination for cause of our 46th biennial convention, the business session of our convention, when proposals to amend the SIA Bylaws are usually discussed, will not take place. Our Professional Registered Parliamentarian Connie Deford, has advised that our Bylaws do not require this convention-based discussion before placing the proposals before the clubs for their vote.

However, the SIA Board of Directors, which is proposing all the amendments, wants to be sure clubs have the opportunity to ask questions on the proposals and have them answered before the ballot opens. The ballot on the proposals will take place from mid-October through mid-December 2020.

Proposed Bylaws Amendments Q&A 

Clubs that have questions on any of the proposals are asked to submit their questions to siahq@soroptimist.org no later than June 22, 2020. Questions will be collated, and the answers translated in all our languages and posted on the SIA website no later than September 1, 2020.

Proposed Amendments to SIA Bylaws


The SIA Board of Directors looks forward to responding to your questions.

President: Sharon Fisher

Soroptimist International News

Presidents Message


“As we all continue to adjust to a new way of being, the true scale and far-reaching consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic continue to take shape. With a third of the world population currently on some form of a lockdown, a recent statement by Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Executive Director of UN Women, noted that the sheer number of people now staying at home, meant increasing risks of what she named a ‘shadow pandemic’, namely violence against women; violence within the home.

Although very real concerns are ongoing for older women, frontline health care workers and the millions of refugees and migrants in camps and detention centres, our position as Soroptimists places us in a position of strength – not just because of the friendship and solidarity we are lucky to enjoy, being part of our global organisation, but also because of our ability and experience in supporting and empowering women, girls, and communities most in need. Please take care of one another, reach out and be kind during these difficult times. If we do this, we will be stronger going forward, when our presence, commitment and dedication will be so greatly needed. I  am pleased to share this joint message with our Federation Presidents, as we often say – we are stronger together.”

Sharon Fisher, President, Soroptimist International.

A photo of SI President Sharon FisherPhoto: Sharon Fisher


Upcoming Events

Board Meeting
June 2nd, 2020
via ZOOM




End of the Year Party
June 26th, 2020
5:30pm - ?
Babette's House
4280 Green Meadow Lane, Chico, CA 95973

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Member Retreat
Date to be determined
in August
Soroptimist International of Bidwell Rancho's Calendar

To my dear SI Bidwell Rancho-Chico sisters, thank you all for your support throughout my 2018-2020 Biennium. Beginning with the CARR fire, through the CAMP fire, and wrapping it all up with the Covid-19 global pandemic, I must say I’ve seen us rise to every occasion these past two years, which often have been very far from “normal”.  I’ve been so very proud (albeit sometimes a little embarrassed) that we have won SO MANY awards; SIBR is an exemplary club and has deserved every one!  Thank you for the strength and encouragement you have given me, and know that it’s with these gifts I feel confident in the exciting years to come. I look forward to making more fun filled Soroptimist history with each of you whom I count among my friends.  You personify
Women At Their Best Helping Women Be Their Best!  


- Lisa Fitzgerld, District 1 Director

Someone in Chico had started a Facebook "Adopt a Butte County High School Senior" page and so SIBR joined in and  "adopted" 3 High School Senior that are graduating from Fairvirew High School. All three girls have been part of our Dream it, Be it program. I had so much fun delivering Gift Baskets, filled with Gift Cards, a Klean Kanteen and some snacks, to them!


SIBR and SI Chico celebrating our next Governor-elect Lisa Fitzgerald with a car parade! I think we surprised her

Soroptimist of Bidwell Rancho has launched its first online Tshirt fundraising campaign.
Check out these ultra soft tees with empowering women and girl graphics! Get yours today!

There are new additions to our store!!
Check out the special Microbrew Fest shirt!


Purchasing an Inspirational Tshirt will help SI Bidwell Rancho's mission! Our Mission: To provide women and girls with access to the education and training they need to achieve economic empowerment.

Meet Babette Maiss, Certified Massage and Lymphedema Therapist
I was born in Muenster, Germany and moved to the USA 30 years ago. After spending 4 years in Santa Cruz I moved to Chico. and started working as a Preschool teacher for 6 years in Paradise, but decided to change path and peruse a career as a Massage Therapist. I have been a Massage and Lymphedema Therapist now for the past 20+ years and have build up a great practice. I am very grateful for my wonderful clientele.
I share my home with my very supportive husband Ben and our 3 dogs, Deuce, a 11 year old Great Dane, Fritz, a 7 year old Wire Haired Dachshund and Mia a 1 year old Porgi, our newest addition.

I joined Soroptimist of Bidwell Rancho - Chico in 2013, because I felt it was time to give back to the community that has been so good to me. I jumped in right away, trying to take part in as many projects and activities as I could! Specially some of the youth programs are dear to my heart.
 Currently I am president. I also have been the Dream in Be it chair several times and loved to chair our S-club. I am involved with our Eblast, website and social media sites.
I am also the current social media coordinator for the Sierra Nevada region.

The friendships I have gained within the whole organization has been priceless and I enjoy every minute of it!
Soroptimist Orientation and Leadership Training
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SIA has published this blog on their website, inspiring our club's future leaders.

8 Ways Women Leaders Inspire The Next Generation
Click to read

Notes from the Editor

This will be the last publication for SIBR before the Summer Break. We will continue in September!

Thank you all
Babette (eblast@sibidwellrancho.org)
Happy Birthday!
              06/12 Karen Marlatt         
             06/13 Linda Lucena         
06/16 Sheron Box
06/19 Della Miller


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Helpful Links
Soroptimist Sierra Nevada Region: https://www.soroptimistsnr.org/
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Live Your Dream Award: Club Resources
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