Thank You

SI Norwalk started the year by installing our 2017-2018 Governing Board with an evening out at the Outback Steakhouse in Norwalk, Ca.  Incoming President, Deborah Hayes, shared her theme for the upcoming year “Connections”.  Her vision is to enhance and strengthen our club connection between the City of Norwalk, Norwalk Chamber, Norwalk Lion’s Club, Norwalk Woman’s Club, and other non-profit organizations within the Norwalk area and locally adjacent cities and Soroptimist Clubs. By partnering together with other organizations, we can increase our collective impact and make a brighter future for women and girls within our local community.

The incoming and outgoing board presented our 2016-2017 president, Amanda Secola, with a Soroptimist Barbie for her dedicated service to women and girls within our community.  Funds raised by the purchase of Soroptimist Barbie’s are used to bring awareness and prevention of female genital mutilation, which unfortunately still occurs today, even in countries like the USA.

 

SI-Norwalk is a 2016-2017 Award Winner

On May 20, 2017 Soroptimist International of Norwalk was regionally awarded two Soroptimist Club “Celebrating Success Awards”, in honor of excellence in the areas of Fundraising and Public Awareness.

Soroptimist’s Celebrating Success Awards recognize outstanding club projects that improve the lives of women and girls through programs leading to social and economic empowerment or promotes Soroptimist as an organization that improves the lives of women and girls. These awards recognize the best practices of Soroptimist clubs in each of the four pillar areas supporting the SIA strategic plan: fundraising, membership, program and public awareness.

Soroptimist International of Norwalk is proud to be the 2016-2017 recipient of two Celebrating Success Awards.  We are also proud of our President Elect, Deborah Hayes who received the 2016-2017 Distinguished Soroptimist Award.

Valentine’s Day Gifts

Soroptimist International of Norwalk donated writing journals, pens and Valentine cards to the women in the CCTRP (Custody to Community Transition Reentry Program).  The ladies were so grateful and inspired by the generosity shown to them this valentine’s day.

 

“When we do the best we can, we never know what miracle is wrought in our life, or in the life of another.” – Helen Keller

Christmas Stockings with a Purpose

Soroptimist International of Norwalk in collaboration, a group of 15 women at CCTRP volunteered their time and talent to crochet 65 Christmas Stockings. These stockings were used as gifts for the residents at the Soroptimist Village, a housing project for low income senior citizens sponsored by several Soroptimist Clubs. This group of women, some of whom had never crocheted or knitted in their lives, volunteered to take part of this very special project as a way to give back to the community and in hopes that these simple tokens made by loving and caring hands will bring much joy to a Village resident during the Holidays. The stockings were distributed at the annual Holiday Party where the various Soroptimist Clubs came together to celebrate with the Village residents.

Soroptimist International of Norwalk has been a long-time partner of L.A. CADA as strong supporters of their programs, in particular the Family Foundations Program, and now the new CCTRP women’s program. Soroptimist’s mission, to improve the lives of women and girls through programs leading to social and economic empowerment, is a perfect match to the mission of CCTRP. Soroptimist of Norwalk has supported CCTRP from the beginning by providing Mother’s Day gift bags, several donations including women’s undergarments, yarn for the Christmas Stocking project, arts and crafts supplies, and stationary and stamp kits which are especially appreciated by the women in the program, as mail is an important way for them to stay connected to loved ones. This project was a true labor of love! The CCTRP “Crochet Club” is very proud of their accomplishment and looks forward to collaborating with Soroptimist International of Norwalk in future projects.

For more information on this event or LA CADA click here

 

A little Christmas cheer

SI-Norwalk member Dona hosted a delicious salad luncheon at her beautiful home on Saturday, with included a surprised birthday celebration for Si Norwalk Member Marilee with complete with a birthday cake & serenade! christmas-club

 

Thanks to everyone who donated toys and hooded sweatshirts for Helpline Youth Counseling. SI-Norwalk Member Angela was thrilled to be taking so many gifts back with her to help their homeless clients and families in crisis.

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Additionally, earlier in the week SI Norwalk members Lisa and Liana hosted a successful “makeover day” for women in the SFS area and from downtown LA. Plus our own Desert Coast Region Governor Susan Gilbey stopped in to meet the ladies and donate even more items!  It was a specular day with many smiles and new hope for these special ladies!

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Soroptimist International or Norwalk wishing you and your family many blessings this holiday season.

2016 Gala Highlights

Soroptimist International of Norwalk hosted a successful holiday gala fundraiser, “Believe” on Saturday, November 19, 2016 at the Norwalk Arts & Sports Complex from 4-7 pm. Guests enjoyed music, socializing and dinner in a festive Christmas atmosphere.  galablog

Three Soroptimist members shared information about outreach to  community partners L.A. Centers for Alcohol & Drug Addiction and Helpline Youth Counseling.  Hand-crafted tree ornaments made by women in transition at one of L.A. CADA’s programs, “Custody to Community Transitional Re-Entry Program” were available for sale, and attendees were invited to donate unwrapped toys for Helpline Youth Counseling’s “Santa’s Toy Shop” or hooded sweatshirts for outreach to homeless women and teens.
The evening came to a satisfying close after a lucky door prize winner won an Echo, and four names were pulled in the Opportunity Drawing as winners of the beautifully decorated Christmas trees.  Each of the 4 winners went home with a lighted tree loaded with over $500 in gift certificates and holiday presents, thanks to generous individual and corporate sponsors.

The Gift Of Giving

profile2Being a Soroptimist brings more joy to my life then I could have imagined.  Our  programs improve the lives of women and girls through programs leading to social and economic empowerment is so important.   Over the years my favorite program has been the Live Your Dream: educational and training award which helps to provide women with access to education, we are giving women and girls back their power. “Live Your Dream: is helping women, be their very best by supporting their journey to becoming economically self-supporting which opens so many doors for them and their families.  These women go on to achieve their place in society and a difference in the world.

 This year, I am excited to be part of launching our new Dream Program:  Dream It, Be It.  Soroptimist International of the Americas, conducted focus groups nationwide and internationally to determine what type of mentoring and support girls between 14- and 17 were seeking. The answer: Career Guidance and Support.  Soroptimist International of Norwalk is answering this need by launching our first “Dream It, Be it, a one-day workshop which is designed to help girls grow up to be strong, successful, happy adults.

 Dream It, Be It targets girls in secondary school who face obstacles to their future success. It provides girls with access to professional role models, career education and the resources to live their dreams. Our club is partnering with Custody to Community Transitional Reentry Program (CCCTRP) to provide young women with information and resources on career opportunities, setting and achieving goals, overcoming obstacles to success and how to move forward after setbacks or failures.

 If you want to make a difference in the lives of women and girls today, I encourage you to join us!