March 2017
Issue: 42
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Stop Human Trafficking & Sexual Slavery - A Soroptimist Event

Please join Soroptimist International of Oxnard, Ventura, Fillmore, Camarillo, The Conejo, Santa Barbara and Simi Valley on Wednesday, March 8, 2017 at St Paul's Episcopal Church, 3290 Loma Vista Road, in Ventura for the annual  Stop Human Trafficking and Sexual Slavery Event. Bring a friend or come with a group and be surprised at what you will learn!  An awareness walk through the neighborhood begins at 5:30 pm and the program will begin at 6:30 pm.  Speakers for the program include:
Detective Judy Porter has been a member of the Ventura County Sheriff's Office for 10 years. Detective Porter is currently assigned to the Ventura County Sheriff's Special Crimes Unit as a Human Trafficking investigator. She has had many hours of formal and specialized training in Human Trafficking investigations and is actively working on several Human Trafficking cases in our county. Detective Porter is also the Ventura County Sheriff's Office representative for the Ventura County Coalition Against Human Trafficking.

Ms. Kristina Fitz, a survivor of the commercial sex industry, works closely with a variety of selected young ladies and adult women offering one-on-one mentorship to those currently in judicial system, etc.  In addition, Ms. Fitz participates in the education and training of local community partners with CSEC Information at various events within the Los Angeles area. Ms. Fitz currently works by facilitating "Word on the Street" prevention and "Ending the Game" intervention peer support groups for Journey Out at various locations within the community. Kristina has also been featured on NPR radio discussing  human trafficking issues in Los Angeles.

Mike Munn began his career in law enforcement in 1987 with the Buena Park Police Department. He was hired in November 2015 by the Ventura County District Attorney's Office Bureau of Investigation as a DA  Investigator II. He is currently assigned to Human Trafficking and was tasked to form the Ventura County Human Trafficking Enforcement Team, which includes members of local police agencies in Ventura County along with the FBI and Amtrak Police.
RSVP for this event to Sandy at 805-278-3607 or

SI Ventura Donates Stethoscopes to Ventura College Nursing Students

Stethoscopes are an important and expensive part of a nurse's arsenal of equipment. SIV commits funds to donate quality stethoscopes engraved with our Soroptimist logs to nursing students at Ventura College. We have confidence the recipients will be off to a good start in their nursing education and will be able to use their stethoscopes well into their nursing careers. 

On Wednesday, February 8 a group of SIV members met the recipients and were delighted to hear what a valuable addition our donation has made to their education. Many are returning students with families and very tight budgets. They expressed such gratitude at having this necessary item provided for them by our Soroptimist Club.

"Dare to Dream" at the 39th Annual Camino Real Region Spring Conference

Please accept this invitation to join us as we "Dare to Dream" at the Warner Center Marriott in Woodland Hills, on April 21, 22 & 23 for our Spring Conference. 

This year, we have pushed the envelope, expanded our Health Summit and created a new and exciting Leadership Academy. From our Heart Health luncheon on Friday to our "Live Your Dream" awards brunch on Sunday, we have created something for everyone. 

Friday's Health Summit will offer informative lectures and practical application classes.  That night, we will place our Tri-fold Storyboards on display and award our members for their accomplishments. 

Saturday, we will have our Region business meeting in the morning and Leadership Academy classes, that have been completely revamped, in the afternoon. While our veteran members attend the Leadership Academy classes, we will have a special gathering for our newest members. This will enable them to learn about Soroptimist 
beyond the club they belong to. It will be an opportunity to talk to the Region Board members and SIA representatives attending our conference. The evening will be our fun Red Carpet night. Come as your favorite movie, TV star, or character. 

Sunday, we will honor our friends and loved ones who are no longer with us at the Memorial Program and move right into recognizing our Live Your Dream recipients for the Region and our individual clubs.

For more details and information on the upcoming Spring Conference please visit:
or via the following hyperlink: CALL TO CONFERENCE 2017 
Pam Pecarich & Dr. Tracy Long  
Dr. Tracy Long from the Ventura Botanical Gardens Spoke at Feb. 22 Meeting

Tracy Long, immediate past president of the Ventura Botanical Gardens and current Chief Organization Officer for Operations, provided us with a visual and narrative description of the progress the organization has made since the trails first opened in 2012. 

Located behind Ventura's city hall, the views from the trails are spectacular, drawing 2,500 visitors walking the trail per week and 130,000 a year in this nascent stage. Tracy described the 10-year plan for the 107 acres. 

To date, the plantings have started primarily in the Chilean garden area, one of five designated microclimate areas for plants from the South Africa Cape, SW Coast of Australia, Mediterranean, and California in addition to Chile. In addition, they plan more trails, a visitor center behind city hall at the entrance to the trails, and a large gathering area where Summit and Brakey Roads meet. 

The organization's mission is to develop a world class garden for the 21st Century. Those on the Board and volunteering at the VBG also see it as an exciting project that will be transformative for Ventura and a destination within the county. More immediately, they expect wonderful wild flowers this spring, so keep watching!

For more information on the Ventura Botanical Gardens, including events and volunteer opportunities, please visit: 
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Please tell all your family and friends to choose Soroptimist International of Ventura to support in their Amazon online purchases through the AmazonSmile program.
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2017 Pledge & Inspiration Schedule 
March 8 Meeting: 
Pledge - Trevor Summerlin       Inspiration - Shirley Lorraine   
March 22 Mee ting :
Pledge - Kellye Patterson    
Inspiration - Heidi Oehmke
Please email Cyndi Damron at  if you would like to lead the pledge or inspire us at a meeting. 
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March 8 - 
Business Meeting

March 8 - 
Stop Human
Trafficking Event
5:30 pm

March 22 - 
Committee Meetings

April 5 -
Board Meeting

April 12 -
Business Meeting

April 26 -
Program Meeting

April 21-23 - 
Spring Conference

Save the Date


Awards Luncheon
Wed., May 10
Details to Follow

Invite family, friends and anyone you'd like to introduce to Soroptimist Ventura. Our awards event is enjoyable and very inspirational.

Lunch will be served in a lovely setting followed by a program that includes the presentation of our Live Your Dream and Violet Richardson scholarship awards.
We will draw the three winning raffle tickets for our beautiful trademark Mother's Day baskets which include a Spa & Travel basket, a Wine and Chocolate basket, and a Gourmet Food and Snack basket.

The raffle tickets will be $5 each or 5 for $20.


On March 8, many of us will be celebrating International Women's Day.  

In 1975, the United Nations recognized March 8 as a day to celebrate the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women - because visibility and awareness help drive positive change for women.  It is also an opportunity to declare bold actions you'll take as an individual or organization to help progress the gender agenda - because purposeful action can accelerate gender parity across the world.  

One of the bold actions that has been proposed by those who organized the January Women's March is make March 8 "A Day Without A Woman."  Women who choose to participate can do so by taking the day off, from paid and unpaid labor, avoiding shopping for one day (unless shopping at small, women and minority-owned businesses), and/or wearing RED in solidarity. (Just an aside:  forty years ago, the women of Iceland took a "Women's Day Off" and their actions changed the makeup of elected bodies around the country:  purposeful action can accelerate gender parity, indeed.)  

This call to action made me wonder about the economic value of women's volunteer work.  The US Census tells us that women volunteered 3,126,000 hours in 2015, at a median salary of $37,596.  The annual economic value of this unpaid labor is estimated to be $653 million per year.  Every single day volunteer women, including Soroptimists, contribute $2.5 million to our economy.  And this doesn't include unpaid work in the home.  We are a powerful economic force:  we are important to our fellow volunteers, the women we serve, and the country as a whole.  

Among other things, I will be wearing the color of energy, RED on March 8, 2017.  And I will continue to be grateful to my fellow Soroptimists who have taken over my volunteer hours while I've had to step away from my duties. 

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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