International Day of the Girl Child – October 11, 2017



Empowerment of and investment in girls are key in breaking the cycle of discrimination and violence and in promoting and protecting the full and effective enjoyment of their human rights”
                           -United Nations Resolution 66/170

Did you know that October 11th was the International Day of the Girl Child?

Its mission is “to help galvanize worldwide enthusiasm for goals to better girls’ lives, providing an opportunity for them to show leadership and reach their full potential.” It’s a day when activist groups come together under the same goal to highlight, discuss, and take action to advance rights and opportunities for girls everywhere.  Does that sound like Soroptimist?

International Day of the Girl Child (Day of the Girl) is celebrated annually on October 11 to highlight issues concerning the gender inequality facing young girls. This year’s theme is “The Power of the Adolescent Girl: Vision for 2030.”

There are nearly 600 million girls aged 10 to 19 in the world today, each with limitless individual potential, however they are disappearing from public awareness and the international development agenda. Between inequities in secondary education to protection issues, adolescent girls are uniquely impacted and should benefit from targeted investments and programs that address their distinct needs. Investing in adolescent girls can have a formidable ripple effect to create a better world by 2030. On this International Day of the Girl, join us in highlighting the unique challenges and potential of adolescent girls.

Day of the Girl-US is an 100% youth-led movement fighting for gender justice and youth rights. Our work to dismantle patriarchy and fight for social justice is rooted in girl-led activism across the country, using October 11th as a day of national action. We are outraged by the neglect and devaluation of female-identifying youth. We are committed to examining these issues within an intersectional framework, the inclusion of girls’ voices in the movement for social justice, and grassroots activism – and thus we advocate, educate, and organize. Day of the Girl-US is the United States arm of the global Day of the Girl movement, beginning in 2011.  It’s great to have such a day but in some respects sad that it took so long to have such a day, wouldn’t you agree?

October 11 is not just a day; it’s a movement.

A worldwide revolution.

We want ourselves, and girls everywhere, to be seen as equals, in the eyes of others and in our own eyes.

These are their beliefs:

  • Girls are the experts on issues that affect girls. The solutions to these issues must come from girls. Their voices need to be centralized and elevated in social justice conversations.
  • Girls from marginalized communities must be central in conversations about social justice issues involving those communities.
  • Truly effective social change cannot come without girls’ leadership.
  • Girls’ issues are intersectional. We must intentionally include people who are different from ourselves in our social change work. Otherwise we will not be able to make a meaningful impact – in fact, we could even do damage to huge populations of girls.

How did it begin?

In early 2011, members of School Girls Unite, an organization of students and young female leaders advocating for the U.N. Sustainable Development Goals, specifically gender equality, universal basic education, child marriage prevention, and other human rights issues, were sitting at a meeting, and someone brought up that countries around the world were beginning to organize to have an internationally recognized Day of the Girl. They began to search through the internet to see if anyone in the United States had begun organizing around this, but came up short. After discussing the idea, the young activists decided that our country was in need of a national day of action focused on girls’ rights and began to organize.

In December 2011, the United Nations declared October 11 as the International Day of the Girl Child. Its mission is “to help galvanize worldwide enthusiasm for goals to better girls’ lives, providing an opportunity for them to show leadership and reach their full potential.” You can read the United Nations General Assembly Resolution on the International Day of the Girl Child for yourselves!

We continued organizing as the United States portion of this global movement. We began the Proclamation Project, where we had girls across the country prepare Day of the Girl proclamations and lobby their local government officials to pass them. Hundreds of counties across the country issued declarations after young activists utilized our Proclamation Project toolkit to aid them in their advocacy. In addition to encouraging girls across the country to proclaim the Day of the Girl in their communities, we worked hard to meet with members of the White House Coalition on Women and Girls and the U.S. State Department. It was this level of pressure that led to U.S. President Barack Obama proclaiming Day of the Girl in 2013 – a huge accomplishment that is credited to every young activist who took part in the Proclamation Project.   Source: 

This UN Day and event is so in concert with our mission to improve the lives of women and girls and in particular, our Dream It, Be It Career Support for girls in secondary schools.  Let’s remember October 11th…the Day of the Girl Child!

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Women in History – October


In many states in October, the leaves begin to turn beautiful colors of red, orange and yellow before turning brown and falling to the ground.  And…at the end of the month, we celebrate Halloween when we carve pumpkins and call them “jack-o-lanterns” and  children dress up in costumes and go trick or treating for sweet treats.

But did you know that October also marked some significant events for women?

Here are some of the highlights:

  • October 3, 1904 – Mary McLeod Bethune opens her first school for African-American students in Daytona Beach, Florida
  • October 23, 1910 – Blanche Stuart Scott is the first American woman pilot to make a public flight
  • October 16, 1916 – Margaret Sanger opens the U.S.’s first birth control clinic in Brooklyn, New York
  • October 15, 1948 – Dr. Frances L. Willoughby is the first woman doctor in the regular U.S. Navy
  • October 24, 1956 – Reverend Margaret Towner is the first woman ordained a minister in the Presbyterian Church
  • October 28, 1958 – Mary Roebling is the first woman director of a stock exchange (American Stock Exchange)
  • October 4, 1976 – Barbara Walters becomes the first woman co-anchor of the evening news (at ABC)
  • October 10, 1983 – Dr. Barbara McClintock receives the Nobel Prize for Medicine for her discovery in genetics about mobile genetic elements
  • October 11, 1984 – Dr. Kathryn D. Sullivan is the first U.S. woman astronaut to “walk” in space during Challenger flight
  • October 4, 1993 – Ruth Bader Ginsburg joins the U.S. Supreme Court as its second woman Justice
  • October 8, 1993 – Toni Morrison becomes the first African American woman to win the Nobel Prize for Literature

And, in case you are curious, many notable women were born in the month of October, many you many not have heard of and some you have but all who have made a contribution to improving the lives and status of women and girls.

  • October 11, 1884 (1962) – Eleanor Roosevelt, civil rights advocate, feminist, author, world diplomat, former First Lady (1933-45)
  • October 10, 1888 (1980) – Dorothy Ferebee, finally gained medical internship at Freedman’s Hospital despite rampant sexism, then built a 47-year association with Howard University hospital and the District of Columbia
  • October 10, 1900 (1993) – Helen Hayes, actress and “First Lady of the Stage,” began in stock companies, at 17 starred as Pollyanna, in 1930s starred as Mary Queen of Scotland and Queen Victoria, won first Tony award in 1947
  • October 9, 1892 (1992) – Abigail Eliot, founding member of the National Association for Nursery Education (1933), helped monitor quality and establish standards
  • October 9, 1884 (1982) – Helene Deutsch, psychoanalyst, wrote 2-volume The Psychology of Women (1944-45) with emphasis on motherhood
  • October 2, 1895 (1990) – Ruth Streeter, when Marines recruited women she became a colonel in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve (1943), recruited men and women for active service
  • October 3, 1897 (1982) – Ruth Bronson, Bureau of Indian Affairs official who got loans for Indian students, National Congress of American Indians forced authorities to honor treaties (1944), wrote Indians are People, Too
  • October 2, 1919 (1997) – Shirley Clarke, filmmaker, produced avant-garde films in 1950s and 60s including “Robert Frost: A Lover’s Quarrel with the World,” which won an academy award for best feature documentary
  • October 6, 1914 (1997) – Mary Louise Smith, Republican Party committeewoman and chair (1974-77), supporter of ERA and pro-choice
  • October 6, 1917 (1977) – Fannie Lou Hamer, civil rights leader and voting rights crusader, helped organize the Mississippi Freedom Summer (1964)
  • October 7, 1913 (2005) – Elizabeth Janeway, social analyst of 20th century women’s equality drive, wrote Man’s World, Women’s Place (1971) and Powers of the Weak (1980)
  • October 7, 1920 (1994) – Kathryn Clarenback, founding member of the National Organization for Women, executive director of the National Committee on the Observance of International Women’s Year (1977)
  • October 1, 1935 – Dame Julie Andrews, versatile film and stage actress, won an academy award for “Mary Poppins” (1964)
  • October 5, 1959 – Maya Lin, artist and architect of the Vietnam Memorial in Washington D.C. (1980-82) and other public sculptures, author of Boundaries (2000)
  • and more…

For more information, go to the National Women’s History Project.

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UN International Day of Peace – September 21, 2017

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The United Nations’ (UN) International Day of Peace is celebrated on September 21 each year to recognize the efforts of those who have worked hard to end conflict and promote peace. The International Day of Peace is also a day of ceasefire – personal or political.

On the International Day of Peace, also known as Peace Day, people around the world take part in various activities and organize events centered on the theme “peace”. Events vary from private gatherings to public concerts and forums involving large audiences. Activities include:

  • Interfaith peace ceremonies.
  • A toast for peace.
  • A peace choir.
  • Lighting candles.
  • Peace prayers.
  • A peace convoy of vehicles.
  • Tree planting for peace.
  • Art exhibitions promoting peace.
  • Picnics for peace.
  • Peace walks.


    A UN resolution established the International Day of Peace in 1981 to coincide with the opening of the UN General Assembly. The first Peace Day was celebrated in 1982 and was held on the third Tuesday of September each year until 2002, when September 21 became the permanent date for the International Day of Peace. The assembly decided in 2001 that the International Day of Peace should be annually observed on September 21 starting from 2002. By setting a fixed date for the International Day of Peace, the assembly declared that the day should be observed as a day of global ceasefire and non-violence.

    By creating the International Day of Peace, the UN devoted itself to worldwide peace and encouraged people to work in cooperation for this goal. Since its inception, Peace Day has marked personal and planetary progress toward peace. It has grown to include millions of people worldwide and many events are organized each year to commemorate and celebrate this day.


    The peace dove flying with an olive branch in its beak is one of the most commonly featured symbols for the day. In Judaism, Christianity, and Islam a white dove is generally a sign for peace. The dove can also represent “hope for peace” or a peace offering from one person to another, hence the phrase “to extend an olive branch”. Often, the dove is represented as still in flight to remind people of its role as messenger.


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A Woman of Action…Spotlight on Sylvia Harsin


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Her smile is a warm, winning smile and that is exactly the feeling you get when you first meet Sylvia Harsin!

Here is how Sylvia, a realtor with Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, describes herself: “I have been a professional Realtor in the Huntington Beach area for over 25 years. Combining my years of industry sales with solid knowledge of the California real estate market, I try and create a positive buying and selling experience for all of my clients. I understand the true meaning and value of integrity and service, I believe my adaptable personality brings a host of market information and industry skills to the table…”and she adds, “There is nothing that I enjoy better than helping people reach their Goals!”

Sylvia joined Soroptimist in July 2017 after meeting Anne Gillespie, who she says is an “awesome neighbor.”  And…she immediately began to give back.  Sylvia generously paid for the meeting room we used for our retreat but, that’s not all….She provided each of us with a water bottle and a beautiful bookmark but…that’s not all…when Cathy Standiford asked if anyone wanted to be the Assistant Treasurer, Sylvia quickly volunteered.

She also joined our Fundraising Committee and joined us at our first committee meeting on Saturday, September 9, to help plan our first FUNdraiser, our annual Wine Tasting.

When asked what made her decide to join Soroptimist, she said that “once Anne explained to me what Soroptimist was all about…I knew I wanted to be a part of this great organization.”  (Author’s aside: Anne is our VP of Membership….perfect position for her, don’t you think??)

Sylvia is my kind of girl…..When asked if she had a hobby, she responded, “I enjoy exploring different restaurants, and I appreciate Fine Wine!”  (something many club members also enjoy!)

She travels for fun when she can and has seen most of Italy including the Tuscany area and the South of France.

Currently she is enjoying “being by myself” but her 9 nieces and nephews have always been a “huge part of her life” and now their children are the same.

On a sad note, Sylvia lost her mother 3 years ago and more recently, her nephew, Jason Christopher Finan (Navy),  who was a Chief Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technician out of Mobil Unit 3 (San Diego) who had been deployed with his platoon to Iraq in support of SEAL Team Five and Special Operations Task Force-Iraq as an EOD Supervisor and Platoon Leading Chief Petty Officer (October 20, 2016).  We know you are very proud of him, Sylvia, and must miss him very much.

On a happier note, when I asked Sylvia to describe herself in one word, she said, “Fun!!”

We are so excited that you decided to join us, Sylvia!  We welcome you with a great big SIHB hug!

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A Woman of Beauty and Grace…Spotlight on Margie Bunten



We can thank Pat Davis, a longtime member, for Margie Bunten joining SIHB in September, 2002.

Margie said she joined SIHB “because of the women who were involved and the hands-on community involvement” and giving back to the community seems to be what Margie Bunten does best!

Margie & her husband of 49 years, Charlie, have resided in Huntington Beach since 1975 and, as well as her current membership and involvement with Soroptimist International Huntington Beach she has served on the Huntington Beach Conference & Visitors Bureau, Project Self-Sufficiency and the El Viento Foundation.  She was also a director on the Advisory Boards for the Huntington Beach Assistance League and the HB Council on Aging.

In 2011, the Huntington Beach Chamber of Commerce honored Margie as the Huntington Beach Outstanding Citizen of the Year.  In her nomination letter, Norma Brandel-Gibbs wrote, “Her tireless enthusiasm in support of those in need is an inspiration to us all.  Our community has benefited from her dedication, and her visionary leadership has opened doors for many disadvantaged individuals and organizations.”

Margie was also the recipient of the Athena International Award from the Huntington Beach Chamber of Commerce, which is presented to a woman, or man, who is honored for attaining professional excellence, community service and for actively assisting women in their achievement of professional excellence and leadership skills.

Prior to retiring, Margie spent over 20 years as a member of the Golden West College Community and for 18 years, she was the Executive Director of the GWC Foundation, Public Information Officer and Community Liaison.  In that position, she was on many boards including those mentioned above and  also the Fountain Valley Regional Hospital & Medical Center Governing Board and the Golden West College Patrons. As the Foundations’s Executive Director, she oversaw the operations of the Foundation office, its scholarship program and its fundraising events as well as community relations.

Margie’s position was made for her. She  graduated from Chapman University and went on to achieve a certificate in fundraising from UC Irvine and complete the Fund Raising School from Indiana University’s Center on Philanthropy.

And speaking of Chapman University…and Charlie…As I mentioned earlier Margie & Charlie have been married 49 years.  They began dating as seniors in high school, dated through Chapman University and then got married.  In Margie’s words, “We are still crazy about each other!”

Margie & Charlie are proud parents to two grown sons: Dave, a Family Medicine Doctor in Irvine who is married to Jen and father to Allyson, 8, and Josh, 4, and Tom, a Senior Sales Executive, who is married to Sheila, a Spanish teacher who teaches at her alma mater, Fountain Valley High School, and father to Katie, 8, and Michael, 6.

These days, Margie is trying to limit her community work (to SIHB, Golden West College Patrons & Fountain Valley Regional Hospital) to allow time to travel the globe for fun and spend more time golfing at their Palm Springs condo “retreat”.

Last year, Margie & Charlie, cruised from Venice to Barcelona and took many road trips, the most recent was to Mammoth, Lake Tahoe, San Francisco, Paso Robles and back home,  but their true passion is being “Grammy and Gramps” to their four grandchildren.

And, when Margie isn’t traveling, spending time with her grandchildren or doing community work, she enjoys “having fun with good friends…walking and golf, lots of golf.”

I asked Margie to describe herself in one word and she replied with, “an optimist who enjoys being around people….that was not one word.”

Thank you for making Soroptimist International Huntington Beach special, Margie Bunten.  We love you!

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A Native Californian Who Loves Cooking and Horses….Spotlight on Vera Austin


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It took Vera Austin 27 years from when she first heard about Soroptimist until she joined in June, 2017.

When asked what made her decide to become a Soroptimist, Vera said, “It is time to give back”, and that she is “proud to be part of such a professional organization.”

So…who is Vera…and how does she fill her days?

Vera is a Sr. Benefits Analyst for Bowermaster and Associates for the last 34 years.  she specializes in self-insured medical plans for employer-sponsored groups. But, Vera’s involvement with the insurance world didn’t begin with Bowermaster.  The following was taken from Vera’s profile on Bowermaster’s website.

“Vera has been involved in the insurance business for more than 40 years and in 1972, she started her own insurance agency. There she met friends who looked to her for answers for how to best protect themselves – answers that, as time went on, helped her gain more and more expertise. Vera sold her insurance business to Bill Bowermaster in 1983, someone with whom she found a shared vision of how best to provide this vital service. She has been very happy with that decision – and so are her friends.”

While Vera doesn’t claim to have any hobbies, she says she is a representative for SEARET, a wellness company.  To learn more about SEARET, you will need to ask Vera!

Since Vera is a brand new member, she hasn’t held any Board positions yet but, who knows what the future holds???  She says the last year has found her “close to home” but does that mean that travel is not in the foreseeable future??  And…is there a significance to her email…antiquevera?

Please take the time to get to know Vera and welcome her into our club!

Thank you for joining us, Vera!  Looking forward to learning more about SEARET, your love of cooking and horses!

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SIA’s clubs are committed to providing an engaging & meaningful, mission-based experience but, we realize we are all busy women.  And serving disadvantaged women and girls – locally & throughout the world – can be a tall order!

To make it easier to accomplish our organization’s goals, SIA developed a simple club roadmap with only 4 pillars…all centered around the organizations Dream Programs:

  1. Program: increase the club’s involvement in Live Your Dream, by increasing the number of awards given, and Dream It, Be It projects. That means give more Live Your Dream Awards and engage more club members in a Dream It, Be It Project.
  2. Membership: Recruit & retain members by providing a superior club experience & increasing participation in our Dream Programs. Recruitment, retention and member engagement is key to a successful club…and I would like to make a special shout out to Sylvia Harsin, whose generosity in giving us a place to have our retreat on August 26 as her “treat” is so appreciated.  You can learn more about Sylvia in an upcoming blog on our website in September.
  3. Public Awareness: Gain greater recognition by sharing the story of your club’s impact through our Dream Programs. Facebook, Twitter, Club website, media coverage and shouting from the rooftops all work to increase public awareness.
  4. Fundraising: Support the global impact of our organization’s Dream Programs by contributing at least 10 percent of your club’s annual fundraising to Club Giving. Club giving gives back to our Region!

Very simply, by doing these 4 things, SIA guarantees we will be providing a superior member experience, fulfilling our mission and strengthening Soroptimist’s global brand.

Another way to look at the 4 pillars would be to call them by these names:

Impact….Engagement….Recognition….Philanthropy but regardless of how you refer to them, this is how Soroptimist Huntington Beach stacks up:

Pillar #1 – Program:

Live Your Dream:
In 2015-16, SIHB gave 2 Live Your Dream Awards at $1000 each for a total of $2000.

In 2016-17, SIHB gave 4 Live Your Dream Awards: one @$1500 and 3@1000 for a total of $4500.

In 2017-18, SIHB will give out 5 Live Your Dream Awards, one@$1500 and 4@$1000 for a total of $5500.

In addition, SIHB goes beyond the Cash Award by mentoring past honorees, inviting them to Program Meetings to update us on what they and/or their children are currently doing, inviting them to our Day of Self-Esteem (whose name will be changing to Soroptimist International Huntington Beach’s Day of Empowerment), inviting them to be on the most current Live Your Dream Committee, giving past honorees graduation gifts when they graduate, assisting with past honorees school expenses and more.

Dream It, Be It:

In 2015-16, SIHB had one participant in SI Westminster’s Dream It, Be It Program

In 2016-17, SIHB had one participant in SI Westminster’s Dream It, Be It Program

In 2017-18, thanks to the efforts of Cathy Standiford, SIHB will be joining SI Newport Harbor Area in their Dream It Be It Program plus, Cathy delivered two training workshops for all interested members from both clubs.

While SIA isn’t asking any club to give up its pet projects or its community service, it is asking and hoping that each club will put Soroptimist and the Dream Programs first, and I feel that SIHB is doing exactly that!


Pillar #2 – Membership:

SIHB has been on a growth path for the past several years.  At one point, our membership was down to 28.  On the 2017-18 membership roster, updated July 2017, I counted 47 members which includes 2 life members.

In 2015-16, the club added 4 members who are still with us.

In 2016-17, the club added 5 new members – one being our current recording secretary, Leslie Miller, who found us on Meetup.

In 2017-18 to date, the club has added 6 new members and our official year hasn’t even started yet! I’d say that is a BIG WOW!

And, I would have to say, the club has a pretty good retention rate, too.  In fact, Ellie Nixon, who was a member who left for a few years, came back and is now our co-VP of Programs. And Phyllis Nichols, who moved to Florida is still an SIHB member-at-heart!

Pillar #3 – Public Awareness:

SIHB has been recognized by the DCR Region Public Awareness Chair more than once for our website, which creates public awareness, attracts new members and allows all members to keep up with what we are doing.  Our Impact Page features our Dream Programs and will be enhanced in the months to come to further promote them.

We have also been fortunate to have media coverage at several events (Our Day of Self-Esteem and our February Awards Program, both of which highlight the women we serve and in particular, our Live Your Dream current and past honorees.)

Through our website, our Facebook page and our Twitter account, we will continue to promote the Dream Programs, increasing Public Awareness and our brand. 

Pillar #4 – Fundraising:

The focus of this pillar is Club Giving.  The following comes from the SIA website:

“We are incredibly PROUD of the impact our signature Dream Programs—Live Your Dream: Education and Training Awards for Women and Dream It, Be It: Career Support for Girls—are having throughout our organization. While our impact is impressive, in SIA’s 20 countries and territories, a reported 20 million women and girls could use our help. We already know that when women are educated and given opportunity they lift themselves up, and—ultimately—entire communities benefit. That means, if all of our nearly 1,300 clubs are working together by contributing 10% of locally raised funds to Club Giving, we WILL reach many more disadvantaged women and girls.

Focusing on our Dream Programs not only builds our collective impact, it also invites recognition from external funding sources and community partners that could grow our life-changing programs. We’re not asking you to raise more, we’re asking you to reallocate some of your funds toward these programs to create a united Soroptimist across continents, languages, and cultures. SI/Whitefish, Montana, pictured above, did a reallocation last year—and when they contributed 10% of their locally raised funds, it amounted to $20,000! We are strongly encouraging other clubs to follow the example of SI/Whitefish, and make Soroptimist YOUR CAUSE of choice. Ultimately, uniting around a common goal will benefit us ALL. SI/Whitefish gave a $20,000 contribution to Club Giving in 2016-2017. Join them in making a 10% club gift!

Dream Programs are not funded by member dues, but by contributions such as those to Club Giving. Just as member dues do not pay for our programs, contributions do not pay for administration, governance, or member service expenses.”

What does club giving mean to our region?  In combination with having 100% participation in Live Your Dream, Our Region not only receives funds from SIA for our Region honoree but also for 3 of the other district honorees as well.  In total, Desert Coast Region honors all 6 district honorees – 2 from each district. Currently, the Region funds 2 of them.  Our region currently has 39 clubs in good standing.  When our district reaches 40 or more clubs again, SIA will fund 5 of the 6 honorees – the Region honoree and 4 others and the Region will only need to fund 1 honoree.

So, what I am saying, is the money we give actually comes back to us in funds for our Region Live Your Dream honorees.  And…for those newer members, SIHB has been proud to have 2 of our former honorees, Catherine Hollingshed and Janet DuBry, actually chosen as the Region honoree, 2010 and 2011, respectively. 

One final note before I end my part.  It has to do with increasing collective impact and our brand.  I would like to read a press release from August 4, 2017:

Torrid Foundation Seeks to Help Women, Change Lives

Los Angeles, CA, August 4, 2017 —Torrid, one of the fastest growing retailers in the country announced today the launch of the Torrid Foundation which aims to raise funds in support of non-profit organizations that are dedicated to helping women. The Foundation is an extension of the company’s core values aimed at empowering women, whether by making women look and feel great every day or by bringing inclusivity to the biggest stage in fashion at NYFW: The Shows.

“At Torrid, we are dedicated to helping all women feel confident,” says Torrid CEO, Kay Hong. “But we want to do more to help support and raise awareness for women’s causes that can make a real difference.”

Torrid is raising funds for the Torrid Foundation through direct donations, rounding up both online and in-store purchases, events and possible product proceeds. One of the groups the Torrid Foundation will be supporting is Soroptimist/, whose Live Your Dream Awards® program is dedicated to ensuring disadvantaged women have the opportunity to reach their full potential through education and training grants. For details go to Live Your Dream Awards® at”


Torrid designs and retails fashion apparel, lingerie, swimwear, accessories and footwear for stylish women sizes 10 to 30. Our exclusive collections inspire women to feel sexy, confident and downright irresistible. Torrid has over 500 stores across the U.S. and Canada, in addition to its online shopping destination, 

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The Power of the Internet….Spotlight on Carrie Tinker


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Soroptimist Huntington Beach got lucky when Carrie Tinker decided to do a search on the internet for women’s organizations, and we hit the jackpot when she decided to join in June, 2017!

Carrie, who not only makes a “mean” sangria (She credits her husband, Scott, for the recipe), likes helping to empower women and that being a Soroptimist gives her the “opportunity to help someone realize their potential and live their dream.”

Carrie walks the walk and talks the talk. She jumped right into her first SIHB service project, helping to prepare Mitzvah meals at Temple Beth Sholom for shelters, the Orange County Rescue Mission and other organizations who feed the homeless, and she joined the Dream It Be It joint committee between Soroptimist International of Newport Harbor Area and Soroptimist Huntington Beach.  I know she won’t be able to resist being on our other service committees, like our Dolly Wakeham and our Live Your Dream Committees, as well.

Because she is so new, Carrie is not a member of our Board this year and….I won’t speculate but, I won’t be surprised if she is on our 2018-19 Board in some capacity.

As I mentioned, Carrie likes helping women.  As well as being a member of SI Huntington Beach, Carrie is a member of the Fountain Valley Women’s Club which she joined this past January, and when she was still in the workforce (30 years as a litigation paralegal and 6 years as a legal administrator), she belonged to the Association of Legal Administrators and the Orange County paralegal Association.

Although retired, Carrie is not sitting around watching soap operas and eating bonbons.  Instead, she works out 4 to 5 times a week, attends lectures that interest her and “occasionally take some online classes.”  She says, “I really don’t know where the time goes during the day but, there is always some project or something to get done” and adds, “sometimes I like to just be home and do nothing.” Hard to believe, if you ask me!

Carrie says she doesn’t have a hobby but she loves to cook and uses her husband, Scott, as her “tester”. Also, she makes special occasions more special by creating poems.  She also said she would like to increase her involvement in SI Huntington Beach and the FV Women’s Club.  Music to our hearts, Carrie!

Carrie will be celebrating her 20th anniversary to Scott next December and feels very lucky to have met him.  She says, “he is the most kind, considerate, unselfish, funny and handsome man”.  And how they met is a story in itself: at a bachelor raffle for the American Cancer Society.  She says it’s a “great story” but, unless you ask her, you will never know!

For fun, Carrie and Scott travel to see their grandkids, who live in Denver, Colorado, Clearwater, Florida and Copperopolis, California…as often as possible.  Having never heard of Copperopolis, I had to google it, and here is what I found (a little tangent trivia, source Wikipedia).

Unlike most of the mining towns in the Calaveras County, Copperopolis’ claim to fame is not gold, but copper. It was founded in 1860 by William K. Reed, Dr. Allen Blatchly, and Thomas McCarty, at the site of the second major discovery of copper ore in the region (the first was nearby Telegraph City).

William K. Reed and Thomas McCarty founded the Union Copper Mine (and later the Keystone & Empire mines). In 1862, Reed sold out his interest in the mines and built a toll road from Copperopolis through Telegraph City. It connected with a road running westerly into Stockton. This road was called “Reeds Turnpike” and remained a toll road until 1865. Copperopolis was on the main stage road from Sonora to Sacramento.

The town grew rapidly, as the need for copper during the Civil War for material was great. The copper was sent to Stockton and then to San Francisco, where it was loaded onto ships and taken around Cape Horn before finally arriving in smelters on the East Coast.

After the war ended, mining and shipping copper proved too expensive and the population dwindled as the mines closed. However, a Boston company purchased the mines in the 1880s and mining operations resumed. The town went through boom periods during the two World Wars, when demand for copper went up again. By the time the mines closed in 1946, according to the U.S. Bureau of Mines, they had produced 72,598,883 pounds of copper worth over $12 million, which adjusted for inflation is worth approximately $160 million as of 2016.[3] No copper mining has been done since.

The first post office was established in 1861.[4]

Copperopolis has four buildings listed on the National Register of Historic Places:

The population was 3,671 at the 2010 census, up from 2,363 at the 2000 census.

Lest I digress too much….back to Carrie.

Carrie and Scott’s blended family includes a son, Matthew (just turned 40) and daughter, Jennifer (Just turned 36) that are Carrie’s and another daughter, Kristen (42) from Scott. Matthew(living in Denver)  works for a nonprofit organization, Solar Energy International, whose mission is to provide industry-leading technical training and expertise in renewable energy to empower people, communities, and businesses worldwide. Why? Because they  envision a world powered by renewable energy!  Jennifer, in Copperopolis,  owns her own business, a family entertainment center,featuring bounce houses, laser tag, 9-hole mini golf and more called Barrel of Monkeez and Kirsten, living in Royersford, Pennsylvania, is a homemaker.

Carrie says, if she could describe herself in one word, that word would be “perfectionist”.

Thank you for finding us, Carrie!  We are so blessed to have you as a member of our club and new friend!


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Once A Soroptimist…Always A Soroptimist ….Spotlight on Ellie Nixon


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Ellie Nixon’s friend, Linda Gallagher, first introduced Ellie to Soroptimist International Huntington Beach in 2003.  Ellie joined because she believed in our mission, to improve the lives of women and girls through programs leading to social and economic empowerment, but, life took over and although Ellie continued to support us at fundraisers and events, she took a leave of absence from the club for about five years.

But now…she is back…and she hasn’t skipped a beat.  As Co-Vice President of Programs, along with Linda Lyons, Ellie leaped back into service.  Being a Soroptimist to Ellie means “being a part of a community of women who help women and children”.

Ellie’s nature is to help others.  A consultant for Heritage Memorial Services, Ellie also volunteers for the Alzheimer’s Orange County as a support group facilitator and advocacy communications.

Ellie loves to read and also must have some kind of connection to Gardnerville and Carson City, Nevada as that’s is where her travels have taken her the last 12 months.  Do you think one of her two grown children, a son who is a transmission re-builder or her daughter, who is a homemaker, may live there?  You’ll have to ask Ellie to find out the answer to that question 🙂

I asked Ellie if she could describe herself in one word, what would that word be and she said, “Doer”.

Welcome Back, Ellie!! We missed you!!

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Historical Events & Women – August

  • I think it is important that we, as women, continue to remind ourselves of how far we have come and how much farther we can go so, here are some important dates to remember:
  • August 6, 1965 – The Voting Rights Act outlaws the discriminatory literacy tests that had been used to prevent African Americans from voting. Suffrage is finally fully extended to African American women
  • August 9, 1995 – Roberta Cooper Ramo becomes the first woman to hold the office of president of the American Bar Association
  • August 10, 1993 – Ruth Bader Ginsburg is sworn in as the second woman and 107th Justice to serve on the US Supreme Court
  • August 12, 1972 – Wendy Rue founds the National Association for Female Executives (NAFE), the largest businesswomen’s organization in the US
  • August 14, 1986 – Rear Admiral Grace Murray Hopper retires from active duty in the US Navy. A pioneering computer scientist and inventor of the computer language COBOL, she was the oldest officer still on active duty at the time of her retirement
  • August 23, 1902 – Fanny Farmer opens the “School of Cookery” in Boston, MA
  • August 26, 1920 – The 19th Amendment of the US Constitution is ratified granting women the right to vote
  • August 26, 1970 – Betty Friedan leads a nationwide protest called the Women’s Strike for Equality in New York City on the fiftieth anniversary of women’s suffrage
  • August 26, 1971 – The first “Women’s Equality Day,” initiated by Representative Bella Abzug, is established by Presidential Proclamation and reaffirmed annually
  • August 28, 1963 – More than 250,000 gather for a march on Washington, DC, and listen to Martin Luther King Jr.’s famous “I Have a Dream” speech
  • August 30, 1984 – Judith A. Resnick is the second US woman in space, traveling on the first flight of the space shuttle Discovery

And…some important birthdays of women you may or may not know about:

  • August 1, 1923 (2006)beamedicine– Beatrice Medicine, Standing Rock Sioux anthropologist, focused on the roles of Lakota women in changes facing their cultures in areas including bilingual education, alcohol and drug use, abuse, socialization of children, and identity needs, author of Learning to Be an Anthropologist and Remaining Native

  • August 2, 1902 (1997)– Mina Rees, mathematician, first woman president of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (1971)
  • August 3, 1905 (1995) – Maggie Kuhn, senior rights activist, founded the Gray Panthers
  • August armstrong_barbara thumbnail4, 1890 (1976)– Barbara Armstrong, lawyer, first female law professor at a law school of a major university, Boalt Hall, at the University of California at Berkeley, expert on social economics


  • August 6, 1886 (1916) – Inez Milholland Boissevain, a lawyer and suffrage leader; gowned in white and riding a white horse, she lead a suffrage parade in Washington, DC, during Woodrow Wilson’s inauguration
  • August 6, 1903 (1999)–Virginia Durr, civil rights activist and author, founding member of the Southern Conference on Human Welfare (1938)
  • August 6, 1911 (1989)– Lucille Ball, comedian, actress, and television executive, starred in TV series “I Love Lucy” from 1950 to 1960, first woman to own a major television studio, Desilu Productions
  • August 9, 1919 (1986)– Leona Woods Marshall Libby, physicist, only woman on the team that built the world’s first nuclear reactor,worked on the Manhattan Project, professor at New York University and UCLA
  • August 11, 1941– Elizabeth Holtzman, youngest woman elected to U.S. Congress, (D-NY, 1973-81), first woman District Attorney in New York City (1981)
  • zerna sharpeAugust 12, 1889 (1981)– Zerna Sharp, author, called the “Mother of Dick and Jane,” helped create the popular reading series with bright action picture stories and one new word on each page


  • August 13, 1818 (1893) – Lucy Stone, suffragist and supporter of rights for women and African Americans, boldly kept her own name when she married
  • August 13, 1893 (1986)– Eva Dykes, first African-American woman to earn a doctoral degree (in English from Radcliffe College in 1921), professor at Howard University, and Chair of the English Dept. at Oakwood College
  • August 14, 1899 (1990)– Caroline Ware, history professor, pioneer in the “cultural approach to History,” expert on consumer affairs, Chair of the American Association of University Women Committee on Social Studies
  • August 14, 1911 (1991)– Ethel Payne, called “The First Lady of the Black Press,” first African American female radio and television commentator at a national news organization (CBS) in 1972
  • August 15, 1903 (1984)– Ellen Winston, first U.S. Commissioner of Welfare in the Dept. of Health, Education, and Welfare (1963-1967)
  • August 15, 1913 (1998)– Aurora Castillo, community activist, co-founded Mothers of East Los Angeles (1984)which worked against a proposed prison and hazardous waste dump in East Los Angeles
  • August 15, 1918 (1995)– Fay Knopp, pacifist and feminist, prison reformer, member of Women Strike for Peace, pioneered more humane treatment of prisoners based on compassion and a belief that people can change themselves
  • August 17, 1891 (1980)– Marion Kenworthy, psychiatrist, first woman president of the American Psychoanalytic Association, professor at New York School of Social Work (now Columbia University School of Social Work)
  • mae westAugust 17, 1893 (1980)– Mae West, iconic actress and sex symbol, started in Vaudeville, starred in plays, movies, radio, and television


  • August 17, 1906 (1998)– Hazel Bishop, chemist, created the first “kiss-proof” lipstick, founded a cosmetics company, Hazel Bishop, Inc.
  • August 17, 1927 (1997)– Elaine Hedges, educator, helped create the field of Women’s Studies, founding member of the National Women’s Studies Association, founded the Women’s Studies Program at Towson University, one of the oldest programs in the country, writer and editor for The Feminist Press
  • August 18, 1893 (1982)– Ragini Devi, American specialist in classical and folk ethnographic dances, won acclaim from dance critics, wrote Dance Dialects of India in 1972, later performed with her daughter and granddaughter
  • August 18, 1902 (1991)– Leona Baumgartner, physician, first woman to be commissioner of the New York City Dept. of Health (1954), advocated for public health education, head of the U.S. Agency for International Development (1962)
  • August 18, 1927– Rosalynn Carter, U.S. First Lady from 1977 to 1981, politically active while in the White House, focused on mental health, senior citizens, and community voluntarism, co-founded the Carter Center with her husband in 1982
  • August 19, 1895 (1987)– Vera Weisbord, radical activist, labor organizer, and feminist,organized women textile worker strikes in the 1920s, active in the Civil Rights Movement, wrote her autobiography, A Radical Life, in 1977, also a painter
  • August 19, 1920 (1999)– Donna Allen, founder of the Women’s Institute for Freedom of the Press in 1972 to publicize and research women’s issues which she thought were ignored by the main stream media
  • August 22, 1883 (1984)– Ruth Underhill, anthropologist and professor, studied with Ruth Benedict who encouraged traveling with native women to learn their history, wrote of the Papago Native American culture, and taught in the Bureau of Indian Affairs schools
  • August 22, 1912 (1996)– Cornelia “Coya” Knutson, first woman elected to the U.S. Congress from Minnesota (1955-1959), first woman on the Agriculture Committee, defeated after an infamous “Come Home Coya” lettersupposedly written by her estranged husband
  • August 23, 1899 (1999)– Grace Chu, cookbook author and teacher, emigrated from Shanghai in 1920 with a scholarship from Wellesley College, taught Chinese cooking, wrote Madame Chu’s Cooking School Cookbook in 1975
  • August 26, 1898 (1979)– Peggy Guggenheim, art collector and socialite, started buying modern art in 1938 and amassed an impressive collection
  • August 26, 1908 (1986)– Cynthia Wedel, first woman elected President of the National Council of Churches (1969-1972), president of the World Council of Churches (1975-1983), argued that women should be treated as equals in the church
  • August 26, 1935 (2011)– Geraldine Ferraro, first woman to run for Vice President of the U.S. on a major party ticketin 1984 (with Democratic candidate Walter Mondale), attorney, U.S. Congresswoman (NY, 1979-1985)
  • August 29, 1913 (1991)– Sylvia Kaye, lyricist and composer, wrote over 100 songs for her husband, Danny Kaye, television producer, and teacher
  • August 30, 1907 (1992)– Luisa Moreno, labor leader and Mexican-American civil rights activist, emigrated from Guatemala, helped organize“El Congreso del Pueblo de Habla Espanola” (Spanish-Speaking Peoples Congress) in 1938, worked for the United Cannery, Agricultural, Packing, and Allied Workers of America (UCAPAWA)

This information is compliments of the Natural Women’s History Project – Writing Women Back Into History.  For more information, go to



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