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SI Bend Delivers Centerpieces to Family Kitchen and Meals and Wheels

Posted by corinashughes@gmail.com on December 9, 2015 at 8:20 PM Comments comments (0)

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

Posted by corinashughes@gmail.com on October 17, 2015 at 4:00 PM Comments comments (0)

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

SI Bend Welcomes Terri Swendsen as President for 2015-2016

Posted by corinashughes@gmail.com on July 23, 2015 at 9:10 PM Comments comments (0)

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.

Harmony4Women Raises Money for SI Bend

Posted by corinashughes@gmail.com on January 9, 2015 at 3:50 AM Comments comments (0)

Harmony4Women presents contributions to Bend organizations from their November 2014 concert. Receiving organizations are (from left to right) Bella Acappella Harmony, Soroptimist of Bend, Harmony for Women, AAUW and Grandma's House.

New Members Help Kick-off SI Bend 2014-2015

Posted by corinashughes@gmail.com on October 9, 2014 at 5:30 PM Comments comments (0)

Fall marks the beginning of the 2014-2015 service year for Soroptimist International of Bend, Oregon. This year we proudly recognize 71 years of making a difference in the lives of women and girls in Central Oregon. While we remain committed to our strong tradition of service, there are many new and exciting things happening within our organization. We have a new meeting location, a new president and our membership is growing! 


SI Bend 2014-2015 President, Judy McCleary, leads our first meeting of the year in our new location at the Des Chutes Historical Center.


We're extremely excited to welcome Marty Smolenski (R) as our first new member of 2014-2015. Marty recently retired to Bend and has already been hard at work as a Director on our Board, as well as, helping organize our Evergreen Sales fundraiser. 

Kim Moller (R) pins' Marty Smolenski (L) during her installation.


We're also thrilled to welcome Terri Swendsen as a new member of SI Bend. Terri recently transferred from the McMinneville club after retiring to Bend. Terri has held numerous board and committee positions with SI McMinneville.

Because of her work with anti-sex trafficking, Terri has been selected to present the Imagine Life Without Violence District Committee Report at the District 2 Meeting in Bend, OR on Oct 17-19.


Last, but certainly not least, we couldn't be happier to welcome our newest member, Arlene Hendrix. Arlene has also relocated to Bend recently. She loves skiing and is ready to get to work helping with our annual Community Baby Shower.

Current member June Brown (L) will mentor our newest member, Arlene Hendrix (R). 

Jan Swander (L) and June Brown (R) install Arlene Hendrix (C).

SI Bend 2014-2015 Officer Installation

Posted by corinashughes@gmail.com on July 3, 2014 at 2:30 PM Comments comments (0)

One of our programs, handmade by Pat Bells

2014-2015 Officers (from left to right):
Judy McCleary - President
Margaret Wyman - Secretary
Sarah Elmer - Treasurer
Kim Moller - Communications Coordinator
June Brown - Director
Annie Barlow - Life Member Director

SI Bend Community Baby Shower 2014

Posted by corinashughes@gmail.com on May 7, 2014 at 2:30 PM Comments comments (0)

Soroptimist of Bend delivered items collected from the Community Baby Shower to Therese Helton, Deschutes Health Services Community Development Coordinator. Thanks to the support of the Bend community over 800 items of clothing and baby care items were delivered to DHS to help meet the needs of the community over the coming year.


A special "THANK YOU" goes out to all who allowed us to put a collection bin at their location, as well as to all the nameless individuals who spent countless hours knitting, crocheting and quilting items to wrap around the babies in our community!

Serving Residents of Bethlehem Inn

Posted by corinashughes@gmail.com on May 4, 2014 at 11:00 AM Comments comments (0)

Soroptimist of Bend members met early Sunday morning to serve a warm homemade breakfast to residents of Bethlehem Inn. Soroptimist of Bend also purchased and donated a new dvd player to be located in the family residence common area, as well as, a large selection of movies for families to enjoy together!

SI Bend Awards Ceremony 2014

Posted by corinashughes@gmail.com on April 24, 2014 at 4:30 PM Comments comments (0)


Women's Opportunity Award

The Women's Opportunity Award (WOA) is given to women who are entering and/or enrolled in college certificate or degree programs, are head of household and have a financial need. This year, SI Bend awarded two women with a WOA in the amount of $1500, Johannah Quinlan from Bend and Jacqueline Clements from Burns.


  WOA Recipients: Johannah Quinlan, Jacqueline Clements (Not Pictured)

 Violet Richardson Award

Two Violet Richardson Awards were given at the Soroptimist International Annual Awards Luncheon in the amount of $500 each. This award is given on the basis of a young woman's commitment and accomplishments toward making her community and the world a better place through volunteerism.

Violet Richardson Award Recipients: Alyssa DiMaio and Hannah Fraser

Summit senior, Alyssa DiMaio has shown her community dedication by volunteering at Grandma's House for the past four years. Her contributions included organizing donations of food and clothing, assisting the Executive Director at community events, giving presentations at schools, as well as being a mentor to the residents of Grandma's House. Alyssa also has worked part time at Kid's Club at the Athletic Club of Bend caring for infants and toddlers. She will be attending Gonzaga University in Spokane in the fall.

Hannah Fraser, also a Summit senior, has shown her community spirit with her work as the president and community service coordinator of Summit's Interact Club. During her tenure, Interact has in partnership with the local Rotary, funded water filters, volunteered with struggling students, volunteered at the Boys and Girls Club and organized nights to feed the homeless. She intends to continue volunteering at the Eugene Boys and Girls Club in the fall where she will attend the University of Oregon Robert D. Clark Honors College.

SI Bend Joins Harmony4Women!

Posted by corinashughes@gmail.com on April 16, 2014 at 6:55 PM Comments comments (0)


Bend, OR. With unprecedented excitement, the Harmony4Women Leadership Team announces the addition of two new partner-organizations to the Harmony4Women Team. Joining Bella Acappella Harmony Chorus and Grandma’s House will be long-time Bend women’s non-profit groups, American Association of University Women (AAUW), Bend Branch, and Soroptimist International of Bend.

The purpose of Harmony4Women is to educate, nurture, support and inspire women and audiences in Central Oregon through a year-long community outreach, culminating in a crowd pleasing fundraising concert that benefits the partner organizations. Nancy Ueland, executive director, said, “AAUW and Soroptimist are wonderful additions to Harmony4Women. All four of these organizations draw women throughout Central Oregon and serve women and girls throughout the area. All four are designed to improve the lives of women and girls. They empower, inspire, shelter, and educate women and girls. Their goals blend nicely with the Harmony4Women mission.” Together the groups will present two Harmony4Women Acappella Concerts, their fifth annual offerings, at the Tower Theater in Bend, on Saturday, November 22, 2014, after 8-10 weeks of practice and bonding as the Harmony4Women community chorus.

Since 1881, The American Association of University Women (AAUW) has been the nation’s leading voice advancing education and equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy, and research. AAUW offers grants and awards, nationally, and the Bend Branch, founded in 1931, gives scholarships to COCC students continuing their educations in a 4 yr. program, through their Charles and Helen Weil Scholarship Fund, and it offers middle school girls an introductory program in STEM fields, science, technology, engineering and math, toward preparing them for careers in these fields, in partnership with the Girl Scouts of America.

Soroptimist International, founded in 1921 for business and professional women, is a global women’s organization whose members volunteer to improve the lives of women and girls in local communities and throughout the world. Locally the group supports projects including a Community Baby Shower for low income families, Hats Gloves and “soap bunnies” for Head Start children, support of local shelters housing women and families, advocacy and support for victims of human trafficking, and economic project support, such as “Bras for a Cause”.

Original members of the Harmony4Women Team are Grandma’s House, a non-profit home and outreach program that provides safe shelter to homeless and/or abused pregnant, parenting and adopting girls between the ages of 12 and 19, and Bella Acappella Harmony Chorus, committed to singing 4-part barbershop acappella harmony with joy and passion, and to achieving musical and performing excellence through mutual respect, dedication, education and community outreach.

Together, these four dynamic groups join harmony to provide cooperation and visibility for the causes they support. Joining together to “sing for their sisters” they all become Harmony4Women, providing a unique opportunity for both friend raising and fund raising. More information on the program and sponsor opportunities can be found at the partner websites, at Harmony4Women.org, and on Facebook pages, or by calling 541-383-3142.

Photo credit, Matt Garner

Harmony4Women Team Members: Alison Garner Mata, Dana Barron, Connie Norman (director), Sarah Elmer, Mary Howard, Woody Medeiros, Nancy Ueland, Margaret Wyman, Linda Gardner.