Sunday, December 29, 2013

Calling all Quilters, Knitters and Crocheters....

Blankets & Books, an Anacortes Early Learning Partners sponsored program, provides the parents of every baby born at Island Hospital with a hand-made receiving blanket, a board book and information about the importance of parents reading to their young children.

Please help us welcome the newest members of our community with a warm embrace!  Hand-made baby size blankets of all styles and colors are always needed and can be dropped off at the office of Whitney Early Learning Center at the corner of M Ave. and 12th St. in Anacortes or you may call 360-840-4108 for a pick up.

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Stop Human Trafficking Rally

Soroptimist International of Fidalgo Island is proud to be one of the founders of Washington Engage Coalition Against Trafficking in Skagit County; for the purpose of organizing and empowering our communities to take action to prevent sex and labor trafficking. Human trafficking is ranked the second most lucrative crime in the world and 100-300 thousand children are currently estimated to be sexually trafficked in the United States alone. In this form of modern day slavery, victims are subjected to force, fraud or coercion for the purpose of sexual exploitation or forced labor. Their average age is thirteen.

Join SI Fidalgo Island and Washington Engage Coalition Against Trafficking in Skagit County at a Stop Human Trafficking Rally to be held January 11th at noon simultaneously at the corner of 12th & Commercial (Safeway) in Anacortes and at the Courthouse in Mount Vernon. 

Monday, December 9, 2013

One of Those Things That We Do

To celebrate this season of giving, we, the ladies of SIFI, have pledged to each pick up an angel  from the giving trees in our hometown.

That amounts to 25 gifts for those less fortunate in Anacortes.

And that is in addition to the $200 in house cleaning for a very sick young mother struggling with cancer.

Of course, that is just the public part of our annual giving.  Soroptimists do the giving thing very, VERY well.

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Ruby Award

Formerly the Soroptimist Making a Difference for Women Award, the Soroptimist Ruby Award: For Women Helping Women recognizes and honors the first federation president, Ruby Lee Minar. A ruby is also a deep red gemstone associated with wisdom, importance, vitality, strength, vivacity, power and love: all words embodying the strong and compassionate women who are our award recipients. The Soroptimist Ruby Award honors women who have worked to improve the lives of women and girls through their professional and/or volunteer work.

If you would like to nominate a local woman for our 2014 Ruby Award, please  leave a comment, drop us an email or call Diane Goetz at 360-424-7627 before December 15th.  Thanks!

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Named after the president of the first Soroptimist club, the Soroptimist Violet Richardson Award honors girls who are making a difference through volunteer service. Each year, Soroptimist clubs honor girls who donate their time and energy to causes that make the community and world a better place—such as working to end discrimination and poverty, assisting women and children who are victims of domestic violence, or mentoring young girls.

 The program begins on the Soroptimist club level, with club recipients becoming eligible for additional awards at other levels of the organization. One winner is chosen to receive a finalist award, which includes a contribution of $2,500 to the charitable organization of the recipient's choice.

We're currently gathering suggestions for our 2014 nominee, so if you know of a local girl already on the road to changing the world, we want to know about her!  Send us a note here or call Diane Goetz at 360-424-7627 before December 15th.

Saturday, November 2, 2013

Now accepting applications!

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 assist women in overcoming personal difficulties and bettering their lives through education and skills training. The women may use the cash award 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, where award amounts vary. Club recipients become eligible to receive region-level awards, which are granted through Soroptimist’s 28 geographic regions. Currently, each Soroptimist region grants one first-place award for $5,000. (Note: most regions grant additional $3,000 awards.) The 28 first–place recipients then become eligible to receive one of three $10,000 finalist awards.

If you or someone you know would like to apply please click here for an application. In addition to your applications you will need to submit two references - the reference form is available here.  All applications must be submitted before December 15, 2013.

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

here we go a-giving...

Behold the power of Hallowine!   At our fund raiser we had folks "raise their paddle" to fund the needs of one of our favorite supportees - The Anacortes Family Center - which offers shelter and a leg up to families in crisis right in our home town.

Due to YOUR generosity we were able to present Director Dustin Johnson with a check for $5108 - enough to fund the shelter for a whole month!

Check them out here - grant funding has become scarce in this economy and they can always use a hand.

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Another Community Thing That We Do

So some of our craftier members spend their down time (not sure what that means exactly, maybe 2 am?) knitting warm fuzzy hats.  LOTS of warm fuzzy hats.  We then bring these toasty chapeaus to the Island Hospital Cancer Care Center to be offered to the hair follicle challenged who are enduring chemotherapy.

Pictured are members Diane Goetz, Michelle Hawkins and Marge Thomas at our latest distribution  Kudos, Ladies!

Saturday, August 31, 2013

It's nearly here! Do you have your tickets yet? 

Soroptimist International of Fidalgo Island presents our 6th annual Hallowine Auction and Wine Tasting - September 28th, 6 PM, at the Swinomish Lodge. This is our one and only fundraiser  and all proceeds fund scholarships and community projects.  Tickets are $35 presale and are available at Donatello, Cameo Hair Care or call Trish Rodriguez at 420-7889.