June 2017
Issue: 45
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T he Annual SIV Focus Meeting will be held June 10, 9 am - 1 pm at Wicked's Brew in Ventura

This year the focus meeting will be held at Wicked's Brew, 4561 Market St., Suite C, Ventura on Saturday, June 10 from 9:00 am - 1:00 pm. This is one of our most important meetings where we establish our goals and objectives for the 2017 - 2018 Club year. We will also determine where and to whom we will disburse the funds raised for this purpose during the past year. Please bring all your ideas for areas to concentrate our efforts and fundraising activities, etc. that are centered on improving the lives of women and girls.

Later in the month, you will receive a copy of the Program Plan, which is the document that outlines all the various activities in which SI Ventura is engaged. From this document, we will determine which areas we want to focus on for this coming year and establish objectives for each of these areas. This is a very important meeting and all members are expected to attend.

We will also be voting for an outstanding group of candidates for our incoming 2017 - 2018 board. Please come to the June 10 focus meeting to vote for these candidates or any nominated from the floor.

The proposed slate:

Sherri Tarpchinoff Bennett
Vice President:
Kay Armstrong
Correspondence SEC:
Karen Flock
Recording SEC:
Peggy Ruesink 
One Year Director:
Cyndi Damron 
One Year Director:
Sandy Masiel 
Two Year Director:
Trevor Summerlin 
Two Year Director:
Ann Hewitt 
Vega Sankur

The installation of the new board will be at the June 28 program meeting.

SI Ventura's Annual Scholarship Awards Luncheon a Big Success  
The Soroptimist Club of Ventura held their annual Scholarship Awards Luncheon on May 10 at the Ventura Beach Marriott.  The attendance was great, the lunch was delicious and everyone was inspired by the amazing award winners. 
The Live Your Dream Award was given to Desiree Rios. This scholarship is given to a local woman who is the primary wage earner in her family. It is meant to assist with meeting career/educational goals.
Our 2017 Violet Richardson Award recipient was Savana Gonzales. This scholarship is awarded to a local young woman, age 14-17, for her commitment to the betterment of our  community through her volunteer efforts. The scholarship is shared with the organization she has volunteered for.
We also drew three lucky winners for our beautiful trademark Mother's Day baskets, worth hundreds of dollars in value, from the raffle tickets that members sold. 
Laura Welbourn (L), Marisol Homan & Kellye Patterson 
The May 24 Program Meeting Introduced SIV to Foster Youth Involvement Opportunities

On Wednesday May 24 SI Ventura welcomed Laura Welbourn and her foster daughter Marisol Homan to the program meeting to speak about opportunities for our clubs involvement with foster youth in our community.
Laura Welbourn, Coordinator, Special Populations Educational Support at Ventura County Office of Education, spoke first about a multitude of programs in our community we could become involved in to help transform the lives and futures of foster youths.

Marisol Homan, a mother, college student and foster daughter to Laura, spoke next about her life as a foster child and all the important people that had roles in nurturing her goals in higher education.

This was an inspiring program meeting and hopefully we will find a way to become involved that meshes with our mission to improve the lives of women and girls in our community.  
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How do I select a charitable organization to support when shopping on AmazonSmile?
On your first visit to AmazonSmile ( smile.amazon.com ), you need to select Soroptimist International of Ventura to receive donations from eligible purchases before you begin shopping. Amazon will remember your selection, and then every eligible purchase you make at   smile.amazon.com will result in a donation.

How much of my purchase does Amazon donate?
The AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price from your eligible AmazonSmile purchases. The purchase price is the amount paid for the item minus any rebates and excluding shipping & handling, gift-wrapping fees, taxes, or service charges. From time to time, there may be special, limited time promotions that increase the donation amount on one or more products or services or provide for additional donations to charitable organizations.

AmazonSmile Donations to Charitable Organizations
100% of the donation amount generated from your eligible purchase on AmazonSmile will be donated. The donation amounts generated by your purchases are combined with the donation amounts from all other customers that selected the same organization, and each quarter the AmazonSmile Foundation makes donations to registered charitable organizations by electronic funds transfer. Donations are generally transferred approximately 45 days after the end of each calendar quarter.

Please tell all your family and friends to choose Soroptimist International of Ventura to support in their Amazon online purchases through the AmazonSmile program.
Advertise in Our E-Newsletter and Help Support Our Community Service Fund
For a donation of $100 to our community service fund, we will advertise your business in our e-newsletter every month for a year. That is a $20 dollar  savings  over the  monthly  rate of of $10 per month. 
Or, donate $50 to our community service fund and we will advertise your business in our e-newsletter every month for six months. 
Mail your donation check to:  Soroptimist, P.O.Box 6133, Ventura, CA 93066 -- Include your ad information and email contact -- or contact us at  siventura@soroptimist.net We will contact you to finalize the ad copy.
2017 Pledge & Inspiration Schedule 
June 14 Meeting: 
No Meeting!
June 28 Mee ting :
Pledge - Sandy Masiel    
Inspiration - Kellye Patterson
Please email Cyndi Damron at damroncyndi@gmail.com  if you would like to lead the pledge or inspire us at a meeting. 
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June 7 -
Board Meeting

June 10 -
Focus Meeting
Wicked's Brew

June 28 - Program Meeting - Installation

July 5 -
Board Meeting

July 12 -
Business Meeting

July 26 -
Program Meeting 

The 2017 - 2018 SIV Board to be Installed at the June 28 Program 

Our new board members will be voted in at the June 10 Focus meeting. The installation of the 2017 - 2018 board will take place at the noon meeting on June 28 at the Ventura Beach Marriott Hotel, Ventura. District 1 Director Sharon Jones will conduct the installation. 

Don't miss out!!!


Hello SI Ventura members, supporters and friends. June is the month when SI Ventura elects our new slate of officers and new Board members are installed. Congratulations to our 2017/2018 leadership. (Keep an eye out for the July newsletter!)

And this is my last monthly message. I am so grateful to this year's Board who stepped in to help when I was under the weather. We worked through a year of transition. I have learned so much from all of you. 

A year of change...and success. We continued our activities supporting women and girls. And at the end of the day, that's what it's all about!

Now.... onward to the future.  
Ann Hewitt 
SI Ventura 2016-2017      
2017 Axxess Books Now Available   

The 2017 Axxess Books are now available for $30.

If you are interested in either selling the books or buying a book for yourself, please contact Kellye Patterson for details and more information at 805-477-4244 or email her at  kellye_patterson
Book Sale and Auction Will be Held Quarterly

Book sales and auctions will be held at the business meeting during the months of February, May, August and October.

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Club Meetings
  • 2nd & 4th Wednesday of each month
  • Luncheon Meeting at 12 noon
  • Ventura Beach Marriott Hotel, 2055 Harbor Blvd., Ventura