Soroptimist International of Eureka
Posted on January 2nd, 2020

Our speaker was Kris Chorbi. She spoke on two topics. The first was for the SI President’s appeal. Kris hit all of the points listed below:
THE ROAD TO EQUALITY, our next Soroptimist International (SI) President’s Appeal, was announced by President Elect Sharon Fisher as she invited Soroptimists around the world to join her on a two-year road trip to find and empower women and girls who have been left behind.  The Appeal will raise awareness of human rights challenges that prevent women and girls from reaching their full potential.

Sharon explains: “The Road to Equality Appeal, 2019-2021, will focus on issues already the focus of much of the SI advocacy work, such as child marriage, FGM/C, the rights of older women, human trafficking, migration, and domestic violence.  A grassroots project for each topic will bring stories from the field that we can share, allowing Soroptimists to turn up the volume of our global voice.  Webinars and seminars will unite our membership, and host important conversations that bring to life the stories, issues and challenges that matter to women and girls.  On the road we will renew relationships and make new ones as we join together with other organizations traveling together to increase our presence and our impact – none of us can do the job alone.

For more information:

The second topic was “ORANGE THE WORLD”.  We wore Orange last Thursday to bring attention to Gender Based Violence.  Here is a link from SI of Europe for more information:
How many of you saw our photo in the Times Standard this morning?

Our Soroptimist Trivia question was related to the SI President’s Appeal. “What is the current president’s appeal?” It is The Road to Equality.” Thank you, Brooke.

To top off the meeting, the following question was asked, “What kind of holiday traditions are your favorite during the season?” Everyone present shared including our guest. That was a preview for the Holiday Party to be hosted by SI Eureka’s Board. It was wonderful to hear everyone’s favorite traditions (and not so favorite).

Look for another e-mail tomorrow with our SIE happenings for your calendar.

Posted on November 20th, 2019

Dear SIE Members,

Here's a quick recap of our Business Meeting held on Thursday, November 14th:

Dyann surprised Elaine Reed with a Fellow from District Meeting. Fellows are drawn from the Fellowship basket tickets, based on the funds collected. Elaine must have purchased some lucky tickets. This is Elaine's 2nd Fellow. For those that may not know, Fellowship is our Region's signature project. Funds are raised in our Region and are used to give cash awards to wome in the final year of their doctorate programs. Please ask how you can support this wonderful project.

In addition to surprising Elaine, Dyann brought back our club's certificates from District Meeting. We received recognition for the various programs that our club is involved with. From Live Your Dream to Dream it Be It and Club Giving.

We also discussed and recommended nominations for Founder Region Board Officers and sent them off before the due date of December 1st. (Thank you Dyann)

Other items of note:  The SIE Board is hosting a Christmas party, December 17th @ Ann Jadro-Bettiga's house. It will be a Favorite Things Party - Brooke will be sending out invitations.

SIA Conference is July 22-25th in Belleview, Washington. (Danelle and Christa are signed up to go! Kris will be there too.)

Burrill wondered what happened to Dimes for a Difference. So we are collecting dimes again this year and I think Burrill might be in charge of the dimes. So bring your dimes to club.

We have updated numbers on the Quarter Craze! It was a great event and everyone had so much fun!! It was certainly CRAZY! Carole did an outstanding job. And thank you Karen for chairing.

Quarter Craze pictures.

Posted on November 13th, 2019

We inducted three new members. Jessica Hindley, Theatta Smith, and Maggie Simas. Jessica and Theatta jumped right in and helped with our recent Masquerade Ball. We are so fortunate to have them. Maggie has been active behind the scenes for a few years - and now she is official. Welcome ladies! Thank you for joining our service organization.

Dear SIE Members,

Wow,  did we have a busy meeting last Thursday. I think that we may have overdid it, but we managed to get everything done that was planned.

Brooke provided us with a Trivia question that had to do with the five statements in our Pledge. (I'm winging it here because I don't remember the exact question.) The answers that Brooke was looking for is as follows:  

1. The Sincerity of Friendship
2. The Joy of Achievement
3. The Dignity of Service
4. The Integrity of Profession
5. The Love of Country

I was wondering why Brooke removed the handouts on each table that included The Soroptimist Grace and The Soroptimist Pledge. Expect to see more about the pledge in the future and what it means to each of us as members of Soroptimist. Thank you Brooke for helping us to learn more about Soroptmist with this fun activity.

After we had announcements, Brooke introduced our speaker, Seanna - Founder of The FERN Project - Finding Empowerment Through Running And Nature. Go to the following link to find our how and why Seanna started running. It was interesting to listen to Seanna talk about how she found empowerment through running. The Fern Project operates under the 501c3 organization "Mow and Sow".  Check out both of the websites to find out more.

I especially enjoyed what Seanna had to say about finishing something that she never thought she could do. This is Empowerment!

As usual we had a super time with Fines and Brags...I almost forgot one of the highlights of the meeting....Hannah Winans brought cupcakes. And they were delicious. She also brought and shared a very interesting book with lovely photos. If you don't know what I'm talking about, just ask someone that attended last week.

And speaking of attendance - we had 21 people at club. 1 speaker and 20 members. In the words of Dyann O'Brien. We are on fire!!

Our Business Meeting is this Thursday, 12 noon, at the Red Lion Hotel. The meeting fees are $17 and include lunch. And remember, Quarter Craze is also this Thursday at the Eureka Woman's Club.

The club donated $50 to Seanna - Founder of The FERN Project - Finding Empowerment Through Running And Nature.

Posted on October 23rd, 2019

Dear SIE Members,

First, just in case you don't read the entire email, we will not be meeting October 24th or October 31. Our next regular meeting will be November 7th.

We had a fun and informative meeting on October 17th. Kris Chorbi and Elaine  did a presentation about their trip to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, where they attended the Soroptimist International Convention this past summer.

Kris and Elaine told us that there were some powerful speakers at the convention and that Soroptimist is making a difference in the world.

It was fun watching their PowerPoint. What a great convention and what a wonderful way to meet Soroptimist members from all over the world. The collective impact that we (Soroptimist) have is important when it comes to global issues such as climate change, clean water and its availability, education for women and girls, and so many other important topics. Here is a link to view photographs of the convention. Photo Gallery – Soroptimist International Convention Kuala Lumpur 2019  Just click on the blue text and click again on the http address.

Photo Gallery – Soroptimist International Convention Kuala Lumpur 2019

Here is another link to the convention program. Programme Outline – Soroptimist International Convention Kuala Lumpur 2019

Programme Outline – Soroptimist International Convention Kuala Lumpur 2019

 Kris and Elaine also gave us each a scarf/sarong of our choice. This is a photo from the internet. Ours were much more colorful.

I also snagged the following article from the internet. Some of the things that Kris and Elaine spoke of are in the 12 Fun Facts below.

Kris and Elaine also gave us each a scarf/sarong of our choice. This is a photo from the internet. Ours were much more colorful.

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12 Fun Facts About Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

by JANIS on DECEMBER 10, 2014

Batu Cave, Kuala Lumpur

Here are 12 Interesting Facts About Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia:

1) Kuala Lumpur is Malaysia’s largest city and its capital.
2) The city was founded in 1857 by Chinese tin miners.

The Gombak River (left) merges with the Klang River (right) at Kuala Lumpur. Photo by Mohd Hafiz Noor Shams.

3) The name Kuala Lumpur is a Malay term meaning “muddy confluence”�. The city is situated at the confluence of Gombak River (earlier Lumpur River) and Klang River.
4) Kuala Lumpur is fondly known as KL, and its residents are known as KLites.

5) The Yang di-Pertuan Agong is the head of state of Malaysia, and is one of the few elected monarchs in the world.  Sultan Abdul Halim of Kedah is the current Yang di-Pertuan Agong, and lives at the palatial Istana Negara complex -the official residence of the Malaysian monarch – covering 13 acres in Kuala Lumpur.

6) Kuala Lumpur is 94 square miles in size with an average elevation of 72 feet above sea level.  The city floods during periods of heavy rains.

7) An Argentinian architect, Cesar Pelli, designed the Petronas Twin Towers. Between 1998 through 2004 they were the world’s tallest buildings, and are still regarded as the world’s tallest ‘twin’ buildings.

Photo of the Petronas Twin Towers taken by Andy Mitchell from Glasgow, UK.

8) One of the Petronas Twin Towers was built by the Japanese Hazama Corporation; the other twin tower was built by the Korean Samsung C&T Corporation. The tower built by Samsung group is level; however the tower constructed by the Hazama Corporation has a tilt of nearly 10 inches.

9) Kuala Lumpur is the retail and fashion hub of Malaysia and boasts of more than 65 shopping malls, including the world’s fourth largest mall, 1Utama, which covers 5 million square feet. The Sunway Pyramid shopping mall is most recognizable with its Egyptian-inspired sphinx architecture.

The Sunway Pyramid Shopping Mall in Kuala Lumpur. Photo by Cmglee.

10) During World War II, Kuala Lumpur was captured by the Japanese Army on January 11th, 1942, and occupied until August 15th, 1945 when Seishiro� Itagaki surrendered to the British following the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

11) In 1957, the Federation of Malaya gained its independence from British rule. Kuala Lumpur remained the capital city after the formation of Malaysia on September 16, 1963.

Batu Caves, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

The entrance to Batu Caves includes a steep flight of 272 steps.

12) One of the most popular Hindu shrines outside of India, the Batu Caves are a series of cave temples in a limestone hill located 8 miles north of KL in the Gombak district.

Posted on October 7th, 2019

Hello SIE Members,We had another awesome meeting at the Red Lion Hotel. Thanks to Brooke Clark, we had a mini celebration of the anniversary (birthday) of the founding of Soroptimist.

We are proud to be part of Founder Region which is so named because the first Soroptimist club met and was chartered in Oakland, California in 1921 when the first club, Soroptimist Association of Alameda County (now known as Soroptimist International of Oakland - The Founder Club) was formed.

Brooke decorated the meeting room with a banner, candy, cute "lanterns" with butterflies and even brought tiaras for us to wear. Our Trivia game question was going to be about the specific anniversary date, however, we had to move on to a more difficult question. Since we are an enthusiastic group, someone let the answer slip before it was asked. Brooke went with her backup plan....What is the Power of Eight? I didn't know, but someone in the club did.

 We had a lot of fun and took pictures of course! I'm sure that you saw them on Facebook! If we post a photo on social media, we should engage people by prompting them to comment. Perhaps we ask a question, such as, "What was your favorite part of the meeting?"

Following our Trivia question, Ann Jadro-Bettiga presented our Soroptimist Snippet. Thursday's Snippet was about our Violet Richardson Award. She explained that the  Violet Richardson Award honors young women between the ages of 14 and 18 for volunteer action such as fighting drugs, crime and violence, cleaning up the environment and working to end discrimination and poverty.

The award is named after Violet Richardson, the president of the first Soroptimist club in Alameda County in 1921. Richardson believed in personal responsibility and the motto, “It's what you do that counts.” She lived her life accordingly, as an active member in her community who was committed to creating opportunities for girls and young women. Soroptimist established this award to honor the memory of this unique woman and her dedication to volunteer action.
Our speaker was Allie Heemstra of "Allie Illuminates". Allie talked about how to create a cohesive brand identity and how to optimize your online presense. She emphasized that if we want to engage the community, then we should engage our members first. Allie commented that we are already doing that by showing our members that we care about each other during our meetings. 

One of her points was that a brand is what your customers, community members, friends, customers, etc. say about you behind your back. Here is a link to Allie's website

We had attendance of 17 members, 1 guest, and our speaker. Our guest was Andi Chandler, invited by Carole Crossley. Andi commented on the our picture on Facebook, that we are an amazing group and she had a blast joining us for lunch!

We are amazing!!!

Danelle Tegarden
SIE President 2019-2020




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