We Are A Global Community of Women Who Make A Difference

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This morning I received an email from the Daily Om with an article called “Creating Community…Links That Last” by Madisyn Taylor, and it got me to thinking about Soroptimist.

In the article, Madisyn says, “Creating community is an important part of receiving the support we all need to navigate through life.”  While she goes on to talk about creating communities within your own neighborhoods, I thought about it from a more global perspective and decided to look up the definition of “community.”  I found many.  Here are two:
1.   a feeling of fellowship with others, as a result of sharing common attitudes, interests, and goals and
2.  a group of people living in the same place or having a particular characteristic in common

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Wow, I thought…we certainly are women who have a feeling of fellowship as we all share a common goal of improving the lives of women and girl through programs leading to social and economic empowerment and while we all might not live in the same place, we certainly have a particular characteristic in common – we are women doing our best to help other women do their best.

a community of marwari women in Kolkata showing their independence

a community of marwari women in Kolkata showing their independence

I decided to continue searching for more definitions and found this one on www.businessdictionary.com:

1,  Self-organized network of people with common agenda, cause, or interest who collaborate by sharing ideas, information and other resources.
2.  Cluster of common interests that arise from association.

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And last but certainly not least, I visited my old friend, Wikipedia, for their definition of community.
“A community is commonly considered a social unit (a group of three or more people) who share something in common, such as norms, values, identity, and often a sense of place that is situated in a given geographical area (e.g. a village, town, or neighborhood). Durable relations that extend beyond immediate genealogical ties also define a sense of community. People tend to define those social ties as important to their identity, practice, and roles in social institutions like family, home, work, government, society, or humanity, at large.[1][2][3] Although communities are usually small relative to personal social ties (micro-level), “community” may also refer to large group affiliations (or macro-level), such as national communities, international communities, and virtual communities.

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The word “community” derives from the Old French comuneté which comes from the Latin communitas (from Latin communis, things held in common).[4]

Human communities may share intent, belief, resources, preferences, needs, and risks in common, affecting the identity of the participants and their degree of cohesiveness.”

So, as we near the end of yet another month, I just want to leave you with this:  I am proud and honored to be a member of a community of strong women who are helping other women live their dreams, find their voices, break the bonds of poverty and sex trafficking and obtain gender equality.

Together we will change the world!

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Important Dates to Remember – August & September, 2016

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Fall brings a myriad of important days as well as the change in leaf colors on trees.

Here are some dates to think about:

August 26: Women’s Equality Day
Women’s Equality Day is a day proclaimed each year by the United States President to commemorate the granting of the vote to women throughout the country.

Women in the United States were granted the right to vote on August 26, 1920, when the 19th Amendment to the United States Constitution was certified as law. The amendment was first introduced many years earlier in 1878. Every president has published a proclamation for Women’s Equality Day since 1972, the year after legislation was first introduced in Congress by Bella Abzug. This resolution was passed in 1971 designating August 26 of each year as Women’s Equality Day.

September 8: World Literacy Day
September 8 was proclaimed International Literacy Day by UNESCO on November 17, 1965. Its aim is to highlight the importance of literacy to individuals, communities and societies. On International Literacy Day each year, UNESCO reminds the international community of the status of literacy and adult learning globally. Celebrations take place around the world.

Some 775 million adults lack minimum literacy skills; one in five adults is still not literate and two-thirds of them are women; 60.7 million children are out-of-school and many more attend irregularly or drop out.

According to UNESCO’s “Global Monitoring Report on Education for All (2006)“, South and West Asia has the lowest regional adult literacy rate (58.6%), followed by sub-Saharan Africa (59.7%), and the Arab States(62.7%). Countries with the lowest literacy rates in the world are Burkina Faso (12.8%), Niger (14.4%) and Mali (19%). The report shows a clear connection between illiteracy and countries in severe poverty, and between illiteracy and prejudice against women.

Celebrations of International Literacy Day have included specific themes, in line with Education For All goals and other United Nations programs such as the United Nations Literacy Decade. The celebration’s theme for 2007 and 2008 was “Literacy and Health”, with prizes awarded to organizations at the forefront of health education. This was also the thematic emphasis of the 2007-2008 biennium of the United Nations Literacy Decade. In particular, International Literacy Day 2008 had a strong emphasis on Literacy and Epidemics with a focus on communicable diseases such as HIV, Tuberculosis and Malaria, some of the world’s forefront public health concerns. For 2009-2010 the emphasis was placed on “Literacy and Empowerment” with special consideration to Gender Equality and the empowerment of women.

This year marks the 50th anniversary of International Literacy Day and UNESCO is celebrating it under the banner “Reading the Past, Writing the Future”. International Literacy Day 2016 celebrates and honours the past five decades of national and international engagement, efforts and progress made to increase literacy rates around the world. It also addresses current challenges and looks to innovative solutions to further boost literacy in the future.

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The world has changed since 1966 – but our determination to provide every woman and man with the skills, capacities and opportunities to become everything they wish, in dignity and respect, remains as firm as ever. Literacy is a foundation to build a more sustainable future for all.                                                                                                                                              UNESCO Director-General

 

 

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Celebrating Our Story – Notes from the 44th Biennial Soroptimist International of the Americas Convention in Orlando, Florida

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Hola…Oi…Ni hao ma…Kon nichiwa…Ahn-yang Haseo…Hello!

I arrived in Orlando a day early so Diana & I could take in the Epcot Center….what a wonderful adventure that turned out to be.  Here we are at the beginning of our journey!

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Despite the humidity which I am no longer used to, the SIA Convention in Orlando was fantastic!  The theme was Celebrating Our Story and each general session told one chapter. 20160723_090501Over 800 women gathered to listen to our SIA leadership and board tell our story, participate in workshops, hear how our Live Your Dreams award has made a life-changing impact on one of our federation winners, learn from our keynote speakers, Dan Pallotta, Emilia Reyes, Yvonne Simpson and Dayna Steele, meet new friends, re-connect with old ones, let loose and have fun!  We even learned how to say some common words and phrases in 5 other languages: Spanish, Portuguese, Mandarin Chinese, Japanese and Korean.  There were many photo ops…especially since my roommate, Diana Orlando (ok…no jokes) had a selfie stick she loved using.

From Dayna Steele, we learned how to find our inner rock star….From  SI President 20160723_091952Yvonne Simpson, we heard about how “Soroptimist offers unique possibilities through advocacy and project work for women to be change agents to accomplish human rights for all,” and we had an opportunity to support the SI Project in Nepal (which of course, I did!)…and from Dan Pallotta, we discovered a different, better way to think about how charitable organizations spend more to make more for their programs.  He completely changed my way of thinking. You can see Dan on youtube.com.  He has several TED Talks which I recommend listening to.

The Convention kicked off with a Friendship Dinner on Wednesday night.  You are encouraged to come in an outfit that depicts where you are from.  Once again, the women from Korea went all out.  If Susan looks funny to you, it’s because she was born and still is a Canadian citizen but has lived for many years in the US.  Notice Diana is red, white & blue, complete with custom mouse ears!

Susan & Diana with our Korean Soropti-sisters

Susan & Diana with our Korean Soropti-sisters

Our Soropti-sisters from Brazil, South America

Our Soropti-sisters from Brazil, South America

2015-2016 SIA President, Sam (from our very own Desert Coast Region) began our “Story”.

President Sam

President Sam

Our incoming SIA President, Rosemary Reid, gave us “Lessons From Geese” (transcribed from a speech given by Angeles Arrien at the 1991 Organizational Development Network and is based on the work of Milton Olsen).  We all “honked”.

We were encouraged at lunches to sit with others we did not know.  One time, I sat next to Dolly O’Neill-Mejia, the woman who started the first and only club in Ecuador, who gave me a standing invitation to come and visit.  Another time, I sat with two women from New Jersey and another, I actually met a new friend from SI Laguna Beach, MJ.

New friends from New Jersey, Vickie & Arlene

New friends from New Jersey, Vickie & Arlene

The challenge was to make a new friend, take a selfie and post it on the SIA FB page

The challenge was to make a new friend, take a selfie and post it on the SIA FB page

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Because we were the Desert Coast Region winners of the Public Awareness Award, we had a display at the Conference.  I am excited to say that all of the handouts I created were taken!

Our Celebrating Success display at the Convention.

Our Celebrating Success display at the Convention.

And, although she was unable to attend at the last minute, we also celebrated our very own Cathy Standiford, who is a member of the Laurel Society Inner Circle.

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We listened to the stories of the three Live Your Dream Federation winners, one of who was there to tell us about her life in person.

One of three federation winners, Terriea Wadud from Western Canada.

One of three federation winners, Terriea Wadud from Western Canada.

Our Fundraising Council adapted “It’s A Small World” and educated us in a very entertaining way.

SIA CEO, Liz Lucas talked about shifting our focus to a “glocal” mindset and discussed our barriers to reaching our goal of increasing our collective impact:

  • public awareness/recognition
  • membership
  • finances

And, in an unprecedented first, in April of this year the first Soroptimist club in Jerusalem was chartered with members from the Muslim, Jewish & Christian faiths.  (Author’s comment: Maybe it will be Soroptimist women who change the world!)

I attended several breakout workshops: Taking Care of Yourself in a Crazy World; Dream 20160723_140106It, Be It – a Panel Discussion with members from four clubs who have successful programs and one on Fundraising: Beyond Events: Creative Ways to Raise Money for Your Clubs Programs (like smile.amazon.com, cardsforcauses.com, etc.).  There were so many….it was hard to choose.

And, we participated in a Convention Project: creating reusable sanitary pads for women who have to stay home from school 5 days a month if they do not have protection.

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The next SIA Convention will be in July, 2018 in Yokohama, Japan and one of my newer friends (we met at the DCR Spring Conference), President Elect, Yoko Ichigatani, is looking forward to welcoming all of us!

Yoko and I at the "hat-themed" Laurel Society Party

Yoko and I at the “hat-themed” Laurel Society Party

I could go on and on and post more pictures too but, I am anxious to get this posted so, I hope this will entice you to want to join in the fun in Yokohama (I know I am starting to save my pennies now)!

But, before I sign off, I thought you might be interested in knowing that our federation has 1290 clubs with the US having the most with Japan running a close second and Korea growing the fastest.

So…until I blog again…Adios..Adeus…Zai jian…Sayonara…Ahn-yangi-Kaseo…Goodbye 😎

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Celebrating Our Love For Phyllis

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Phyllis Nichols is beginning a new chapter in her life….in another state….Florida…far far away from all of her friends in California.

For months, I have been telling Phyllis that I wanted to go to dinner with her before she left but, my busy schedule had kept me from making a date until earlier this month.

We set a date, July 28, to meet for dinner.  I planned to invite others to surprise her but, when we had our Board/Budget meeting, Cindy brought up that Don MacAllister had offered his home for a going away party.  I said, “Wait…I invited Phyllis to dinner, and wouldn’t it be cool if when she walked in, many of us would be there to surprise her?  So, the surprise “we love you and we will miss you” dinner was born.

Along with current members of our club, Ellie, Donna, Carol, Pat, Kimberly, Maureen, Freda, Cindy, Georgette, Heather, Eva, Michele, Cathy and Mary Sue Bowden, former members and club supporters, Lorraine & Peggy, joined us.  To make it even sweeter, four members of Phyllis’ Bunco group, Cassie, Cheryl, Suzanne & Kathy, also joined us.

The guests begin arriving

The guests begin arriving

Other club members, Kathy, Sue, Rachel, Linda G and Linda L and Laura sent their hugs electronically.

Everyone brought cards.  Cheryl, from Phyllis’ Bunco group, presented Phyllis with a special present, a photo album with pictures from many of their “themed” Bunco parties.

Bunco pal, Cheryl, gives Phyllis a trip down Bunco memory lane

Bunco pal, Cheryl, gives Phyllis a trip down Bunco memory lane

And we presented Phyllis with a photo collage (the picture is not the finished product but, you get the idea  😉 ).

a work in progress

a work in progress

To say Phyllis was surprised would be an understatement.  To say we will all miss her dearly would also be a gross understatement.

And so, I end this blog with a poem just for you, Phyllis.

ODE TO PHYLLIS

Your raspy voice
Gave us no choice
But to notice you

Your caring way
On everyday day
A heart so true

Pease keep in touch
We love you much
And don’t be blue

I know I speak for all who know you, Phyllis, that you hold a very special place in my heart!

We love you!

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2 FUNdraisers in One Week

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Tomorrow I am winging my way to Orlando , Florida to attend the Soroptimist International of the Americas Convention and represent the BEST CLUB EVER but, before I leave, I just wanted to tell you about the 2 FUNdraisers we had this week!  FYI…don’t worry if you missed out because, we will be repeating both during the course of our 2016-2017 year!

The first FUNraiser was held this past Wednesday, July 13, at The Longboard Restaurant & Pub in downtown Huntington Beach.  New co-owners, Mike & Katrina Goldberg, are the BEST!  They gave back 20% of our respective tabs (food & beverages) to our club.ann lee margie charlie carol fred at THE LONGBOARD

15 people that we knew attended: Rachel & her family, Carol & Fred, Margie & Charlie, Anne & Lee, Heather, Georgette, Terry, Maureen, Lorraine (SIHB supporter) & her husband, Doug, and my friend, Mary.  I found out later that a few friends of Lee’s who were sitting in the bar also participated. rachel and family at longboard

 

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And the best news about The Longboard FUNdraiser was that we will be doing it again on October 13, during LOBSTERFEST!!!!!

20160713_191209Maureen started her Lobsterfest early with a lobster roll in honor of her friend from back east.

Then, just when you thought it couldn’t get any more FUN, we had a “Clean Out Your Closet” donation drive on Saturday, July 16, in conjunction with Savers in Fountain Valley.

Donations came from all over: members, Sally, a former “adopted” mom and Live Your Dream honoree and people who live in the same building as new member, Michele.

We racked up over 500 pounds of clothes and over 200 lbs of hard goods (books, lamps, a Hello Kitty TV & more).

Our stuff!

Our stuff!

Missed this one….Don’t worry! Save your stuff….I know we will have another “Clean Out Your Closet” during the spring of 2017!

Both of these events were successful and well worth it.  Just think of it, we kicked off our 2016-2017 FUNdraising, and we haven’t even had a meeting yet!

The transportation team gets a big check from Savers!

The transportation team gets a big check from Savers!

Thank you to all who supported these two events and  some very special “shout outs”:  to Janet who created two amazing flyers for us, to Katrina & Mike Goldberg for their generosity and to Debi and her team at Savers for making our drop off completely painless!

Just a note about Savers…All of us were so impressed.  Every Savers store has a Community Donation Center benefitting a nonprofit organization in your community like the Epilepsy Foundation of America, which the Fountain Valley store supports. They also do their part for Planet Earth by giving goods a second life instead of one in a landfill. Last year alone, Savers re-purposed over 650 million pounds of goods – that’s the weight of over 100,000 elephants!  We all agreed….Support Savers!

Stay tuned after I return from Orlando with my convention report!

Hugs!

terry

 

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Love & Licks from River…Soroptimist Huntington Beach is So Grateful for Your Support!

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Once again, we had the MOST amazing Walk To Make A Difference that bonded together Soroptimists from three clubs: Huntington Beach, Long Beach and Capo Bay plus friends and family members plus the most important fundraisers…the furry, four-footed ones…the dogs….who put paws to the pavement to raise money to support our programs that help improve the lives of women and girls both locally and around the world!

We all got up for an early morning walk at the beach.  Even Jack got to walk this year thanks to his “auntie” Freda!

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Our photo album will be up in a few days but this post is all about gratitude for all of our supporters and donors so…are you ready?

FACE LICKER – $1,000
Diana Perna (PK Real Estate)
Mary Sue Bowden

BARKER – $250
Cathy Standiford
Linda Lyons

COUCH POTATO – $100
Linda & George Cahill
Marcelle Capps
Gifts from a Distance
Margie Hersch
Debby & Al Larson
Lynn Shrum
The Longboard Restaurant & Pub
Nancy Lyons
Brian & Shelby Mirrotto (actually donated $120)
Seacliff Electronic Commerce
Michele Wilkosz

LITTER MATES – $50 & Under
Lauri Blanchard
Dawn Chuchian
Mary Clifford
Doug & Lorraine Crawford
Susan Gilbey
Lynn & Tom Hermstad
Judy Hirsch
Bari Hospodarec
Kurt Hubler
Sally Lane
Keene & Freda Matsuda
OneHope Foundation (actually donated $87.15 from a Wine Tasting at President
Georgette’s home)
Kris Riggs
Michele Robb
Barbara & Don Rodgers
Donna & Frank Skinner
Georgette Sleeth
Pamela Waller
Margaret Gilbey

All together we raised over $4,200 and spent only $13.75 doing it!!!!!  THANK YOU TO ALL!

Hope to see everyone…and more…next year!

Love & Licks,

River (aka The Mighty River Rose)

Am I cute or what? Can you believe I organized this event?

Am I cute or what? Can you believe I organized this event?

 

 

 

 

 

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SI Huntington Beach – United In Service

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“United In Service”

2015-2016 Club Year Accomplishments
Compiled by SI HB President, Georgette Sleeth

  • Adopted TWO Dolly Wakeham families for the club year
  • Paid for a venue so that a 5 year old boy could have his first ever birthday party
  • Donated $600 to the HB Youth Shelter and earned a snowflake on the HB Pier
  • Donated two bicycles, a scooter and three helmets to the PSS Christmas Party
  • Provided the centerpieces for the American Family Housing Holiday Party
  • Spent a day preparing meals for the homeless with Temple Beth Sholom’s (Santa Ana) Mitzvah Meals
  • Treated 21 women to an AMAZING Day of Self Esteem
  • Awarded two Live Your Dream grants for $1000 each
  • Helped past LYD honoree, Jessica, with $500 towards her tuition for a pre-requisite summer class at Cal State Long Beach
  • Helped past LYD honoree, Ida, treat her daughter to a special birthday by giving her $200 in gift cards
  • Threw a bowling birthday party for current LYD honoree Megan’s daughter, Brooklynn
  • Donated items for Robynn’s Nest’s pantry
  • Donated multiple times items for Orange Coast College’s C.A.R.E. Program’s pantry
  • Sponsored a little girl in Haiti so she can go to school (for the third year)
  • Donated handbags filled with snacks and toiletries for the homeless at the Desert Coast Region Spring Conference
  • Organized a meal train for a beloved member who has been faced with multiple health challenges
  • Provided current LYD honoree Megan with a new computer, printer and many household items for her new apartment
  • Volunteered at The Galaxy Of Stars VIP Show
  • Gave graduation gifts to three past SIHB award recipients
  • Donated $500 to the new HB Senior Center
  • Provided a $500 scholarship to a deserving student in memory of former member & SIHB president, Catou DeFriend
  • Donated a $1250 scholarship to a PSS recipient
  • Donated clothing to Women Helping Women
  • Sent over $1300 to Soroptimist International of the Americas for Club Giving
  • Created many adorable “Sor-octopi” for the children of Colette’s Home
  • Donated $1000 to Build Futures
  • Threw many creative fundraisers (Bunco Nights, Stay-At-Home-for-The Holidays, Wine Tasting, A Fashion Show Brunch, A Walk to Make a Difference) to raise funds to support our programs and our mission
  • Most importantly, we showed many of our award winners, both past and present, that we aren’t just a faceless entity writing a check, but rather a supportive, caring, ongoing support system for them.

Our theme for this club year was “United In Service”.

I would say, MISSION ACCOMPLISHED!

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The History of Father’s Day

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Did you know that Father’s Day was started by a woman?

The idea of celebrating Father’s Day was created by Ms Sonora Dodd, a loving daughter from Spokane, Washington. Her father, Henry Jackson Smart, single-handedly raised Sonora and five of her siblings after the death of her mother during childbirth. When Sonora attended a Mother’s Day Sermon in 1909, she thought that if there is the day to honor mothers then there should also be a corresponding day to honor fathers. Sonora worked relentlessly for years to ensure that the idea of Father’s Day became a reality. In 1924 President Calvin Coolidge first recognized Father’s Day. In view of the massive popularity of the day, in 1972, President Richard Nixon established a permanent national observance of Father’s Day to be held on the third Sunday of June.

Over the years, the concept of celebrating Father’s Day spread beyond geographical boundaries. Today, millions of children across the world express gratitude for their dads as they celebrate Father’s Day.

Many people laughed at Sonora Dodd when she talked of the concept of having a Father’s Day, as traditionally, only mother is regarded as the sole nurturer of a child. The role of father is often relegated to a secondary status as compared to a mother. But all of us know that father is just as important for a child as the mother is. If mothers are the heroes of child rearing, significance of father in the development and emotional well being of a child is no less. Children depend on their father, as well their mother, for their spiritual, emotional, physical, financial and social well being. For daughters, father is hopefully the ideal man in the world and also the first man they adore, while for sons, father is an idol (again hopefully) and the strongest man they aspire to emulate.

Though traditionally father is seen more as a provider for his children, this has significantly changed in nuclear family culture of today. With many, both parents work and more fathers are as involved in child rearing as the mothers are. Today, most fathers do not shy away from changing diapers or taking the difficult task of putting the baby to sleep. This cultural change is helping in strengthening father-child relationship and consequently in emotional development of a child and building of stronger family bonds.  We even see more and more “stay-at-home” dads.

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Building Futures

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“You do have a future. There is light at the end of that inky black tunnel.”
Willow Cross, Getting Over It

Soroptimist is all about improving the lives of women and girls through programs that lead to social and economic empowerment but, it is also about supporting and promoting those in our community – the community of compassionate souls – those, like us, who are trying to improve the lives of others.

Kathy Tillotson, CEO of Build Futures, is one of those souls.  Build Futures is a life-changing solution…not just a short term remedy.  And, the organization focuses on the forgotten, the 18 to 24 year olds.

Build Futures mission is dedicated to taking homeless young adults off the street and providing them with stable housing, one-on-one support, services and the resources necessary to become self-sufficient.

Build Futures uses a structured, step-by-step program called “Steps to Success” which is tailored to each youth and connects them to services and resources needed to obtain and maintain long-term independence.

Did you know that over 11, 000 Orange County high school students are homeless: over 2, 700 are seniors who are 18 or turning 18.

Did you know that in California ,only 21% of the homeless youth are sheltered….79% are homeless.

Build Futures is one of the organizations that SI Huntington Beach supports and today, 5 of us (including a new member-to-be) attended an appreciation party at the home of the Tillotson’s.  We heard from others who also support Build Futures like Saint Bonaventure Church who is hosting their 2nd annual drive for things like gas cards, grocery cards and cash to help these youth.  Last year, they raised $8,000 and this year they hope to do more.  For more information, please contact Saint Bonaventure directly.  You don’t need to be a member of their parish to donate.  We also heard from one woman who brought one of the homeless youth into her home to live with her family.  The girl’s mother had died when she was young and the father was a truck driver and on the road a lot.  She was left to raise herself.  It was not always an easy road for the family or the girl but, it was successful.  She is now enrolled in college and is creating a meaningful life for herself.

Like all small nonprofits, Build Futures is always in need of help.  Did you know that for only $25, you can buy a bus pass for week or for $130 you can provide shelter for a week or for just $10, you can provide healthy fast food at Subway?

According to Kathy, 95 cents of every dollar goes directly to supporting these youth in their quest to become productive and self-sufficient members of our community.

“You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them.”
~Maya Angelou~

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We Celebrate Graduation Day!!

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What is graduation?  According to Webster’s Learner’s Dictionary, here is what graduation means:
– the act of receiving a diploma or degree from a school, college, or university : the act of graduating
–  a ceremony at which degrees or diplomas are given out

We are proud Soropti-moms as this year we celebrate three graduations of women whom we have gotten to know through our partnership with Project Self-Sufficiency in Huntington Beach.

Last night, Ann Marie and Rae both received their AA degrees from Orange Coast College.

Ann Marie and Lily

Ann Marie and Lily

Ann Marie was one of our two Dolly Wakeham (adopted) moms this year, and she will be moving on to complete her Bachelor’s degree at the University of California, Irvine.  We will be honoring Ann Marie on Sunday, May 29, at a dinner.  If you are interested in joining us, please email us at info@soroptimisthuntingtonbeach.org.

Our club helped Rae celebrate her son’s birthday this year, and she will be entering Vanguard University to pursue her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology in the fall.

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Jacque will receive her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology & Social Behavior from the University of California on June 10 and will be going on to the University of Southern California (USC) for her Master’s degree.  Jacque was both our Dolly Wakeham mom and our Live Your Dream honoree a few years ago.  We will be joining Jacque to celebrate her success on June 11 in an open house, from 1pm-4pm, at the Susan B. Koman Breast Foundation, 3191 Airport Loop Drive, Costa Mesa, CA.

Congratulations to all of our amazing graduates!

I will leave you with a few graduation quotes from people you may know 🙄

“When people tell you not to believe in your dreams and they say “Why?”,  say “Why not?”
~Billie Jean King

“As you start your journey, the first thing you should do is throw away that store-bought map and begin to draw your own.”
~Michael Dell

 

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