Welcome from President Joyce:
Our motto this year is The Treasure of Women in Action. Does that make you think of busy women? Because we are Action Heroes. We are doers,, who give of our time, talent, means and heart. We reach out and do great things together. As Soroptimists we have committed to a world where women and girls can achieve their individual and collective potential through education and empowerment.
Last year our club president challenged us to Think Big, Act Boldly. In this spirit, we have taken on a new five-year project working with Sponsors. Sponsors provides formerly incarcerated women with housing, comprehensive counseling and employment services. With the addition of the Bothey Cottage this year, there will be housing for women with children. They will take part in the RISE program where they will develop necessary skills for healthy parenting for their children. Our club has promised matching funds to the Betty William’s Fund, and this spring we gave $10,000 for the kitchen at Bothey Cottage.
But we’re not just fund raisers. We are Women in Action and have dedicated ourselves to volunteer service to help women and girls Live Their Dreams.
This year we will continue to celebrate our commitments to our Walk to Live and the financial aid we give to Lane County women undergoing cancer treatment at the Willamette Valley Cancer Clinic. The Portia Project and the phone cards made available to women at Coffee Creek for calls to their children and families. Our Christmas families. Our Women’s Opportunity Awards and Violet Richardson Award. Our campaign to stop trafficking and domestic violence. Our President’s Appeal, which for the past two years was Birthing in the Pacific, which provided birthing kits and training for attendants in Papua, New Guinea.
SI Eugene invites you to join us in our journey to make a difference in the lives of women and girls. You, too, can be an Action Hero.
SIE President 2013-2014