Soroptimist International of Oxnard Calendar, Upcoming and Past Events
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Our Service Projects
Decorating, Cookies and Hot Chocolate At Prototypes! Maria Workman, Betty Ann Wright, President Gail Rocco, Kathleen Holden, Amanda Baxley, Gail Hower, Christy Franco and Laurie Spooner-Abraham made sure the "stockings were hung by the chimney with care!"
The Holiday Parade Float was decorated by President Gail Rocco, Tori Rocco, Christy Franco, Debbie Gohlke, Gail Hower, Brooke Stephens, Peggy O’Rork and driven by Soropti-mister Claudio Sandoval.
Even with the heavy winds, "Soroptimist still at work" assisting Food Share with food distribution. Thank you Betty Wright, Tori Rocco, Laurie Spooner- Abraham, Gail Rocco and friend Teri Raspanti
The American Cancer Society offered a day of service to our membership. Tina Cobb, Tori Rocco and President Gail Rocco volunteered their time preparing for the annual Relay for Life by unloading the ACA’s storage unit before the move to set up the event on Friday, September 16th.
Food Share of Ventura benefitted from the helping hands of SI/O volunteers! Led by Service Chair Tina Cobb were Juliann Laufer, Maria Workman, Barbara Wolther, Christy Franco, Brooke Rogers Stephens, and Soropti-mister Lee Cobb (who delivered his bride to the warehouse on his beautiful 3-wheeler!) We completed SIX pallets of Emergency Disaster Food boxes in just under two hours. Whew! Amazing how tired, hot, and damp you can get just loading boxes! Good Job, ladies, and gent! #SoroptimistAtWork #SoroptmistCares
A super way to spend part of a Wednesday: giving back to others! Carole Savala, Christy Franco, and Amanda Lee Baxley helped the Food Share distribution at College Park on August 24th with a large helping of fresh air! Thanks, ladies, for your time and efforts!
For the weekend of August 27 and 28, we "womaned" the Wine and Beer booth at the Pt Hueneme Beach Festival! The team was led by Sylvia P and assisted by members Carole Savala, Suzanne Becerra, Debbie Gohlke, Tori Rocco, Noemi Valdes, Karen Baldonado, President Gail Rocco, Juliann Laufer, Irene Murietta, Gail Hower, Lisa Knapp, Lisa Baker, Tina Cobb, a couple of Soroptimisters and friends. Not too rowdy, pouring fairly and popping caps! Racking up our service hours! WooHoo!
Oxnard Shores Beach Park Clean Up! Look Ma! No fog! And warmer than expected. Led by Director Amanda Lee Baxley, President-Elect Gail Rocco, Tori Rocco, Christy Franco, Teresa Sohn, Maria Workman, and Brooke Rogers Stephens headed out with 13 gallon bags to fill. Judging all bags collected, we removed about 30 gallons! Got a "You Go Girls" from City Parks guys, The smiles and approvals of park goers. When we gathered at the end, about an hour, Juliann Laufer had joined us, fresh off the plane. AND $2.70 plus a quarter!!!
We will continue to make our Comfort Kits for recent mastectomy patients while following COVID-19 safety guidelines.
A DAY OF SERVICE
In February, Soroptimist volunteered at Oxnard High School for a track meet to sell tickets to lunch and a 50/50 raffle. Proceeds from the event went to a scholarship to help kids needing shoes and clothing to compete. Helping out were Marion Scherer, Gail Hower, Pat Wilson and Juliann Laufer. Thank you, ladies, for taking time out of your day to help others!
PROTOTYPES GETS DECORATED!
The Service Team happily decorated the common rooms of the Oxnard Branch of Prototypes Women’s Center that offers inpatient treatment for women with alcohol and/or substance addiction. The program includes dual diagnosis treatment, individual counseling, group therapy, and more. The Team brought holiday confections and hot chocolate to share. Pictured are President Carole Savala, Christy Franco, and Pam Cady.
ELDER & DEPENDENT ADULT ABUSE AWARENESS MONTH
The month of June 2021 was declared Elder & Dependent Adult Abuse Awareness Month by the United Nations. The Oxnard Police Department's Family Protection Unit partnered with several agencies in the County to bring awareness to the potential abuse (physical, emotional, financial) that can victimize our elder community. In addition to the signs in front of the police station, the OPD Family Protection Unit made an awareness video https://youtu.be/TBuTMfYwu3o and received a proclamation from the City Council. SI/Oxnard is a proud sponsor of the OPD/FPU's program.
SHIMLA DAS: SPEAK UP FOR THE POOR
We are proud to sponsor Shimla Das, a young teen in Bangladesh, in cooperation with Speak Up for the Poor (www.speakupforthepoor.org) within their Girls Education Program. The program empowers girls to stay in school, to have a voice in the decisions that affect their own lives, and to have greater opportunities to pursue their dreams and rise out of poverty. Shimla is in eighth grade this year and lives in Baratia village with her family. Shimla is interested in becoming a police officer.
OXNARD PERFORMING ARTS AND CONVENTION CENTER
The Courtyard Fountain at the Oxnard Performing Arts Center may not have water in it anymore, but it represents water in its new life as a succulent planter. Soroptimist International of Oxnard was the main sponsor of the beautiful creation by Heritage Succulents.
Ventura United Way's Day of Caring
SI/Oxnard participated with Ventura United Way's Day of Caring at the Oxnard Public Library, cleaning the Children's Book Collection.
Our members were involved in the Oxnard Holiday Parade (decorating and riding on the DingMasters' firetruck prototypes), the Women's Center Holiday Decorating Party, the Strawberry Festival, and the Salsa Festival.
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