Soroptimist Women’s Award Gala to Award $26,100 to Six Women


VISTA, California, January 22, 2017—Soroptimist International of Vista and North County will hand out $26,100 in scholarships and grants at its annual “Live Your Dream” Soroptimist Awards Gala (S.W.A.G.) to be held Saturday, February 19th from 11 am to 1 pm at Shadowridge Golf Club in Vista.


Three local college students who are single moms will each receive $5,000 “Live Your Dream” awards from Soroptimist International of Vista and North County Inland.

A total of $26,500 to be awarded this year! We will be presenting 3 deserving women with “Live Your Dream” awards of $5,000 each to further their education and job training. In addition, three additional women will receive scholarship awards totalling $11,500 for graduate school from our club’s Foundation. (Two will get $5,000 each, awarded to college seniors or graduate level students in the medical/health fields or English majors, and another will receive $1,500 awarded to students in the field of special education.)

The three “Live Your Dream” awardees (pictured above) are all local college students from Vista, San Marcos and Escondido who have overcome enormous obstacles and are trying to better their lives and the lives of their children. (The Foundation’s awardees are still being notified and will be introduced at the banquet.)

The Oscar-themed luncheon will include Entertainment, Lunch, a Dessert Dash and Gift Basket Raffle.

Tickets are $35 per person, which includes lunch and beverage. Tickets are available for purchase online at or by calling Gala Chair Pat Origlieri at 760-941-4142. SCROLL DOWN TO SEE MENU CHOICES.



Artichoke Chicken with Chardonnay Cream Sauce,
Potato Mash and French Green Beans (Gluten Free)
Artichoke Chicken WITHOUT Chardonnay Cream Sauce,
with Potato Mash and French Green Beans (Gluten Free)
Wild Mushroom Ravioli in burgundy butter sauce
with crispy sage (Vegetarian).

You may also donate your meal
if you cannot attend or wish to sponsor a previous awardee.

Purchase tickets online at

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Male Survivor of Sex Trafficking to Speak at March 2 Collaborative Meeting


Grandville (Tom) Jones

by Kaye Van Nevel

Soroptimist International of Vista and North County Inland will host the North County Anti-Human Trafficking Collaborative meeting on Thursday, March 2, 9:00 a.m., at United Methodist Church of Vista, 490 S. Melrose Ave., Vista. The event is free to the public, and coffee and pastries will be provided.

Our guest speaker will be Grandville (Tom) Jones. As a survivor of sex trafficking, Tom courageously reached out and founded The H.O.P.E Project (Healing, Outreach and Peer Empowerment) to create an open and safe space for men to talk about being sexually exploited and work through their deep feelings of shame and secrecy to be able to begin healing.

He is actively engaged in the effort to reduce the demand side of sex trafficking and prostitution activities as well as combatting the Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children (CSEC). He has joined forces with many local and national organizations whose aims are to challenge the thinking of men and boys by means of innovative techniques that yield measurable and meaningful results.

Tom has partnered with North County Lifeline’s Project Life. He is a program participant at the Prostitution Impact Panel (P.I.P., aka “John School”), lead organizer of the “Freedom NOW Fair, ” a Human Trafficking Awareness Street Fair, and leads bi-weekly “Cyber Patrols” which is staffed by men who volunteer to answer strategically placed ads on social media sites, soliciting buyers for under-age girls and women. The volunteers advise the callers that they are now known buyers, their phone numbers and names are on record, and there are services available to them to aid in stopping their part in exploiting young girls and women.

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Heidi Cramer of Palomar Health to Speak at February Program Meeting


Heidi Cramer

Feb. 9, 2017Soroptimist International of Vista and North County Inland will host Heidi Cramer, Director of Major Giving for Palomar Health Foundation, at the club’s February program luncheon at Shadowridge Golf Club, 1980 Gateway Drive in Vista on Friday, February 17 at noon. Ms. Cramer will speak about Palomar’s Forensic Health Services, which serves local adult/child victims of violence through its Child Abuse Program and Sexual Assault Response programs.

Lunch is $15. For reservations contact Sherry Luz, at 760-295-2822 or email

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 ServPro of Carlsbad in Vista, and every third Friday at Shadowridge Country Club. For more information visit or call Thoralinda Soyland at 760-809-8146.

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February 2017 SOROPTILINE


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11th Annual Human Trafficking Awareness Walk

January 21, 2017–The 11th Annual Human Trafficking Awareness Walk enjoyed a large turnout and sunny skies this afternoon as about 100 people gathered in front of Vista’s Wave Waterpark to register and collect their “HONK to STOP Human Trafficking” signs. The group walked from the Wave Waterpark, to Vista Way up to Civic Center Drive and back. Motorists honked their support as they drove by. The annual event is a Program of Service of Soroptimist International of Vista and North County Inland‘s Human Rights/Status of Women Committee.

Information tables were set up at the Wave Waterpark so people could register and collect their signs. A $10 donation was requested but not required. Also available were STOP TRAFFICKING tee shirts and grocery bags. Kaye Van Nevel, who has spearheaded the club’s anti-human trafficking efforts tirelessly for over a decade, gave a small informational talk to the crowd, which included citizens young and old from Vista, San Marcos, Escondido and Fallbrook, as well as from South County.  “We were a little worried about the turnout this year, because of the weather and the other women’s marches going on today…but this was a great turnout, the weather cooperated, and we expect even more next year,” said member Jackie Huyck. Entire families participated, including children and pets.

Vista Mayor Judy Ritter arrived in time to greet the walkers at the end of the walk and issue an official proclamation, thanking Soroptimist International of Vista and North County Inland and the North County Human Trafficking Collaborative, and proclaiming January 2017 as “Human Trafficking Awareness Month” in Vista. (View video here: )

More photos are posted on the club’s photo album web page here:

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Soroptimist Charitable Foundation Seeks Applicants for Two $5000 Scholarships

LATE-BREAKING NEWS FLASH: Please share, two $5,000 scholarships are available to give this February need help to find candidatesdeadline has been extended to Feb. 9th!

Soroptimist International of Vista/NCI Charitable Foundation
122 Civic Center Dr #106
Vista, CA  92084

Soroptimist International of Vista and North County Inland (SIV/NCI) is an organization whose mission is to improve the lives of women and girls. Our SIV Charitable Foundation is an offshoot of the club and was founded pursuant to a testamentary gift. The Foundation Board is specifically organized and delegated with the task of finding and awarding scholarships for women in the specific areas in medical professions (including Physical Therapy) and English. In the past we have awarded scholarships to young women in nursing, pharmacy, English and related majors.

Early in 2017, we plan to award two scholarships of $5,000 each, depending on the need and qualifications of the individual women. The Candidate must be in the junior or senior year of college, entering or already attending a graduate program.

Deadline to enter was just extended to February 9 2017

Anyone interested can contact Runa Gunnars via email to

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SIA Past President Buchenau to Speak at Jan. 20 Program Meeting


Sam Buchenau

Meet SIA’s 2015-2016 president, Susan “Sam” Collier Buchenau at our next monthly Program Meeting at Shadowridge Golf Club on Friday, January 20 at 12 noon. Sam is a member of SI/Valley de Oro in California. A Soroptimist since 1981, she has served as fundraising council chair, region governor, district director and secretary, and club president and vice president as well as SIA President.

If you haven’t already RSVP’d, please email Attendance Chair Sherry Luz at  or call her at 760-295-2822 to confirm your attendance. Lunch is $15 per person.

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