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SATURDAY, OCTOBER 1ST

Stay tuned for updates and photos from Fall Workshop!

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saturday, september 2nd

Fall Workshop is coming!

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Monday, August 15th

We had a great Presidents’ Leadership Summit last Saturday.  One highlight was the presidents’ opportunity to share upcoming club events with the other attendees.   Here is another event:

Long Beach Event

Luncheon Tickets are $55

Table of 10 – $550

RSVP by September 1, 2016

Send your payment via Paypal to hello@Soroptimist-LongBeach.org.

Or mail your check payable to SI Long Beach PO Box 15064, Long Beach, CA 90815-0064

For further information, please visit Soroptimist-LongBeach.org or
Call Lauri Blanchard at 562-355-5675.

SUNDAY, JULY 3RD

Hello, members of Soroptimist International of Camino Real Region.  Welcome to the League of Exceptional Women.

If you are visiting for the first time, this page started as a home base and resource pod for leaders and members of Soroptimist clubs in District 3 of Camino Real Region.

Today it has been expanded to include all four Districts of our Region.

 

This is how we look on a map.

 

By the numbers:

  • A 2000 square mile area
  • 100 miles (as the crow flies) from our northernmost club to our southernmost club
  • 24 clubs
  • 4 districts (color coded blue and green markers)
  • 3 counties
  • 1 Region

That bears repeating:  One Region.

More on this later; for now, imagine the opportunities for women and girls in this enormous sphere of influence that we have.

saturday, May 28th

I know it’s been a couple of weeks since Spring Conference, but I’ve had to take care of a couple of things.  Now, straight from a cabin in Big Bear, here is your Spring Conference recap.

Spring Conference was fantastic on every level:  exciting, engaging, informative, inspirational.  I am so proud of District 3 clubs and of our entire Region.  We’ve had an extraordinary year.

District 3 Conference Highlights:

There were many examples of District 3 clubs shining bright.  Your vision boards were spectacular.  You brought record numbers of members to Conference, including new members.

Clubs on Parade

SI of Pico Rivera shared their story on Saturday – an amazing year of exponential growth, community service, and internal community.

SI of Manhattan Beach shared their Dream It, Be It event on Sunday morning.  So inspiring.  What was particularly great for me, watching the Clubs on Parade sharing how they executed Dream It, Be It, was that this is an event that can be done on any scale – large or small.

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Winn Claybaugh, author or Be Nice, or Else! Keynote Speaker at the Governor’s Luncheon on Friday. Fantastic.
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My club – SI of LA West-Santa Monica, with our vision/brag board
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Mardi Gras Party to celebrate the 2016-18 Board and Governor Ginger Cole
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Yes, that’s me

 

What’s Next?

It is a bittersweet reality that after July 1st I won’t have the pleasure of being your District 3 Director.  The bright side is that starting July 1st I will be your Governor-Elect – so in many ways, nothing has changed.  I’m still here for you.  This page will continue.  Newsletters will continue.  I will keep sharing and connecting.

We are more than the sum of our parts.  We aren’t just a club or district strong.  We are A Region Strong.

SUNDAY, APRIL 24TH

We had a productive District 3 Presidents’ Roundtable discussion yesterday.  Thank you, Presidents, who offered precious time out of your weekends to join us to share your wins and your questions about Spring Conference and about the business of running a successful Soroptimist club.  Every club is unique.  Every club has its strengths.  We draw strength from each other.

Executive Summary of the PRT Discussion:
  1. Thank you for submitting your Spring Conference registrations.  I’m excited by the number of District 3 members and delegates who will be attending.  If you haven’t sent in your club’s registration summary and payment yet, there is still time. Send delegates.  Send new members.  Encourage club members to go. Conferences and conventions are where we learn, we grow, we network, we support each other.
  2. I’m looking forward to seeing every club’s vision board.
  3. I’m looking forward to exciting, creative, spectacular purse drawing prizes.
  4. I can’t wait for the Mardi Gras themed installation dinner Saturday night.  Bring your masks and beads, glitz and glam.
  5. And especially – I’m looking forward to a moment or several where District 3 leaders and members can share wins and challenges.  It’s a jam-packed agenda but we will carve out a few moments to meet as a District.  Watch your phones for an email the weekend of Conference.
  6. Call or email me if you need any help or have questions about Spring Conference or anything at all.
  7. Have a great week.

SATURDAY, APRIL 9TH

SI of Pico Rivera – a Club to Watch / a Club to Makes us Proud

SI of Pico Rivera has been doing a phenomenal job this year and the secret is out in their community: this is a group of women who must be supported and must be joined.  They are simply irresistible.  If you weren’t already planning to come to Spring Conference with a carload or three of club members now you have no choice because you’ll have the opportunity to meet and learn from these rock stars.

The Remarkable Women of SI of Pico Rivera Proudly Wearing their MemberSHIP Scarves
The Remarkable Women of SI of Pico Rivera Proudly Wearing their MemberSHIP Scarves

Speaking of Spring Conference…

A week has flown by since the Camino Real Board and the Spring Conference Committee met to discuss our fast-approaching Spring Conference, which I know you all know is happening Friday May 13th through Sunday, May 15th.   By now, Governor Dora has sent an email with action steps for our Region’s leaders to take in the days left until we meet at Conference.

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Repetition of a good thing is never a bad thing.  In some public speaking classes you learn to tell them what you’re going to tell them, tell them, and then tell them what you told them.  So, in that spirit, please take note again even if you already have:

  1. This year’s Spring Conference is at the Hilton Pasadena.  We’ve been preparing and we’ve tasted some of the food.  Conference attendees are in for a treat at every meal. If you and as many of your members as possible haven’t yet registered, get to it because this is just some of what’s in store:
    1. We’ll start on Friday, May 13th with the Governor’s Luncheon followed by Women’s Health Issue workshops (not to be missed!), Leadership Academy, a Reception and the Soroptimists on Parade Awards Dinner!
    2. Saturday, May 14th will have business sessions, awards, region news and events briefings, and we’ll hear from our SIA official visitor, Beverly Bucar, Federation Director.  We’ll elect our new Board for 2016-2018 and that evening in our best glitz and glamour, we will C-E-L-E-B-R-A-T-E these women and, oh yes, install them into office!
    3. On Sunday morning we will have our memorial program for Soroptimists and family members we’ve loved but lost, and then we will have our Program Recognition Breakfast featuring our signature programs – Live your Dream and Dream It, Be It.
  2. Bring your tri-fold club dream board (remember this from Fall Workshop last October?) for our Clubs on Parade exhibition Saturday.  This is your opportunity to showcase what your club is doing and dreaming of doing and prizes will be awarded for several categories.
  3. Club members being recognized for their years of service will have already received their letters inviting them to the dinner on Saturday.  In case you’re asked, the 5-, 10-, 15-year and other milestones are based on completion of full years as Soroptimists according to SIA records.  For example, I joined in 2001, so I will be acknowledged for my 15 years NEXT year (le sigh).
  4. You’ve probably received an email asking if your club, members, or members of your community would like to be Spring Conference sponsors this year.  Let me know if you need me to send details of sponsorship benefits for various levels of sponsorship or a copy of the sponsorship letter you can personalize.
  5. Email me at barbaraandres@gmail.com if you have any questions.  I will do my best to answer them or connect you with the board or Committee member or Chair who can.
  6. Our next President’s Round Table (PRT) is scheduled for Saturday, April 16th at 10 AM.  I will send a call-in number.  If anyone would like to have a continental breakfast and meet in person, let me know in response to the invitation and I can find us a space.
  7. I’m looking forward to seeing or hearing you all next week and definitely seeing you all plus 5+ club members each at Spring Conference!
  8. Finally, wearing my STOP Trafficking Chair hat – there are only 5 days left to submit your STOP Trafficking activity reports (click here for details).  I am looking forward to letting the entire Region know the great work our Region’s Soroptimists have done on this program.

MONDAY, MARCH 7TH

Last Saturday, months of preparation and hard work by SI of Lakewood-Long Beach culminated in a very successful Lakewood Community Run.  It was the 25th anniversary of this event in the lovely community of Lakewood.

Pounding pavements for 3, 6, 13 or 26 miles is how one absorbs the texture and flavor of a community.  Running the streets of Lakewood last Saturday showed me what a warm-hearted, real, and welcoming place this is.  Soroptimists and the local County Sheriffs have collaborated on this event for 11 years.  Not only is this a tradition; it is an extended family reunion that grows each year.

I’m proud of this club, as I am of all of our District’s clubs.  We’re beacons of light for our communities and well beyond.  We spread hope.  We dispense joy.  We count.

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At the starting line, 07:59 on 3-5-16
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T-shirt pick-up AKA Soroptimist Central
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Every day is a great day to be a Soroptimist

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 14TH

Happy Valentine’s Day today. Happy Presidents Day tomorrow.

Last weekend I was delighted to attend SI of Pico Rivera’s Live your Dream Award Ceremony, and especially to share the table with the awardee and her father, who couldn’t be prouder of what his daughter had accomplished.  She is going to be a Registered Nurse or Nurse Practitioner.  One of the best professions in the world because nurses get us through our most vulnerable and scary times.

Bonus! They also inducted a new member, and I had the pleasure of placing the pin over her heart.

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Live Your Dream Award Recipient gets her angel and her check that will help her with school

 

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WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 10TH

SI of Lakewood-Long Beach has an Event on March 5th!

Join me there.  I will be running the 10k. Or, if you’d like to be a volunteer at the packet pick-up on the 4th or at the run on the 5th, contact info@lakewoodrun.com and tell them you’re a Soroptimist.

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Three Upcoming Events in February, March, and April – Attend if you Can
February, SI of Bellflower –

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March, STOP Trafficking Committee, Camino Real Region District 1 –

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April, SI of LA West-Santa Monica –

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Sunday, January 31st

January leaves us with a roar as I listen to and feel the pelting rain and the ferocious wind gusts on the windows. It’s great to be warm and dry. Our rear fence got knocked down by the wind, and there are palm fronds everywhere on the streets. The power of the storm is intense.  Who knew air and water could get so angry.  Hope everyone is safe out there.

I just braved the weather to attend a great FUNdraiser – a bowling party by SI of LA West-Santa Monica.  We rented 7 lanes for two hours – and bowled, ate pizza and salad, and caught up with each other.  Good times.  I highly recommend it!

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It Happened this Week
SI of Long Beach – Thursday, January 28th

President Jodean Pelzman of SI of Long Beach, a club that has been serving its community for many decades since the mid-20th century, invited me to their annual get-to-know-us open house.  This year it was held at Soroptimist House.  Yes, Virginia, there is a Soroptimist House.  It’s been on the campus of Cal State Long Beach for many, many years and was originally established with the help of the Soroptimist club as a meeting, reception, and exhibit venue.  It is located next door to Cal State’s School of Nursing.

It’s a bittersweet reality that like all good things, Soroptimist House must come to an end in its current form as the single-story ranch-style building is going to be replaced by a larger facility that will facilitate the expanding school of nursing as well as part of the social services department with more classrooms and amenities. The good news – more people, and nursing students at Cal State Long Beach are still predominantly women with the ratio of female to male students being 85:15 – will improve the lives of themselves, their families, and countless other people by joining the ranks of nurses. The bad news, of course, is that we’re losing the Soroptimist naming rights and the reminder of our brand in the middle of Cal State Long Beach.

For now. I’m sure our resourceful and vibrant SI of Long Beach will continue to make their community aware of their good works and good women, and will continue to thrive. Thursday’s event had nearly as many guests as members present, and several of the guests spoke up with enthusiasm that they felt they’d found a place where they might make a real difference.

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Download from the Camino Real Region Board and the 2016 Spring Conference Committee

These are exciting times. Your Camino Real Region Board and the Spring Conference Committee are gearing up for Spring Conference, which is happening on May 13th through the 15th at the Hilton Pasadena.

The Hilton is a lovely venue with terrific amenities and fine dining. It located in beautiful downtown Pasadena near world-class shopping and other great places to visit.  We’re going to have a fantastic time at Spring Conference.

Now I need to share a few things with you related to Spring Conference specifically and our region in general:  Action items in mauve.

  1. The Call to Conference will be mailed and published on the Camino Real Region Web Site early this week.  I encourage you to click this link before your next club business meeting so that you can start talking about it with your club.  There are only 3-4 business meetings between now and Conference.
  2. I’ll send a doodle poll with dates for a Presidents Roundtable later this week so that once you’ve had a chance to look over the Call, we can talk about it, probably in the second week of February.
  3. At Fall Workshop last October, we talked about an activity we’ll be doing at Spring Conference called Dreams on Parade.  At Fall Workshop each club was given a tri-fold presentation board to make a dream board of your club’s successes and vision.  The boards will be posted at Conference and one winning club will receive special recognition for their board.  Start thinking about what your board is going to look like.  If you weren’t at Fall Workshop and didn’t get your board or if you misplaced it, please contact me.
  4. Many clubs are now forming their nominating committees and working on their future club Boards and Committee chairs.  Presidents, encourage new leaders to come forward by offering your own and all members’ utmost support. It is a joy and a privilege to take a leadership role in Soroptimist at club level and ultimately at Region and Federation level or beyond.
  5. The Call to Conference contains application forms for the Governor’s Award (for club presidents) and the Distinguished Soroptimist Award (for outstanding club members).  Fill out your Governor’s Award application and nominate your members who have really stepped up for Distinguished Soroptimist Award so we can share your accomplishments with the whole Region.
  6. Ask your clubs to contribute goodies (business-branded and club-branded items are great) to conference bags.  If your members can manage 200 of something, that’s great, but even 100 of anything will go a long way in the goody bags.
  7. We’ve got some keynote great speakers on deck for Friday’s and Saturday’s luncheons.  Another good reason to attend!
  8. Send me pictures of your accomplishments and events this year so that your hard work and fun this year can be shared with the whole region at Conference.
  9. Encourage new members to attend Conference.  This is where they can really see how big a difference we make as a whole – in our Federation and globally.
  10. Each club has as many as three votes in the business session – yours (the president), and two delegates.  Let’s all, as clubs, really participate in the future of our Region by making the most of your club’s voting strength at Conference.  Bonus: delegates do not pay a registration fee.  

Email me with any questions or concerns you may have.  I’ll be in touch about Presidents’ Roundtable.  We can have a phone conference or I can arrange an in-person meeting if you prefer.

monday, january 11th

President / Club Spotlight — Sheila Twogood, SI of Pico Rivera

I’m thrilled to share with our District and Region a delightful biography/club update by President Sheila Twogood of SI of Pico Rivera, a truly exceptional woman.

Sheila TwogoodMy name is Sheila Twogood. I have been married to David Twogood for nearly 25 years and we have one son, Zach, who is 22 years old. We reside in La Habra, CA.

You may ask, why Pico Rivera? I was born and raised in Pico Rivera. I attended El Rancho High School and even ran for Ms. Pico Rivera back when I was much younger (and thinner). I feel it is necessary to give back to the city that helped mold me into the person I am today.

I have been employed by BlueScope Steel in Long Beach, CA for over five years. I am an Inside Sales Representative. Additionally, I am a part-time real estate agent. I work out of Keller Williams in Whittier, CA. As you can probably guess, my passion is in Sales.

I have been a member of S.I.P.R. for at least 7 years. I have witnessed many changes, both good and bad, and have a good idea of what is needed to make this a stronger, more successful group. I encourage the members to offer their input and ideas and we have already begun to implement some of them.

I am backed by a remarkable board: Helen Genis is our Treasurer, Melba Schefres is our President Elect and Vanessa Carrillo is our Secretary. These ladies help me to keep things running smoothly and we are a strong, passionate leadership team.

Our 3 newest members, Yolanda Genis, Emily Peyton and Nellie Peyton.
Our 3 newest members, Yolanda Genis, Emily Peyton and Nellie Peyton.

One of the first service projects we have participated in occurred in December 2015. We adopted a lockdown facility in Pico Rivera called Colonial Gardens. The residents of this facility have no one. Our members adopted 48 residents total. We donated approximately 150 gifts (3 per resident) from the resident’s wish lists. It was an extremely fulfilling project and one in which we plan to repeat every year. We have also just committed to working with this facility quarterly to donate items to help make their lives a little brighter.

Some of our members and the gifts we donated to Colonial Gardens
Some of our members and the gifts we donated to Colonial Gardens

Another project which we started approximately 3 -4 years ago is the Zulien Clouse Math Awards.  We give out four Math Awards in the amount of $250 each for 5th grade girls. Two awards are given for most improved and two for excellence in Mathematics. We also provide two $500 scholarships to two senior students from Ruben Salazar Continuation High School in Pico Rivera.   Last of all, we will be giving a $1000 award to our Live Your Dream recipient, Ms. Camille Artechi next month.

I have included some photos of a few of our events to give you an idea about who we are.

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Our First annual cookie exchange

sunday, january 10th

Yesterday, the tree was disrobed and put in the alley for pick-up.  It’ll be mulched into food for new trees, along with flowering plants and other new life.  The wreath came off the door.  Snoopy Santa was put away.

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I was delighted to hear from the President of SI of Pico Rivera a couple of days ago.  Her name is Sheila Twogood, and her club is doing great things, especially with membership.  I’m looking forward to visiting her club in coming weeks.  They’ll be presenting their Live Your Dream recipient with her award, an event I wouldn’t miss for the world.

Send me updates on your upcoming events, and I will (a) try to attend as many as I can, and (b) publish an updated District calendar.

In the Region, the Board and Spring Conference Committee are finalizing plans for Spring Conference in Pasadena in May.  Expect that Call to Conference in February as usual.   Start making plans to send your delegates, new members, and as many members as possible to Spring Conference.  It will be a phenomenal and inspiring event in a lovely city.

Have a great week.

Sunday, December 20th

Greetings of the season.  You and your clubs are brilliant lights drawing the women and girls of your communities out of unfriendly seas into harbors of optimism and opportunity. IMG_0839

May you continue to lead your clubs to even greater heights.  I am here for any help you may need.

 

 

Sunday, November 22nd

See the calendar for upcoming events in the District:

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Reminder: Please RSVP for our First (Annual) District 3 Stocking Stuffer Party, which has landed at 11 AM (brunch) on Saturday, December 5th at Daily Grill, LAX (on Century Blvd.)  Bring enough stocking stuffers for everyone (8-10 should do it), come sip mimosas and share holiday cheer with District 3 friends and guests.

Saturday, November 14th

Good News on Membership – Part One – Potential

I decided to map our District today just to get a visual of how many potential members could be out there, just waiting to hear about an organization that is making a difference for women and girls.  Take a look.  Imagine how many new members are out there for our District’s clubs.

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Good News on Membership – Part Two – Results

SIA has shared some great news about membership in our region and district.  Here are the numbers as of October 31st:

SI of Lakewood Long Beach – 1 new member

SI of Long Beach – 1 new member

SI of Pico Rivera – 3 new members!  Tell us how you did it!

SI of Manhattan Beach – 1 new member

SI of LA West-Santa Monica – 1 new member

I’m proud of our District’s clubs.  Keep up the good work.  Whatever worked is worth doing again, and again.  Let’s grow our clubs.

Sunday, November 1st

Halloween is officially history.   All that’s left is remnants of a costume, Facebook posts, and memories.

Let me share my entry in a mini-pumpkin decorating contest at work.

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Jack-o Minion and Friends

Oh, and I bet you didn’t know I had a dark side.  But if you saw the movie, you know that Maleficent isn’t evil.  She’s complicated.  As would you be if your wings were stolen from you.

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But enough about me.

It’s time for another club spotlight.

District 3 Club Spotlight:  Soroptimist International of Manhattan Beach

Earlier this month I had the privilege of joining SI Manhattan Beach for one of their program meetings. The keynote speaker was from Children of the Night, an organization which rescues child victims of prostitution, mostly girls but also boys and transgender people. Privately funded, this organization does a terrific job, providing a hotline and safe haven for any child victim of sexual exploitation and pandering. Read more about them here.

SI of Manhattan Beach, currently under the leadership of President Laura Lind, has served women and girls of the South Bay since 1953. These women are innovative and tireless, hosting one of the most consistently successful Lunafest fundraisers each year.  They were one of the first, if not the first clubs in our Region who made this fundraiser really work for them, yielding not only fundraising dollars but also public awareness of Soroptimist.

The women of this club can be seen working side by side with other organizations in their community in an effort to improve conditions for all.  Their next fundraiser is on November 7th (see calendar).  They never stop looking for opportunities.  While I was there, one member announced that they had successfully been awarded grant monies by Southern California Edison. Thus, reminding us all that for-profit organizations are often quite willing to give, if asked. 

SI MB is a club marked by growth; on my visit, several guests to the program meeting appeared on the brink of membership. 

I'm proud of this club in the South Bay. More than half a century of service, and you've only just begun.

Saturday, October 17th

Save the date for our District 3 Holiday Party and Gift Exchange.  Saturday, December 5th at the Daily Grill near LAX.   Let me know if you can make it.

Friday, October 16th

Breakaway

We all need to recharge from time to time.  That’s why I did no writing last week.

Instead, I took a few days off to travel with my husband to San Francisco where he had a conference to attend and I, left to my own devices, explored (on foot and by cable car) one of my favorite cities in the whole world. It was the 20th anniversary of my first visit to the city by the bay.

Of course, I had to find the sea lions at Pier 39.  I love pinnipeds, who are, in my mind, just another kind of dog (the kind that lives in the sea). It didn’t help that we’d left our dogs with a sitter and I missed them. I definitely needed my dog fix.

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It took me two days to find the sea lions on the pier.  I think it’s because when I first looked for them on Friday, their barking, which can usually lead a person right to them, was drowned out by the sonic booms of the Blue Angels planes overhead. (Fleet Week!)  I finally found them on a quiet Saturday morning on my morning run.

We left San Francisco early Sunday morning and came back on the coastal route, stopping for lunch in Big Sur. Ah. May. Zing.  We found a little restaurant by a creek with Adirondack chairs planted in the water so you could relax and wade at the same time.

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Then we spent the night in Cambria. Spectacular sunset.

Cambria is a quaint place.  IMG_0594The annual scarecrow festival is in full swing right now; there are scarecrows in front of every business on the main drag and beyond.  They’ll be there until the end of October.  If you get a chance, go up and see them. I particularly liked the award-winning uni-“corn” fairy.  Her horn is a corncob fashioned out of bubble wrap. Somebody had fun popping those bubbles.

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And finally, more pinnipeds — elephant seals in San Simeon, about 10 miles north of Cambria.   The ones we saw were mostly teenagers, about six months old.  Gorgeous.  They barked and snuffled like only elephant seals (or our beagle Red) can.

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The next post will be a return to regularly scheduled programming.

There will be news and events, a club profile, and an updated calendar.

Reminder: don’t forget to take time to stop and smell the seals roses.

Monday, October 5th

Last Saturday, at least 100 of us, representing most of Camino Real Region’s clubs (and ALL of District 3! – we rock, ladies!) attended the 17th Annual Fall Workshop.  The venue was perfect and the food was great – thank you to our District’s own GEM Sue Held and her SI Bellflower Team!  You thought of everything.  Next year’s host club will have big pointy-toed snakeskin stilettos (I can’t just call them shoes) to fill.

We had phenomenal guest speakers including not one, but two past SIA Presidents, our own GEM Cheri Fleming and, from Garden Grove, Cathy Standiford.

I will provide more details later and an updated calendar, but for now, some photos.  If you took photos at Fall Workshop, feel free to pass them along for sharing with everyone.

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Sally, Donna, and Stephanie from SI LA West-Santa Monica
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Past SIA President, GEM Cheri addresses the group
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Past SIA President Cathy Standiford Speaking on Change is Hard, Not Changing is Fatal

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Saturday, September 26th

Check out a couple of new calendar entries from SI of Manhattan Beach and SI of LA West-Santa Monica.

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Sunday, September 20th

Club Spotlight – SI LA West-Santa Monica

Without (much) bias, as this is my club, I’d like to start a series of spotlight features on the outstanding clubs of District 3 with Soroptimist International of LA West-Santa Monica.  This club is the epitome of the little club that could, can, and does; embracing the best of both its 75+ year roots on the Westside and 21st century technology.

7c605c_ef7bd080db879fb61685df0e6aabcd3c.png_128We were one of the first clubs to have a vibrant, interactive web site many years ago, and we continue to have one of the best web sites around along with a strong presence on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest and other social media sites. We’ve had members whose ages spanned seven decades and we love spending time with each other getting our work done — or enjoying each other.

We partner with and work hand-in-hand with other local organizations that help women, including WISE and Healthy Aging and the YWCA to name just two current ones.

I’m tremendously proud to call this club my Soroptimist home.

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Our District’s SI of Downey worked a beer garden last week.  From the looks of things, they had a great time.

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Sunday, September 13th

We’ve finalized the details of our Fall Workshop on Saturday, October 3rd, which will be in Bellflower.  The President and members of the host club, SI of Bellflower, are doing a spectacular job of preparing a great venue for us, and the final touches have been put on the agenda.  It will be great.  Please come, and please encourage your members to attend as well.

I’ll have more updates and news soon, and I’m looking forward to attending meetings, programs, and fundraisers around the district.   As most of your regularly scheduled meetings are at noon on weekdays, I’m excited to hear about your events, both so that I can be there and so that I can share them with the District.


Saturday, September 4th

In the weeks that have followed our Leadership training in Valencia, I’ve been invited to events and to one or two club meetings to share Region-wide events and to talk about STOP Trafficking.  This is great.  Please keep inviting me.  I may not always be available (I work from 8AM to 6PM on weekdays) but I will try to make as many District 3 club meetings and events as I possibly can.meeting

So SI Downey — see you on November 19th!  Who’s next?

Friday, August 28th

Save the date:  Day at the Races at Santa Anita, April 24, 2015, by SI LA West-Santa Monica.

Save the date and also encourage your club members to register for the Fall Workshop on October 3rd in Bellflower.  See calendar for details.

Please invite your District 3 Director and/or the STOP Trafficking Chair (me and/or myself) to club meetings or events.  I will do my best to attend if I’m in town and it’s not a school night.  I also tend to bring food or something like it.

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Saturday, August 22nd – Leadership Training

We came to TPC Valencia (a spectacular golf club in the Santa Clarita Valley a few minutes north of us), we talked, and we learned.

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TPC (Of Course, We Were in the Clubhouse, which was Also Very Nice)

 

 

 

 

 

 

The highlight of the morning:  Led by our fearless Governor-Elect Ginger, we did a fantastic exercise in which we visualized (on paper, in color) existing conditions in our clubs, followed by our vision and the 3 action steps to attain them, and then shared these with each other.  A few examples follow.

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SI of Santa Clarita Valley (Artistic, Aren’t They?)
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Oh Gosh, this is so Good. Please Let me Know Who You are if You Drew This!
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GEM Edith, SI of the Verdugos

After a delicious lunch we had more great speakers, and an inspired exercise in which all committee chairs “speed dated” for a few minutes at each of the seven tables.

I don’t know about you all, but as one of the chairs (STOP Trafficking) who had the opportunity to visit tables full of club presidents and members from all four districts, I probably learned much more from them than they from me.   I have a pretty sizable list of tips and requests to follow up on from that function.  Stay tuned in coming weeks as I work on this.

I thank you all – Camino Real Region Board, Club Presidents, Committee Chairs for your contributions to a delightful and highly informative day.

Now I have my work cut out for me.

Here’s the calendar with a couple of updates from the day:

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Sunday, August 15th

Please note an update to the calendar –  our Region Spring Conference, which will be on May 13-15, 2016 in Pasadena.

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The regularly scheduled recurring District 1 club meetings are as follows.  If you have any changes or corrections to report for your club, please let me know.

The District 3 Meeting Exchange Challenge
What do you think of this idea? Even as busy as we all are, do you think it's possible for each District 3 President to visit one other District 3 club before Spring Conference next May - either a business or program meeting?  Look at the list below, look at your schedule, and if you can do it, email me the date and I will put it on the calendar. I'm longing to hear your after-visit stories at our next Presidents' Roundtable or in a guest post here on this page. 

Bonus points for bringing a hostess gift to the club you visit.  Get creative - share something that represents your city with another city - a dessert, a bottle of wine, an appetizer - and let us know what you shared!
SI of Bellflower

Meetings are held at 9246 Rosser Street, Bellflower

Business Meeting – 1st Monday of every month at noon

Program Meeting – 2nd Monday of every month

Social events – Saturday evenings, dates TBD

SI of downey

Meetings are held at Rio Hondo Country Club, 10627 Old River School Road, Downey

Thursdays at 7:30 AM

SI of lakewood-long beach

Meetings are held at the Centre at Sycamore Plaza, 5000 North Clark Avenue, Lakewood

Business Meeting – 1st Tuesday of the month at noon

Program Meeting – 3rd Tuesday of the month at noon

SI of long beach

Meetings are held at The Grand, 4101 East Willow, Long Beach

Business Meeting – 1st Wednesday of each month at noon

Program Meeting – 3rd Wednesday of each month at noon

SI of la west-santa monica

Meetings are held at the Santa Monica Masonic Center, 926 Santa Monica Blvd., Santa Monica

Business Meeting – 1st Wednesday of the month at 6:15 PM

Program Meeting – 3rd Wednesday of the month at 6:15 PM

SI of Manhattan Beach

Meetings are held at the Hilton Garden Inn at 2410 Marine Avenue, Redondo Beach

Business Meeting – 1st Monday of the month at noon

Program Meeting – 4th Thursday of the month at 6 PM

SI of Pico rivera

Meetings are held at Marie Callendar’s, 9829 S. La Serna, Whittier

1st Thursdays or alternate Saturdays – call or email president Joanne to attend a meeting (see roster)


Saturday, August 7th

First things first, the calendar.  I’ve updated it some, although it is still a work in progress. In the coming weeks I will be adding recurring events such as District 3 club business and program meetings.  I will also be adding more Region, Federation, and SIA events as well as events from other Districts in Camino Real Region.

Please take special note of the Leadership Meeting and RSVP to Governor Dora by responding to her Evite or by email if you did not receive the Evite.

Click the links in the calendar for more information on these events.  If you have an event on the calendar, please send me updates as you have them.  If you have events to put on the calendar, please email me.

I’m going to also see if there is a way for you to add events yourself.  As the calendar evolves, I will keep you updated!

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I look forward to seeing you all soon at the Leadership Meeting.

Keep enjoying your summer.


 

Friday, July 24th – The Day After

We had our conference call last night.  It was quite terrific.  I’m happy to report that the four club presidents who were able to engage in the call are all going to attend Leadership Training on August 22nd, when we’ll happily meet in person.

I was asked if I could assist in creating a calendar for District and Region Events.

And so I have.  Make sure to let me know if you have an event, and I will add it to the calendar.

I’m working on finding a simple calendar plug-in for the web site that isn’t a bear to maintain.  No success yet, but I have created a couple of events.  Click the links for more information.

August 15, 2015 – Quartermania, by SI Bellflower

August 22, 2015 – Leadership Meeting, by Camino Real Board

 


Sunday, July 19th, 2015 – California Dreamin’

I hope you’re all enjoying your summer. Travel to far-off lands, or lazy afternoons by the pool or Pacific, grillin’ colorful veggies or strengthening proteins, watching the sunrise while sipping mimosas –beach or binge-watching your favorite shows at home in sunny So Cal.

Take a quick time-out from all that fun to think about what all this R&R is going to buy you later this summer and in the Fall as your club wakes up from its summer nap —

Here’s your First Look at What We’re Dreamin’ About

Dreamin’ in July — District 3 Presidents – the Survey Says?

A little Doodle poll tells me the best date for our Presidents’ Roundtable (for most of us) is Thursday, July 23 at 7:30PM.  And so it will be; I just can’t say no to a Doodle (whether it’s a labradoodle, a goldendoodle, or a Doodle poll). Unknown

I know that date doesn’t work for all of you, so I will set a second date early in August.  Updates discussed in the call will also be on this page and in your weekly newsletter.

 

Dreamin’ in August — District 3 Presidents – Summer Leadership Meeting

* Join us at Tournament Players Club in Valencia on Saturday, August 22nd for day camp.  Not tennis, not golf, but better – Dream camp!

* Space is limited, so this isn’t a whole-club event

* Strictly for club Presidents and Region committee chairs

* But if you’re out of town or otherwise can’t make it, please make sure that another leader in your club does go

* Connect with other Region leaders

* Come back refreshed and enlightened, and

* Share with your club

* Just $25 to cover the cost of breakfast and lunch.

* RSVP now

Dreamin’ in October — Everyone! Fall Workshop – Bellflower, Saturday, October 3rd

* Now this event is the one you want everyone in your club to attend

* Save the date

* Get the word out to your clubs any way you can so that it gets onto busy calendars

* This is your chance to

* Connect with other clubs

* Learn from each other

* Lean on each other

* Bring flyers and RSVP forms for all your club events

* Stay tuned to this page and your newsletter for breaking news!


Monday, June 29th, 2015

As I’ve begun hearing from club Presidents, I’m inspired by their vision and intensity.  I’m sure you will be as well, as I plan to share.

From President of SI Manhattan Beach, Laura Lind:

I joined SI Manhattan Beach in 2011. I have worked on several of our committees, been 1st VP of Programs twice and since becoming President last year, have attended leadership training, regional conferences and the SIA Convention in Vancouver. I really drank the Kool-Aid at the conference on the message about collective impact. I think the research that was done and the branding effort makes a lot of sense and provides clubs with clear direction and focus. I had a planning meeting on 6/20 with my board members and this is the message I gave them. We discussed our plans under headlines of the four pillars and taking a strategic approach to reaching our goals in each of these areas. At our Installation Dinner last Thursday, the title of my acceptance speech was "Living Our Dream- Growth Through Synergy". I talked about working in alignment with our District, Region , Federation and SI. We are using the new logos and terminology in all that we do hoping to increase public awareness as well as impact.

President Laura has laid the foundation for a successful year for her club.  I look forward to working with her and her talented officers and members. 


Sunday, June 28th, 2015

Two words: leadership training.
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Saturday, Aug. 22nd from 9:00am to 3:00pm 
Valencia Tournament Players Club
26550 Heritage View Ln, Valencia, 91381

Why?  Because you’re already amazing for stepping up to lead your club as President or President-Elect.  Learn how you can be even more amazing and effective.

Join Governor Dora, the Region Board, Committee Chairs, and all the other Region Presidents.  Can we have 100 percent participation from District 3?

Who will join me there?  (Insider Tip: There will be a new STOP Trafficking Challenge from your STOP Trafficking Chair!)


What is the League of Exceptional Women?  

new-sorop-logoThis page is for the remarkable women who hold leadership roles in Soroptimist clubs in District 3 of Camino Real Region.

Soroptimist International
is a global organization of business and professional women who help women and girls in their local communities and around the world by executing projects that lead to empowerment of women and girls.

 

One Reply to “League of Exceptional Women”

  1. Not available for phone conference starting 7/26 for a week and about same time late August. Will try to be available most other dates.

    Donna Pope
    President SILAWSM

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