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Sunday, March 15, 2015

AAUW/SIFC Used Book Sale Scheduled March 27-29

-50th Annual Fundraiser Recycles Gently Used Books for Great Causes-
The 2015 AAUW/Soroptimist Used Book Sale will be held at 1630 South Lemay (Units 7 & 8) in Fort Collins from March 27 through March 29. 
Community members are invited to shop for good-quality, used books during the nonprofits’ annual event. The sale will be open to the general public: 
  • Friday, March 27: 8 am-7 pm; 
  • Saturday, March 28: 9 am–6 pm; and 
  • Sunday, March 29: 11 am–5 pm. 

Service funds are raised while keeping gently used books out of the landfill.  All books are recycled through the sale, donations to needy, or environmentally friendly means. Proceeds of the AAUW/Soroptimist Used Book Sale support numerous local and global educational projects benefiting women and girls.  

The AAUW/Soroptimist Used Book Sale has become a well known local event. “We depend on the generous donations of the community to make this event a reality,” said co-chair Mary Robinson.  Private donors throughout northern Colorado join Old Firehouse Books in donating gently used books throughout the year. “Our customers complement us on the quality of our sale, the quality of our sorting, and the abundant selection of gently used books we market.” Organizers estimate that they will sort nearly 40,000 books by sale date.

This will be the 50th annual book sale for AAUW and the 25th annual for SIFC. Soroptimist International of Fort Collins and the American Association of University Women ( Fort Collins Branch have successfully collaborated on an annual Used Book Sale since 1993. In recent years AAUW and Soroptimist netted nearly $20,000 during the 3 day weekend, with proceeds going to scholarships and ongoing service projects.

For information about the fundraiser, to volunteer, or to donate books—call Margaret at 970-482-8210, or Mary at 970-227-1398.

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

SIFC Recognizes Deserving Women on 65th Anniversary

Soroptimist of Fort Collins recently celebrated the Club's 64th anniversary by hosting a Living Your Dream Awards Program. Past Club Presidents were recognized, financial grants were distributed to two single moms, and a local professor was honored for making a difference for women--locally and around the world. Read on to celebrate with us.

Soroptimist Supports Women Seeking Education

   Soroptimist International of Fort Collins recently presented Live Your Dream financial grants to two deserving single mothers. With addition of these 2015 awards, the club proudly reports that 62 northern Colorado women have benefitted from Soroptimist educational support since 1972. Soroptimist provides much needed recognition for determined and capable women, many of whom have overcome enormous obstacles including poverty, domestic violence and/or drug and alcohol abuse to improve their lives through education. “Soroptimist grants are much more than mere scholarships,” stated Carolyn Wade during the awards presentation. “Recipients use Soroptimist financial awards for any costs associated with their educational efforts including tuition, books, child care, utilities, groceries and transportation.” 
   The Live Your Dream program begins at the club level, where award amounts vary. Soroptimist International of Fort Collins’ first place awardee competes with other women from clubs in Rocky Mountain Region for additional awards.  The names of those selected at region level will be sent to Soroptimist International of the Americas for a chance to be selected for three $10,000 finalist awards. 
   The Soroptimist of the America’s Live Your Dream program, formerly known as Women’s Opportunity Awards, was established in 1972 to assist women, who have primary financial responsibility for their families, to obtain the skills-training and education necessary to improve their employment status and standard of living for themselves and their family. Since 1972 about $30 million in education grants have been disbursed to assist tens of thousands of women achieve their dreams of a better life for themselves and their families throughout the federation. 
   The Fort Collins Soroptimist club does not release names of Live Your Dream recipients out of respect for their need for privacy and safety. Thanks to Ann Rutledge (not shown,) Paula Hawe, and Carolyn Wade for Chairing SIFC's 2015 Live Your Dream Committee.

Professor Honored for Making a Difference for Women
Dr. Carole Makela, Professor in CSU’s College of Human Sciences, School of Education, receives the 2015 Soroptimist International of Fort Collins Making a Difference for Women award. Dr. Makela is recognized by Soroptimist for making a difference for women and families, locally and around the world. Her impact continues as a collaborator, mentor, advisor, professor, professional, and community volunteer.
The Soroptimist Making a Difference for Women award honors women who, through their professional or personal efforts, make extraordinary differences in the lives of women and girls. Their work has a significant impact, inspires and encourages other women. Recipients may be publicly visible or working in the background. Nominations come from community partners.
“Soroptimist can only estimate the number of women, young and more mature, who have benefitted from Dr. Carole Makela’s contributions,” adds Robanette Catalano, presenter of the 2015 award. “Counting students alone, her contacts have certainly been in the thousands. And, considering the pyramid nature of educating educators, her empowerment has reached hundreds of thousands.”
Carole's purpose has always been to empower students.Beginning as a home economics teacher, Carole’s focus was on family management for sustainability and growth of the family within the larger environment. Students were encouraged to focus on family roles, rights and responsibilities, resource management, healthy living, and community involvement while studying finance, nutrition, child care, sewing, personal care, and the home environment. Hse has always been to empower students.
Grounded with a strong scientific background in family and women’s issues, Carole progressed into instruction, research and leadership positions at Colorado State University. During her 45+ years at CSU she served as Department Head in Consumer Sciences and Housing, Interim Associate Dean of the College of Applied Human Sciences, and Program Chair for Interdisciplinary Studies in the School of Education. She helped establish the local Better Business Bureau and Consumer Credit Counseling Service of Northern Colorado and Southeast Wyoming.
Carole is active on university committees and professional organizational boards. She advises undergraduates and teaches capstone courses. She teaches and advises graduate students at the masters and doctoral levels, promoting quality research as the foundation of one’s field. This philosophy has been furthered through her editorial efforts with several professional journals. 
Her work knows no borders. Carole has attended and made presentations at numerous  International Federation of Home Economics meetings. Her research has focused on rural issues, consumer behavior, family health, aging, life-balance, credit, global interaction, and equity. She collaborates with colleagues nationally and internationally to educate and empower. Her focus is on education—formal and informal, structured and self-guided.
Dr. Makela joins past Making a Difference for Women recipients, including: Melissa Shaeffer, Jennifer Jones, Dr. Stace Scharfe, Fran Richburg, LouAnn DeCoursey, Sister Mary Alice Murphy, Victoria Lutz, Nicole Gawronski, Julie Field, Wendy Stine, Mary Carraher, Dr. Sue Ellen Charlton, Wendy Cohen, former State Senator Peggy Reeves, and Past Fort Collins Mayor Nancy Gray.
Thanks to Robanette Catalano for chairing SIFC's 2015 Making a Difference for Women Committee.

Saturday, March 7, 2015

Celebrate International Women's Day!

International Women's Day is an occasion marked around the world. March 8 is commemorated at the United Nations and is designated in many countries as a national holiday. 

Soroptimist members around the world strive to participate in some type of service activity on the Saturday nearest March 8 to commemorate International Women's Day and give generously of their time and resources. 

This year, Soroptimist International of Fort Collins participated in "Life Options Fair" at the Fort Collins Senior Center. 

Life Options Fair invited service organizations, hobby clubs, creative endeavors, those who provide volunteer opportunities, travel clubs and possibilities, outdoor groups, and other groups in our community to participate with the goal of providing a day long adventure for adults in Fort Collins to discover new life possibilities.

Life Options Fair provided an excellent opportunity for SIFC Members to share:

1.  Soroptimist, 

2.  The Live Your Dream focus on supporting females seeking education

3.  Recent local service projects, including:

* Women Build,

* AAUW/SIFC Used Book Sale,

* Crossroads Gardens,

* Make a Difference Day,

* Soropti-scarves... 

* S'mittens... 

* Dignity Dresses, and

* Volunteerism

What a wonderful opportunity to increase: awareness.... 


and action 

on behalf of women and girls, locally and around the world.