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Club Receives Recognition at Fall Workshop

On Saturday, October 14th, members of the club joined other members in the Camino Real Region for the Fall Workshop. One of the highlights of the Workshop is being recognized for all of the good work accomplished during the prior year.

SIGSCV was recognized for our contribution to Soroptimist International of the Americas(SIA) at the highest level known as Dream Catcher. This allows SIA to provide more in the way of club grants and Live Your Dream awards. We also received certificates for our participation in the SIA signature programs Live Your Dream and Dream It Be I – Career Support for Girls.

Day of Service – Doing Great Work

18 Club members from SIGSCV enjoyed our Day of Service making blankets. 173 gift bags will be used for the children of “earthquake” Moms in Mexico, the SCV Domestic Violence Center and moms in Panama whose children are having heart surgery provided by Mending Kids.

Our GO Girls mentoring program hand-tied materials back-to-back in the monthly program offered at Val Verde Community Center.

Gift bags were donated by Nola Aronson’s Advanced Audiology Office, Results Fitness Gym in Newhall, and Sketchers from Westfield Mall.

Day of Service is an annual event at all 2400 clubs in the Camino Real Region of Soroptimist International of the Americas to demonstrate the concept “Pay it Forward” to women and girls.

Submitted by Naomi Carmona-Morshead

Member Retreat

SIGSCV members and guests met on August 8th for a member retreat to open the new club year. Attendees had a great time regrouping, rejuvenating fundraisers and sharing past, present and future direction and ideas. SIA Past President Cheri Fleming shared our history and present state.   GEM Dora Zavala shared Regional information and President Kim Kurowski shared our club plans for the coming year and information.

Melanie Meyer Presents Women Give

Past Director Melanie Meyer shared “Women Give” presentation with a few online, interactive exercises. We each learned what type of giving style we have based on the exercises and the thought is that when we are participating in our preferred style, we are more likely to continue to give. The evening was fast, fun and exciting.

Board Installation

On June 27th SIGSCV installed the 2016/2017 Board of Officers at the installation dinner at Valencia Country Club. President Kim Kurowski is excited to start the new club year along with her board of dedicated members which strive to expand the fundraising amount and the awareness for women’s issues in Santa Clarita community.

Service-Chemo Bags

We welcomed City of Hope in their newest location in Santa Clarita by handing out 40 Comfort Bags for the patients of the treatment center. Thanks to local donors the bags not only include essential items patients need during chemo, they also provided lots of informational material about local programs, like caregiver groups, treatment information, and various networks patients can reach out to for financial support and free wigs to encourage women to lighten the burden of undergoing treatment.

Dream It – Be It

“Dream It, Be It “- Conference 2016  Career Support for Girls!

In partnership with College of the Canyons, we held our first Conference, where girls received career planning assistance and had the opportunity to learn from role models how to rise above obstacles.

Donations-Awards

On Tuesday, May 10, 2016, Soroptimist International of Greater Santa Clarita Valley (SIGSCV) gave back the fruits of a year’s labor worth of fundraising efforts from The Wine Affair and the annual Fashion Show to nonprofits in the Santa Clarita Valley and surrounding areas that work to improve the lives of women and girls.

The luncheon, hosted by the club at TPC Valencia, gave club members the opportunity to hear from each of the nonprofits how they will use the $46,000 in club giving to benefit women and girls in the community.

This year’s nonprofit recipients included: Carousel Ranch, Child and Family Center, Circle of Hope, COC Center for Early Childhood Education, COC Scholarship Foundation, Domestic Violence Center of Santa Clarita, HIUKIC Robotics (all girls robotics team), Journey Out, LARC Ranch, Maryvale Orphanage, Mending Kids International, Mothers Fighting for Others, SCV Youth Project, Sheila R. Veloz Breast Imaging Center, Single Mother’s Outreach, The Women’s Unit at Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital, and Tirza International.

Linda Davies, executive director of the Domestic Violence Center of Santa Clarita Valley, shared with attendees how the funds donated to her organization will be used to build a new bathroom, relieving the stress on the one bathroom that is currently shared by three families at their facility.

In addition to the funds given back that day, SIGSCV has given over $11,000 this year to Soroptimist International of the Americas to benefit women and girls internationally and another $5,000 to local Live Your Dream Award recipients for total giving for their 2015-2016 club year of $63,000.

President Rebecca Johnston thanked club members at the luncheon for the hours of hard work and dedication that raised these much-needed funds.

Past Soroptimist International of the America’s President, Cheri Fleming, reminded those in attendance of the organization’s goal for all women to have the opportunity to live their dream, that their passion for their mission is important, and that much work remains to be done.