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Working to Fulfill Dreams of Women and Girls
Jun/Jul 2019                                                     Vol. 10, Issue 6
- Around the World
- Reflections of a Past Governor
- Wrapping Up the Year
- Meet Our New Member: Carmen Noyola
- A Soroptimist Rose
- Upcoming Events and Meetings

SILA's Website
Camino Real Region
Federation (SIA)
International (SI)

2018-19 BOARD:
President Jessica Washington
1st VP: Joyce Jacob
2nd VP: Amy Poulos
Secretary: Lessie Caballero
Treasurer: Jeri Durham
Director: 2017-19: Bev Johnson
Director: 2018-20: Daphyne Howell

For more information about SILA or this Newsletter, please contact:

President Jessica (310-292-1602)

Editor Janet Elliott  (310-809-2438)
President JessicaDear <<First Name>>,
As we end another year of Sorpotimist International of Los Angeles, I look back on the accomplishments we have made this year.
We are proud to say we have followed our Soroptimist Federation (Soroptimist of the Americas) programs with great success.  We used outside community people to review the applications for our Live Your Dream program and although our budget had been to select two recipients, one of the community people was so inspired she donated to allow for all three ladies to receive a grant.
This not only helped the third recipient but it allowed SILA to demonstrate the work we are doing to outside individuals.  This is what helps us to expand our brand reach into the community.
One of the Live Your Dream recipients went on to become the third place winner in the Region.  We were very proud of Isabel Diaz Bautista who received an additional $3000 from the Region.  Charlotte Lerchenmuller and her committee did an excellent job this year.
Our Dream It Be It program also shined this year. Under the leadership of Ginger Cole, we presented the program to 45 girls over eight sessions.  Ginger was able to identify an inner city schools that was looking for a mentoring program and our Dream It Be It was the perfect connection.
Ginger not only enlisted the support of the SILA members but was able to identify professional women and upper class college women who wanted to work with the girls over the eight weeks.
At the end of the sessions, the Camino Real Region invited four of our girls to participate in a panel on the Dream It Be It program at the Regional Spring Conference.  Including one other young lady from Valencia, our girls stood out as outstanding representatives of the program.
We’ve had so many other accomplishments this past year. Another was the work we have been doing at the Downtown Women’s Center.  They are so pleased with our support and participation that they have asked us to add another date on our calendar to be with the women.
All of these projects and many more could not have been accomplished had it not been for my wonderful board, Joyce Jacob, Amy Poulos, Lessie Caballero, Jeri Durham, Daphyne Howell, Bev Johnson and Sheila Tatum as an ex officio Parliamentarian, and or course Charlotte and Ginger.
We look forward to a very busy and full upcoming year.  We have to work hard to beat everything we did in 2018-2019, but I feel confident we can go even farther this coming year.

President Jessica
Dr. Nina Smart“Soroptimist International – A Journey Around the World”  was the topic of our guest speaker, Dr. Nina Smart,  at our regular Program Meeting on May 1st and what a trip around the world it was!
She started the presentation with her role as the Soroptimist Representative to the United Nations, which she described as a special time for her to demonstrate Soroptimist’s dedication in making critical decisions for women and girls around the world
SI President's AppealDr. Smart described Soroptimist International’s President Appeal from 2017-19, which is “Women, Water and Leadership”. This is a project to improve, sustain, accessible and affordable water products and services on five continents. The leadership goal will make sure that women will be involved in decision-making throughout the entire project cycle, from education and capacity building, through to design, implementation and monitoring.
SILA participates every year with the December 10th President Appeal.
Wild Flower by Nina Smart

Dr. Smart is the author of Wild Flower-The True Story of a Romanian Girl in Africa which tells the story of her of being born in communist Romania and spending her teenage years in West Africa. Her experiences there led to her lifelong work to eradicate female genital mutilation (FGM).  This is a must read and can be obtained on Amazon.
Thank you, Nina, for your commitment as a Soroptimist, a UN Representative, an author, an activist for FGM, and as a strong and dedicated person for women and girls.
GEM Ginger ColeGEM (Governor Ever More) Ginger Cole reflected on her term as Camino Real Region Governor from 2016-2018 at the last Program Meeting of the year on May 15th.
She started with a theme CATCH THE DREAM, which was selected because it reflects the SIA vision to ensure that women and girls have the resources and opportunities to reach their full potential and live their dreams. She used this theme in her Governor’s pin and graphics. She also revised the Region pin and celebrated CRR’s 40th anniversary with a new pin and logo.
Catch The DreamShe had many challenges during her tenure from the dissolution of SI of Santa Barbara and SI of Santa Monica-West Los Angeles clubs to the resignation of CRR Governor-elect Barbara due to illness. But her successes included the discussion of a new charter club in the Palmdale/Lancaster area, and appointment of Governor-elect Ana Marie LeNoue, who is our present Governor.
Gingle with Award in JapanGEM Ginger has a strong commitment to the Live Your Dream (LYD) and Dream it, Be it programs.  She established an LYD luncheon for all winners at the Spring Conferences, providing an extensive swag bag with a tablet to each of the 51 winners in 2019 and having 100% participation from all CRR Clubs. She also instituted a Dream it, Be it luncheon and panel at the Spring Conference, which was the highlight in 2019 Spring Conference with a presentation by girls from SILA’s Dream it, Be it Program.
In 2017, she hosted a Friendship Grant Recipient Margaret Ikiara, SI Meru, Kenya, and in 2018, 29 delegates from CRR attended the SIA Convention in Japan, one of the largest delegations from a Region.  At the Convention, GEM Ginger received the Outstanding Region Award, which means Camino Real Region is #1 out of 28 Regions in the Federation.
A leader is always looking forward and now she has a goal to serve on the SIA Board for 2020-2022. What an honor to have GEM Ginger Cole as a member of Soroptimist International of Los Angeles.          
June marks the end of the Soroptimist year, since all Soroptimist Clubs operate on a fiscal year from July-June.
So at the last regular meeting on June 5, program and committee chairs presented their annual reports. What a busy, productive year we had!
Welcoming Carmen NoyolaAnd at a special dinner on June 19 at El Chollo Mexican Restaurant, special recognition and thanks were given to President Jessica with the presentation of a Soroptimist Rose plant (more on that below).
And new member Carmen Noyola was officially welcomed by Daphyne Howell, assisted by Lucero Noyola.
SILA will take a break for the summer months with no regular meetings scheduled until September.
However, don’t forget the Summer Planning Retreat on Saturday, August 3 (note the date has changed because of scheduling conflicts!) This casual meeting is a good chance to plan long term goals and projects for next year.  More details will follow.
Carmen NoyolaSoroptimist International of Los Angeles’s newest member is Carmen Noyola!
Yes, Carmen is the identical twin sister of Lucero Noyola, another new member of SILA. Carmen was one of the winners in March 2019 of SILA’s Live Your Dream award. Carmen and Lucero’s stories are similar – an unstable home life, in and out of juvenile hall, but when Carmen returned home, she managed to do well in school, caught up with her high school class and "got her act together" – she even started a small business while she was 17 making and selling tortas (Mexican sandwiches) to kids at school which helped her start preparing herself financially. But, unfortunately, she got pregnant. She graduated from South Gate High School when her son was three days old.
She married her boyfriend and together they started and ran a business for two years in insurance and investments with as many as 10 people working for them, all while trying to go to East LA Collage and raising their son.  But as her husband became involved in drugs and domestic violence, she felt she had to leave and start over. She credits her sister, Lucero, for being an inspiration and tremendous support, encouraging and guiding Carmen on how to transfer to USC, as Lucero herself had done.
It certainly wasn’t easy, but just last month Carmen earned a BA from USC - with honors! – in Non-governmental Organization and Social Change, and will be earning her Masters, also from USC,  in Urban Planning in December.
Carmen’s currently working for a land use consultant in Culver City. Her passion is urban planning, particularly social and community planning. Her son just turned 10 years old. She loves dancing and working out – anything that keeps her moving.
Carmen has a bright future and we’re delighted to have her as a new member of Soroptimist International of Los Angeles.
A SOROPTIMIST ROSE    by Janet Elliott
Soroptimist RosePresident Jessica was thrilled with the gift she received from SILA in recognition of her service as President. With the help of her extremely supportive "Soroptimister" husband Greg, they have carefully prepared a place of honor in their backyard for their new Soroptimist Rose bush.

So what is a "Soroptimist Rose"? It was bred by Frank A. Benardella in 1995. It is "a prolific bloomer than is classified as a pink blend but more often than not it is white to beige with red highlights."

And it will bring President Jessica many years of happiness!
Saturday, August 3: Summer Planning Retreat

Wednesday, Sept. 4: First Board/Business Meeting for 2019-2020.

Wednesday, Sept. 18: First Program Meeting for 2019-2020

Saturday, Sept. 28: CRR Fall Workshop
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