Theme: “Making a Visible Impact”
Hello! I am honored to be entrusted to help lead this amazing group of women as we make a visible impact on this community. I’m still in awe of the history of our club, and grateful for the wisdom and experience of members who have served this club for 30 or more years, which I will continue to lean on for support! I am also very excited about the fresh ideas I see in our new members, and the momentum we have to go forward and serve.
My hope for this year is to get back to serving our community in impactful ways. In order to do that, we need more visibility – people need to see the impact we are making in order to financially support our mission.
Soroptimist’s goal of economic empowerment through education resonates so much to me. We know that educated girls are less vulnerable to sex traffickers, and educated women are more likely to leave a domestic violence situation and not return. What a huge impact we can make here in Calaveras County through the Dream It Be It program for high school girls!
Club Year 2020-2021
(This message is being written after the end of our term of office 6/25/21)
2020 was the year that was! SICC abided by all the rules and regulations associated with COVID-19 and so many challenges & changes fell upon our plates.
Having our meetings via Zoom, having to cancel our many fund-raising events and community events was heart-breaking as well as a hit to our finances. SICC, in the fall, did reach out to the Crisis Center, in San Andreas, as well as providing children’s gifts for Santa’s Express.
Being strong, resourceful women, we persevered and this past spring held a very successful Vacation Getaway Raffle. Generous local financial support and fabulous donations from local merchants and our own SICC members, were paramount in this raffle’s success. We give thanks to you all!
Our Board of Directors for 2020-21 were resilient and cooperative throughout these many months of challenges. We are very grateful to each of them. As we begin our 2021-22 club year, we are committed to continue our support of deserving women and girls in Calaveras County.
Carol & Karen
President Julie Eckhardt-Cantrall, SICC, Club Year 2019/2020
Theme: “Sunshine & Service -Supporting SICC”
Hello and thank you for allowing me to lead Soroptimist International of Calaveras County, it is truly an honor. I look forward to the challenge and the successes we will achieve together.
I am new to Calaveras County but not new to Soroptimism. A member of Soroptimist of Yuba City, Marysville for many years, I was excited to find an active and mission-driven club in my new home and wasted no time in joining SICC. At work, I am the Chief Philanthropy Officer for Mark Twain Medical Center Foundation and have 20 years’ experience in marketing, communications and fund development. When I am not at work, in Summer you will find me on a local lake/reservoir paddle boarding across the water; in Fall and Winter I will be hiking the forest trails or falling off my bike as I attempt to improve my skills on our mountain trails. If I am inside, I’ll be cooking, reading or playing cribbage with my amazing husband.
I was drawn to Soroptimist by the mission to improve the lives of women and girls. I have stayed a member because of the service and friendship I have found among my fellow Soroptimist. SICC is what reminds me that the glass is half full and it is up to me to fill it to the rim!
President Julie, SICC, Club Year 2019/20
Let’s be solid as a rock: Commitment and experience can lay a firm foundation.
Many of us, growing up, never heard of Soroptimist, yet we struggled on for opportunities to make more of our lives and we gained experience. Life is sometimes likened to being “hard as a rock”: but this difficulty/hardness has given us a foundation from which we can now say: we know.
Throughout our lives, we were sometimes able to let those who mentored us know our appreciation; other times we couldn’t. Now, we have an opportunity to help others receive a supported experience: Soroptimist – best for women.
In our endeavors, let’s be solid as a rock; let’s be committed to what we say we represent. For we know that when some rocks are cut and polished, they take on a different look: they no longer are ordinary looking, but become beautiful. Soroptimist – let’s be best for women.
President Patsy Gonzalez, Club Year 2018/19
Summary of Our Year
Carol Jones-Giannini, President, Club Year 2017/18
Thank you to all of our members for a wonderful and productive year. It has flown by and we have accomplished a lot!
Looking back at our first function – it was a “hands-on” day hosted by Donnasue. Several members gathered to make Thanksgiving cards which I delivered to Foothill Village. We enjoyed a fun afternoon getting “crafty” and creative.
Next came our 20th Teddy Bear Tea. We all enjoyed a lovely afternoon watching the smiles of all the children and adults in attendance. Our food and entertainers were terrific. Thanks to all our members for all their hard work.
For the Murphys Open House parade in December, Sheila provided a beautifully decorated truck for SICC. It was a cold night but for those of us in attendance, we had a lot of fun. Soroptimist’s ARE visible in Calaveras County!
Our first Sip & Paint event was an exciting and profitable event. Thank you, Billie, for heading this up. It is amazing to me how one painting can take on so many different creative looks. Cannot wait for the next one!
February is “Heart Health Month” and we, again, sponsored cholesterol screening for any woman in Calaveras County. Our partner for many years, Dignity Health, deserves a huge thank you for allowing us to offer this service to so many women.
The Irish Days Parade in Murphys was our next chance to give Soroptimists of Calaveras County more visibility. Thank you to Sheila, Chyrl and all in attendance.
“Kick Up Your Heels” – a women’s celebration of friendship was a wonderful afternoon of gourmet appetizers, local wine and getting to know each other a little better. It went way beyond my expectations. I hope we can make this an annual event. Thank you to all who invited prospective members and guests. All of the appetizers showed a real commitment to a fun new Soroptimist event.
Our annual Awards Banquet held at Murphys Hotel was a very special evening. Our Violet Richardson awardee was Emily Smith, a senior at Calaveras High School. Our Live Your Dream Award recipient was Debbie Richards who will further her educational goals. The highlight of the evening was recognizing Ginger Duffy as our Ruby Award winner. We had a lovely evening surrounded by many guests; wonderful food and special friendships were made or remade.
Paulette headed up our Chili Cookoff this year along with Chyrl and Karen Strand turning this event into a huge success. Terrific chili, enthusiastic cookers, good music and lots of hard work by all our members, once again, paid off. Thank you all.
Finally, we had our first Destination Raffle. Headed by Carol T. and myself, we enjoyed many days of walking the streets of Murphys and Angels Camp asking for donations. Not one person said “No” and we ended up with four wonderful destination packages to raffle. Our members came through again, selling and buying raffle tickets, which resulted in a profit of almost $2,000 in 6 weeks!
You are all the best and I cannot thank you enough for making my year, as your President, successful. As my motto states: “Individually we are a drop, together we are an ocean.”
Together we have accomplished a lot this year and I am very grateful to each and everyone of you for your help in improving the lives of women and girls in our community.