Soroptimist International of Loomis Basin January 2023
Senior L.I.F.E. Center Holiday Luncheon
Peggy and her Soroptimist elves created a great meal served at the Loomis Senior L.I.F.E Center holiday luncheon on December 15. Thank you to all the Soroptimist elves who helped prepare, serve and clean up after the luncheon.
Member and L.I.F.E. Center Executive Director Jenny thanked Chris for helping with the gifts this year. “The shirts that Chris’ husband Bill did look amazing,” said Jenny. “The club gave each member of the center a shirt as a gift.” The shirts were imprinted with: What Happens in the Senior Center stays at the Senior Center.
Gifts Inspire Inmates to Continue their Education
For the Prison Dream Project, committee co-chairs Shari Lynn and Becky J. with club members prepared gifts for women in Folsom prison. “Six years ago, SILB started an outreach program to the women incarcerated at the Folsom Women’s Facility (FWF),” said Shari Lynn. “This year, each woman was given a mesh pencil bag filled with school supplies, candy, treats and an inspiring message, encouraging the women to continue their educational and career goals upon their release from prison.”
Thank you to the club members who met up to stuff the bags. We also appreciate those who donated holiday greeting cards. The cards included uplifting messages and many members signed each card.
Although we couldn’t this year, in the past, club members delivered the bags to the inmates. “During the distribution, members of SILB were allowed entrance into FWF,” said Shari Lynn. “They were given a guided tour by the facility Captain.”
“Sadly, this will be our last year to support the women at FWF as the facility will be closing effective January 2023. It’s been a great experience working with the female inmates at FWF.”
Happy New Year Everyone!
I would like to extend my well wishes to you for a happy and prosperous New Year, and to express my deep appreciation to all for being a part of Soroptimist International of Loomis Basin. Our achievements for 2022 truly make me hopeful and excited about what we will do in 2023. Our mission “Investing in Dreams” keeps us focused on what we have learned, accomplished and what we hope to achieve this coming year. I appreciate all of you and value all your ideas, inputs and energy. Together we can make a difference. It has been an honor to have been your President these past two years.
We Rise by Lifting Others, President Rae
Member Profile: Meet Cindy Dietz
Cindy has been a member of Soroptimist International Loomis Basin since 2002. She is friends with Terry, who sponsored her into our organization. Cindy grew up in Citrus Heights and her family moved to Loomis in 1990.
With her husband, Steve, she has six adopted children ranging in age from 14 to 41. They adopted the two teenage sons of their daughter in Heaven, Tasha. Cindy chose to concentrate on the boys’ needs after their mother’s death. Family issues have kept them quite busy, and that’s why we haven’t seen Cindy at our meetings and events this year. They also have two young grandchildren living nearby.
Cindy and Steve bought the cabinet business from the previous owners of West Pacific Cabinet Company in 1976 and have operated it ever since.
According to Cindy, one of her favorite things about Soroptimist is the friendships she’s made. “I love doing service projects together and going to conferences,” said Cindy. “You get a deeper bond rather than casual friendships, and it’s hard to match.” Cindy also said that international projects are her favorite.
Members Shared their Spirit at Soroptimist Holiday Party
The club Heartfelt Holiday Party, held on December 20, was a lovely evening filled with laughter, delicious food and fun activities for members and their “Soroptimisters.” Thank you to Lori D. and Heather C. for the wonderful job they did in putting together the party at the Blue Goose Annex.
Guests were challenged to craft a holiday scene at their tables using an assortment of felt, pipe cleaners, toilet rolls and other items. For the gift exchange, members were encouraged to bring an item that evoked a heartfelt holiday memory. Heather told a funny story and every time she said “left” or “right,” the participants passed the gift in the correct direction. Everyone enjoyed learning the meaning behind each gift during Heather’s fun “pass the gift” game.
Only a Few tickets are left for the “It’s in the Bag” Fundraiser
As of early January, It’s in the Bag chair, Chris H. believes the fundraiser is likely to be a sellout because only about 20 tickets are left to sell. If you have tickets that you haven’t sold, get them back to Chris immediately so they can be made available.Everyone in the club will be supporting this effort, welcoming and helping guests, working with chef Peggy to prepare dinner, setting up the room and purse displays, and running the program. Look for Cyndie’s email with the link to Sign Up Genius to volunteer for the tasks that still need filled. Be sure to get your two $20 gift cards turned into Julie H., if you haven’t already done so.
The club appreciates our Platinum Event Sponsor:
West Pacific Cabinets
Loomis Self Storage generously donated the wine glasses
Thank you to the following Table Sponsors:
Carol Van Ness
Edward Jones – Sharla Caves
Foothill Alarm Systems
Hebard Insurance Solutions
JC Bookkeeping & Financial Services
Loomis Senior Life Center – Sheila Lee
Marketing Action, Inc.
Next Step Wealth Management – Heather Clark
Club Hosting Trafficking Awareness Workshop on Feb. 25
Event co-chairs, Becky F. and Elizabeth, have organized an outstanding program to increase awareness of trafficking in our area. “Trafficking is happening right here in our community,” said Becky F. “Attendees will learn how pervasive this crime is locally, how to recognize possible trafficking situations and what we can do to stop trafficking. This educational program will be an eye-opener for students, parents and the community.”Information from speakers, including representatives from the Roseville Police Department, Placer County District Attorney’s Office and Stand Up Placer, will empower participants to educate others and prevent this crime.
Saturday, February 25 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Coffee and check in begin at 8:30 a.m.
Loomis Veterans Memorial Hall, 5945 Horseshoe Bar Rd., Loomis
Please RSVP to: the club email or at Soroptimist Loomis Basin Facebook (@SILoomis) on the Stop Trafficking Awareness Workshop event page.
United Nations definition: “Human Trafficking is the recruitment, transportation, transfer, harbouring or receipt of people through force, fraud or deception, with the aim of exploiting them for profit. Men, women and children of all ages and from all backgrounds can become victims of this crime, which occurs in every region of the world. The traffickers often use violence or fraudulent employment agencies and fake promises of education and job opportunities to trick and coerce their victims.” More United Nations information on trafficking.More information about the Stop Trafficking Awareness Workshop.
SAVE the DATE: Awards Night Feb. 15
Plan to join the club on February 15 for the Loomis Soroptimist Awards Night. The club will be recognizing inspiring students, teachers and community members. All club members are invited to attend to welcome guests and congratulate awardees. See Awards Chair Cyndie if you’d like to volunteer for this event.
Soroptimist Mission, Vision & Values
Soroptimist Orientation and Leadership Training (SOLT) helps members learn more about the Soroptimist Organization. As we make plans for the coming year, our activities and projects will align with and support the Soroptimist mission, vision and values.
Vision – Women and girls have the resources and opportunities to reach their full potential and live their dreams.
Mission – Soroptimist is a global volunteer organization that provides women and girls with access to the education and training they need to achieve economic empowerment.
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 & Fellowship – Women from varied backgrounds and perspectives work together to improve the lives of women and girls.
Calendar Picks – SI Loomis Basin “It’s in the Bag” designer purse fundraiser – The Social Publication Loomis (December 2022)
Members Can Develop Their Skills
SIA 2023 Leadership Round Table – June 22 and June 23, 2023, 3 – 6 p.m. (virtual) Early registration opens January 30, 2023
Leadership Round Table will be open to all Soroptimist International of the Americas (SIA) members. This is an opportunity to learn how to become a better overall leader or build your skills to become a future Soroptimist leader. This annual event will be held virtually in 2023 and in Bellevue, Washington, July 27-28. 2024.
SIA 2023-2024 Soroptimist Leadership Fellows Program Early registration opens January 30, 2023
The Soroptimist Leadership Fellows Program is a multi-year commitment (June 24 & Dec 9 virtually and July 29, 2024 in Bellevue). The Fellows Program is a certificate program that gives members an opportunity to further and enrich their leadership skills in an engaging and interactive way.
Jan 18 (Wed) “It’s in the Bag” Purse event fundraiser at Blue Goose 5:30 PM Jan 30 (Mon) Board Meeting at 5:15 PM, Raley’s Café Feb 1 (Wed) Business Meeting at Loomis Round Table, 5:30 – 7:00 PM Feb 15 (Wed) Club Awards Presentation Feb 25 (Sat) Soroptimist Hosting Community Meeting on Human Trafficking
Feb 27 (Mon) Board Meeting at 5:15 PM, Raley’s Café
March 1 (Wed) Business Meeting at Loomis Round Table, 5:30 – 7:00 PM
March 15 (Wed) Program Meeting
March 16 (Thurs) Cook for Loomis Senior L.I.F.E. St. Patrick’s Meal
March 18 or 25 TBD Acres of Hope project
March 29 (Wed) White Elephant party to raise Delegate Funds
April 3 (Mon) BoardMeeting at 5:15 PM, Raley’s Café
April 5 (Wed) Business Meeting at Loomis Round Table, 5:30 – 7:00 PM
April 19 (Wed) Program Meeting
June 2-4 SNR Conference in Reno
July 27-29, SI Conference, Dublin, Ireland
Aug 12-13, SNR Development Retreat in Reno