May 2017
Issue: 44
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Don't Miss Out on SI Ventura's Annual Scholarship Awards Luncheon  

Wednesday May 10,
11:30 - 1:30 pm
Ventura Beach Marriott Hotel

We will be presenting our Live Your Dream Award to the 2017  recipient
Desiree Rios (pictured to the left). This award is a scholarship given to a local woman who is the primary wage earner in her family to assist with meeting career/educational goals. 

Our 2017 Violet Richardson Award recipient is Savana Gonzales (R). This scholar- ship is awarded each year to
a local young woman, age 14-17, recognizing her commitment to the betterment of our community through her
volunteer efforts. This scholarship is shared with the volunteer 
organization she has volunteered for.  

We will draw the three winning raffle tickets for our beautiful trademark Mother's Day baskets, worth hundreds of dollars in value -- a
Spa & Travel basket, a Wine &  Chocolate basket, and a Gourmet Food & Snack basket. 

Call Pam to make arrangements at 805-797-4757. 

Vote for Your 2017 - 2018 SIV Board  at the June 10 Focus Meeting

The nominating committee has come up with 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 focus meeting will be held at Wicked's Brew, 4561 Market St., Ventura on Saturday, June 10 at 9:30 am. There will be no business meeting in the month of June.

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.
A Very Special Guest, Margaret Ikiara Visits SI Ventura

Margaret Ikiara and some friends established CIFORD Kenya, (Community Initiatives for Rural Development) in 2002. She decided to build a community development program that addressed the challenges of a society that suffered as a result of counterproductive traditional practices, especially for women and girls. "At CIFORD, rural women have been trained on self reliance as I have worked to ensure that girls get facts against myths of female circumcision to ensure the decisions they make are well informed. Women are socially and economically empowered through trainings in Agriculture and other income generating activities."

Margaret joined Soroptimist International Club of Meru in 2013 after hearing of the work they do in the community for women and girls.
She applied for the Grant of Friendship to learn and understand more about the work of Soroptimist International around the world and in the Camino Real Region."I can also share the work we are doing in Kenya, experiences and challenges of women and girls in the developing world. I will share with clubs our work and be able to give more information about the project and how we can all be part of it for a better future for women and girls."

Margaret discussed her CIFORD programs in her native Kenya at SI Ventura's April 26 Program Meeting. 
To learn more about CIFORD visit the web site:
or the facebook page: 
My Time with Margaret Ikiara, a R emarkable Woman

by Kay Armstrong

It was an honor and a pleasure to welcome Margaret into our home. She is a remarkable woman!

She arrived on April 23rd.and was able to rest and then spend time showing us her slides of CIFORD.

Monday we hit the road and visited Channel Islands Nat'l Park before heading up to Ojai and taking a walk around the town. Through her eyes I began to see how life in America distorts how I, at least, saw the world.
In one window there was a blouse for $250. Before I would have noticed, thought it expensive but would not have known that that would pay for a water tank or two goats or pay for six girls to go through an alternative rite of passage perhaps sparing the girls from female sexual mutilation. It opened my eyes!! Thanks to Margaret shopping is now a challenge to my values. Returning home, Margaret prepared for us a wonderful Kenyan meal.

On Tuesday, t
hrough a friend, Dr. Rose Hayden Smith, who is an author and is editor of the UC Food Advisor we were able to visit the Petty Ranch. The owner, Chris Sayer, a fifth generation farmer whose family has been farming the ranch for over 130 years, was our guide. He and Margaret were able to discuss the differences in their farming experiences.

Back in Ventura we had a walk about downtown and had lunch at Lure which Margaret enjoyed immensely. W
e then toured the Ventura County Museum and stopped at Prospect Coffee for a cappuccino  though Margaret usually drinks black tea. She liked it!

Then it was home, a little rest for Margaret before she moved on to Sandy's.

Live Your Dream Brunch at SIA Camino Real Spring Conference on April 23, 2017 
Welcome New Member Heather Donoviel!

At our April program meeting Sandy Masiel inducted new member Heather Donoviel. 

Congratulations and welcome to SI Ventura. We all look forward to getting to know you better in the future!!!

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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 
May 10 Meeting: 
Pledge - Ann Hewitt      
Inspiration - Karen Flock 
May 24 Mee ting :
Pledge - Kellye Patterson   
Inspiration - Pam Pecarich
Please email Cyndi Damron at  if you would like to lead the pledge or inspire us at a meeting. 
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May 3 -
Board Meeting

May 10 - Scholarship Awards Luncheon

May 24 -
Program Meeting

June 7 -
Board Meeting

June 10 -
Focus Meeting
Wicked's Brew

June 28 - Program Meeting - Installation

Save the Date


Awards Luncheon

May 10, 2017  
11:30 am - 1:30 pm 
Ventura Beach
Marriott Hotel

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 honors our Live Your Dream and Violet Richardson scholarship award winners. 
We will draw the three winning raffle tickets for our beautiful trademark Mother's Day baskets, worth hundreds of dollars in value -- a Spa & Travel basket, a Wine &  Chocolate basket, and a Gourmet Food & Snack basket. 

The raffle tickets will be $5 each or 5 for $20 (need not be present to win).
Lunch tickets:
$35 members and guests;  additional fee for late reservation -- $5.
RSVP to Pam, along with choice of entree and any special diet requests.
Entree choices are Pacifico house salad with chicken, green apples, tomatoes, gorgonzola cheese, sugar glazed pecans or chicken salad croissant sandwich with pasta salad.
Checks to SI Ventura

Mail to:

Pam Pecarich
4477 Calle Mapache Camarillo, CA 93012

If late, call Pam to
make arrangements at

Checks must arrive by Monday, May 8.


Our Soroptimist International website reminds us that "Throughout history women and girls face additional obstacles and discrimination solely because of their gender. As an organization of business and professional women we feel uniquely qualified to help women and girls live their dreams." 

This month we hold our annual awards luncheon and celebration, one of the most important days on our Club calendar. 

Our Live Your Dream awardee will join more than 1,300 other women, all of whom provide primary financial support for their families, in receiving grants to improve their education, skills and employment prospects. Live Your Dream is Soroptimist International's flagship program, based on the understanding that education is the single largest factor in transforming women's lives. 

Our Violet Richardson Award is a long-standing recognition program for young women (ages 14-17) engaged in volunteer action in their schools and communities.  These women have made and continue to make the community and the world a better place.

This month's newsletter introduces you to our very special recipients:  Desiree Rios and Savana Gonzales.

Looking forward to June, SI Ventura will hold its annual focus group Saturday morning, June 10th. Please dust off your thinking caps and prepare to set the course for 2017-2018, including setting next year's budget. I especially encourage new members to join us as we continue the good work of empowering women and girls.
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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  • 2nd & 4th Wednesday of each month
  • Luncheon Meeting at 12 noon
  • Ventura Beach Marriott Hotel, 2055 Harbor Blvd., Ventura