Join us on Thursday, Nov. 15th, 5-7 pm at Kumo restaurant in New Haven, for our next Soroptimist After Hours event. We are very lucky to be hosting two members of the Soroptimist International of the Americas’ Northeastern Region board who will give us the inside scoop on what Soroptimists are up to in our region and around the world!
Hello everyone, we hope you have had a restful summer and are looking forward to getting involved with us this fall. We have lots of exciting things going on.
First of all, our first business meeting of the year will take place Thursday, October 4th, 6:30 – 8:00 pm at the home of our club president. We are thrilled to be welcoming the SI Northeastern Region governor, Tracy Scala, to this meeting, to share her exciting vision for the upcoming biennium and answer any questions our members (or potential members) may have about being a Soroptimist. E-mail for details!
Then get your sneakers ready because on Saturday, November 3rd, 10 a.m. to noon, we will be hosting a women’s self defense workshop taught by Soroptimist self defense experts Kathy McAfee and Kathleen Oyanadel. More information on what they do here: http://bestforwomenselfdefense.com/. The workshop will be held in the 4th floor conference space of Casey Family Services, at 127 Church Street in New Haven for a suggested donation of $10. Please e-mail to register!
We will then be hosting another Soroptimist After Hours on Thursday, November 15th. Location TBD!
Have any other suggestions for activities? Please feel free to reach out or attend one of our business meetings. We are always looking for new Saturday of Service opportunities, in particular. We hope to meet you soon!
Mothers work tirelessly to provide for and better the lives of their children. Soroptimist International of Greater New Haven is collecting and assembling gift baskets for New Haven Home Recovery (NHHR). NHHR is a nonprofit agency that provides emergency shelter for families and addresses the housing and support service needs of women and dependent children. Please consider donating items or making a gift basket, either on your own or together with a group of family, friends or co-workers. Gift baskets will be given for Mother’s Day to women staying at the shelters. The goal is to give these mothers an opportunity to pamper themselves, as every mother deserves!
Suggested items for donation:
- beauty products
- hair products
- bath products
- lotions & creams
- nail polish & emery boards
- loofah mitts
Want to donate? Questions? Contact Soroptimist Marcy Laden at marcyladen7 – at – gmail.com
Deadline for donations: April 21st
Soroptimists and children alike enjoyed our Saturday of Service day at New Haven Home Recovery (NHHR) as we celebrated Dr. Seuss’ birthday, read to the children, and played the games that Sandra had provided. When we arrived at 1 p.m. Austin, our host from NHHR, ushered us into the spotlessly clean kitchen and an equally inviting sitting room to begin organizing our bags of goodies. Soon children began popping their heads around the corner to see what we were up to, and they were followed by curious moms. By 1:30 or so, we had a half-dozen Soroptimists, that many children, around the table, plus a mom with her 5-month-old baby – all enjoying a Dr. Seuss story, “One Fish, Two Fish.” There was a 2-year-old boy who, while he was sitting at the table, took two pencils and demonstrated his drumming chops. Austin, who joined us for the party and who is a professional drummer, having played with the likes of Barry White, was incredulous. “This kid is a natural!” he said. All this while a 3-year-old danced around the table blowing a birthday horn in everyone’s ears! Cake and sherbert were happily devoured by children and adults alike and toward the end of the party, we had another mom and her three daughters, including twins, join us for cake and fun. We left party favors, two bags of donated books, the left-over cake, smiles on the faces of all the kids, and a lot of good cheer.
SIGNH member and past president
On February 7th, SIGNH conducted its fourth and final workshop with the women of Integrated Refugee and Immigrant Services in New Haven, made possible by The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven’s Fund for Women and Girls. The purpose of the workshop was to teach basic job interview skills, focusing especially on professional body language and greetings. Our members used a series of humorous skits to illustrate the do’s and dont’s of interviewing, and had some great fund in the process! Though there were four interpreters working hard to accommodate the roughly 15 or so women present–translating into Arabic, Farsi, Spanish, and Tigrinya–the frequent eruptions of laughter during the skits illustrated that humor can oftentimes be universal across cultures. By the end of the evening the women were comfortably shaking hands and greeting each other in a round robin exercise to make sure we all got some much needed practice on showing confidence as well as respect. We then enjoyed the wonderful homemade dish of biryani that an Iraqi woman had cooked for us all, filling four large trays! I think I speak for all SIGNH members who participated when I say that I left that night feeling totally blessed by the warmth of the women’s hospitality toward us and the enthusiasm with which they engaged in the exercise. Their collective vivacity and graciousness really blew me away.
If anyone is interested in getting more involved with these wonderful ladies, IRIS has a ‘community host’ program that connects local people with re-settled families to be a local resource and friend. And I know they are always looking for additional volunteer hosts. I promise you that for as much time and energy you give, you will walk away feeling doubly rejuvenated!
We had such a great time getting to know other local women with an interest in making a difference in the greater New Haven community, that we decided to host another After Hours event–this time in nearby Hamden, CT. Please e-mail or Tweet @SIGNH for more info!
The Soroptimist Women’s Opportunity Awards give women the resources they need to improve their education, skills and employment prospects. Eligible applicants must be women who provide the primary financial support for their families, and who are enrolled in or have been accepted to a vocational/skills training program or an undergraduate degree program.
Each year, Soroptimist clubs in 19 countries and territories (including the New Haven club as well as several other clubs in CT) assist women in overcoming personal difficulties and bettering their lives through education and skills training. The women may use the cash award of $500 to offset any costs associated with their efforts to attain higher education, including books, childcare and transportation. The program begins on the local club level. The Greater New Haven club winner will be announced in late February 2012 and will become eligible to compete for a region-level award of $5,000. The region winner is then entered into a contest on an international level for one of three $10,000 finalist awards.
To apply, candidates must complete the full application, as well as submit 2 personal references. Click here to download the forms. The deadline for submitting applications is January 15, 2012. Because the full application is somewhat lengthy, we encourage women who are interested in the award to contact us to complete the preliminary application. After receiving the preliminary application, we can verify a candidate’s eligibility and assist her in the application process if needed.
Soroptimist is an international volunteer organization for business and professional women who work to improve the lives of women and girls, in local communities and throughout the world. The Women’s Opportunity Awards program is the organization’s major service project. At various levels of the organization, about $1 million is disbursed annually through the Women’s Opportunity Award program. Since the program began in 1972, about $15 million has been granted to more than 22,500 women. Soroptimist International of the Americas is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, as is our local club, Soroptimist International of Greater New Haven. More information can be found at www.soroptimist.org.
Please feel free to forward this information to anyone who may be interested in applying. Please also feel free to contact Sandra Fitzpatrick at sandra603203 (at) gmail.com with any questions.
Our club president will be hosting a Pampered Chef Party this Monday, November 7th, at 6 p.m. and all are invited! If you are interested in attending, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Hope to see you there!
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