August 2017
Issue: 47
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Bonnie Atmore of Rancho Ventura Conservation Trust to Speak at August 23 Program Meeting

Bonnie Atmore and her husband Richard  founded Rancho Ventura Conservation Trust and provide stewardship to over 7000 acres in the Ventura foothills. RVCT is an agricultural and open space land trust.  
RCVT acquired 860 acres in Ventura, California in September 2016.  In May 2017 the Rancho Ventura Conservation Trust entered into a purchase agreement to acquire an additional 752 acres adjacent to the land held by the trust.

The mission of Rancho Ventura Conservation Trust (RVCT) is to protect the natural diversity, scenic open space and agricultural vitality of our Ventura County ranch and coastal areas. 
The goal of the RVCT is to keep the land in agriculture while conserving the land, preserving the wildlife, and providing a cherished community asset for generations to come.
It is the vision of RVCT to share the historic Lloyd Ranch legacy - home of native plants and abundant wildlife, as well as the iconic Two Trees landmark - through a thoughtful approach including educational outreach programs and public access opportunities so it can be enjoyed forever by fostering an appreciation and understanding of the trust's land and its history.

Bonnie will speak on the goals of RVCT and plans for public access including: 
  • Docent led hikes through the Trust's land
  • School children coming for tours that provide educational  enrichment opportunities
  • Locally grown produce farm stand
  • Gatherings and talks about the Trust land to share about the history of the land, habitat, and the stewards that have cared for it for over 200 years
Atmore has over 17 years of experience in bringing corporate, not for profit sector, and public partners together to create and implement sustainable, strategic organizational projects.
Bonnie recently retired from FOOD Share, Ventura County's regional food bank. Under her leadership FOOD Share grew from a $9 million to $22 million 4-star charity rated hunger relief organization serving tens of thousands of families, seniors, and children. Atmore retired from her role as CEO in July 2017 to focus on her role as President and Trustee of the Rancho Ventura Conservation Trust.
If you are interested in attending this meeting please call Sandy Masiel at 805-278-3607 to RSVP by Monday, Aug. 21. The cost is $15.

Announcing the New Dream It * Be It Newsletter, August 2017

The Camino Real Region Co-Chairs, Amy and Debra, for Dream It * Be It have published their first Newsletter for all to enjoy!  

This newsletter will inform us of important content to manage Dream It Be It within our club as well as to share resources and review the DIBI curriculum. Amy and Debra are available to support us as our club dives into the Dream It Be It program. They can answer questions and/or train our members to get our program off the ground! Click here to view the 1st issue of the Dream It Be It newsletter.

Thanks to Amy & Debra for all of their hard work!

2017 - 2018 SIV Committees and Descriptions: 

Chair: Cyndi Damron
1.  Cindy Daly 
3.  Kellye Patterson 
2.  Ann Hewitt 
4.  Trevor Summerlin 
The Membership Committee's responsibilities are: 
Attendance, Laws & Procedures, Recruitment/Retention, Roster, Social & Hospitality, and SOLT  {Soroptimist Orientation Leadership Training).  

This committee is responsible for induction of new members at business meetings.

A member of the Membership Committee is appointed to arrange and to accept reservations for Club business and program meetings.

Co-Chair:  Sandy Masiel 
Co-Chair:  Ann Hewitt 
1.  Kay Armstrong 
4.  Kellye Patterson 
2.  Cyndi Damron 
5.  Peggy Ruesink 
3.  Shirley Lorraine
(Forever Found Projects)
Scholarship Chair: Vega Sankur

The Service Committee's responsibilities are:
Awards & Scholarships, Program Schedule, and Service Projects 

Chair: Trevor Summerlin 
1.  Cindy Daly 

The Public Awareness committee's responsibilities are:
Newsletter and Publicity 
Chair: Kay Armstrong 
2.  Karen Flock
1.  Sherri Bennett
3.  Peggy Ruesink
The Fundraising Planning Committee' s responsibilities are:
Fundraising Planning, Budgets, and Fines 
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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 We will contact you to finalize the ad copy.
2017 Pledge & Inspiration Schedule 
August 9 Meeting: 
Pledge - Kay Armstrong  
Inspiration - Peggy Ruesink   
August 23 Mee ting :
Pledge - Sherri Bennett   
Inspiration - Vega Sankur

Please email Ann Hewitt at if you would like to lead the pledge or inspire us at a meeting. 
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August 9 - Business 
Meeting  - Noon
August 23 - Program  
Meeting - Noon

September 6 - Board 
Meeting  - Noon 
September 13 - Business  Meeting
- Noon 

September 27 - Program Meeting  
- Noon

Membership Mixer


This fun event is held each year by the Ventura Chamber. You will have the opportunity to visit with fellow members while enjoying food and drink from various restaurants in Ventura.
Please save the date. More information to follow.
Thursday, Oct. 19, 2017
5:30 - 8:00 pm

of Ventura County
100 E. Main St., Ventura 

August is upon us and with it comes the dog days of summer, back to school preparations, and the Ventura County Fair. The Ventura County Fair is steeped with history, dating back to 1874, and originally took place in October at the end of San Miguel Festival to mark and to celebrate the harvest in this area rich with agriculture. The fair was initially held in Pier Pont Bluffs, then in Port Hueneme, before moving to Seaside Park. Once boasting activities such as cockfighting, bull riding and horse racing, as well as nightly balls, the fair now hosts a variety of activities that will appeal to everyone including fair rides, concerts, mutton riding, pig races and rodeo activities.

For Soroptimist International of Ventura, August has been a flurry of activity as we put into action our planning for the coming year. During July we assigned chairs and developed our com-mittees for the coming year. We took the time during our program meeting to discuss the endless opportunities for fellowship, fundraising and service and started to develop our game plan. This year, we can look forward to some fun fundraising events, marvelous membership mixers and our very first Dream It Be It event.

As this year's president, I am proud to lead, as well as to be a member of this group of extraordinary women - doing extra-ordinary good works to support of women and girls in our community.

Sherri Tarpchinoff
SI Ventura 2017-2018   

Cindy Daly 8/5

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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