September 2020, SIBR Eblast #21

Soroptimist International of Bidwell Rancho-Chico is a group of professional women who strive to make our community and world a better place for women and girls.
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Welcome back Soroptimist!

I am very excited to get back to business. I am looking forward working with our great board and membership. Although we have to alter some projects, I believe we will be fine and successful working towards our mission. We have scheduled all meetings, at least until December, on Zoom.
For our first Speaker Meeting we will meet and celebrate this years Live your Dream Recipients.

"Thank you" to Linda Lucena for, once again, opening her home for our annual Membership Retreat and Planning Meeting on August 9th. Some of us came in person and some joined via Zoom! We came up with a great plan for the upcoming year!

On September 17th we will have another fun SUDS Meeting with SI Chico. This time we will meet on Zoom. Game Time!!!
Looking forward catching up with them.

SI Bidwell Rancho has expanded our Online store, offering now T shirts, Mugs and Masks. If you haven't yet, check them out when you get a chance.
We have also have signed up with "Shop Benefit" - Pay with a purpose". If you need to purchase any gift Cards, check out this link.

Finally our hearts go out to everyone effected by the many wildfires in northern California.
I know the past weeks events have triggered many memories of the Carr and Paradise fires!
Very grateful for all the brave men and Women on the front lines.

With gratitude , Babette Maiss

Soroptimist Sierra Nevada Region News

Regional Governor: Sarah Carrasco
Message from SDR Coordinator
Just a reminder that all workshop presentations are still online until the end of August. If you haven’t yet viewed them, don’t miss out. There is an abundance of great information to be shared. Once you view a session make sure to complete an evaluation form so we can gather your input. Your comments and suggestions are important to us and will assist in developing future retreats.
This is a unique opportunity for every member in the region to participate in SDR and we encourage you all to go to the region website at, click on the 2020 SDR tab, then the workshop tabs. Get comfortable, get curious and see how dreaming, learning, and doing can lead to the best Soroptimist experience yet!
Maureen Mason
SDR Coordinator 2020-2022
(Update: The virtual Retreat Presentations will be accessible until the end of the year)

Soroptimist International of the Americas News

President: Tina Wei-Kang Pan


Stronger Together

Did you hear the exciting news announced during Executive Director and CEO Liz’s convention video? Your SIA board decided to count other club projects that increase access to education leading to economic empowerment for women and girls toward our 2021-2031 Big Goal! Clubs have been sharing that they want their community projects that serve our mission to count, and the board listened! More information about how SIA will gather data about these projects will be shared throughout the year.

President: Sharon Fisher

Soroptimist International News
Introducing the Soroptimist Lab
The Soroptimist International LAB was officially launched during SI’s first ever digital Annual General Meeting, held on Wednesday 29 July. The SI LAB is an inspired new online platform established for Soroptimists, where you can learn about SI’s global advocacy work at the United Nations,  the SI President Appeal, Road to Equality and much much more. Become a member of the SI LAB and you can discuss, contribute, collaborate, and connect with Soroptimists from all around the world.
We invite all Soroptimists to join our global online communication platform.
To join the Soroptimist Lab please visit
Choose: Sign in (Right upper corner)
Our network is: SoroptimistLAB
See you soon, in THE SOROPTIMIST LAB!
Click the video below!

Upcoming Events

Board Meeting
September 1st, 2020
via ZOOM

Business Meeting
September 8th, 2020
via Zoom
Speaker Meeting
September 22nd, 2020
5:30pm via Zoom

We will welcome and celebrate our Live your Dream Recipients

  SUDS with SI Chico
September 17th, 2020
via Zoom

We will be meeting with SI Chico on Zoom to visit and play some games.

Soroptimist International of Bidwell Rancho's Calendar

Soroptimist of Bidwell Rancho has launched its first online fundraising campaign.
Check out these ultra soft tees with empowering women and girl graphics! We just added a couple different masks to the collections.
Get yours today!

There are new additions to our store!!
We have added some masks!


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.
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Soroptimist International of Bidwell Rancho helped these two young ladies, with $500 each, to purchase a laptop to be able to start Butte College! Both girls attended our Dream it, Be it program at Fairview High School Chico, CA.
We wish them both the best of luck for their future!

Club Activities

Club Planning Retreat
Members of SI Bidwell Rancho met to plan our upcoming season. We met in person and via Zoom! We are all excited to move forward.
A few Members of Soroptimist of Bidwell Rancho met last Sunday morning in beautiful Bidwell Park for the team walk, benefiting the Soroptimist - Sierra Nevada Region's Endowment Fund!

Members of Soroptimist International of Bidwell Rancho are sharing their favorite recipes!
Shared by Della Miller





2 16 ounce cans apricot halves

2 3 ounce packages of orange flavored Jello (sugar-free OK)

1 6 ounce can frozen orange juice concentrate

2 tablespoons lemon juice

1 7 ounce can of chilled lemon-lime soda (about 1 cup)

1 dash salt



-Drain apricots, reserving 1 1/2 cups syrup

-Puree apricots in blender

-Heat reserved syrup to boiling; dissolve Jello and add 1 dash salt to syrup

-Add puree, juice concentrate, and lemon juice; stir until concentrate is melted

-Slowly pour lemon-lime soda down the sides of the pan; mix gently

-Pour Jello mixture into 6 1/2 cup  ring or other mold of your choice

-Chill until firm and serve (perfect side dish for any holiday or potluck)



                 Shared by Babette Maiss
               (My favorite German Fall dish)

Grünkohl (Green Kale & Sausage Stew)

4 bunches of kale
1 lb. bacon, chopped
1 large or 2 medium onions, chopped

6-8 cups chicken, beef, or vegetable stock
2 packages beef or pork kielbasa (14 oz.)
1/2 cup spiced or Dijon mustard
1 cup rolled oats
Baked potatoes for serving


  • Add bacon to a large pot on the stove on medium heat and render until soft but not browned.
  • Add the onion and cook until translucent.
  • Add the chopped kale and chicken stock slowly, alternating with a handful of kale and a slow pour of liquid until all of the kale has cooked down and is in the pot.
  • Add mustard and continue to cook down on low heat, adding more liquid as needed to achieve desired consistency.
  • Check every 10-15 minutes to stir and add more stock.
  • After about an hour on the stove, add the sausage and stir.
  • Continue cooking for another hour, then add oatmeal, stir and cook for an additional ten minutes.
  • Remove from heat.
  • Serve over hot baked potatoes sliced. Add salt and pepper to taste.
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Notes from the Editor

Welcome back to another great season!
Looking forward keeping you up to date and informed.

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

Thank you all
Babette (
Happy Birthday,

09/15  Angie Little
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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
Eblast Archive
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