November 2016
Issue: 38
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SIV to Help Provide Food
for Holiday Meal Baskets
We have committed to helping Project Understanding provide Thanksgiving Baskets to local families in need. Please b r ing your items to the Business Meeting on Nov. 9. See list below for the item you signed up for. Additional items will be gladly accepted and happily delivered with the rest of the items.

Pam Pecarich
Kay Armstrong  
Grocery Gift Card 
Heidi Oehmke
Kellye Patterson
Potatoes (boxed or fresh) 
Ann Hewitt
Sandy Masiel   
Gravy (mix or jar) 
Cyndi Damron
Pam Pecarish 
Canned Yams & Marshmallows 
Vega Sankur  Boxed Stuffing 
Kellye Patterson
Shirley Lorraine   
1# Butter 
Cindy Daly
Peggy Ruesink 
Canned Broth 
Cindy Daly
Peggy Ruesink 
2-3 Cans Vegetables or Fresh 
Cindy Daly
Ann Hewitt 
Canned Cranberry Sauce 
Celia Sugden
Pre-made pie or items to make one  1
Cindy Damron
Pam Pecarish 
Bag of Rolls or Bread
Trevor Summerlin  Paper Products 
Contact Trevor Summerlin for more information at 805-625-2402. 
House of Hope Opens in Ojai 
The House of Hope in Casitas Springs is up and running with one young wom an in residence and the Equine Therapy center open. The home will take up to 6 young women from the ages of 12-16 who have survived sexual or human trafficking and allow them to recover and heal for up to 18 months.  The House needs many things but has requested Target Gift cards to give to residents when they arrive to purchase every day items such as toiletries, etc.  

Please note that the House of Hope service project is in addition to Forever Found. Kay and Cyndi were made aware of House of Hope through Forever Found. Kris Hart, Director of the House has over 15 years of experience in working with at risk youth.  In addition, she is a certified Drug and Alcohol Counselor as well as a Human Trafficking Victims Caseworker.

This is an amazing opportunity for our Club to becom e active locally with an issue of such great importance that affects o ur community. 

Cyndi will b e collecting money to purchase $20 Target gift cards at the Business meeting on November 9.  Any donation is welcome.

SIV Members Participate in SI Simi Valley's iMatter Conference

On October 8, SIV President Ann Hewitt and Treasurer Pam Pecarich participated in SI Simi Valley's iMatter Conference. The conference was co-sponsored by the Simi Valley, Ventura and Conejo Valley Clubs. Over 80 girls from around the County attended, including over 20 girls from Fillmore. This is Simi Valley's second year hosting the conference and is part of their "Dream It Be It Program." This international program (SI Americas) provides career support and mentoring, targeting girls in secondary school who face obstacles in their future success. More information about SIA's Dream It Be It: Career Support for Girls can be found at:  
The October 8 event included workshops on:
  • rising above obstacles
  • keeping yourself safe (cyber and beyond)
  • setting achievable goals 
  • balancing your stress through art
Through discussion and activities, the girls learned more about the issues, about their own thoughts and feelings, and about each other's experiences. "The Empowerment Project" a film about Ordinary Women doing Extraordinary Things was sponsored by SI Ventura and shown during the lunch hour.
Thanks to Simi Valley for organizing this, and to all the girls who made the day so successful! 
SI Ventura Receives Thank you Notes from Recipients
Hello Ms. Kay Armstrong,

My name is Lien Dinh. I am a nursing student from the Ventura College Nursing Program. I would like to thank you and your organization for your kind generosity. I am one of the lucky recipients of the stethoscopes your organization donated to the Ventura College Nursing Program. Your organization has given me the opportunity to excel and succeed in my educational goals. Thank you again.

Warm regards,
Lien Dinh

For more information on all of SIV's service projects, please visit our web site:

Dear Ladies,

Thank you very much for selecting me as the recipient of the Edna Wirt Woods/Ruth Nagel Scholarship! When I first received the letter of acceptance, I was overwhelmed with joy and excitement. This scholarship will help me in so many ways - it will help to alleviate the cost of college, in addition to making my efforts feel validated and valuable. Again. thank you so very much - this has and will continue to make such a difference.

Evelyn Selby  
For more information on SIV's Edna Wirt Woods/Ruth Nagel Scholarship and others please visit our web site:
Application for the  
Live Your Dream Scholarship
Now Available

Applications and information about Live Your Dream (formerly called the Women's Opportunity Award) is now 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.
The deadline for the application is November 15, 2016


SIV M ember Vega Sankur Spoke about Sorop timist Clubs in Turkey at the October 26 Program Meeting
Our newest member Vega Sankur spoke at our program luncheon on  October 26 about S oroptimist activities in her home country of Turkey. After a brief history lesson on Turkey she moved on t o the history and activities of Soroptimists there.

Soroptimist International has been in existence in Turkey since 1948 with more than 20 clubs and thousands of members currently
. Just as in the US, they are very active in areas to support girls and women to live independent, successful lives but with the added challenges of a developing, mostly muslim, middle eastern country. 
Among the many efforts the Soroptimist have undertaken is a  facility for women to learn how to weave, make carpets, and as a result make a living. The rugs created are brought to San Diego through a joint project with the SI San Diego club and sold. The money made from the sales pays for ongoing overhead costs, teachers and supplies. In 2003, SISD received a Best Practice Award for the project at the SI Convention in Sydney, Australia. SIV member Peggy Ruesink attended the convention and remembers the excitement surrounding the project and the award.

Vega also spoke of the Balat Culture House, a cooking school for women which houses a coffee shop, restaurant and small market. The building is used to hosts events, exhibitions and parties as well as Sunday breakfasts with educational classes for local children and women.

Then, there is the International Youth Leadership Camp, where promising girls from needy families are taught leadership skills and given the opportunity to expand their horizons. This is funded by Turkish Soroptimist clubs and it's members who prepare camp materials, teach as well as facilitate camp activities.

Vega closed by answering our many questions. This talk left us feeling that we are but one part of a great movement from all over the world designed to improve the lives of women and girls, Soroptimist International.

Please visit for a look at what Soroptimists in Turkey are working on! You can choose to view the site in English in the upper right within the yellow bar. 
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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 
November 9 Meeting: 
Pledge - Ann Hewitt       
Inspiration - Vega Sankur   
December 14 Mee ting :
Pledge - Kellye Patterson   
Inspiration - Peggy Ruesink
Please email Cyndi Damron at  if you would like to lead the pledge or inspire us at a meeting. 
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November 9 -
Business Meeting - 

December 14 - Holiday Celebration & Gift Exchange - Noon

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!!!

A time for thanks and kindness.
We are all approaching the crazy busy time of year. I am a transplant from Canada and it took me a long time to get used to the extended holiday season here in the USA: it starts at Halloween, runs right into Thanksgiving and continues until January 2. Parties, social obligations, fundraising, family get-togethers.... I don't think I'm used to it yet.
It's no different for Soroptimists. Over the next couple of weeks, we will be working on one of our major fundraising efforts: our direct mail campaign. Please watch your email and mailbox for this year's request. Your end-of-year donations are what make it possible for us to fund Live your Dream awardees, our Violet Richardson recipients and local and international organizations.
We are also preparing Thanksgiving baskets for families (through Project Understanding) and gift cards for House of Hope. House of Hope is a home for victims of sexual or human trafficking.  
Our Club has so much for which to be thankful: dedicated members, strong supporters, heartwarming projects and so much more. I am so thankful to have found this group of kind women who step up when stepping is needed.
As much as this is the time of year for thanksgiving, it is also the time of year for kindness: to each other, but especially to ourselves. At this time of year, it's so easy to get lost in caring for others, and to forget the little kindnesses we need to show ourselves. Happy Thanksgiving!!

Ann Hewitt 
SI Ventura 2016-2017   

Pam Pecarich  11/11


Holidays in Harmony

Join the Coalition for Family Harmony for wine, food, live music, and holiday shopping to support and celebrate 40 years of service in Ventura County on:

Sat, December 3, 2016
3:00  - 6:00 PM
Four Brix Winery

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Club Meetings
  • 2nd & 4th Wednesday of each month
  • Luncheon Meeting at 12 noon
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