A Note from our Membership Chair Debbie

A quick note to let you know we have two very interesting and dynamic speakers planned this month and we're holding our annual high school scholarship & local volunteer awards night. So you can check us out more thoroughly and hear motivational and timely topics, you're invited to attend one or all of our upcoming April meetings and attend our Awards Night.  Our lunch meetings are held each month on the 3rd & 4th Wednesday and our evening meeting is the 2nd Wednesday night (5:30 social & 6:00 meeting) at Denny's on Fair Lane.  Here's what's going on this month.
April 2017 Speakers:
  • Wednesday evening meeting (4/12/2017Juvenile Court Judge Dylan Sullivan will be speaking about her job & the trafficking of children; and 
  • Wednesday noon meeting (4/19/2017) will be Melissa Lingo. She’s Director of The Trade. The Trade is making a difference in the lives of impoverished and abused women, one haircut at a time. The El Dorado Hills-based nonprofit trains women, mostly in developing countries, to cut and style hair as an alternative to sex work and drug trafficking. The Trade has also opened salons where the women can work. You can check out more here:  http://www. comstocksmag.com/article/cut- above. This article is a few years old.  We look forward to hearing what she and her non-profit organization have been up to. 
2017 Annual Awards Night:
Please join us for Awards Night "Empowerment through Education" which will be held on Wednesday, April 26, 2017 at Wedgewood at Sequoia.  Please see attached invite for all details.  Join us for dinner, hear our Year in Review, and celebrate with us as we hand out monetary awards to high school seniors and local exemplary volunteers.
Since it's been awhile since I shared Soroptimist information with you, here's a quick recap about Soroptimist International of Placerville. We are part of a global organization of women like you.  Soroptimists volunteer their talents and energy to help women and girls live their dreams every day by giving them the resources to create positive change—for themselves, their families and their communities.
The Soroptimist mission of improving the lives of women and girls is exemplified by our major project, the Live Your Dream: Education and Training Awards for Women (formerly Women’s Opportunity Awards). Each year Soroptimist gives more than $1 million to women who need to improve their job skills through education and training. Most are single moms and many are domestic violence survivors. Soroptimists also work on other projects that reach out to women and girls, including those that prevent and end domestic violence.
Like you, I am a busy woman who understands firsthand the challenges of juggling the many demands on my time. Yet, it was an easy decision for me to join Soroptimist because of both the personal and professional opportunities offered through membership. Not only am I able to participate in programs that change lives, but I have developed lifelong friendships and an invaluable network of business contacts along the way.
We look forward to sharing more about Soroptimist International of Placerville and the specific projects and events in which our club is involved.  
I hope you will consider this opportunity to learn more about Soroptimist.  In the meantime, please look around our club website or the Soroptimist International of the Americas website (www.soroptimist.org) for more information.
Some benefits of membership:
·         Fulfillment - Working on projects that improve the lives of women and girls leads to personal satisfaction and recognition from the community.
·         Friendship - Cultivating relationships with other women who have similar interests and values is a central aspect of Soroptimist membership.
·         Diversity - Meeting and learning about women from different ethnic and cultural backgrounds, and participating in projects that address the needs of women throughout the globe.
·         Networking - Associating with other women representing a variety of professions facilitates valuable business contacts.
·         Leadership - Developing skills at the club level results in enhanced professional capabilities as well as leadership opportunities at all levels of the organization.
·         Mentoring - Reaching out to women at the beginning of their professional lives provides an avenue for Soroptimist members to serve as mentors.
·         Convenience - Belonging to an association with organized programs and professionally developed resources frees members from administrative constraints, while enabling them to concentrate on providing volunteer service.
Debbie Rice, Co-Chair
Membership Committee
Soroptimist Int'l of Placerville - PO Box 263.Placerville CA 95667
530.344.1476 W 
siplacerville .org E siplacerville@ soroptimist.net
Improving the lives of women and girls in our community and throughout the world. www.soroptimist.org