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.
39th Annual Camino Real Region Spring Conference
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.
Wednesday, April 12, 2017 is the deadline for reservations for the Live Your Dream Awards and Scholarship Dinner. This is what Soroptimist is all about. It is a great time to show your friends and potential members about how we help women to achieve their dreams.
Members – please contact Monika at email@example.com
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!
CSULB President’s Commission on the Status of Women
Our Soroptimist friends in Huntington Beach are having a Style Show. Discounted ticket price of $35 each has been extended through April 15. Click to download the flyer for details > Style Show Flyer SIHB Apr 23
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!
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 – 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.