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SI Bend 2016 Live Your Dreams Awards Dinner

Posted by corinashughes@gmail.com on April 14, 2016 at 1:20 PM Comments comments (0)

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

Posted by corinashughes@gmail.com on January 28, 2016 at 7:50 PM Comments comments (1)

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

Posted by corinashughes@gmail.com on January 12, 2016 at 1:40 PM Comments comments (1)

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

Posted by corinashughes@gmail.com on January 11, 2016 at 9:00 PM Comments comments (0)

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

Posted by corinashughes@gmail.com on December 9, 2015 at 8:20 PM Comments comments (1)

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 (1)

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