February 2015
Issue: 17
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SI Ventura Welcomes Two New Members
at the January Business Meeting  


Kellye Patterson and Ria Bover became members of Soroptimist International of Ventura on Wednesday, January 14 at an induction ceremony led by Kristy Marin, Co-Chair of the Membership Committee. The two new members were warmly welcomed into the group. We look forward to the energy and new perspectives each will bring to our club.


On a side note, Kristy Marin will be taking a three month leave from her responsibilities with SIV due to scheduling and time conflicts.  Peggy Ruesink will assume all the Membership Chair responsibilities in her absence.  

Stop Human Trafficking and Sexual Slavery -
A Soroptimist CRR-Dist 1 Event 

Please join Soroptimist International of Oxnard, Ventura, Camarillo, The Conejo and Santa Barbara on Thursday, March 5, 2015 at First Presbyterian Church, 850 Ivywood Drive in Oxnard for the annual Stop Human Trafficking and Sexual Slavery Event. Bring a friend or come with a small group and be surprised at what you will learn!  An awareness walk through the neighborhood begins at 5:30 and the program will begin at 6:30.  Speakers for the program are: 


Dianne Amato, Program Director, Mary Magdalene Project

Dianne Amato joined Mary Magdalene Project in March 2008. As the Program Director, Dianne's unique experience as a survivor of the commercial sex industry herself brings an especially powerful message to the women in the program seeking to leave "the Life" forever.

Christine Cesa- Victim's Advocate

Christine is a local missionary partnering with Runaway Girl, IEmpathize, Oasis USA, Treasures Ministries, InnerChange and local churches. She is an advocate and speaker in regard to Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking, at-risk issues pertaining to girls and women and the need for care and support.

Detective Corporal Dave Ruggiero, VPD

Det. Cpl. Ruggiero is an 11 year veteran of the Ventura Police Department.  He has received extensive training in Human Trafficking investigations and has worked on several cases in Ventura County along with allied agencies. In June of 2013, he took a 1-year leave of absence from VPD to serve with a non-profit organization overseas. Det. Cpl. Ruggiero worked with International Justice Mission in South Asia to assist local law enforcement with the protection of Human Trafficking Victims.

Questions: Call Debbie Gohike at 805-320-5215.

Vickie McCoy, General Manager of Aftercare to Speak at February 25 Program Meeting 


Vickie McCoy, General Manager of Aftercare, will speak about the efforts of ZOE International to fight human trafficking in Southeast Asia and their plans to acquire property to establish a new shelter home in Ventura or Los Angeles County.

Ending child trafficking and restoring hope to these kids is one of ZOE International's objectives. ZOE supports anti-trafficking training programs aimed at building awareness and sensitivity among stakeholders and empowering them to act when necessary.

Vickie McCoy's first experience with the ZOE Family was partnering
on a short-term mission trip to Thailand in February 2007. Vickie has mentored countless teens & women, bringing a deep desire and practical tools to see them whole and healed on this side of heaven. These, coupled with her love for God, have prepared her to direct the development of the new ZOE aftercare program in Los Angeles.

If you are interested in attending this meeting on February 25 at 12 noon at the Ventura Marriott Beach Hotel on Harbor Blvd in Ventura call Arlene Briggle at 796-0470 to RSVP by Monday, January 26. The cost is $15

Soroptimist Gina Jaeger Spoke About the Ventura County Women's Economic Roundtable at the
Jan. 28 Program Meeting


The Ventura County Board of Supervisors established the Women's Economic Roundtable in 2013, with an effective start date of January 1, 2014.  This advisory group (WER) provides a forum to address pay equity issues, educational opportunities and career advancement for women in Ventura County.  The ten-member group also links together existing women's organizations in Ventura County to further its mission of enhancing the economic status of women, coordinating efforts and sharing resources. Gina was appointed to this group by Supervisor Zaragosa, and serves as the recorder for the roundtable.  


The WER meetings are held at Ventura County Community Foundation (4001 Mission Oaks Boulevard in Camarillo) and are open to the public.   


If you are interesed in reading the 2012 Status of Women and Girls in Ventura County you may do so by clicking here.

Violet Richardson Award Scholarship Application Deadline Extended to February 15


Soroptimist International of Ventura has extended the deadline for applications for the Violet Richardson Scholarship to February 15, 2015. This award is given to girls ages 14-17, who are active in volunteer community service and who reside in the city of Ventura. The minimum award from SI Ventura is $1,500. This award is shared between the recipient and her service activity.


Applications may be obtained at Buena High School, Foothill Technological High School, St. Bonaventure High School, El Camino High School, Ventura High School and you may click here to take you to the online application. You can call Kay Armstrong at 805-656-5218 as well.


Completed applications and reference forms can be emailed to siventura@soroptimist.net or mailed to Kay Armstrong at P.O. Box 6133, Ventura, CA 93006. 

Life Skills Program Starting in Early February


Life Skills Graphic The Life Skills program started on February 3 at the Salvation Amy. Please contact President Lorie at 805-443-8757 or loriebalzer@yahoo.com and let her know if you are interested in participating in the next session of Life Skills. 
Life Skills is a major service project for our Ventura Club. It was developed to teach women in our community the skills which are key to a successful life.  Some topics covered in the modular course include; developing goals and ways to measure success, the value of budgeting and money management, choosing a career, and how to get and keep a job. The program has been conducted at the Tender Life Maternity Home and at the Ventura Salvation Army. 

Live Your Dream Campaign Fundraiser Tickets Still Available


As you know, the Women's Opportunity Award is now Live Your Dream. The basic rules are still the same and we still will have a Club award as well as Region award. We all know where the Club funds come from for this award, but the Reg

ion award is dependent on the annual donation pool for the voluntary Region Service Fund. 


As we have seen, the Region award is often less than some of our Club's awards. To help remedy that situation, with the approval of Governor Dora and the Region Board, an "opportunity" campaign was launched at Fall Workshop and will run through Spring Conference 2015. 


Each Club in the Region has been given 25 tickets, which will be sold for $20 each. Members are asked to buy or sell at least one ticket. The winner will be drawn at Spring Conference and need not be present to win, but must be 21 years of age or older and the prize is non-transferable. All proceeds of the campaign will fund Live Your Dream Awards. So, what is the prize?

  • One Week (8 days, 7 nights) at the Worldmark by Wyndham in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, September 3rd to September 10, 2015, on the 24th floor. The date is set and non-negotiable. 

But wait, there's more:

  • The Club with the highest percentage of sales per membership will receive $1,000 for theirt 2016 LYD winners.

Share this opportunity with your friends and families! Join all the Region Clubs in making this Region-wide effort a GREAT success!


To purchase a ticket please contact Arlene Briggle at 796-0470.

Beads of Esiteti Fundraiser Ongoing 


Beaded jewelry from Beads of Esiteti are still available to purchase.  Please email Cyndi at  damroncyndi@gmail.com 

or Kay at kayaarmstrong@gmail.com for more information.  With this fundraiser we receive 50% of the profits from the sale of the beaded jewelry which will go towards our scholarship fund. 


Beads of Esiteti is a fair-trade social business dedicated to empowering the Maasai community of Esiteti through the selling of their traditional beadwork.  Beads of Esiteti generates an income for over 275 Maasai women while creating the means for them to care for themselves.  Please help us support the families and  community of Esiteti while creating educational opportunities for their children and future generations. For more information go to www.beadsofesiteti.com.




Advertise in Our E-Newsletter and Help Support Our Community Service Fund

 For a donation of $100 to our community service fund, we will advertise your business in our e-newsletter every month for a year. That is a $20 dollar savings over the monthly rate of of $10 per month. 
Or, donate $50 to our community service fund and we will advertise your business in our e-newsletter every month for six months. 
Mail your donation check to:  Soroptimist, P.O.Box 6133, Ventura, CA 93066 -- Include your ad information and email contact -- or contact us at siventura@soroptimist.net.  We will contact you to finalize the ad copy.

2015 Pledge &
Inspiration Schedule 


 February 11 Meeting: 

Pledge - Kay Armstrong

Inspiration - Penny Jarecke 

February 25 Meeting:

Pledge - Shirley Lorraine

Inspiration - Kay Armstrong 


Please email Karen Flock at kflock@sbcglobal.net if you would like to lead the pledge or inspire us at a meeting. 


Feb. 3 - Mar. 31 - 
Life Skills  -  Salvation Army  -  6:15 p.m.

Feb. 11 - Business Meeting - Noon


Feb. 25  -  Program Meeting  -  Noon


March 5 - STOP Human Trafficking Event  -
5:30 p.m.  


April 24-26, 2015  -

Spring Conference

Long Beach


May 2, 2015  - Scholarship Awards Luncheon  -
Ventura Yacht Club

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Awards Luncheon

Saturday, May 2,
11:30 a.m - 2:30 p.m, Ventura Yacht Club, 1755 Spinnaker Drive, Ventura.

Invite family, friends and anyone you'd like to introduce to Soroptimist Ventura. Our awards event is enjoyable and very inspirational.

A buffet lunch will be served in a beautiful setting followed by a program that includes the awarding of our two scholarships.


We will draw the winning raffle tickets for our trademark Mother's Day baskets.

Vendors will be present offering their wares, appropriate for Mothers Day gift giving or a bit of self indulgence!


RESERVE your business card ad for the printed program now, $25, by emailing cmdaly@pacbell.net for the details.  


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Presidents Message



It is very exciting for us to again offer our signature Life Skills Program to the residents of Salvation Army. This program has been a wonderful opportunity for our Club to share our knowledge and experience with those that are in the process of expanding their life goals and direction. We have had feedback from past participants that the program has been very helpful and made a difference. 


Our scholarship programs have made the rounds of our judges and we look forward to the awards event on May 2nd, where the winners will be announced. These programs are a mainstay of what Soroptimist does in working to fulfill our mission of improving the lives of women and girls through education. 


And finally, as we look forward to another important event coming up on March 5th - the Human Trafficking Event - let's all plan to attend and learn what has been done, continues to be done and what needs to be done. 


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Lorie Balzer


SI Ventura 2014-2015 



2015 AXXess Books are Now Available

The 2015 AXXess Books are now available for $30.

If you are interested in either selling the books or buying a book for yourself, please contact Lorie Balzer for details and more information at 805-443-8757 or email her loriebalzer@
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Club Meetings
  • 2nd & 4th Wednesday of each month
  • Luncheon Meeting at 12 noon
  • Ventura Beach Marriott Hotel, 2055 Harbor Blvd., Ventura