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Dream It Be It Girls Conference – Saturday, November 17, 2019
This year’s event generously funded by:
Soroptimist Foundation of Canada
Surrey Fire Fighters Charitable Society
Commander Bob Marsh, (Ret’d) Canadian Navy
Mark you calendar for NEXT year – Saturday, March 16, 2019
THANK YOU to all who came out to help us celebrate the amazing women and girls in our community at our Live Your Dream Awards Luncheon on March 17, 2018. 5-Star Catering Ltd. staff were wonderful hosts – thank you!!
Special thanks to Yvonne Hogenes of Malary’s Fashion Network for treating us to her fabulous fashion show. Such beautiful models and fashions!!!
Congratulations to our award winners – you inspired us with your stories and your courage! Congratulations to our prize winners!!! We hope to see you all next year!!
Thank You to our Sponsors!
We are grateful for your generous support!
5-Star Catering Ltd.
Brenda Steele, Mary Kay Cosmetics
Chris Hoffmeister, CEO, Select Wines (Vancouver)
Clancy’s Tea Cosy (White Rock)
Commander Bob Marsh, (Ret’d) Canadian Navy
Debbie Madden, Doterra Essential Oils
DeeAnn Lensen, Advanced Spa Technologies
Edward N. Knight, Artist
Famoso Pizzeria (Guildford)
Innovative Fitness (Walnut Grove)
Jane Gobin, The Declutter Mother
Karen Pearson, Coldfire Canada
Malary’s Fashion Network
Mary Pichette, Legal Shield
Sukhi Bath Motors
UFCW Local 247
Women of Value Education and Support Society
Live Your Dream Award
This is the signature program of Soroptimist. This cash award assists women who serve as primary wage earners for their families with financial resources to offset costs associated to attaining higher education or additional skills/training in order to support their family.
We are now accepting applications for our 2019 Live Your Dream Awards. Download application or contact Darlene Jamieson, Awards Chair, for more info. Darlene at 604-341-5523
Send your completed application to Darlene at firstname.lastname@example.org
President’s Report – June 2018
We have concluded another successful year of Soroptimist service to our community. Because of the dedication and hard work of our members, we, once again, achieved some remarkable milestones this year, and are excited about moving forward to a new year of success, fun, and new challenges. Highlights of our club’s achievements this past year include:
- Dream It Be It Career Support for Girls Conference: In November 2017, we successfully hosted our 3rd annual Dream It, Be It Girls Conference. This year, we had 45 students and 21 Career Fair participants attend. Soroptimist Foundation of Canada gave us a grant of $1000, and this year we added a new sponsor, Surrey Firefighters Charitable Society, along with a host of new sponsors who donated in-kind prizes, food, and swag-bag items. Due to the generosity of our sponsors, we were able to fully fund our DIBI Conference. Our Dream It, Be It Girls Conference for 2018 is now scheduled for November 17 at Panorama ridge Secondary School.
- Live Your Dream Awards Luncheon 2018: We hosted a very successful awards luncheon in March 2018. This year, we had 130 attending, up from 90 in 2017. We awarded two Live Your Dream Awards, our Violet Richardson Award, and our Ruby Award (Yvonne Hogenes). We also presented deserving women’s organizations with cheques from our gaming funds. Our Live Your Dream Awards Luncheon for 2019 is scheduled for March 16, 2019.
- Based on the participation of the Canadian Armed Forces in our Career Fair for 3 years running, we were once again invited to participate in their annual Influencer Event. This year’s event was held in February 2018 at Esquimalt Navy Base, Victoria, BC. I attended on behalf of our club. An amazing event!!!!!! We also gained a new member from our Dream It, Be It Girls Conference. Petty Officer (PO2) Jennifer Morgan, Royal Canadian Navy, has joined our club and will be inducted at our AGM on June 22, 2018.
- We are now Associate Members of the Provincial Council of Women BC. Donna Bradley has been appointed the Resolutions Chair, and at the June AGM, I was elected as a VP at-large. We will continue to bring our members information on projects and programs carried out by the Council of Women, and hopefully develop some projects together.
- We certainly have taken advantage of our Surrey Board of Trade membership. Many members have been attending various events hosted by SBOT. This has given us a stronger presence in the community, has provided us with new contacts for our events, and has generated interest from SBOT members to consider membership with our club.
- Five members attended our Western Canada Region Conference in Harrison in May 2018. This was an excellent opportunity for members to learn about projects and activities from other WCR clubs, get to make new friends and reconnect with old friends. We also finalized our bid to host Conference in 2020 (our 25th Anniversary year). Plans are now underway to secure a venue for 2020 Conference in Surrey. Lots of exciting work ahead!!!!
Our membership continues to grow. Based on our increased membership this past year, we have been acknowledged by SIA as the leading club with the highest percentage net change of the Soroptimist International of the Americas All Aboard the MemberSHIP 2017-18 campaign. We MAY win an award for this at SIA’s Convention in Japan this summer – wouldn’t that be wonderful??
We now must develop some new membership tools to help our members remain engaged and motivated. To this end, we are establishing a new Membership Committee to develop some new initiatives – orientation and mentorship for new members, monthly information on Soroptimist activities around the world, and new social and/or meeting activities to generate more member participation and engagement. Changing our meeting times to Saturday morning seems to work better for our members, and we will continue to look for ways to better serve our members.
We gather information each year on how many volunteer hours our members donate (not including meeting and/or conference times). This information is used for our in-kind contribution for our Gaming Grant, and is also useful in tracking how and what our members enjoy doing. This year, we will surpass our collective volunteer hours of over 800 hours in 2017-18. Based on a dollar value of $20 per volunteer hour, this has generated over $16,000 in-kind dollars in our 2017-18 Soroptimist year. I urge you to keep track of the hours you dedicate to events and activities that support our club.
I say this every year… it is our members who drive our success. Many countless hours are spent planning, organizing and hosting events, planning program and reaching out to our community. Without exception, we would not have accomplished success without your passion, determination and hard work. As we welcome new members into our club, we also welcome their fresh ideas, their passion, and their commitment to helping us remain the best OF women as we carry out our mission to be the best FOR women. We want to continue to grow, to accept change, and to be open to new possibilities and challenges. We must be ready and willing to address the changing needs of our community, our members, and the women and girls we serve.
Serving as your President is an honor and a privilege. I DO encourage you to think of stepping up and taking on a leadership role. We want to inspire members to take on the challenge of leadership roles within our club – it is a wonderful opportunity to learn new skills, become more knowledgeable about our Soroptimist mission, and to bring new ideas and energy to our club.
I believe in our Soroptimist core values. Soroptimists are committed to: GENDER EQUALITY – Women and girls live free from discrimination. EMPOWERMENT – Women and girls are free to act in their own best interest. EDUCATION – Women and girls deserve to lead full and productive lives through access to education. DIVERSITY AND FELLOWSHIP – Women from varied backgrounds and perspectives work together to improve the lives of women and girls.
I’ll leave you with this quote from Barbara Mikulski. “Each one of us can make a difference. Together, we make change.” Thank you.
Linda Cunliffe, President