Soroptimist Women’s Leadership Institute

We hope you are planning to attend the Soroptimist Women¹s Leadership Institute in Chicago, Illinois, July 3-4. This seminar, where Soroptimist’s exciting NEW Leadership Development Program will be unveiled, will be unlike any other.

It is open to ALL Soroptimists who have an interest in improving their personal and professional leadership skills.  Experienced and emerging leaders alike will be able to identify leadership strengths and areas for improvement and then personalize a program to enhance performance in career and community.

Attendance is limited to the first 400 so register today »

Sandy & Blanca’s Colombian Adventure

About three years ago, Blanca was telling me that in Colombia there are no emergency shelters for abused women (places like Interval House in Hamilton) and how she wanted to try and do something about that. Realizing that you ‘can’t put the cart before the horse,’ we knew that you must have people living in Colombia lobbying for those changes. That is where organizations like Soroptimist International can be truly instrumental in helping to bring about those changes. 

Blanca and I decided that is how we could work towards making changes in Colombia and we devised a plan to go there to establish a Soroptimist Club. Our first meeting of the future Soroptimist International Club of Cali was attended by 13 enthusiastic prospects.

Read Sandy & Blanca’s full story >>

Sandy Gray and Blanca Peñaon journeyed on an unforgettable trip to Colombia, South America last November. Photos are coming!

Loonie-Tooney Auction at the Marquis Gardens

We would like to thank Our Corporate Donors for sponsoring the wine on the table tonight: Weeks Home Hardware, Lucky Day Nursery & J. Oulton & Associates. We had over 200 attendees and raised more than $8,900 that will be used to support women and girls in our community.

We’d also like to thank the following donors of gifts & auction items; we encourage you to ‘Support the Businesses that support our Community’ (listed in alphabetical order):

Flamborough: Artistic Spaces, CIA Computing, Curves, Flamboro Mix & Brew House, Flamboro Springs, PartyLite Gifts by Randi Warner, Langford’s IDA, Royal Coachman Restaurant, Vintage Performance & Restoration, Weeks Home Hardware
Dundas: Curves, Highland Hair Design, Presents with Design, Rotating Equipment Technology,
Ancaster: Ancaster Embroidery & Creations, Ancaster Jewelers, Balance Fitness, Celli’s Restaurant, Details Tanning, Fortino’s of Ancaster, Glendale Motors, Hanley’s Shoe Shoppe, J. Oulton & Associates, Passion for Living, Kari’s of Ancaster, Nancy Davidson – Freedom 55 Financial, Pauline’s Craft Studio, Supreme Trophies, Swiss Chalet, Tranquility Bases B&B, Tranquil Touch, The Meadows Long Term Care, Village Tree House Child Care
Hamilton: A Clean Break, La Petite Spa, Lucky Day Nursery, Pooles Harley Davidson, Top Hat Apparel
Burlington: Active Green & Ross, Bonnets & Bags, Earth Works Pottery, Health for Life Chiropractic, Hi End Fitness, Lori Kendall RMT., Marilyn Belleghem and Quest Publishing, Time to Get Organized, Matrix Automotive, Women Who Excel, Spa Sensations
Brantford: Sanderson Centre, Rendezvous Fine Dining, Best Western Hotel
Binbrook: The Little Binbrook Theatre
Oakville: The Corporate Clothier
Caledonia: Sylvia’s Flowers, Markham: Devine & Associates
Mississauga: Tree of Life Canada, Global Wealth Trade
Vancouver: DJ Pets
Personal donors: K.T.- a Red Hat Enthusiast, as well as all the ladies of Soroptimist International of Dundas Ancaster Flamborough!

18th SI Convention: Glasgow, Scotland

Shirley McCoy attended conference this year from 29 July to 2 August 2007 in Glasgow, Scotland and there were over 1,500 Soroptimists who attended. Six white doves flew over the attendees as they ‘Stood for Peace’ in a 30-minute vigil on the last day.

Peace Vigil

Peace Vigil

The 136 flags of member countries formed a ring of delegates in white shirts for Peace. Words and poems of peace were read by leading Soroptimists who then heard peace campaigner and author Satish Kumar say:

  • Lead me from death to life, from falsehood to truth, from despair to hope, from fear to trust, from hate to love and from war to peace.
  • Let peace fill our hearts, our world, our universe.
  • Seek love, compassion, unity, beauty in our lives

Towards the end of the vigil, President Lynn, Immediate Past President Joan and the Presidents of the four Federations each released a dove from a white casket as a symbol of peace. It was very emotional for all present!

The conference also showcased the new SI tartan that was specially designed for the occasion, but is officially recognized by the Scottish Tartans Authority. The wool colours incorporate ancient blue, dark mauve (purple), black, white and dark gold (orange).

Official Soroptimist tartan

Official Soroptimist tartan

Welcome to our New Members

Nancy hosted a wonderful potluck dinner in her backyard for our end of year party. President Kerry welcomed our two new members!

Alma’s Garden

Alma’s Garden was dedicated on June 3rd, 2007. Please visit the garden at the Morgan Firestone Community Center, Ancaster (on Jerseyville Rd). Map >>

We’d like to thank SNAP of Hamilton Mountain for covering our event!

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