December 2016
Issue: 39
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SIV to Participate in Project Understandings
Adopt a Family 

We have agreed to participate in Project Understandings Adopt a Family program for this holiday season. You will find details on the family we have been assigned below. Please bring all donations to the December 14th meeting. They should be unwrapped but labeled for the intended recipient. Let's transform this families holiday!

Single Mom - size XL - Books (mystery or poetry), word searches and brain teaser puzzles.  

8 yr old boy -  size 10-12 - Minecraft, hand held games and small Lego building kits. 

7 year old girl - size 12-14, shoe 4.5 - Hello Kitty, Shopkins, coloring & drawing, puzzles and arts & crafts

6 year old girl -
size 10-12, shoe 3.5
- Hello Kitty, Shopkins, coloring & drawing, puzzles and arts & crafts 
3 year old girl - size 6, shoe 9 - Hello Kitty, dinosaurs, Tonka trucks and dress up. 

Contact Trevor Summerlin for more information at 805-625-2402. 
SI Ventura Provides Much Needed Gift cards to House of Hope

Thanks to your generous donations, our Club was able to provide House of Hope with 13 $20 Target gift cards! Most young women arrive at the Home with only the clothes on their backs. These much needed gift cards will help provide them with everyday items such as toiletries and clothing.
Cyndi and Trevor personally delivered the cards to Kris Hart, Director of the House and were provided with a tour of the Equine facility which is now in use. The facility provides much needed emotional therapy to the young women who reside there by assigning them a horse to care for and learn to ride.
Kris also brought us up-to-date on the current status of the House which is full to capacity. The young women are continuing their studies at the home, attending therapy sessions and learning how to nurture their bodies by eating healthy and practicing yoga.
It is our hope that in 2017 our Club will become more involved by mentoring these young women and providing Life Skills training!
Denise Wise of the Housing Authority of the Ci ty of San Buenaventura to Speak at January 26 Progra m
Ms. Wise joined the Housing Authority of the City of San Buenaventura as Chief Executive Officer in October of 201 1 following a 25-year career in both the public a nd private sectors as a banker and developer. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from California State Universit y, Fresno, and is a graduate of the Denali Initiative, a fellowship program that teaches nonprofit executiv es to transform their social missions into profit-making enterprises. 

Early on in her career, Ms. Wise worked for Bank of America and the Federal Reserve Bank in San Francisco, and then she moved on to serve as executive director at Walker's Point Development Corporation in Milwaukee before forming her own consulting firm specializing in distressed organizations with a concentration in nonprofits, including housing agencies, homeless services agencies and nonprofit developers. Previous housing authority leadership roles included executive director posts at the Hawaii Public Housing Authority and the Gunnison County Housing Authority. During her tenure as the executive director of the Hawaii Public Housing Authority, she closed the first and largest mixed use development project for the agency.  It was a $35,000,000 project that included the redevelopment of the HPHA's largest public housing development. 

If you are interested in attending this meeting please call Sandy Masiel at 805-278-3607 to RSVP by Monday, Oct. 24. The cost is $15.      
Application Deadline for the  
Live Your Dream Scholarship
Extended to Jan. 15

The applications deadline for the Live Your Dream Scholarship Award (formerly called the Women's Opportunity Award) has been extended to January 15, 2017. Information and the application is available on our website at   

Live Your Dream is a scholarship awarded to a local woman who is the primary wage earner in her family to assist with meeting career/educational goals.   Click here to download the application.   
Live Your Dream also requires two reference forms.   Click here to download the reference form.


Deadline for Violet Richardson Scholarship Applications Extended
to February 15

Soroptimist International of Ventura (SI Ventura) has extended the deadline for applications for the Violet Richardson Scholarship to February 15, 2017. This award is given to girls ages 14-17, who are active in volunteer community service and who reside in the city of Ventura. The minimum award from SI Ventura is $1,500. This award is shared between the recipient and her service activity.

Applications may be obtained at Buena High School, Foothill Technological High School, St. Bonaventure High School, El Camino High School, Ventura High School and at the SI Ventura website Click here for the application. You may also call Sherri Tarpchinoff Bennett at 805-910-9620.

Completed applications can be emailed to or mailed to Sherri Tarpchinoff Bennett at P.O. Box 6133, Ventura, CA 93006.
Why Not Use Amazon Smile for your Holiday Shopping Needs?
What is AmazonSmile?
AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support your favorite charitable organization every time you shop, at no cost to you. When you shop at, you'll find the exact same low prices, vast selection and convenient shopping experience as, with the added bonus that Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price to our Soroptimist International of Ventura.

How do I select a charitable organization to support when shopping on AmazonSmile?
On your first visit to AmazonSmile ( ), 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 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 We will contact you to finalize the ad copy.
2016 Pledge & Inspiration Schedule 

December 14 Meeting: 
Pledge - Kellye Patterson        
Inspiration - Peggy Ruesink 
January 11 Mee ting :
Pledge - Pam Pecarich    
Inspiration - Trevor Summerlin
Please email Cyndi Damron at  if you would like to lead the pledge or inspire us at a meeting. 

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December 14 - Holiday Celebration & Gift Exchange - Noon

January 11 - Business Meeting - Noon

January 15 - Live Your Dream Appplications

January 26 - Program Meeting - Noon

February 15 - Violet Richardson Applications due

March 8, 2017 - 
Stop Human
Trafficking Event

April 21-23, 2017 - 
Spring Conference

SIV's Holiday Celebration is on December 14
We will be celebrating the holiday season and having a gift exchange at our December  14 meeting. Anyone interested in participating in the gift exchange should bring a wrapped gift worth $20.    
Reminder - We will not be holding Program Meetings for the months of November and December.  

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  
Book Sale and Auction Will be Held Quarterly

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

Don't miss out!!!

Keep the old.... But in with the new!
2016 has been a year of big changes for our club and our SIV members. It brought joys and sorrows too many to count. As we look forward to 2017, I wish us all a year rich with the blessings of love, joy, warmth and laughter. My wish is that we see more strong, empowered women and girls in Ventura and in the world as a result of our efforts.
The early months of 2017 will be busy ones for our Club. Our Committees will continue planning our fundraising events, membership mixers, scholarships and awards, assistance to nursing students and other projects in the community. We will welcome new members to our Club and encourage other strong, committed women to join us in our mission.
Happy holidays and New Year to everyone, and thank you so much for supporting Soroptimist International Ventura.

Ann Hewitt 
SI Ventura 2016-2017   

Sherry Cash  12/6
Dorothy Prairie  12/9
Shirley Lorraine  12/14
Gina Jaeger  12/25
Peggy Ruesink  12/26
Kay Armstrong  12/29

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  • Luncheon Meeting at 12 noon
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