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Live Your Dream Winners Get More Recognition at Spring Region Conference

Here are some photos of our Live Your Dream (LYD) winners receiving additional recognition at Camino Real Region Spring Conference.  The photo on the left shows all of the LYD local winners in the region. The photo on the right includes Live Your Dream Winners at with Judy Pedneault, President Susan Berkman, President-Elect Julia McConaghy, Region Delegate Nadia Vega-Sharrar, and member Charlotte Berry.

What is the Annual Spring Conference about?  Spring Conference is our time to share what we, as a Region, have been involved in for the past year. It is our time to recognize our programs, honor our members, conduct the business of the Region, share best practices, and fellowship with each other. It is our time to change the pace, to broaden our knowledge, and understand the direction that our organization, as a whole, is taking. 

Long Beach Soroptimists – Past, Present and Future

39th Annual Camino Real Region Spring Conference

President -Elect Julia McConaghy, President Susan Berkman and Region Delegate Nadia Vega-Sharrar with the display board designed by Julia to demonstrate the club’s past, present and future. Well done, Julia, and congratulations to the Officers and Directors for another great club year.

Live Your Dream and Scholarship Dinner

Our club celebrated with recipients of our grants and scholarships at the 2017 Live Your Dream and Scholarship Dinner on April 19th. Amazing women all around! The club distributed $12,000 in scholarships and Live Your Dream grants and made a $6,100 donation to Meals on Wheels of Long Beach.

Jazmin Miramontes and the other honorees spoke of the support that their mothers had given them throughout their struggles. In the photo here, Jazmin interrupted her acceptance speech to thank her mother in Spanish. A touching moment. 

Long Beach Soroptimist Club Honored with Legacy Award

On April 13, 2017, long-time member and past president, Lynn Hermstad accepted on behalf of Soroptimist International of Long Beach, the 2017 Advancement of Women Legacy Award from California State University, Long Beach President’s Commission on the Status of Women. The club received the award for its long history of being a community partner of the university … from its contribution of Soroptimist House to the Associated Student Body in the 1950s, to its many scholarships benefiting female university students and its participation in Women & Philanthropy on the campus. It was Jackie Wetteland of Women & Philanthropy who nominated the club. It is a proud day for all club members.  

Our Club to Receive the 2017 ADVANCEMENT OF WOMEN AWARD

On behalf of the President’s Commission on the Status of Women (PCSW) at California State University, Long Beach, we congratulate Soroptimist International of Long Beach on being selected as a recipient of the 2017 Advancement of Women Award! The President’s Commission on the Status of Women recognizes the importance of acknowledging community partners and their contributions to the advancement of women. Through your organizations hard work and commitment, you have helped create wonderful opportunities for women both on and off campus.


Congratulations on your achievements and thank you for your contributions!


Warm regards,

CSULB President’s Commission on the Status of Women


Gail Wasil – Soroptimist & Marathon Runner

SILB Member Gail Wasil is a marathon runner! We are proud to say that Gail ran in the 2017 LA Marathon on March 19th. She finished in a little over five hours. We are dazzled and impressed and proud of her! Way to go, Gail!

Polaris Project on Human Trafficking January Report

January, 2017

Our new statistics report provides 2016 data from the National Human Trafficking Resource Center hotline, Polaris’s BeFree Textline, and communications referencing overseas cases.

Key highlights and trends from the report include:

  • Reports of human trafficking in the U.S. increase every year. In 2016, we learned of 8,042 cases, a 35% jump over 2015. This is mostly due to people spreading awareness and the Hotline.

  • More survivors of human trafficking are reaching out for help than ever before. 2,042 survivors contacted the Hotline directly in 2016, a 24% increase over 2015. This year’s report dives deeper into who the victims are and how they were trafficked. We learned that sex trafficking victims were most often trafficked by their intimate partners, while labor trafficking victims were most often recruited through a job offer.

  • Labor trafficking soared by 47% but is still widely underreported. Labor trafficking often goes unrecognized compared to sex trafficking because of a lack of awareness about the issue and the vulnerable workers it affects. By identifying the specific sectors and venues in which these labor crimes occur, we can reach survivors more effectively.

Human Trafficking Back Pack Project

Human Trafficking – Soroptimist International of Long Beach supports the efforts of the Long Beach Human Trafficking Task Force to increase awareness and prevention of human trafficking and support services for survivors. The survivors of human trafficking escape their handlers with nothing. To alleviate their loss, on Wednesday, January 25, 2017, Soroptimists met and filled 27 back packs for the survivors.  In addition to toiletries and personal items packaged in beautiful cosmetic bags, we Included a change of clothing: under ware, socks, yoga pants, a T-shirt, a fleece jacket and flip flops.  For comfort we included a small blanket, a journal and pen, an adult coloring book with color pens, and a message of caring.