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DIBI on Website

Dream It, Be It has been added to our website, to make it easier to let local women and girls know about the exciting program our committee has been planning for March and to help get the word out! Check out “DIBI” on the top right and let key folks know! http://lagrandesoroptimist.org/

February At A Glance, 1-2-3

February At A Glance: 1-2-3!
February 7 – Board Meeting at Dennys (12noon) All Members Welcome!
February 14 – Business Meeting at Dennys (12noon) All Members Attend!
February 21 – Special Grant Awards Luncheon, Island City Hall, 12noon, All Members – watch your email for details about RSVPing. DON’T MISS!

“Dream It, Be It” Workshop Supplies Needed

The Dream It, Be It committee is in need of supplies for the one-day workshop to be held on March 16, 2019.  We would like to have all items gathered by March 1st.  Remaining items needed will be purchased with club funds that have been allocated to the committee.  Committee funds are also covering breakfast, lunch, and gifts for participants, as well as gift baskets for guest speakers.

Items needed:

  • Name tag kits for roughly 25 people (max 15 girls plus volunteers)…Amazon has them but not sure who carries them locally?
  • Magazines, inspirational photos/quotes, newspaper, post cards, stickers, washi tape, etc., for use in making dream boards
  • 5 or more sets of markers with a variety of colors
  • 5-10 pairs of scissors
  • 5-10 glue sticks
  • 5 hand-held scotch tape dispensers
  • 15 pencils
  • 15 pens
  • (15) 22″ x 28″ poster boards
  • 15 index cards
  • Flipchart or white board

Anything else useful for making a dream board beautiful and inspirational!

“Dream It, Be It” Committee Update

The Dream It, Be It committee has been hard at work!  Under the leadership of Fam Moulton, committee chair, they have been meeting every other week in order to be ready for the March 16th workshop date.

What is “Dream It, Be It: Career Support for Girls?”

It is a mentoring workshop that gives girls the tools they need to achieve their education and career goals, empowering them to break cycles of poverty, violence, and abuse.  By reaching girls while they are still young, we not only can help them stay healthy and safe in the short term, but we can reduce the number of women in crisis in the future. Putting them on a path will help them realize their dreams.

Our workshop will target girls ages 14 to 18, and attendance will be limited to 12.  We will use the SIA-provided guideline for the workshop consisting of seven sessions, each roughly an hour long.  The session topics includes discussions regarding Discovering Your Dreams, Exploring Careers, and Rising Above Obstacles, just to name a few.  Check out the members only information on the SIA website if you are curious about the DIBI program, or talk with one of the committee members who are getting very excited for this project to come to fruition!

Please reach out to any eligible girls who may benefit from this workshop, and stay tuned for a supply list of needed items.  We have contacted local schools to distribute information and applications and are still seeking applications for attendees!

Thanks for your hard work and dedication to the project, Fam and fellow committee members!

Embracing Leadership

As Soroptimists we are considered leaders in our community, and very often asked to take on leadership roles within our club. Many of our members are leaders at work, either formally or informally. “Best for women” in many cases leads to advocacy and support of causes, encouragement and articulation of values – traits of many a great leader!

In December 2018, a Forbes article indicated: The percentage of women holding leadership positions in government, education and business has grown steadily in the past couple of decades, but still lags far behind the percentage of such roles held by men. Many women still face a difficult climb to reach leadership status in their companies, and once there, some may struggle to overcome the preconceptions of colleagues and staff or a desire to prove themselves through perfection.

To be effective as leaders, women must embrace their unique capabilities and strengths, as well as be willing to draw on the tools and resources that any leader needs from time to time. 

To read the full article and see the 15 tips (worth it!), go here:

https://www.forbes.com/sites/forbescoachescouncil/2018/12/19/embracing-your-leadership-role-15-effective-strategies-for-women-in-2019/#2d8c95c96e9fhttp://

Last Call to Donate!

If you’d like to donate money or Christmas gifts to help our “adopted” family, please contact Rebecca today!!!  There’s still some shopping and wrapping to do, if you’d rather help with that….

Thank you to all the members who have already donated money for items to be purchased!