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Dear Members and Friends,

Wow, what a fabulous SWAG event. The Red Carpet was rolled out in style for our Soroptimist Women’s Award Gala. Congratulations to our Live Your Dream award winner Vicki Gonzalez, who has demonstrated genuine tenacity by not giving up on her dream. She will use the $3,000 she was awarded to continue her education.
Our Soroptimist Foundation also awarded two $5,000 scholarships to Shasha Lueke who will be completing her Masters in Nursing in May, and Christina Dukovich, who will complete her Masters in Nursing as well and then on to earn her Ph.D. These young women will defi nitely benefi t from these scholarship funds. I look forward to hearing about the road ahead for each of them. I am sure that they will have a journey full of wonderful adventures and success.

I can’t resist bragging about the whole evening. Pat Origlieri and Assly Sayyar were co-chairs and perfect hosts. From the Fashion Show, the models, the music, the Trivia game, the award presentations, the food and oh my gosh....The Dessert Dash, was amazing! he desserts were beyond my wildest imagination, the best word I can think of is just… YUM! Throughout the year, we as a club do many, many things to raise funds so that we can donate to others. It is a wonderful feeling to give money away! We are helping to keep dreams alive! There were so many people who helped make this a huge success, thank you, thank you, thank you! I hope you see the pictures so you will have an idea of what to expect next year. Just amazing!

Leticia Meldanado Stamos was our speaker at our February Program meeting. She has been instrumental in celebrating Literacy and community service in Fallbrook, starting a Leer/Reading group there. Her passion for this cause was obvious as she shared stories of parents learning to read for the fi st time by reading to their children. What a wonderful gift, thank you for sharing with our group.

March is another month that is full of lots to do. On March 13th we lose an hour but gain more sunlight, hooray! On March 17th it’s St. Patrick’s Day. Just out of curiosity, I did some checking to see why we pinch people on that day if they are not wearing green. It’s entirely an American tradition that probably started in the early 1700s. St. Patrick’s revelers thought wearing green made one invisible to leprechauns, who would pinch anyone they could see (anyone not wearing green). People began pinching those who didn’t wear green as a reminder that leprechauns would sneak up and pinch green-abstainers. So, if you don’t want to get pinched, wear green.

March 20th is the fi rst day of Spring. With the rain we have had we are already enjoying our Spring foliage. I love the colors. Then on March 27th it’s Easter…..seems like we just had Christmas!

Our slate of Board and Offi cers for the 2016-2017 term is presented at our March business meeting, then we vote in April. I am so excited to see some newer members step up and take the plunge as well as some members that have been around for a very long time. It’s still not too late to sign up for a committ ee. Remember to check out our calendar, we have a lot going on, I don’t want you to miss out.
Happy St. Pat’s Day, Happy Spring & Happy Easter!

Dee Dee Timmons
President