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October 2017- SI Bend Press Release - Discover Soroptimist

Posted by corinashughes@gmail.com on October 20, 2017 at 1:45 PM Comments comments (1)



October presents an opportunity to discover Soroptimist and the assistance it gives to a number of non-profit organizations in our community. If you would like to be part of a women's service organization that works with its hands and heart to improve the lives of women and children, come join us from 12:00 noon to 1:30pm, October 26 at the Deschutes Historical Museum, 129 NW Idaho Ave, Bend.

Enjoy a complimentary lunch while listening to representatives from Bethlehem Inn, Head Start, Family Access Network (FAN) and Grandma’s House. These are just four of the non-profits that Soroptimist International of Bend includes in our annual budget. Additionally, SI Bend emphasizes helping financially needy women in achieving their education through the annual "Live Your Dream" award. Applications are being taken now at www.sibend.org.

This year marks the beginning of SI Bend's 75th year of working to make the lives of women and their families in our community healthier and more financially stable. If you are interested in making a positive impact as a volunteer, please come meet us on October 26. Join us as women helping other women and girls be stronger, more educated and economically empowered.

### [Since 1943, Soroptimist International of Bend (SI Bend), has been providing 70 plus years of community support serving women and girls of Central Oregon. SI Bend is the longest, continuously running women’s service organization in Bend, OR, offering educational awards to local students, plus, supporting Bethlehem Inn, Head Start, Kids Center, Meals on Wheels, Grandma’s House, and more. Internationally, SI Bend’s outreach programs “Bras from Bend” assists’ women rescued from human trafficking especially from the sex slave trade through the campaign “Free the Girls.” For more information, please contact www.sibend.org.]

SI Bend Announces 2017-2018 Officers

Posted by corinashughes@gmail.com on September 15, 2017 at 2:50 PM Comments comments (3)

As we kick off the new term, SI Bend celebrates 74 years of helping women and children in Central Oregon! We are pleased to introduce the following:

2017-2018 Officers

Co-Presidents - Judy McLeary and Margaret Wyman

Vice President - Jan Swander

Recording Secretary - June Brown

Treasurer - Annie Barlow

Communication Coordinator - Kim Moller

Directors - Kris Jennings, Elizabeth Hughes Weide

Past Pesident - Annie Barlow

SI Bend 2016 Live Your Dreams Awards Dinner

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Dr. Shirley Metcalf, President of Central Oregon Community College was our keynote speaker at the annual Live Your Dream Awards Banquet. Three COCC students each received a $2000 award. Aleshia Detweiler, Becky Pomeroy and Ana Torres are on their way to becoming a nutritional therapeutic practitioner, a police officer and an elementary teacher, respectively. SI of Bend is very pleased that Ms. Detweiler is also one of the NWRSIA award winners, receiving an additional $3000.

Stop Human Trafficking Program Attended by Community

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SI Bend President, Terri Swendsen, introduces the January 2016 program on Human Trafficking. SI Bend showed a video titled, "What is Human Trafficking and Why Should We Care" to a gathering of Central Oregon community members, high school students and SI Bend members.

Our 2nd Successful Year with Harmony4Women

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For the second year in a row, SI Bend partnered with Harmony4Women in a successful fundraising concert. SI Bend (represented by President,  Terri Swendsen, 2nd from right) and four other Bend area organizations received contributions from Harmony4Women.

Candlelight Vigil to Stop Human Trafficking

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Soroptimist International of Bend held a candlelight vigil to draw attention to the plague of human trafficking on Monday, January 11, 2016, the National Day of Human Trafficking Awareness.

SI Bend Delivers Centerpieces to Family Kitchen and Meals and Wheels

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A big 'thanks' to the SI Bend members who got together to create Christmas centerpieces for those in need. Family Kitchen was delighted with the 17 centerpieces we gave them to place on their tables. Meals and Wheels was very appreciative of 28 centerpieces we provided them to take to patrons in our community along with their meals.


Thank you to all of those who participated: Margaret Wyman, Margaret Thompson, Eloise Whitelaw, Kris Jennings, June Brown, Susie Fagen-Wirges,Marty Smolenski and Annie Barlow. It was a most enjoyable and creative time together. We will do it again next year, too and invite all to join us.


SI Bend Goes to NW Region Conference

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President Terri Swendsen (center) receiving awards at District 2 Conference.

SI Bend Welcomes Terri Swendsen as President for 2015-2016

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We are excited to install Terri Swendsen as the new SI Bend president for 2015-2016. Terri joined SI Bend from the SI McMinneville Oregon club in 2014. She brings a wealth of experience and knowledge, as well as, a passion for educating the community about human trafficking. We look forward to her leadership in the coming year.