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Soroptimist International of Los Angeles
Oct/Nov 2016                                                                   Vol. 8, Issue 2
Upcoming eventsWed. Nov. 2 6:00-800pm:  Program Meeting @ Taix Restaurant. Speakers: Kim Plater and Alice Slaughter from Covina Women's Club Domestic Violence Action Coalition

Wed. Nov. 16 6:00-8:00pm:  Board/business meeting @ Taix Restaurant

Wed. Dec. 7 6:00-8:00pm: Program Meeting @ Taix Restaurant. Speaker: Sheila Tatum on Parliamentary Procedures.

Sat. Dec. 17: Holiday Event at 1736 followed by SILA Members Holiday lunch

Pres DaphyneDear <<First Name>>,

As you scroll down this Newsletter, you will read how busy we've been at the start of our new year.
First was a fabulous 18th Annual Fall Workshop, organized by our very our Governor Ginger Cole (SILA). The workshop was well attended by SILA members and the program had a special agenda item, honoring the “GEM”s (Governors Ever More) from the past, including our very special SILA member, Barbara Jury.
On Saturday, October 15, we had our second great kick-off for our 2016/17 year. We prepared breakfast for over 100 women at the Downtown Women's Center (DWC). We not only had many members participate, but we had three very special guests join us, Cathy, Kim and Monica. A huge Thank You!!! What a way to remember what we do, and who we do it for.
Our Program Meetings have been well attended and First Vice President Joyce Jacob has scheduled very interesting speakers who have provided us with a wealth of information. They help us continue our mission of providing the best for women and girls and remind all of us why we are Soroptimists!
Glancing at our upcoming events, it shows we have a few busy months ahead of us. On December 17, don’t forget the 1736 Holiday Event for the moms and children at 1736, and our club members’ annual Holiday celebration after the 1736 event. We all look forward to a fun morning at 1736 and a relaxing afternoon with great food and fellowship.
We are also busy planning our annual 2017 Awards Gala with a change in venue to the California Club. Please be sure to look out for our "Save the Date" cards.
This Newsletter also provides sad news. We recently lost a dear SILA member, Joan Johnson, an amazing sprit and a gentle giant of a lady. Joan will be missed dearly.
Warm Regards, 
President Daphyne

- Fall Workshop in Alhambra
- Cooking Breakfast for 100
- Barbara Jury Honored by USC
- Update from D2D Lola Abrahamian
- Jeri Durham Proves Kids Count
- Helping Homeless Women in Many Ways
- Loss of a Great Member
- Member News

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2016-17 BOARD:
President: Daphyne Howell
1st VP: Joyce Jacob
2nd VP: Amy Poulos
Secretary: Lessie Caballero
Treasurer: Jeri Durham
Director 2016-18: Jessica Washington
Director 2015-17: Diane Vernon

For more information about SILA or this Newsletter, please contact:

President Daphyne Howell at or 323-401-7774

Editor Janet Elliott at or 310-809-2438

Webmistress Ann Read at or 626-919-9202



Attendees at Fall Workshop

The Camino Real Region Fall Workshop on Saturday, October 1, hosted by SI Alhambra/San Gabriel/San Marino was attended by SILA members Carole Oglesby, Joyce Jacob, Amy Poulos, President Daphyne, Charlotte Lerchenmuller, and Julie Mairs. Of course, SILA’s own Ginger Cole was there as Governor of CRR.

Patterned after the recent SIA Convention in Orlando, the focus of the Workshop was on creating our “Soroptimist Story” in order to Catch the Dream – One Mission/One Message. Soroptimist is a “Glocal” organization (global and local). We are one Region with 719 wonderful members doing the work of SIA along with more than 30,000 other members in the 20 countries that comprise our Federation (SIA). Globally, we are one Region, part of an international body of 80,000 members in 132 countries and territories around the world all working to improve the lives of women and girls through programs leading to social and economic empowerment.



Bev cooking at DWCLessie Caballero at DWCOn Saturday, October 15th, SILA returned to the Downtown Women's Center to cook breakfast.
We made quiche, potatoes, oatmeal, and sliced bananas for around 100 homeless women who come to DWC daily for healthy, hot meals.
Our group of cookers included President Daphyne Howell, Pam Smith, Bev Johnson, Joyce Jacob, Lessie Caballero, Amy Poulos, Daphyne's friend Cathy, Joyce's daughter-in-law Kim,and Amy's friend Monica.

Pam and Cathy cooking



Barbara JuryOn October 18th, Barbara Jury received the Half Century Trojans Annual Hall of Fame Award at a USC campus luncheon held at the Town and Gown.
What a star! As introduced by Dean Marilyn Flynn, USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work, Barbara captured the spirit of the Half Century Trojans Award which is awarded to outstanding alumni who earned a bachelor’s degree at least 50 years ago. And Barbara won the hearts of everyone present with her acceptance speech of stories from the past and the present.
In 1950, Barbara graduated from California Hospital and USC with her BS in Nursing. During her 46 year tenure at California Hospital, she served several positions from Director of Nursing to newborn nursery, but her favorite was the being the first Director of Risk Management.
She is a devote Trojan and has supported several programs: USC Trojan Marching Band, the USC Song Girls and Yell Leaders, USC Athletics, and USC Department of Nursing, where she served on its Board of Counselors.
She also volunteered at Classical KUSC from 1997 to 2012. She has given her time to many organizations: Soroptimist Region Governor from 1988 to 1990 and a member of SILA for 49 years. Currently a member of the board of California Hospital School of Nursing Alumni Association, former member of the board of the California Hospital Legacy Foundation, supporter of the DaCamera Society, Downtown Women’s Shelter, 1736 Family Crisis Center and Barlow’s Respiratory Hospital.  At present, she is President of the Board for Hollenbeck Retirement Home.
Her honor will be extended to future nurses by the USC Barbara Jury Nursing Scholarship, under the leadership of the USC School of Social Work.  Any donation gifts can be made to: USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work, 1149 South Hill Street, Suite H575, Los Angeles, CA 90015, c/o Kathleen Lago, Director, Advancement (please indicate on memo: for Barbara Jury Nursing Scholarship.

Daphyne, Lola and Joyce
Lola Abrahamian
was our guest speaker at the September 21 program meeting.
As the Camino Real Region Director for District 2, to which SILA belongs, Lola provided updates on regional plans for 2016-2018. 
Jeri DurhamSILA member Jeri Durham was the expert speaker on at the October 5th program meeting. She spoke about the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s Kids Count Data Center.
The Kids Count Data Center provides state legislators, public officials and child advocates with the reliable data, policy recommendations and tools needed to advance sound policies that benefit children and families.
Did you know that Jeri was a math teacher and loves numbers? This was demonstrated during her presentation. She provided data on the Kids Count State Ranking from 2014 (the latest year for which data is available).
Overall, California ranks 36 out of 50. In four specific areas, here are California’s rankings: 1) economic well-being: 47;   2) Education: 35;   3) Health: 11;   4) Family and Community: 41. Can you guess who number 1 was? Click here to find out:  
An excellent discussion followed with all members participating. SILA would highly recommend Jeri do a presentation at the CRR Spring Conference!
by Joyce Jacob

Jay McDonaldJay McDonald was the exceptional speaker at the October 19th program meeting. Jay is the Community and Corporate Engagement Coordinator for the Downtown Women’s Center.
Jay moved here with her husband from England. She started volunteering at DWC and became employed six months ago. She is clearly an asset to their organization.
DWC logo
She updated SILA members on the statistics of DWC. There are over 119 residents, 97% of residents stayed housed permanently, 30 veterans are housed and over 102 veterans accessed supportive services with DWC. The Day Center provides 108,422 meals, 11,203 one-on-one care management sessions and 23,156 showers. (Keep saving toilet articles when you travel, so they can be donated to DWC!)
Health and wellness is an important part of DWC’s services. 1,044 women accessed their Health Center services including 256 mammograms, 598 mental health counseling sessions, and 194 health and wellness workshops. There were 963 women who accessed vocational and educational services, 388 had individualized employment counseling sessions and 12,319 MADE by DWC products have been produced and sold.
Made by DWC logoDWC is a great organization helping the homeless women of downtown Los Angeles and we thank Jay for presenting at our Program Meeting.

Joan Johnson

Dr. Joan D. Johnson (1929-2016), professor, administrator and coach at California State University, Los Angeles, devoted her career to developing women’s intercollegiate tennis.
Joan earned a BS from the University of Wisconsin in 1951, an MS from USC (including an outstanding thesis award) in 1955, and her PhD from USC in 1965.
She joined the Cal State LA faculty in 1955 and soon helped to pioneer the Southern California Women’s Intercollegiate Tennis League. In 1957 she became coach of the first women’s tennis team at Cal State; her players included, among others, the legendary Billie Jean King, several national collegiate champions as well as many state and regional champions.
An experienced tournament player, Joan competed in three of the four Grand Slam events – the championships of England, Australia and the U.S. – and she also won an amazing 18 national Public parks titles.
She served as Tournament coordinator, Ojai Valley, California Intercollegiate Tennis Tournament (116th annual in 2016) since 1978.
In 1985 Joan became a charter member of the Cal State-LA Athletic hall of Fame and in 1996 was inducted into the Intercollegiate Tennis Association’s Women’s Hall of Fame. In 2013, Joan was awarded the Joe Shapiro Award which recognizes individuals who display exemplary characteristics of humanitarianism, leadership, and vision.
Joan was a 38 year member of Soroptimist International of Los Angeles. For many years, she chaired the SILA Graduate Fellowship Award. She was also a long time holder of Los Angeles Philharmonic tickets.
Billie Jean King opened her annual event on October 22 with a moving tribute to her former Cal State LA coach and longtime friend, Joan Johnson: “She was really a special human being,” King told the more than 500 people who filled the Langham Huntington Hotel in Pasadena just eight days after Joan’s passing.

Pam Smith with plaque
LeRoy Smith,
husband of long-time SILA member Pam Smith and long-time friend and supporter of SILA, was honored by the Glendale Police Department for his 13 years of service as a volunteer with the GPD.
LeRoy passed away in October 2015.

Joyce and GEM Barbara in tiara

GEM (Governor Ever More) Barbara Jury was unable to attend the Fall Workshop where former Governors of Camino Real Region were honored.
So Joyce Jacob made sure she was presented with her tiara and appropriately honored by SILA at its meeting on October 5.

Barbara was CRR Governor from 1988-1990.