Meet the Board of SIW 2015-2016.
Top left to right: Kathy Dowling, Melanie Bickley, Liz Apodaca, Kuei-Lan Su Chang, Linda Amodeo, Ana Maria Jimenez, Susan West and Mary Ann Pacheco. Bottom left to right: Caren Grisham, Mary Venegas (president), Teresa Molina and Petra Schmischke. Our calendar year is from July 1, 2015 to June 30, 2016.
We raised over $27,000 at our CABARET!!
PRESIDENT'S CLUB SPONSORS:
JOE C. MERICLE MBA, CPA THE LAW OFFICES OF MILLER & ANGEVINE
WHAT WE DO:
We awarded $10,000 in Live Your Dream scholarships on February 23, 2016. Soroptimist clubs around the world give 1.6 million dollars to single mothers, head of households, for higher education. The money may be used for tuition, books, transportation and/or child care.
We have $1,000 budgeted for our new mentoring program. It began Jan. 14, 2016 at Frontier High School for four weeks. Dream It Be It targets girls in secondary school who face obstacles to their futrue success. It provides girls with access to professional role modes, career education and resources to live their dream.s The topics covered include career opportunity, setting and achieving goals, overcoming obstacles to success and how to move forward after setbacks or failures. We are committed to improving the lives of girls in Whittier and throughout the world.
December 2015 we sent $1,000 to women & girls in Nepal in collaboration with Soroptimist clubs around the world in response to this year SIA President's Appeal. Nepal suffered a 7.8 earthquake in April of 2015 leaving many girls (and boys) orphaned and targets for human trafficking monsters. The money will be used to rebuild schools and help keep girls safe.
This year budget also includes $6,000 in SIW Scholarships (Ruth B. White & Lois Neece), $4,500 to Soroptimist Int'l of the Americas, $2,500 to Women's & Children's Crisis Shelter and $16,000 to Whittier non-profits that provide services to women & girls.
Women's History Day Conference
Hosted Annually in March by Rio Hondo Community College District,
Whittier Union High School District & Soroptimist International Of Whittier.
March 4, 2016 we have budgeted $2,000 for this event. Over 300 female high school juniors and seniors attend this event. Our goal is to inspire and motivate them to live a successful life by teaching them personal & educational skills. We encourage them to cultivate & fine tune their talents and strengths to afford them a good life.
Soroptimist is a global women's organization whose members volunteer to improve the lives of women and girls through programs leading to social and economic empowerment. More then 80,000 Soroptimists in about 120 countries and territories support community-based and global projects benefiting women and girls. The organization is particularly concerned with providing women and girls access to education, as this is the most effective path to self-determination.
Women and girls have the resources and opportunities to reach their full potential and live their dreams.
To improve the lives of women and girls through programs leading to social and economic empowerment.
Gender Equality Women & girls live free of discrimination.
Empowerment Women & girls are free to act in their own best interest.
Education Women & girls deserve to lead full and productive lives through access to education.
Diversity & Fellowship Women from varied backgrounds and perspectives work together to improve the lives of women and girls.