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Community Matters- Spotlight on Soroptimist International of Loomis Basin

Mar 26, 2019 05:20PM ● By Melissa Emerzian
If you take a moment to look around at any of the community gatherings in Loomis, you will see the faces of the women who make up the Soroptimist International (SI) of Loomis Basin. The SI Loomis Basin is 40 members strong and they are ever present at events across Loomis, including the Eggplant Festival, Easter Egg Hunt, Friday Night Family Fest, Loomis Christmas Basket, and Day Before Thanksgiving Parade. In addition to devoting time to support local efforts to build a stronger community, SI Loomis Basin provides resources directly to women and girls in our area and abroad to help them improve their lives and reach their full potential. 

History 

Coined from combining the Latin words for sister and best, the term soroptimist means "best for women.” SI Loomis Basin is part of the worldwide Soroptimist (soroptimist.org) organization of business, professional, and retired women whose mission, according to their website, is to "improve the lives of women and girls through programs that lead to social and economic development.” The Soroptimist organization works at the international, national, and local levels, with a network of over 75,000 club members in 122 countries. Soroptimist International has consultative status with the Economic and Social Council at the United Nations. 

SI Loomis Basin was formed in 1974 and the Club’s focus and contributions in the Loomis area are consistent with the mission of transforming the lives of women and girls, in addition to supporting regional, national and international projects that educate and empower women and girls. 

Impact

Already this year, the SI Loomis Basin has distributed nearly $10,000 in funding throughout the area. The Club provides grants and scholarships, distributes awards and runs programs that support the Loomis community.  

·         K-8 teachers ́ projects that inspire students  

·         High school scholarship to a Del Oro High School student who makes a difference through her volunteer efforts.

·         Dream Award, given to help women who are the head of their household and are going back to school for additional training in order to improve their employment prospects.

·          The Ruby Award, which recognizes a woman who, through her professional activities, positively impacts the lives of women and girls.

·         Soroptimist International Dream It, Be It program which help girls overcome obstacles and plan for their future career success with Koinonia Homes for Teens. 

·         The Club helped establish Loomis Senior L.I.F.E. Center 40 years ago and provides an annual grant to support the center as well as hosts meals and volunteering at events.

·         A new “Little Free Library” was recently built and installed by the Club at the Loomis Train Depot, near the corner of Horseshoe Bar and Taylor Roads. Community members may browse the bookshelves, take a book that interests them and leave behind a book that they enjoyed reading.

·         The Club’s most recent international project supported “Dress A Girl Around the World.” Members sewed 470 dresses last year for girls in orphanages. 

FUNdraising 

The Loomis Soroptimist Club holds fundraising events throughout the year. In January, the “It ́s In the Bag” Designer Purse event attracts hundreds of women for an “Ultimate Girls Night Out” in addition to a chance to win a designer purse. Participants enjoy dinner, table games and door prizes. 

The Club’s Spring fundraiser is Tostada Bingo, an annual event that the Club has hosted for decades. This event is being held this Saturday, March 30 at the Loomis Veterans Memorial Hall. The $30 ticket includes a
fun evening of bingo with dinner, drinks, prizes and raffle items. Check www.facebook.com/events/2297439117203526.

Membership Info

Women of all ages are welcome to join the Club and make a difference in the local and wider community. Members say that they appreciate the "no guilt” policy that gives them the freedom to contribute on their own schedule. The camaraderie and positive outlook of members who work together to mentor, fundraise and contribute is highly motivating, according to club representatives. Guests are welcome to come to a business meeting on the first Wednesday of the month from 5:30 to 7:00 PM at the Loomis Train Depot to learn more about club activities. On the third Wednesday of the month, from 5:30 to 7:00 PM, the club often has a speaker, mixer or activity and guests are encouraged to attend. Annual dues are $221 and are prorated depending on when someone joins and can be paid annually or quarterly.

To learn more about the Club, go www.soroptimistloomis.com and find Soroptimist
Loomis Basin on Facebook @SILoomis.