Deadline Approaching for Soroptimists Awards Gala Tickets

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VISTA, California, February 6, 2018—Tickets are still available for the Soroptimist International of Vista and North County Inland’s “Live Your Dream” Awards Gala Dinner to be held Saturday, March 10 from 6 pm to 10 pm at the Vista Valley Country Club, 29354 Vista Valley Drive in Vista. Ticket reservations must be made by February 23. Tickets are $75 per plate, and Table Sponsorships are still available for $800 per table of 8. Proceeds benefit education awards for women. Event co-sponsors are Tri-City Medical Center and Modern Builders Supply.

Soroptimists will hand out three education grants of $5,000 each to three recipients, all of whom are single head-of-household women who have overcome enormous obstacles and are trying to better their lives and the lives of their children. Guests will begin their Gala experience with a 6 p.m. Welcome Reception with no-host bar, DJ music, and silent auction. The program includes guest speaker Sheryl Roush, CEO of Sparkle Presentations, Inc., Accredited Speaker, Author and Coach, followed by check presentations to the three awardees. Dinner and dessert will be served concurrently with the presentations.

Tickets are available online at soroptimistvista.org or by contacting Gala Co-Chair Paula Nix at 760-500-0013 or paula.eckerts@gmail.com by the Feb. 23 deadline.

ABOUT SOROPTIMISTS OF VISTA and NORTH COUNTY INLAND:
Soroptimist International of Vista and North County Inland (SI Vista/NCI) was chartered on March 23, 1953. This March marks our 65th year of service to the community. We are a dynamic group of professional business women who seek to make a difference in our community through offering scholarships and grants to local charities and by raising awareness and educating the public about issues affecting women and girls, such as domestic violence and human trafficking. Funds are raised through our annual salad luncheon for the public, Scrip, and other club and personal fundraising projects. The club meets for lunch the first and third Friday of each month at Shadowridge Golf Club in Vista. For more information see soroptimistvista.org or email soroptimistinternationalvista@gmail.com
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Human Trafficking Awareness Walk in Vista a Success

img_7407-mOn a beautiful Saturday afternoon, January 20th an energetic group of 150 Vista area citizens embarked on the 12th annual Human Trafficking Awareness Walk. Soroptimist International of Vista and North County Inland sponsors this event to highlight the impact of sexual exploitation in our community. Held high, the “Honk to Stop Human Trafficking” signs were greeted by noisy horns of support as they marched from the Wave Water Park along Vista Village Drive to Civic Center Drive and back.

We heard from two experts. The first, Masayo Halpin, retired FBI agent, spoke of her long term relationship with a young girl who at first resisted help, but because of Masayo’s consistent interest and care, got out of “the life.” Jaimee Johnson followed with a poem she wrote about her years in “modern day slavery.” Her words made it clear that nearly every street on which we drive or sidewalk on which we walk holds secrets. Those were hers. She now helps current victims as a peer counselor with Project Life, North County Lifeline’s program which since 2012 has assisted in the rescue and treatment of 148 girls.

Kaye Van Nevel conducted the program. She urged attendees to absorb the day’s information, then move forward with alert eyes and ears, and share their knowledge with friends and most importantly, with our vulnerable young people.

Photos of the event are posted online here:
https://soroptimistvista-nci.smugmug.com/AwarenessWalk2018/

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Soroptimist’s 12th Annual Human Trafficking Awareness Walk Set for Saturday, January 20, 2018

Contact: Kaye Van Nevel at kgvn@cox.net

VISTA, California, January 5, 2018Soroptimist International of Vista and North County Inland invites citizens in North County San Diego to attend our 12th annual Human Trafficking Awareness Day Walk, to be held on Saturday, January 20, 2018 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. in downtown Vista. The walk is one mile round trip, rain or shine.

Club members and interested citizens will gather at 1 pm at Vista’s Wave Waterpark (located at 101 Wave Drive in Vista) to hear brief announcements and speakers, including Jaimee Johnson, Peer Counselor, North County Lifeline’s Project Life, and Masayo Halpin, retired FBI Special Agent, Human Trafficking, Portland, Oregon. “Stop Human Trafficking” signs will be available for all participants, plus a limited number of t-shirts. There will be an information table at the Wave Waterpark throughout the event for attendees to find out more about how they can help us recognize and fight this form of modern day slavery that is happening in our own communities, hidden in plain sight.

January is Human Trafficking Awareness month and similar events are being held throughout the county. To view photos of last year’s event, click HERE

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For more information see soroptimistvista.org or email kgvn@cox.net.
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ABOUT SOROPTIMISTS OF VISTA AND NORTH COUNTY INLAND:
Soroptimist International of Vista and North County Inland (SI Vista/NCI) was chartered on March 23, 1953. We are a dynamic group of professional business women primarily from Vista, San Marcos and Escondido who seek to make a difference in our community through offering scholarships and grants to local charities and by raising awareness and educating the public about issues affecting women and girls, such as domestic violence and human trafficking. Funds are raised through our annual salad luncheon for the public, Football raffles, Scrip, and other group and personal projects. SI Vista/NCI holds luncheon meetings twice per month at Shadowridge Golf Club in Vista. For more information, see our website at soroptimistvista.org or email us at soroptimistinternationalvista@gmail.com.

For over 64 years in service, we have been committed to protecting the environment, education in the fields of health, economic and social development, leadership development, fellowship and diversity. We are a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

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January Collaborative Report

Soroptimist STOP Trafficking Program

January 4, 2018 Meeting of the North County San Diego Anti-Human Trafficking Collaborative

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January’s Guest Speaker: Masayo Halpin

Masayo Halpin was a Special Agent with the Portland Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) for twenty years. She served as the Crimes Against Children and the Innocence Lost Task Force (ILTF) Coordinator for six years. She started the ILTF, which brought together four local law enforcement agencies and the FBI. In collaboration with the non-governmental agencies and other law enforcement agencies the focus was on services for the victims of sex trafficking. Prior to joining the FBI, Masayo was an attorney in Philadelphia, specializing in Domestic Violence.

She began her presentation with a Powerpoint presentation of basic and advanced information emphasizing the overwhelming power of the predators that seduce, provoke, and threaten young women into a life of slavery. She shared their street language and the necessity to use it herself to be…

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Masayo Halpin to Speak at January 4th Anti-Human Trafficking Collaborative Meeting

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Soroptimists Donate Gift Cards to Homeless Shelter’s Kids

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ABOVE: Holding gift cards (l-r) are Soroptimists Kaye Van Nevel and Lani Beltrano, and Operation HOPE’s Nicole Ketcher (Resource Development Manager) and Kathleen Higgins (Executive Director). Photo by Jackie Piro Huyck

Vista, CA, November 25, 2017 –Soroptimist International of Vista and North County Inland recently donated $500 worth of $25 gift cards to children in Operation Hope’s year-round shelter for homeless families. Soroptimist Lani Beltrano came up with the idea after hearing Kathleen Higgins, Project Hope’s Executive Director, speak at a recent club meeting. “I thought it would be rewarding for our club to do something special for homeless children and mothers in our community around the holidays,” said Beltrano. Since donations for toys were already plentiful, fellow Soroptimist Kaye Van Nevel, who volunteers at the shelter, came up with the idea of giving gift cards for “shoes, boots and socks” around Thanksgiving. With the Soroptimist club’s approval, Beltrano decorated a shoe box to hold donations, and passed it around at subsequent club meetings. Once the goal of $500 was met, 20 Walmart gift cards were purchased.

The gift cards were presented to the children at the shelter on Thanksgiving Eve by Beltrano, who first joked with the kids about the kinds of shoes, boots and socks they might want to buy (with props) and explained what a Soroptimist is (and how to pronounce “Soroptimist”). “We want to make sure they see this is from the good hearts of Soroptimists of Vista and North County Inland,” said Van Nevel.

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Soroptimist International of Vista and North County Inland (SIVNCI) is a dynamic group of women who seek to make a difference in our community through offering scholarships and grants to disadvantaged women and by raising awareness and educating the public about issues affecting women and girls, such as domestic violence and human trafficking. The Club meets at 12 noon every first Friday at Shadowridge Golf Club. For more information visit soroptimistvista.org.
Operation H.O.P.E. is a year-round shelter in Vista 45-bed year round shelter focusing on homeless families and single women. The facility offers laundry, shower, computer banks, playground and courtyard, and conference room for Homework Club activities and adult education classes. All case management is performed on-site in order to raise client accountability and to better assist clients in progressing toward the next step in ending their homelessness. For more information visit operationhopeshelter.org.
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Vista Unified’s Michelle Walsh Speaks at November Anti-Human Trafficking Meeting

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