Soroptimist International of
Central Solano County
Soroptimist meeting, Hilton Garden Inn, Nov 5, 2018
Front row, seated, left to right: Current correspondents for sponsored women Bev Brun, Judy Lloyd, Arletta Cortright, and Jill Hopkins.
Some of the 63 Soroptimist of Central Solano members pose in front of signs congratulating two graduates of the Women for Women International program for women in countries enduring war-time strife. The signs congratulate Sifa from the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and Justine, from Nigeria. The one-year-long social and economic empowerment program provides marginalized women with the opportunity, often for the first time in their lives, to come together in classes of 25 women to build support networks, to share experiences, to learn critical skills, and to access new resources. Members of the club correspond with sponsored women in the program. Soroptimist of Central Solano County has sponsored 35 women since 2007.
Our Club "Fellows"
Leanne Outlaw Rahn
Soroptimist meeting, Hilton Garden Inn, Nov 26, 2018
left to right - Soroptimist members Rhuenette Alums, Hands on chair Linda Chikowski, Marilyn Manfredi, Stephanie Beardsley, Sandie Valentine, and Judy Lloyd
Soroptimists display a few of the 36 backpacks that the club stuffed with necessities, toiletries, and stuffed animals.The backpacks are given to Child Protective Services, who provides them to displaced children who are not able to stay in their homes due to unsafe living situations.
Our greatest joy is in giving! Here are a few of the ways our club is able to support women and girls in our community.
Women Helping Women literacy group with their new ipads that SI Central Solano County helped purchase.
Recipients of monies given out at the 2017 Holiday Luncheon. Fifteen organizations shared in the $30,000 given out at the luncheon.
Congratulations to our Assist-A-Grad recipients! Pictured left to right: Kayla Reynolds, Awards Chair Jackie Hopkins, Leda Brockman, Assist-A-Grad Chair Leslie Batson and Hilda Ochoa.
Blanket party fun! Every year our club makes these wonderful little blankets to give to the foster children of Solano County.
WOMEN HELPING WOMEN
Through the Solano County Library, our club sponsors a literacy program for women. They learn and support each other as they also learn.
Shown: Tutor Carole O'Hara, staff administrator Anika, learner Blanca, Stephanie Beardsley, learner Diane, Program Manager Joanne Wright, and learner Grace.
Soroptimists Karen Rees, left, and Claudia Archer display a few of the coats collected for the annual coat drive in conjunction with Fairfield Community Foundation "Fun on the Run" program in Fairfield. Coats will be distributed to local youth four to 15 years old.
Soroptimist club members celebrate September National Literacy Month with the Solano County Liberary Reach Out and Read program manager, Teresa Lavell. Our club provides books to physicians' offices for well baby visits. Each family goes home with a book (like the ones being held by members above) along with a "prescription" and instructions on how to engage children by reading to them every day.
Acknowledging the remarkable women in our community is one of the highlights of the year for our club!
Members volunteered to help with
Habitat for Humanity home.
Our newest "Fellows", named at our Installation Luncheon, left to right: Region Fellowship Chair Terri Malkin, new fellow Joan Towner, Fellowship Chair Arletta Cortright, new fellow Sheilah Tucker and new fellow Betsy Sullivan. Also named as a new fellow but not pictured is Annie Vogelpohl, the Charter President of SI of Centrtal Solano County.
Founder Region Fellowship provides grants to women who are completing their final Doctoral year.
We serve the Fairfield/Suisun Community in many ways. Here are just a few of the ways that members of Soroptimist share their time and energy to serve women and girls in our community.
A great time was had by all packaging food at th Food Bank of Contra Costa & Solano!
REACH OUT AND READ
This Solano County Library Literacy Program is the year-round recipient of children's books from our Club, each in the name of a guest speaker, new member, or a recognized Soroptimist member.
Founder Region Fellowship (FRF)
Fellowship is the identifying project of Founder Region. FRF’s mission is to advance the status of women through financial support to women in the final phase of their doctoral degree. This project gives grants to selected women attending universities within the bounds of Founder Region. A byproduct of this support is affirmation of the importance of the recipients’ work and value as an individual.
Soroptimist International of Central Solano County is a member of Founder Region where Soroptimist was first established.
Saturday of Service: Soroptimists painted chairs at the Police Activities League Center for the
Soroptimist Girls' Circle Meeting Room. Our creative and talented members painted designs and added
inspirational expressions such as "Live Your Dream," "Love Yourself, " & "Dream Big!"
Congratulations to the 2019 award recipients who were honored at this year's
Women Making a Difference luncheon.
Left to right: Live Your Dream Award winner #1 Amber Jones, Live Your Dream Award winner #2 Cassandra Berry, Violet Richardson Award winner Arianna Mestas
and Ruby Award winner Nancy Meadows-Trigueiro
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