September 2015
Issue: 24
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The September 23 Program Meeting Will Focus on Personal Safety
Our program meeting September 23, will feature the interesting and timely topic of personal defense. Our presenter will be Suz-Anne Shoblom of Damsel in Defense. As most of us are aware, we live in a time where frightening and violent things may occur.
Some of the disturbing statistics are:
  • A violent crime occurs every 26 seconds
  • 1 in 3 women experience domestic violence from their partners
  • A child is abducted every 40 seconds
  • 1 in 5 women are survivors of rape
The mission of Damsel in Defense is:

Equip women with products that can protect them! Most women have never held a stun gun and can't tell you where to find one to see, hold and purchase.  

women to protect themselves! Having an item in their hand while walking to their car in a dark parking lot makes a woman feel safer. It is not a false sense of security, it is knowing that they are better off carrying a deterrent than they would be empty-handed.

women by encouraging them to back up their purchases with self-defense training. 
Damsel in Defense is devoted to keeping women safe so this should be an informative and eye-opening talk.

If you are interested in attending this meeting please call Cindy
Daly at 805-701-0882 to RSVP by Monday, September 21. The
cost is $15.
RedBrick Pizza Fundraiser and Membership Mixer on September 12

On Saturday, September 12, we will be holding a fundraiser at RedBrick Pizza from 11 am - 9 pm. The Fundraiser runs all day. Please come and enjoy pizza, salad, breadsticks, etc. and support the Ventura Soroptimist Club. Just mention our club and a portion of the proceeds will be donated to us for our scholarships and 85th anniversary celebration. 

In addition from 5:30-6:30 pm we will be holding a membership mixer at RedBrick Pizza. Bring your friends and family and help us support the fundraiser while we mix and mingle with fellow Soroptimist members. Questions? email 

Please pass this on to a friend!!!

DeDe Taylor Updates on Dayspring School in Jinja, Uganda 
DeDe Taylor updated us about the Dayspring School in Jinja, Uganda at our program meeting on Wednesday, August 26. It was fascinating to hear about their way of life. DeDe also brought some necklaces, bracelets and cards that were handmade by the students of Daysprings School. 

Our club purchased $179 worth of items that will be donated back to the school. Thank you DeDe for entertaining us with your stories and facts!!
17th Annual Camino Real Region
Fall Workshop is October 3 

The 17th Annual Camino Real Region's Fall Workshop will be held on Saturday, October 3 from 8:30 am - 4:30 pm.  The sponsoring club is Bellflower and the location will be the First Missionary Baptist Church at 9246 Rosser St. in Bellflower. This year's theme is "Dreams Inspire Amazing Possibilities".

The Registration Form can be found here.  All registrations are due no later than September 15, 2015.
Check Out Peggy Ruesink's Dog in the Cute Music Video! 

Below is a really cute music video that features Peggy Ruesink's dog Rikki. Peggy has been a member of SI Ventura for over 24 years. Check out the video. It's sure to leave leave a smile on your face.

Jade Hendrix - Over My Head - Featuring Rikki!!

Jade Hendrix - Over My Head - Featuring Rikki!!
Life Skills Begins September 15
Life Skills Graphic We will be presenting our signature service program, Life Skills, to the Salvation Army residents starting Tuesday, September 15, at 6:15-7:30 p.m. The location will be the Salvation Army Transitional Living Center at 155 S Oak St, Ventura, CA 93001.  We are expecting 4-5 participants, but that could change by the time we begin the session.
By combining topics, we were able to pare down the length of the program from 9 to 7 weeks. As a result, the Orientation/Get Acquainted session will be September 15, followed by Modules 1-5. The Wrap Up and Evaluation session will be on October 27.
Please come and participate in this inspiring, hands-on program which is unique to our club. 
Applications for the
Now Available

Applications and information about Live Your Dream (formerly called the Women's Opportunity Award) is now available on our website at


Live Your Dream is a scholarship awarded to a local woman who is the primary wage earner in her family to assist with meeting career/educational goals.  Click here to download the application.   

Live Your Dream also requires two reference forms.  Click here to download the reference form.


The deadline for the application is November 15, 2015. 

Ventura Soroptimists Participate in the
AmazonSmile Program  
What is AmazonSmile?
AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support your favorite charitable organization every time you shop, at no cost to you. When you shop at, you'll find the exact same low prices, vast selection and convenient shopping experience as, with the added bonus that Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price to our Soroptimist International of Ventura.

How do I select a charitable organization to support when shopping on AmazonSmile?
On your first visit to AmazonSmile ( ), you need to select Soroptimist International of Ventura to receive donations from eligible purchases before you begin shopping. Amazon will remember your selection, and then every eligible purchase you make at will result in a donation.

How much of my purchase does Amazon donate?
The AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price from your eligible AmazonSmile purchases. The purchase price is the amount paid for the item minus any rebates and excluding shipping & handling, gift-wrapping fees, taxes, or service charges. From time to time, there may be special, limited time promotions that increase the donation amount on one or more products or services or provide for additional donations to charitable organizations.

AmazonSmile Donations to Charitable Organizations
100% of the donation amount generated from your eligible purchase on AmazonSmile will be donated. The donation amounts generated by your purchases are combined with the donation amounts from all other customers that selected the same organization, and each quarter the AmazonSmile Foundation makes donations to registered charitable organizations by electronic funds transfer. Donations are generally transferred approximately 45 days after the end of each calendar quarter.

Please tell all your family and friends to choose Soroptimist International of Ventura to support in their Amazon online purchases through the AmazonSmile program.
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 


September 9 Meeting: 

Pledge - Gina Jaeger   

Inspiration - Lori Balzer         

September 23 Mee

Pledge - Lorie Balzer     

Inspiration - Cindy Daly   


Please email Karen Flock at if you would like to lead the pledge or inspire us at a meeting. 
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September 3 - Membership and Public Awareness Committee Meeting -  
4 pm, 
Starbucks by Buena High School, 
6128 Telegraph Rd, Ventura

September 9 - Business Meeting - Noon
September 12 - Red Brick Pizza Fundraiser 11 am - 9 pm
4990 Telephone Rd, Ventura

September 12 - Membership Mixer at Red Brick Pizza Fundraiser 
5:30-6:30 pm
4990 Telephone Rd, Ventura

Sept. 15 -  Oct. 27
Life Skills Program - 6:15 - 7:30 pm
Salvation Army Transitional Living Center, 155 S. Oak Street

September 23 - Program Meeting - Noon 


Membership and Public Awareness Committee Meeting Today at 4 pm 

Cindy Daly and Trevor Summerlin, Membership and Public Awareness Committee Co-chairs, will hold a planning meeting Thursday, September 3, 4:00 pm at Starbucks by Buena High School in the Vons Center, 6128 Telegraph Rd., Ventura for all members of the Membership and Public Awareness committees and anyone else interested in attending. 

We hope to see you there!!!
SI Ventura is 85 Years old!!!

Coming this fall we will be kicking off the holiday season with an 85th anniversary celebration and fundraising event. 
If you would like to help in the planning of this event please contact Cyndi Damron at 216-4728 or email her at damroncyndi@
Presidents Message
I am so impressed and excited with how everyone is working together to meet our goal of helping women and girls in our community!

Committees are meeting
(please attend when you can) and goals are being set. Plans are in the works for some new outreach opportunities. There are some fun events being planned for us, the members. 

Please let friends and family know about our fundraiser at Red Brick Pizza September 12. There is also the opportunity to join with other SIV members and their guests at Red Brick between 5:30 - 7:00 pm.

Life Skills training starts Sept. 15.  Please see the article to the left  for more detailed, updated information.

Thank you all for "watching each other's backs"! 
Kay Armstrong 
SI Ventura 2015-2016  
SIV to Help Children's Reading Program on Oct. 29

Ventura Soroptimists will participate in a children's reading program at Snapdragon Place in east Ventura on Thursday, October 29, from 3:30 to 5:00 p.m.  

Up to five volunteers are needed to read to children; if you want to participate contact Karen Flock at or (805) 407-2716.  

This is part of a program by the Ventura County Library system.  They will provide a small library for the community room and teach parents how to read to children.  Snapdragon Place, at 11094 Snapdragon Street, Ventura, includes 28 affordable apartments, most for farmworkers, was developed by and is owned and managed by Cabrillo Economic Development Corporation, where Karen Flock is the Real Estate Development Director.

Cyndi Damron presents James Panagoti, Co Founder of 1 Family 1 Restaurant, with a donation from the the Ventura Soroptimist Club. We think his charity is a great way to help solve hunger!
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2015 AXXess Books are Still Available

The 2015 AXXess Books are still 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@

Club Meetings
  • 2nd & 4th Wednesday of each month
  • Luncheon Meeting at 12 noon
  • Ventura Beach Marriott Hotel, 2055 Harbor Blvd., Ventura