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Midwestern Region
With assistance from a $3,500 Soroptimist Club Grant for Women and Girls, SI/Grosse Pointe, Michigan, recently enabled three girls in Ghana to continue their high school education. Club members organized the partnership with the school and monitored the progress of the girls. Funds will be used to pay for tuition, school supplies and room and board. Says one recipient, “I really appreciate all that you have done for me because without your support I never thought I would be able to complete this school successfully.”

North Atlantic Region
SI/Somerset County, Pennsylvania, recently joined Calvary United Methodist Church to raise awareness of human trafficking. Club members organized the event, which attracted more than 65 people from the community. Member and co-chair of the domestic violence prevention committee, Deb Cook, and club treasurer, Cindy Breen, spoke about sex trafficking, forced labor and debt bondage. The club plans to present this information to additional churches in the community.

Northwestern Region
SI/Olympia, Washington, recently held its first annual Luna Fest event. The Luna Bar Company, which produces and sells nutrition bars, has a traveling film festival with films created, produced and directed by women. The event, which included a photo booth and giveaways, attracted more than 50 people from the community. More than $300 was raised and will be used to support the Breast Cancer Fund and the club’s service projects.

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SI/Olympia members Marilyn Curtis and Alyson Cummings have fun in the photo booth.

Philippines Region
SI/Malabon, Philippines, recently teamed up with the Department of Environment Natural Resources and National Greening Program to plant mangrove trees. Together, they planted mangrove trees in the local community, where women are often prevented from earning their living due to rain and floods. The club posted banners around the community, which featured the project slogan, “Mangroves protect coastlines, promote biodiversity and enrich communities” and the Soroptimist logo.

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SI/Malabon members with mangrove trees.

Western Canada Region
SI/Calgary, Alberta, Canada, recently held its annual Live Your Dream Awards dinner. During the event the club presented a total of $10,000 to its Soroptimist Live Your Dream Award recipients. It also recognized its Ruby Award recipient, Dr. Lolly de Jonge, for her work to advance midwifery care in the local community. More than 70 people from the community attended the event, including City Councillor Brian Pincott.

SI/Tri Cities, Canada, teamed up with Coquitlam Alternative Basic Education (CABE) School to hold the CABE Lunch and Learn program. More than 25 teen moms and underprivileged female students participated in the program. The club organized a curriculum based on the needs of the participants and covered topics including job interview skills, budgeting and healthy diets. Says member Linda Kozina, “We believe the program makes a difference for those young ladies suffering from anxiety, poor communication skills, and family lives that leave much to be desired. If we can make a difference for only one girl each year, that is a bonus in itself and will trigger positive change in the community.” The club plans on making this an ongoing program.

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SI/Tri Cities CABE Lunch and Learn program participants.

Media Mentions
Golden West Region
SI/The Chino Valley, California, recently celebrated its 60th anniversary. The event’s theme, “60 Years of Rock and Roll” included photographs, posters of past events and a tribute to the club’s hard work over the years. The club currently participates in various projects including the Dream It, Be It: Career Support for Girls and Live Your Dream Awards programs. An article about the event appeared in the Daily Bulletin.

Midwestern Region
SI/Grosse Pointe, Michigan, recently held a celebration dinner to recognize its 60th anniversary. At the event, which attracted more than 140 people from the community, the club honored its Virginia Wagner, Live Your Dream and Ruby award recipients. The Virginia Wagner Award recognizes a woman who is enrolled in a university degree program and has volunteered in the local community. Over the years, the club has supported numerous projects benefiting women, both locally and internationally. Projects have ranged from providing grants to a residential center for women recovering from alcohol and drug addiction, to participating in Educate to Lead. The Fox2Detroit news channel publicized the event.

Northwestern Region
In an effort to raise awareness of human trafficking, SI/Bend, Oregon, recently held a candlelight vigil. More than 40 people from the community attended the event.
Guest speaker and club member, Nita Belles, spoke about trafficking in the local community and throughout the world. Nita is the executive director of In Our Back Yard, an organization that works to raise awareness and end human trafficking. The vigil concluded with the reading of the poem, "Look in My Eyes," written by a female trafficking survivor. Local TV station, KTVZ, covered the event.

South Atlantic Region
SI/Talbot County, Maryland, recently held its 52nd annual awards banquet. Club members recognized their Ruby, Live Your Dream and Violet Richardson award recipients. Guest speaker, Karen Denny, spoke about sexual assault victims and the ongoing need for education and training of professionals regarding human trafficking. An article about the event appeared in the Star Democrat.





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