March 2015
Issue: 18
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Mother's Day Basket Fundraiser in Full Swing


Our annual Mother's Day Basket Raffle Fundraiser is now underway. Members Penny Jarecke and Kellye Patterson volunteered their time and efforts to put together the smaller baskets with themes of "Simmer Sauces" for Penny and "An Evening in Italy" for Kellye.

We will be passing around a basket at the March 11th Business meeting to collect donations for the grand prize, a $500 Visa gift card. Any donation will be accepted with a suggested amount of $25 which would be highly appreciated.

Flyers were available and raffle tickets passed out at the February 25th Program meeting by Arlene. Please begin selling raffle tickets to friends, family, associates, and others you regularly come into contact with. The raffle sales will continue until the drawing at our Scholarship Awards Luncheon on May 2.

You may contact Cyndi Damron at 805-216-4728 or by e-mail at for more information.

Mark Fowler Will Speak on the Key Aspects of Business Success at the March 25 Program Meetin


Mark  H. Fowler specializes in transitioning companies from challenge to achievement with a focus on enhancing revenues and profits. For more than twenty-five years he has assisted hundreds of businesses with corporate re-engineering. His expertise includes growth management, strategic direction, business plan implementation, and merger and acquisition placement, to name just a few of his many business talents.


His close working relationships with clients have resulted in his being appointed to positions as vice chairman, chief operating officer, chief financial officer, and administrative officer.


What makes Mr. Fowler stand out? Results and his passion for "coming along side" each and every customer/client and not stopping until success is the next step. Sharing his expertise he has co-authored the book, "Revolutionary Conversations, The Tools You Need for the Success You Want", which introduces not just a concept but a new way of communicating: the S.H.A.R.E.™ Tools. Find out more about his book at


If you are interested in attending this meeting on March 25 at 12 noon at the Ventura Marriott Beach Hotel on Harbor Blvd in Ventura call Arlene Briggle at 658-2048 to RSVP by Monday, March 23. The cost is $15.  

Soroptimist International of Oxnard, Ventura, Camarillo, The Conejo, and Santa Barbara Held Their Eighth Annual Stop Human Trafficking and Sexual Slavery Event 



On Thursday March 5 Soroptimist International of Oxnard, Ventura, Camarillo, The Conejo, and Santa Barbara held their eighth annual Stop Human Trafficking and Sexual Slavery Event at the First Presbyterian Church in Oxnard. The evening started with an awareness walk through the neighborhood. An Oxnard Police vehicle pulled to the side of the road to discuss the event with District 1 Director, Sherry Cash. The officer thanked Sherry for helping to educate the public on this rapidly escalating problem. 


The audience listened attentively as three women who had been victims of commercial sexual exploitation spoke of their experiences and efforts to regain control over their own lives. Then Detective Corporal Dave Ruggiero spoke of his experiences with Trafficking in the Ventura Police Dept. as well as overseas in South Asia. He talked about the difficulties facing the police as there is no full time unit in Ventura County to deal with Human Trafficking.


After the speakers were finished the audience was able to ask questions. Flyers and additional information were provided at the event.


For more information on the issues of Human Trafficking and Sexual Slavery visit these sites:;; the Mary Magdalene Project; and  

Vickie McCoy, General Manager of Aftercare  Spoke of the Plight of Sexually Exploited Children in Los Angeles and Ventura Counties  


SIV welcomed guest speaker Vickie McCoy , General Manager of Aftercare -  ZOE International to it's February 25th Program Meeting. ZOE is an international Christian Organization that rescues and cares for orphans and children who have been sold or are at risk of being sold into human trafficking - worldwide.

McCoy said that since January 2013 over 300 children were rescued by LA and Antelope Valley Task Forces, and there are currently 69 children in LA County identified as CSEC (Commercially Sexually Exploited Children). 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.

Here are some things you can do to help:
  • Gain more knowledge, get educated
  • Know the signs of human trafficking
  • Be a voice
  • Volunteer your time and talents
  • If you see suspicious activity or a  child you think might be sexually exploited call the National Human Trafficking Hot Line at 1-888-373-7888 or call your local police department.

For more information about ZOE and their fight to end child trafficking, you can visit  


Five Great Reasons to Buy Girl Scout Cookies


Girl Scouts of California's Central Coast are working closely with girls in our community to help them develop financial literacy skills and become business savvy through initiatives like the Girl Scout Cookie Program -- the largest girl led business in the world.  


When a girl sells cookies, she is essentially managing her own small business -- setting goals and translating them into a business plan, interacting with customers and communicating the investment payoff, which is not just cookies that taste great but developing girls of "courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place."  It also helps the girls develop these five essential skills:   

  1. Goal Setting
  2. Decision Making
  3. Money Management 
  4. People Skills
  5. Business Ethics 

Through these activities, girls are also able to earn money towards fun and exciting girl-planned program activities and contribute to their council's ability to provide Girl Scouting in the community.


The 2015 Girl Scout Cookie Sale Program is well underway and will gross more the $700 million in sales across the country. All proceeds generated from cookie sales in our area stay right here to support local Girl Scouting.   


If you haven't already purchased your boxes from a neighborhood cookie professional (girl scout) click here to find a cookie sale venue near you. Hurry, because the cookie sales will end March 15.  

"Cruising with Camino Real!" Camino Real Region Spring Conference 2015

Come join us as we embark on new adventures, preserve our history, and continue to ride the wave of change.  


The 2015 Spring Conference of Camino Real Region is hereby called to meet in Long Beach, California at the Marriott Hotel on April 24, 25, and 26! Spring Conference is designed to recognize your work, your members, and what we have done collectively to carry out the vision and mission of Soroptimist.  


 Click Here for the official "Call to Conference" for your use. Please read the entire call and review the itinerary. New activities will be  introduced like the Club photo, Personal and Professional Workshops (an expansion of Leadership Academy), New Member Mixer and so much more... The new mix and mingle activity is a way to recognize members who have joined in the last two years and hear from our veterans. What a great way to connect with members and have fun!  


If you are interested in attending the Spring Conference please call Arlene Briggle at 658-2048 in order to register by Monday, April 1. You need not go for the entire conference, you can register for just one day.

Elizabeth Koh Accessories Spring Fundraiser  Continues 

Soroptimist International of Ventura continues our fundraising efforts by offering, in partnership with Elizabeth Koh Accessories, a beautiful spring line of scarves, headbands and kimonos in light and airy colors and fabrics. All proceeds go towards funding scholarships for Ventura area women and girls.


You can view the accessories at and use the code SOROP in the Apply Coupon Box when you place your order. Our club will receive 50% of the profits from each scarf sold!


The scarves are ethically made and provide a fair employment to talented women in Thailand. Elizabeth Koh donates 10% of their profits to provide education and life resources to children through a partnership with SOS Children's Villages.

Live Your Dream Campaign Fundraiser Tickets Available Until Spring Conference  


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
Region 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 658-2048.

Beads of Esiteti Fundraiser Ongoing 


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

or Kay at 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




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 We will contact you to finalize the ad copy.

2015 Pledge & Inspiration Schedule 


 March 11 Meeting: 

Pledge - Karen Flock 

Inspiration - Dorothy Prairie  

March 25 Meeting:

Pledge - Cindy Daly 

Inspiration - Dede Taylor  


Please email Karen Flock at 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.

March 8 - International Women's Day

March 11 - Business Meeting - Noon

March 15 - SI Ventura  Chartered on this date in 1930 - Happy 85th Birthday! 


March 25  -  Program Meeting  -  Noon


March 27 - SI Oxnard Girls Night Out Fundraiser - The Kitchen Restaurant - 5:45


April 24-26, 2015  -

Spring Conference

Long Beach


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

SIV Welcomes Ben Unseth to it's March 11 Business Meeting
Benjamin Unseth, Executive Director of

Project Understanding will speak briefly at our March 11 Business Meeting about the services that Project Understanding offers in our community. 

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Save the Date  

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 for the details.  


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Presidents Message


There are many changes occurring within Soroptimist that will help keep our organization relevant and able to carry out our mission. With these changes and technological advances that influence the way we reach our goals, it is incumbent upon us to keep ourselves educated on these changes enabling us to maximum our effectiveness.


Many areas of our society, personal and work environments are changing dramatically. We no longer wait hours or days to hear of events that happen around the world. Many occupations that most of us grew up with no longer exist. There are occupations and ways of doing all sorts of things that are developing rapidly.


As we work to incorporate and internalize the changes that are both here and on the horizon for Soroptimist, let us utilize every possible means to learn about these changes, what is continuing and what should we have on our radar for the future.


One of the means available to us is our upcoming Spring Conference. Some of you have attended in the past, some of you attend each year. 2015 is a pivotal year and my hope is that many of you will attend this year - especially our new members. You will learn, you will be confused, you will be excited, you will be bewildered and you will be inspired.


These are exciting times and the need for our participation on the world stage has never been more needed. We are Soroptimists! Our mission - to improve the lives of women and girls both in our own communities and the larger world. You are awesome women and you help others become awesome.
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Lorie Balzer


SI Ventura 2014-2015 



2015 AXXess Books are Now Available

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