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Golden West Region Clubs Celebrate Success! 

Learn about the award winning projects of our GWR Clubs selected as finalists in the 2014 GWR Celebrating Success Award Program:


SI Corona – A Fresh Approach to Traditional Fundraising Practices


SI Apple Valley – Field of Dreams-Building a Pave Play Area at A Better Way


SI Flagstaff – Fashion Affair 2014

SI Palm Springs – The Ophelia Project in Palm Springs
SI Parker – Fundraising 2013-2014
SI Parker – Strong Girls Workshop







SI San Jacinto-Hemet Valley – Soroptimist Single Mingle





SI the Kachinas – Membership Drive


SI the Kachinas – Operation Women Warriors


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Public Awareness and SI Parker:

Our Club is fortunate to have a very good working relationship with our local media. It is pretty easy in a small town but efforts have to be made to maintain those relationships. Invitations, thank you’s and of course recognition. We always invite the newspaper to our functions, but if for some reason they don’t show up, we just email to them pictures and news releases. They seem to appreciate that.

Our website serves its purpose, but we are really hoping to get to work on it over the summer after we have attended the workshop at conference.


Where we have mostly concentrated our efforts this year is on Facebook. Not only do we maintain a Club Page and an “S” Club page…but also for our “Man About Town” Page for our 5-month long fundraiser that includes a lot of other small fundraisers. We are constantly reposting items of interest from the Live your Dream, SIA, GWR & GWR Spring Conference websites and Facebook pages as well as any other items pertaining to women’s issues. Our numbers have increased 50% more than previous years and it seems to be driving more visits to our website.


Also this year, we had produced our own Soroptimist Int’l of Parker Video (modeled after the region video). It was pretty spontaneous and done at our “Kids and Christmas” community project, but it turned out better than we thought it would. As far as appealing to members of our rural small town, it really fits the bill. We have it posted on both our Facebook page and website.  Check us out: http://youtube/9wxzMyDGJ_g

SI Corona Program Award

SI Corona viewed the Women’s Opportunity Award wave of change as a wonderful opportunity to embrace the recipient and go beyond what we have done in previous years.  Our goal is to provide assistance for empowerment and economic growth.  Embracing the mission of going beyond the cash award impacted several identified areas of needs.  For overall success we decided to focus on the individual via strategic planning for a period of three years.


Several strategies were created that would increase the collective impact and sustain the individual’s capacity to be a productive member of society.  The strategic plan included a personal profile tailed to specific needs of the recipient and a three -year action plan (attached-see below) that addressed the recipient’s individual needs.


A personal profile was developed based on interview questions and conversations with the recipient.  The profile addressed specific background, barriers, assets, goals, and individual needs (copy attached-see below).  The profile also provided a personal view of the recipient’s life and identified specific areas to address.  It required looking at her past, what has happened to create the present and how we prepare to support her future.


Strategic goals and objectives were created from the personal interview, the recipient’s individual needs for educational growth, a need for change of employment and improve her standard of living.  Personal and financial activities were included in the three year action plan of support by the club.  The strategic plan consisted of an overall measurable goal and objectives for each year.  The Overall Goal: SI Corona will provide WOA recipient with personal and financial support services that will assist and promote her overall economic growth, lifelong goals and personal aspirations.  Several important steps took place to support our goal.  As a club we selected: WOA chair, mentor, personal coach and advisor to assist and provide external support as a part of the action plan.  The strategic action plan is on-going and will be reviewed by the WOA Committee with follow-up until the year 2017.


As an organization, SI Corona’s mission is to provide external support that allows the individual to grow socially, economically, and build lifelong skills over a three year period.  It is important that we empower her with a resilient vision to grow professionally, economically and make her dreams a reality.

Download a PDF copy of the SI Corona entry and attachments.

SI Riverside Live Your Dream Conference

This year’s SI Riverside Live Your Dream Girls Conference was held at the Business School on the beautiful campus of California Baptist University on March 1, 2014, the only rainy day since early December. But that did not put a damper on the marvelous day we had planned for the 7th and 8th grade girls who participate in the AVID Program at their schools.


Following registration and a quick continental breakfast, the 125 attendees were directed into the Innovators Auditorium where they met their table leaders, received their keepsake programs and their very special backpacks filled with lots of goodies.  After being welcomed by SIR Vice President, Dr. Lynn Scecina, and mistress of ceremonies, Kathy Michalak, the keynote speaker, Mary Parks, was introduced. She spoke to the girls about her struggle to beat the odds by focusing on positive thinking.


The girls were then directed to the first of three breakout sessions. These sessions were designed so that the girls could further explore the challenges and benefits of careers in Finance & Technology, Medical & Science, Thinking Outside the Box, Law & Legal, Sales & Marketing and Entrepreneurship.


Back in the Innovators Auditorium, the second keynote speaker, Dr. Pamela Clute, wowed the audience with her presentation entitled "Success in the 21st Century…The Secret Ingredient." She presented each of the girls with a ceramic rose in the color purple which symbolized power and told them to be inspired by the rose to remind them that they have the power to do anything.


Everyone enjoyed a great lunch catered by Cal Baptist Culinary Department. Lunch was followed by two more exciting breakout sessions. Participants returned to the Innovators Auditorium for the final remarks and prize drawings. The girls turned in their evaluations and each and every girl stated that she would recommend this conference to the next eligible group of girls.


From an article in the April 2014 SI Riverside Riversidelines Newsletter written by Carolyn Kegarice

Golden West Region Club receive grant funds

SI/Apple Valley, CA (Golden West Region): $9,000, Field of Dreams/ Building a Paved Play Area for a Better Way: SI/Apple Valley will use their grant to create a solid surface play area for children at a local domestic shelter to better engage residents and reduce the pressure children place on their mothers to leave the shelter as quickly as possible. Funds will be used to purchase paving materials and supplies. Club members will provide project implementation research, oversee the selection of a contractor, and act as the liaison between the construction workers and the shelter.


SI/The Chino Valley, CA (Golden West Region): $2,000, Girls Stepping Up: SI/The Chino Valley will use their grant to host an event to empower and inform girls about the importance of education, challenges they might face, how to effectively communicate, and how to dream big. Funds will be used to cover costs of the event such as rental fees for tables, chairs, and the facility, and also to provide participants with new school supplies. Club members will promote the event to potential participants; prepare event materials; and plan, organize, and execute the event.


SI/Palm Springs, CA (Golden West Region): $3,500, Ophelia Project- First Class!: SI/Palm Springs will use their grant to enhance effectiveness of existing programming for girls designed to build self-esteem and promote healthy relationships and access to education. Funds will be used to provide girl participants with transportation, teen dating violence bookmarks, journals and course supplies. Club members will serve as mentors for the girls as well as attend the education workshops with the girls.

SI Apple Valley honored for their volunteer work

On Friday, August 23, 2013, 8th District Congressman Paul Cook honored women of his District for their entrepreneurship, leadership and integrity. He also honored volunteer groups who are making a difference in their communities. Soroptimist International Apple Valley was honored and recognized for their volunteer work and scholarship program.


In addition, SIAV member Margaret Diaz was honored for her work with victims of domestic violence. In total, sixty women from across the 8th District were honored for their accomplishments and service to their communities. This was the first time that women from the High Desert were recognized at the Federal level.


The congressman also honored four local women’s groups who are making a positive imprint and contributing to the positive development of girls and young women.


Learn more about how SI Apple Valley is making a difference in their community by visiting their website.