Soroptimist’s 14th Annual Human Trafficking Awareness Walk on Saturday, January 11, 2020, sponsored by Tri-City Medical Center and hosted by the Vista Library, saw a record turnout of over 220 people and glorious weather. Soroptimist International of Vista and North County Inland and Soroptimist International of Oceanside-Carlsbad partnered to promote the event under the leadership of Kaye Van Nevel (SI Vista-NCI) and Terry Haskins (SI Oceanside-Carlsbad). After brief introductions by Van Nevel inside the Library’s Community Room, walkers equipped with “Honk to STOP Trafficking” signs walked through downtown Vista and back to the Library’s Community Room, where they heard guest speakers Don Stump of North County Lifeline, Jaimee Johnson of Sisters of the Street, and Michelle Walsh from the Vista Unified School District.
Information tables from other organizations fighting human trafficking included Operation Hope (homeless shelter), Alabaster Jar, YMCA’s Homeless Youth Outreach, and others.
THANK YOU to Tri-City Medical Center for sponsoring this year’s event! And thanks to the City of Vista and the Vista Library for providing the space!
November 24, 2019–Tables were full for Soroptimist’s Quartermania! Fundraiser held on Saturday, November 24 at the Vista Optimist Club. The $25 per plate fundraiser was a joint effort of the Soroptimist of Vista and North County Inland and Soroptimist Oceanside-Carlsbad. Pat Origlieri chaired the event. Lunch, beverages and dessert were provided by the Optimist Club members and each guest got a bidding paddle with a numbered chip. A great time was had by all. In addition to bidding on the items put up for auction, guests were able to browse and buy from the various vendor tables, which included:
Nice & Bella Jewelry, Pampered Chef, Party Lite Candles, Home Décor, Tastefully Simple, Tupperware
Baked Goods, Scentsy and Simply Scarves
Proceeds will go to support women and girls education and empowerment and trafficking awareness.
By Assly Sayyar, SI Vista NCI President 2019-2020
Our program speaker in January (a lunch meeting at Wildwood Crossing) is tentatively scheduled to be industry expert in corporate leadership, international speaker and author Sylvia Becker-Hill. She was originally scheduled to speak in September but a death in her family forced her to reschedule
Sylvia has worked for over 20 years in business as a corporate change agent, leadership trainer and c-suite executive coach with Fortune 500 clients around the world. She is also the creator of the Becker-Hill Women’s Empowerment School, a real world and online school that helps women unlearn the patriarchal “Super Woman” rules that have been strangling our true success and show us how to master all areas of our lives by simply being–women.
Sylvia will be speaking to us on how to grow our membership by helping us overcome our own resistance when we have trouble meeting new people and making new connections.
Meeting Location and Time: Wildwood Crossing, 116 Civic Center Drive, Vista, 12 noon.