January 2017
Issue: 40
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Welcome 2017!  Nice to see you arrive!
As we begin this year, I am encouraging all Committee chairs to set committee meetings for the remainder of our fiscal year.  Please have these dates available at our Business Meeting Wednesday January 11, 2017.  And for members who aren't chairs, please take the time to participate in Committee work.  Peggy Ruesink had a great explanation for why this is important:  it was published in our July 2016 Soroptiviews.  Worth a second read (click title below): 
By participating in regional and national events, and tracking Soroptimist International (SI) events, I have developed a greater appreciation for the influence our organization has in changing the lives of women and girls at home and around the globe.  SI is an active participant in the United Nations' Commission on the Status of Women.  One of our own Camino Real Region members from Santa Clarita participates as an SI representative:  Naomi Carmona-Morshead.  This Commission is part of a structure that sets global goals and strategies in all areas of life, including economic empowerment.  Although the future is uncertain, the United States has been an active participant in implementing globally agreed upon strategies that empower women in the workplace.  These actions trickle down to affect all of us in many ways.
But what exactly does "economic empowerment" mean?  SI has issued a White Paper that provides many examples, and begins with a definition:  The phrase "women's economic empowerment" specifically describes women's power over their own finances and financial well-being-to have a voice in the financial decisions that shape their lives and the lives of their families so that they can live the lives that they choose for themselves."
I encourage you to read this White Paper.  As for me, I will focus on the phrase:  "...so that they can live the lives that they choose for themselves" and consider myself blessed that I have been able to do so.  And recommit to the idea that it is time to pay it forward.
Ann Hewitt 
SI Ventura 2016-2017  

The SI White paper on Women and Economic Empowerment can be found at: 

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, Jan. 23. 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    www.soroptimistventura.org   

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 www.soroptimistventura.org. Click here for the application. You may also call Sherri Tarpchinoff Bennett at 805-910-9620.

Completed applications can be emailed to 
siventura@soroptimist.net or mailed to Sherri Tarpchinoff Bennett at P.O. Box 6133, Ventura, CA 93006.
Soroptimist Ventura Adopts a
Family at Christmas

SI Ventura provided a single mother and her four young children a brighter Christmas through Project Understanding's Adopt a Family program. All our members came together with the donations shown here packaged for delivery to the family.
Why Not Use Amazon Smile for your 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 smile.amazon.com, you'll find the exact same low prices, vast selection and convenient shopping experience as Amazon.com, 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 ( 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.
2016 Pledge & Inspiration Schedule 
January 11 Meeting: 
Pledge - Pam Pecarich          
Inspiration - Trevor Summerlin  
January 25 Mee ting :
Pledge - Trevor Summerlin  
Inspiration - Heidi Oehmke
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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January 11 -
Business Meeting 
& Induction of
Nancy Newman -

January 15 -
Live Your Dream Appplications

January 26 -
Program Meeting -

February 15 -
Violet Richardson Applications due

March 8 - 
Stop Human
Trafficking Event

April 21-23 - 
Spring Conference

Don't Miss
New Member Induction, Nancy Newman!

We will be inducting a new member, Nancy Newman at the January business meeting. Don't miss the opportunity to welcome her to the club. 

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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