Dear Founder Region Soroptimists,
What can I say? I have spent some time thinking about this final farewell as Governor on our website Governor’s Blog. I have to admit, I was not too active with the blogging – I always felt like we shared so much information with each of you, whether through our District Directors, our Facebook presence, our District Meetings and our Conferences, that for me to write “another something” might be redundant. But that is just my style, and I hope my style didn’t let you down.
Although I ask “What can I say?”, most of you who know me know I have lots to say. I’ll start with this: I don’t think I have enjoyed myself more in my service in life than I have in serving as your Founder Region Governor. I loved every minute. We had a fabulous team on our board and our friendships will last forever. Personally, I am so honored to have met so many Founder Region members throughout my tenure on the region board, and I am proud to be a member of Founder Region and Soroptimist. I have been so rewarded and blessed with many wonderful friendships and experiences. Thank you.
I don’t need to list all of our accomplishments in these past two years because we already know them. However, I do want to mention three…remember, these are just the tip of the iceberg. First, we chartered three NEW clubs in this biennium. What a great accomplishment! Opening the door to new members in Vacaville, The Republic of Palau and American Canyon only broadens our geography and gives us more opportunity to increase our collective impact, both locally and globally (glocally). Second, we had 100% participation in clubs contributing to SIA Club Giving in our 2017-2018 club year! This is a first for Founder Region and a challenge I am so proud we met. I attribute this to our clubs’ generosity but also to your region board members providing you with more information and education about how these funds are used and how valuable they are. The third accomplishment I want to mention is the success we have seen with our clubs having Human Trafficking Awareness Proclamations read at their community City Council meetings, and then taking those Proclamations and awareness information out INTO their community. This became a personal passion for me as we gathered our information for our Legislative Advocacy presentation at our 2017 and 2018 conferences. We aren’t done yet. Our work will continue for longer than we want but we will persist and we will make our communities aware of Human Trafficking...Founder Region Soroptimists will continue our effort to STOP trafficking.
I can’t help but mention that another FIRST is also happening. We have an amazing Governor coming in to serve Founder Region and the “first” is that Sylvia is from SI/The Marianas in District VI. And just another “first”...because of the International Dateline time difference, Founder Region can also say we have two Governors on the same day…July 1 in Guam is June 30 in California. I think this is just one of many perfect transition remembrances for us.
I give my very best wishes for a very successful biennium to the 2018-2020 Founder Region Board and know that they will continue to move Founder Region onward and upward.
Serving as your Governor has been such a tremendous highlight in my life. I hope you have enjoyed being on this journey with me. I am looking forward to my reserved seating as a Past Governor and to continuing my service in Founder Region as President of the Founder Region Fellowship Board! Thank you from the bottom of my heart for such a great ride!
There’s no stopping me now!
Founder Region Governor