Over the summer Soroptimist International Santa Clara Silicon Valley (SISCSV) was busy. We won awards for contributions to Founder Pennies and for supporting the Dream Big campaign. Both these funds help not just woman in Silicon Valley, they contribute to support woman and girls around the world. SISCSV had our FIRST ever Dream it Be it program for girls in the Santa Clara area. We partnered with The Young Woman’s group in the Santa Clara The church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. We were able to work with 10 girls and teach about the importance of making a dream for their future goals. We also partnered with Tactica Training Group in Santa Clara to bring some basic self defense as part of our Dream it Be it program. All the above community contributions are made possible because of our friends who support of SISCSV. Either directly by making contributions or attending our Classy Bag Affaire event we hope to have your support again this next year!
We had a VERY exciting Handbag Auction Luncheon, May 20, 2023! The designer purses filled with event tickets: (Taylor Swift concert), 49ers, Warriors, Golf packages, Vacations, Legos, or Sail away on the Bay plus many, many more were in high demand during the auction. And… all our AMAZING Door prizes, and raffle Baskets brought many smiles! We had a new feature this year, we had the SaleMaker Acuctioneers featuring Forrest O’Brien and Dave Goularte.
Angie Souza, passed away August 27th. She has been a member of Soroptimist International Santa Clara Silicon Valley club for almost 50 years. Angie and her husband owned Souza’s Bakery on the El Camino in Santa Clara for years and so many of us bought their delicious bakery goods and some even got our wedding cakes there.
Angie was a beautiful woman with a kind spirit. She will be missed by all those whose lives she touched.
In her own words why she became a Soroptimist.
Services for Angie take place, 11 AM, September 13th at
St. Clare’s Church 725 Washington Street, Santa Clara, CA 95050
2021 Live Your Dream Award submissions. Our mission is to help women get the education and training they need to grow and prosper.
Meet our 2020 recipients of the SISCSV Live Your Dream awards.
Anjelica Figueroa a 2020 Live Your Dream awardee. Anjelica has a goal to become a social worker and child advocate. Anjelica had two little boys. She wants to be a role model to her children, that they can do anything if they put their mind and efforts to it. We have great hopes for Anjelica.
Erika Cortes is our first place Live Your Dream Award winner this year. Erika is a daughter of Mexican immigrants that came to this country to make a better life for their family. In spite of not knowing English, she persevered and got the assistance she needed to continue on with her education. Her goal is to become a lactation nurse and to give young mothers the help she would have liked to have. She is a 3.8 GPA student, on the dean’s list and involved in the community and her church. Congratulations Erika!
Renee is a mother of two. She attends San Jose City College majoring in criminal justice with a liberal arts and social/behavioral science emphasis. “For myself and my children I overcame the obstacles and trials I faced. I am a survivor and vowed to make a better life for us. I found safe childcare, secured employment and researched resources to help with with housing options”. She wants to become the person she needed as a juvenile to support and mentor them as well as being a positive influence.
Soroptimist International Santa Clara Silicon Valley is busy at work putting the final touches together for The Classy Bag Affaire annual fundraiser. We have secured once again, the Santa Clara Marriott. The date is several weeks earlier than previous years and with a slightly earlier start and finish time. So open up those 2020 calendars and plan to join us. Tickets are on sale from any SISCSV member. or online.
Soroptimist International of Santa Clara Silicon Valley invites you to join a dynamic, caring group of business, professional and women from all walks of life, dedicated to improving the well-being of women and girls.
Chartered in 1924, SISCSV has consistently provided a lively, motivated atmosphere where women of all ages come together for service and friendship. It is almost impossible to calculate the tens of thousands of dollars SISCSV has contributed to this community or to measure our impact in improving quality of life through our generous donations of time and service.
SISCSV meets once a month at a Santa Clara restaurant for a business meeting. All members join at least one committee which may meet at a separate time.
Through our international organization, we join over 90,000 women in nearly 120 countries, working to improve conditions for women and girls around the globe. Soroptimists hold a seat at the United Nations and keep members informed and involved with issues and special projects helping women and girls worldwide.