October 2017
Issue: 49
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SIV October 25th Program Meeting  will Focus on Committee Group Work

Our meeting on Wednesday, October 25 will focus on our committees and will allow all members to plan, participate and give input on topics that each group is responsible for. Please come with loads of energy, ideas and suggestions for each of the following committees:
1. MEMBERSHIP  -  Chair: Cyndi Damron
The Membership Committee's responsibilities are: 
Attendance, Laws & Procedures, Recruitment/Retention, Roster, Social & Hospitality, and SOLT (Soroptimist Orientation Leadership Training).  
2. SERVICE - Co-Chairs:  Sandy Masiel & Ann Hewitt  
The Service Committee's responsibilities are:  
Awards & Scholarships, Program Schedule, and Service Projects 

3. PUBLIC AWARENESS - Chair: Trevor Summerlin 
The Public Awareness committee's responsibilities are:
Newsletter and Publicity 
4. FUNDRAISING PLANNING - Chair: Kay Armstrong 
The Fundraising Planning Committee' s responsibilities are: Fundraising Planning, Budgets, and Fines 
Please RSVP for this fun mixer for yourself and your guest to Kay at kayaarmstrong@gmail.com

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 January 15, 2018.  
Thank you note received from stethoscope recipient - Kaley Chadwell,  Ventura College nursing student.

SI Ventura Provides Stethoscopes to Deserving Nursing Students  

SIV is committed to providing funds to donate quality stethoscopes, engraved with our Soroptimist logo, 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.
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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.

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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  siventura@soroptimist.net We will contact you to finalize the ad copy.
2017 Pledge & Inspiration Schedule 
October 25 Meeting:
Pledge - Sherri Bennett   
Inspiration - Ann Hewitt 

Please email Ann Hewitt at ahewitt@anacapa.ca if you would like to lead the pledge or inspire us at a meeting. 
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October 19 -
Taste of Ventura Mixer
5:30 - 8 pm @ Museum of Ventura County
October 25 -  
Program Meeting -
October 26 -
Bunco Mixer -  
6 - 9 pm at Vega's 
November 1 -
Board Meeting
November 8 -
Business Meeting  -  

December 2 - Wine & Tapas Holiday Mixer -
6 - 9 pm @ Sherri Bennett's Home 
SI Girls  
Night Out at The Painted Cabernet

November 1, 2017
6:00 p.m.
Join Soroptimist at The Painted Cabernet at The Collection at Riverpark in Oxnard for a fundraiser to benefit the 11th Annual Camino Real Region District 1 Soroptimist STOP Human Trafficking and Sexual Slavery Community Awareness Event

$50 includes wine, paint supplies, snacks,
fun, camaraderie, and your own painting!!!

Register online at

For more information contact Debbie Gohlke at 805-320-5215 

Membership Mixer


This fun event is held each year by the Ventura Chamber. You will have the opportunity to visit with fellow members while enjoying food and drink from various restaurants in Ventura.
Contact Cyndi Damron for more information:
Thursday, Oct. 19, 2017
5:30 - 8:00 pm

of Ventura County
100 E. Main St., Ventura 

On October 14, I was one of over 100 joyful and enthusiastic Soroptimists from the Camino Real Region for the region's 19th Annual Fall Workshop held at Studio Movie Grill in Simi Valley and hosted by Soroptimist International of Simi Valley.  I'm proud to announce that Soroptimist International of Ventura (SIV) received three Certificates of Recognition for our participation in the Dream Programs and in honor of our efforts to increase Soroptimist International of the America's collective impact.
The focus of the meeting, was again, "Working Together as One" to promote the Dream Programs.  We had a great presentation and open conversation with clubs who have had successful Dream It Be It events and received some valuable information and tips that we can apply to our own SIV event.  The Dream It Be It program has had made an amazing impact on over 8,000 girls in 14 countries where participants reported that:  
  • 90% - "feel more confident";
  • 80% - "have new tools to overcome obstacles to their success";
  • 87% - "feel more prepared to pursue their career goals";

  • 86% - "created achievable goals for their future". 
I'm very excited for SIV to bring this exciting program to girls in our own community.  
There was also a focused conversation on how we can better engage previous recipients of the Live Your Dream Award through mentorship and support - beyond the monetary award.  Suggestions included mentoring, job support, resume support, financial support (goods, gift cards), help with child care, and to include these remarkable women in our meetings and/or sponsoring Soroptimist membership. 
Working together as one, we have the ability to make an impact in our community and beyond.  I invite women throughout our community to join SIV in this endeavor to impact the lives the women and girls everywhere.
Sherri Tarpchinoff
SI Ventura 2017-2018   

Karen Flock  10/15

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  • Luncheon Meeting at 12 noon
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