September 2018, SIBR Eblast #1
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In This Issue:
Message from the President Angie
SDR Retreat
Sherry Holbrook's Report from Africa
Upcoming Events
Join a Committee
School Supply Drive
Member Spotlight
Dash of SOLT
Note from Editor
Helpful Links
A Message From the President:

Welcome back SIBR club members! What a great club retreat we had. We had fun with food, drink and swim. I got to share what I learned and experienced in Japan for the SIA convention. We had lively discussion while we drafted our Strategic Plan for the 2018/2019 club year. Thanks so much to Linda Lucena for opening her home to us, and to everyone who brought food to share – you are all such amazing cooks!

The call has gone out for the District 1 Fall Meeting to be held in Redding on September 15th. There’s still plenty of time to sign up if you haven’t already done so. This is a really important meeting. It’s just a short drive to Redding and this is such a great opportunity to take part in Soroptimist business beyond the club level. It’s inspiring and motivating.

I feel recharged and ready to hit the ground running! I’m so looking forward to seeing all of you at our 1st meeting on September 11th for some catching up with friends and getting some exciting business taken care of.  

Angie Little


Soroptimist Development Retreat 2018
July 7th and 8th in Reno,NV
A great weekend filled with 13 workshops, Guest Speaker Carolyn Carver, SIA President Dawn Marie Lemonds and a lot of fun!
Watch the video from SDR2018!

Zambia 2018
By Sherry Holbrook
I recently returned from an absolutely wonderful trip to Zambia!  Of course, all of my trips there are absolutely wonderful!  I'm always excited to see Loti and the children in the home in Zambia!  I've known some of the kids since they were just young children and it has meant so much to be able to watch them grow in to young adults.    On this visit, I focused on becoming familiar with more children's homes, and on distributing blankets and school supplies to the community.  I consider that part of my visit a great success!  One of the most fun parts of being in Zambia was distributing the 50 dresses that were made by SIBR members.  I think the pictures show just how much they were appreciated!

We took some dresses to the Hetty Denen private school in Shimabala, Zambia.  We also donated girls panties and reusable hygiene pads for the girls. The Health Nurse in the white jacket was on hand to make sure they went to the most vulnerable girls.  They were so grateful and appreciative.

These girls live in a home run by the Catholic Church.  Their smiles tell you how they felt about receiving their dresses.

Do you think she was excited??  I actually got teary-eyed several times to see the reaction from some of the girls
 when their received their dresses.

These girls attend Blessings Learning Academy in Lusaka, Zambia.  They were very shy, but very happy with their new dresses.  We gave about 20 dresses away in this school.

 Don't let their stoic faces fool you, the children in Loti's home are thrilled to be learning how to sew.  Two teachers come in every Sunday afternoon to give instruction.

I brought some sample bags for the sewing teachers, to give them an idea of something the children could make and sell to the tourists at the local open market, using African fabrics.  I took some Chico Bags as well.

My heartfelt thanks go out to each and every member of SIBR for making the dress giveaway and the sewing machine project possible!  You have truly touched lives and made a future possible for some with no hope.  I am so grateful.
My next trip is May of 2019.  Who's going with me?????

Upcoming Events!

District 1 Meeting!
Saturday, September 15th, 2018 9am- 2pm
Hilton Garden Inn, 5050 Bechelli Ln, Redding, CA  96002, United States
If you haven't signed up yet, please let Angie Little,, know by September 5th, if you want to join!
It's a lot of fun!
Call for the District 1 Meeting
Agenda for the District 1 Meeting      
District 1 Sales Table Registration


New Member Mixer!
Our Speaker Meeting 09/25 will be our New Member Mixer!
If you know someone that would like to know more about our club, invite them for the Mixer at Panighetti's, from 5:30pm - 7pm!

Fairview High School Success Center!
Earlier this year, as most of you know,  we have helped Fairview High School to create a room, the “Success Center” , that will give students a place to come and feel safe, get counseling, study and get some necessity items, such as clothes, toiletries, some food and baby items, etc. This Center is an ongoing project and below you find the updated list for Donations. Donations can be dropped off directly at the school office or by making arrangements with Quinn Mendez - 
Donation list 

Walk for Freedom
To Abolish Modern Day Slavery
One Step At a Time
Join us as we walk for the 27 Million enslaved across the Globe 
When: October 20th, 2018
Where: Downtown City Plaza
Time: 10am - 2pm
Check out the Flyer!
Soroptimist International of Bidwell Rancho's Calendar
2018/2019 Committee Sign- up!

This year we created an online sign- up option for committees! Have you signed up yet?
Take a look at the different committees!
Please Sign up!
Inspire S- Club is starting a school supply drive for the Redding Students, impacted by the Carr Fire!
If you want to help donate, please bring the items to our first business meeting on September 11th.
Every month we will introduce one of our Members!
Starting off our Spotlight will be Sally Mendez, past president and Membership Chair
  What I want people to know about
I have been a member of SIBR since November of 2008.  These ten years have flown but so much has happened!  I have served as President.  That commitment is a 6 year commitment to serve on the Board as President Elect, President, and Past President.  As Past President, serve on the Anti-Trafficking Committee and I am also in charge of new membership.  This year we have decided to have an actual committee for Membership and hope this helps to gain and retain new members.  One event I created as president was our new member mixer.  This year it is on September 25th during our “speaker” meeting.  My best advice for any member would be to watch, learn, ask questions and get involved!  I am a bank manager and am very proud that US Bank sponsors our Brewfest.  I also serve on two other boards, Valley Oak Children’s Services, I am currently president, and ChicoStart, I am a member at large.  I am married 39 years in October, my husband Tony and I play music together and have dabbled in theater.  We have 3 pugs, it’s a long story about the rescue, and we are now involuntarily crazy pug owners!  We have three adult children and two beautiful granddaughters.  We moved to Chico from Southern California to raise our kids, and two of them live in SoCal!  Go figure!
End of the year Party!
Thank you all for coming and celebrating SIBR's successful year!

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

Founder Region is a unit of Soroptimist International of the Americas (SIA), with territory which encompasses ten north coast counties in California, the State of Hawai'i, and the U.S. territories of Guam & the Marianas.

The clubs of Soroptimist International strive for human rights for all, equality, development and peace through international understanding and friendship. Because of their work, SI holds category 1 consultative status with the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) of the United Nations International Non-Governmental Organization.

"It is the policy of Soroptimist International to be concerned with international and national issues that relate to its objects and programmes. On matters of political controversy between nations, or party politics and of sectarian religion, Soroptimist International maintains a position of strict neutrality."(From SI Constitution)

Soroptimists play a daily part in their community - thousands, if not millions of volunteer hours per year are devoted to programs ranging from local programs devoted to local needs, such as shelters and scholarships, to world-wide efforts to improve conditions for women and children. You may learn about the international and federation level programs on the Soroptimist International and Soroptimist International of the Americas web sites.  Club directory site offer information on local programs. This web site gives an overview of the programs conducted on the Regional Level.

Welcome back to another great Year SIBR Members!!
This is another great way for us to communicate and get information out to fellow club members and to share with our Region.
Please send your news and events to the editor by the end of the month to make it into the next issue!
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Wishing you a happy Birthday....
Angie Little (09/15)
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Live Your Dream Award: Club Resources
Dream it, Be it: Club Resources
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