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NWR Conference Summary by President Di

Soroptimist Governor Marti Crook’s theme for the 101st Region Conference was “Growing Stronger Together – Working as One” and her garden and flower theme was in full bloom throughout the whole weekend at Skamania Lodge.

Governor-Elect Kristi Puckett put her own spin on the theme with a special bingo game. She planted pictures of various flower varieties everywhere, and I mean everywhere, and it was fun watching all the ladies scamper around the grounds looking for clues.

Friday night 78 beautifully decorated Garden Hats were modeled and then set up around the conference center to be voted on. There are some extremely creative and talented Soroptimists in our region, for sure!

I attended the Dream It Be It session, and learned that more and more clubs are diving into this wonderful program. However, out of the 78 clubs only 9 had submitted their evaluation and report forms, and I was busting with pride when the list was displayed in the power point and there was La Grande. Way to go Fam and her wonderful team!

The DIBI Curriculum is being revised to include more technical training, not just focusing on college as the only goal for our young girls. They also encouraged us to open our DIBI session with an open discussion on confidentiality – that we are providing the girls with a judgment free space, even going so far as having everyone take a pledge to not judge anyone or anything they hear that day. Girls are encouraged to set their own guidelines. It’s still a mixed bag – some clubs prefer the one-day session, while others prefer the whole seven-week course.

I also attended the “How Does Your Garden Grow?” session led by Marti and Kristi. This dealt with basic essentials needed to help our clubs grow and survive. We discussed active listening techniques and qualities we need to nurture to become outstanding leaders.

The Live Your Dream Luncheon featured outstanding young women honored for their many accomplishments in overcoming

One of my favorite portions of each region conference is the Yellow Rose Ceremony which honors our members who have passed away. Club representatives walk in single-file holding a rose representing their lost member. It was so startling to see one member with five roses, and many others with two or three. They all place their roses in a single vase and then we all cry silent tears as the deceased members’ pictures and years’ of club service are displayed.

Attending district and/or region conference puts everything into perspective – helping us see the bigger picture and why we all work so hard on our local programs and fundraisers. I strongly encourage all of you to sign up to go to our next district conference which will be nearby at Wildhorse Resort in October. The next region conference will be at Lake Washington in April 2020, and our own Kristi Puckett will be installed as our next Region Governor at that time.

NWR Conference Spotlight by Andrea

Membership Mojo – This was an interesting session in that the room was filled with about 65 to 75 members. The group leaders started the meeting by asking the attendees to move into smaller groups by age – the first group were those members who were 39 years old or younger (4). The next group was 40-59 years old (about 15), and the last group was 60 years or older (a huge majority).

Each group was asked to brainstorm on the following questions.

  1. Why are you a Soroptimist International member?
  2. What do you find challenging in your club?
  3. What do you find engaging about your club?

The groups then reported back. It was very interesting to see what members had to say. I would say that it is safe to say other clubs struggle with the generation gap more than ours does. As a member of the Recruitment and Retention Committee, I would like to do some form of this activity to see if we in fact have some of these same issues. It was a good session.

NWR Conference Spotlight By Tori

Imagine Life Without Violence

I learned about under-utilized SI grant opportunities for Imagine Life Without Violence events. They are looking for events with hands-on participation that raise awareness or increase awareness of SI and have measurable outcomes.

Oregon has one of the highest occurrences of human trafficking – this workshop talked about different kind of events to bring awareness to violence against women and girls.

Our keynote speaker on day 2 was Theresa Flores, a trafficking survivor with a story that was unbelievable: briefly, in the late 70’s as a 15 year old Irish Catholic girl in an upper middle class family, she was blackmailed by a fellow student, and was trafficked by this fellow student for 2 years, sneaking in and out of her own home to protect her family from the shame the blackmailer threatened.  She has now begun a program called SOAP where bars of soap with information on how to contact and get help are placed in hotels/motels.

I have talked with Baker County, and will be reaching out to Wallowa County to see if she is someone we might look at trying to bring here to talk to our high school and college students and to meet with hotel owners along the I-84 corridor.

They sell pins, first it was the shooting star, now it’s the hand. They are sold for $10 and they support Imagine Life Without Violence.

NWR Conference Spotlight by Mary

I attended the session “Pilgrim of Light, Designing Your Personal Wellness Plan” with Britt B Steele. The session was well attended, and immediately followed her keynote speech “Turn on Your Light: Shine Bright & Share Your Brilliance”. During her speech, Britt noted that the language of integrity is joy and reminded us that balance is a process, not an outcome. She noted that in addition to the typical stress responses of flight and fight, we had three additional responses in the forms of feed (eat), fornicate (sex), and freeze (inaction). The opposite of the stress response is the relaxation response, which is initiated through radical self-care.
In the workshop following her speech, she built on those ideas and gave us a road map of twelve concepts with which we built our personalized wellness plan. The twelve tenets, as also outlined and expanded on in her book “Pilgrim: Living Your Yoga Every Single Day”, included 1. move my body, 2. purify my vessel, 3. join conscious community, 4. find sacred space, 5. align with nature, 6. be breathed, 7. rest & reflect, 8. nourish my budhi (higher self/wisdom), 9. alter my consciousness, 10. awaken through asana, 11. symphonize my heart, and 12. worship my way home. We were then told to choose the three that resonated most with us, and I chose to let my higher power lead that charge. I mixed my note cards up and closed my eyes. The three chosen for me, answering the question “what is in my highest good today?”, were numbers 6, 8, and 12.
She recommended we revisit these tenets once a year, as our needs will likely change with the seasons of our lives and circumstances. Ultimately I purchased her book, and am excited to dive into what these first three mean to me in my life today. What changes I can make, and the impact those changes may have. I know I need to spend more time breathing and existing, more time connecting to something higher than myself, and more time reflecting on that inner wisdom we all have. Radical self-care is something I know I need more of, and it isn’t being selfish. It’s making room for abundance and wellbeing in my life. Thank you for the opportunity to attend conference and learn these powerful lessons.
Submitted by Mary Horn, SILG.

May At A Glance 1-2-3

SILG in May, Easy as 1-2-3!

May 2 – Board Meeting 12noon at Dennys, All Members Encouraged

May 9 – Business Meeting 12noon at Dennys, All Members

May 16 – Scholarships & Awards Reception, 6pm, Island City Hall, All Members & Recipients

SILG 1-2-3 April at a Glance

April 4 – Board Meeting, All Members Welcome, Denny’s, 12noon
April 11 – Business Meeting, All Members, Denny’s, 12noon
April 18 – 6pm Program/Social At President-Elect Shannon’s: Planning Meeting for SILG 19-20. Help shape YOUR club! Sign up for committees, learn about conferences, share ideas on programs, speakers and activities.  Ask burning questions and discover the answers! Update your entry in the Club Directory and weigh in on meeting venues. This is a must-not-miss-opportunity! Feel free to bring a friend interested in learning more about SILG. (And, snacks.)