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SAVE THE DATE
SATURDAY, MARCH 17, 2018
We are now LIVE on Eventbrite for tickets to our annual Live Your Dream Awards Luncheon – Celebrating women and girls in our community who are changing their lives and working to change the lives of other women and girls.
Tickets sales and details for this afternoon of powerful stories and amazing women on Eventbrite at https://liveyourdreamluncheontickets2018.eventbrite.ca
Interesred in sponsoring a table? Have a door prize or raffle item to donate? Email Linda firstname.lastname@example.org for more info.
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 still accepting applications. Download application or contact Darlene Jamieson, Awards Chair, for more info. Darlene at 604-341-5523
Send your completed application to Darlene at email@example.com
President’s Report – June 2017
As we move towards our 23rd year as a Surrey/Delta Soroptimist club, we have much to be proud of. We have achieved some remarkable milestones this year, and are positioned to continue our success and growth as our new Soroptimist year approaches. Highlights of our club’s achievements this past year include:
- Our Dream It, Be It Career Support for Girls Conference has become one of our favorite Soroptimist programs. In November 2016, we successfully hosted our 2nd annual Dream It, Be It Girls Conference. The feedback from our high school students told us that this conference has helped them explore their career options, they are thankful for our support and resources, and love the opportunity to engage with our Career Fair participants. We are now in the planning stage for our 3rd annual girls conference, scheduled for November 18, 2017.
- Due to our involvement with the Canadian Forces through our Dream It, Be It Career Fair, we were invited to attend the Influencer Event at Borden, Ontario, focusing on Women in the Forces. Darlene Jamieson attended this all-expense paid trip in early March. She came back inspired and pumped. Her experience at the event gave her some incredible insights and resources to pass on to our Dream It, Be It students for their future education and career consideration. She also connected CAF with other clubs in our region, giving us all the opportunity to explore the many career paths that CAF offers women, in turn allowing us to share this information with the women and girls we serve. Just this morning, Darlene and I were invited to attend the Regular Officer Training Program Enrolment Ceremony to welcome new officers into the Canadian Armed Forces.
- We became members of the Surrey Board of Trade this year. This membership gives our members incredible opportunities to meet and network with the many business and professional people in our Surrey community. It also helps us raise our community profile, and we have been taking advantage of our membership benefits by attending various SBOT events.
- Our main fundraising event this year was our Live Your Dream Awards Luncheon held in March. We awarded two Live Your Dream Awards, our Violet Richardson Award, and our Ruby Award (Dianne Watts). We also presented deserving women’s organizations with cheques from our gaming funds. This year’s luncheon created new awareness about our club, brought back a couple of former members, and generated funds we could put towards our awards programs. We hope to build on the success of this luncheon, and make this annual event our major fundraiser and public awareness activity.
- In March, I was invited to speak at the Business and Professional Women’s meeting in Langley. This not only generated a new member, but provided an opportunity to enter into dialogue about how we can support each other. We have been invited to become Associate Members of the Council of Women, and members of BPW will attend some of our meetings to see how we might partner in the future for a specific project.
- In June, our Western Canada Region hosted a Gender Equality event in Vancouver. Four of our members attended (Marilyne, Darlene, Tikiri, and Linda), and we are excited to see what our club might do to bring the gender equality issue to our community.
- We are excited to improve and expand our “social media” presence. I met this incredible woman, Piraba Balasingham, at our last year’s Dream It, Be It Conference, and she has since come on board as a volunteer to develop a social media campaign with us. So – in the future, when family or friends get annoyed when they see us with our devices in hand – just tell them we are busy posting and sharing Soroptimist stuff!!!
- Our signature program, Totally Beautiful Girls Group, has had amazing success this year under the guidance of Lynda Maxim-Martin and Julie Billings. We thank them for their dedication and passion. Lynda has developed a trusting and respectful relationship with the girls, and we are very fortunate to have her as our lead Facilitator and Coordinator for this program – thank you, Lynda. We also thank our club volunteers (Karen, Marilyne, Davinder) for continually helping at group and supporting the program through their involvement.
We struggled with low membership this year. With thanks and gratitude for the support of our Region team, we were able to develop some new ideas to attract new members and keep our valued members engaged and excited about our Soroptimist mission. It was so helpful to remind ourselves why we are Soroptimists, how valuable our services are to our community, and to continue to offer our programs and services to the women and girls in our community who rely on our support.
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.
As I said last year, and it deserves repeating, 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.
I have been honored to serve as your President again this year. I have had the pleasure of working with a wonderful and dedicated group of women who endlessly amaze me with their grace, compassion, dedication, and optimism. I’m very excited to move into a new Soroptimist year with renewed energy, commitment, hope, and that infamous Soroptimist “yes we can” attitude.
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.
Linda Cunliffe, President