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2021 Conference Page


Kris Chorbi, Governor

It is my honor to invite you to join us for the 45th Annual Founder Region Conference! 
We have created several new pages on our website that contain everything you need to know about the 2021 Virtual Conference.  On the main 2021 Conference Page, you will find messages from region and federation leadership; a quick reference guide of presentations, conference add-ons and opportunities for engagement. On the Online Conference Program Page, you will find an expanded  virtual agenda with speaker bios, awardee information and memorial tribute.  Be sure to click on the arrow on each section to see the full online content.

The Conference Service Project Page details our exciting collaboration with the “Dress a Girl Around the World” organization, giving you the opportunity for a hands-on project in the safety of your own home. Sew to your hearts content and let your creativity shine as we engage in “Increased Collective Impact” to help girls feel valued and empowered around the world. Be sure to visit the Voting and Elections Page for details about Caucus, online voting instructions, and the proposed bylaw amendments.  Meet the nominees for the 2021-2023 Nominating Committee and read about their qualifications and experience.  And finally, don’t forget to visit the Conference Club Sales Page, where you can shop till you drop from our clubs throughout the region. Contact the clubs directly to place your orders and pick up those installation and thank you gifts for your members and officers.

Register for all the exciting events and presentations through Eventbrite. Once registered, you will be able to view the Online Event Page for details about the sessions and access the Zoom links.  I look forward to sharing this experience with all our members in Founder Region as we celebrate the past, and Dream BIG for the future!
Governor Kris Chorbi

Vicki Ham, Governor-elect

Dear Founder Region Members,
What a year this has been! Who could have ever imagined we would be holding our second virtual conference because of the pandemic.  I am so proud of how clubs have come together during these unprecedented times and gathered via Zoom, held fundraisers and continued to give out awards at an amazing rate. Nothing can slow a Soroptimist down!

As we reflect back on this unusual year of school closures, business shutdowns and personal quarantines, let us not forget the women and girls we are here to help. Imagine their lives of economic hardships compounded with having to help their children through virtual Zoom learning while continuing their own studies online. Some may be subjected to increased domestic violence, isolation and low self confidence. Our Live Your Dream awardees are given a boost to aid in overcoming many of these obstacles. Our Violet Richardson Awardees are making a difference in their communities and looking toward the future.  

As our lives begin to return to normal, we must ensure that we continue our mission and support the women and girls who needs us most. Although we cannot be together in person, we must work together to change lives and Dream BIG.  I look forward to seeing you in-person in the very near future. Stay safe and healthy; we will all pull through as a strong region and members of this wonderful Soroptimist organization.
Governor-elect Vicki Ham

Founder Region Board

Governor - Kris Chorbi

Governor-elect - Vicki Ham

Secretary - Joy Swank

Treasurer - Tess Albin-Smith

District I Director - Lenore Colarusso

District II Director - Jackie Arnold

District III Director - Colleen Ganaye

District IV Director - Vicki Baldwin

District V Director - Kristal Koga

Click the arrow to travel back to the 1920's       
with the board members & to view our videos. 

Kris Chorbi


Soroptimist International of Eureka

29 Year Member

2021 Conference Invite

Vicki Ham


Soroptimist International of Willits

13 Year Member 

Awards Program Invite

Joy Swank


Soroptimist International of Vacaville

10 Year Member

Region Board Meeting Invite

Tess Albin-Smith


Soroptimist International of Noyo Sunrise

30 Year Member

Legislative Advocacy Invite

Lenore Colarusso

District I Director

Soroptimist International of 24-680 (Walnut Creek)

16 Year Member

Keynote Speaker Invite

Jackie Arnold

District II Director

Soroptimist International of Vallejo

18 Year Member

Social Cocktail Hour Invite

Colleen Ganaye

District III Director

Soroptimist International of Sonoma Valley

 42 Year Member 

Business Meeting Invite

Vicki Baldwin

District IV Director

Soroptimist International of Crescent City

8 Year Member

100 Year Celebration Invite

Kristal Koga

District V Director

Soroptimist International of The Marianas

24 Year Member 

Memorial Service Invite

Fellowship Board 

President - Cheryl Poncini

Treasurer - Teresa Karlson

District I  Fellowship Director - Billie Knight

District II Fellowship  Director - Dana Holve

District III Fellowship Director - Fawn Williams

District IV Fellowship Director - Crystal Arbuthnot

District V Fellowship Director - Denise Ridge

Click on the arrow to travel back to the 1920's with the board members & to view our videos.

Cheryl Poncini

Fellowship President

Soroptimist International of Oakland-The Founder Club

37 Year Member 

Theresa Karlson

Fellowship Treasurer

Soroptimist International of  San Ramon Valley

11 Year Member 

Billie Knight

District I Fellowship Director

Soroptimist International of East  Bay

11 Year Member 

Fellow Recognition Invite

Dana Holve

District II Fellowship Director

Soroptimist International of Vacaville Twilight

5 Year Member 

Fawn Williams

District III Fellowship Director

Soroptimist International of Clear Lake

17 Year Member 

Fellowship Program Invite

Crystal Arbuthnot

District IV Fellowship Director

Soroptimist International of The Redwoods

19 Year Member 

Fellowship Fundraiser Invite

Denise Ridge

District V Fellowship Director

Soroptimist International of Waikiki Foundation, Inc.

10 Year Member 

Official Visitor

Freda Powell, SIA Director

Freda has been a member of Soroptimist International of Amarillo for 30 years and is currently serving as SIA Director.  In addition to having served a two-year term as Governor of the South Central Region (consisting of seven states) of Soroptimist, Powell is a member of the Amarillo Women’s Network, Amarillo Chamber of Commerce, the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, a silver life member of the Amarillo Branch NAACP and a life member of Light of Hope.
Powell is a former purchasing representative for LINN Energy, headquartered in Houston, Texas.  She is currently the office manager for Warford Mortuary. Powell received the Amarillo Opera Dee Lifetime Volunteer Award in 2009, and she was named the Amarillo Chamber of Commerce Women’s Council Businesswoman of the Year in December 2011. Additional awards include the Girl Scouts of Texas Oklahoma Plains’ Women of Distinction - Take Action Award in 2013; Church Women United Humanitarian Award in 2013; the 7th Annual Louise Daniel Women’s History Lecture and Luncheon Recognizing Texas Panhandle Women in Banking (for service to Access Community Credit Union Board) in 2016; Woman of Leadership 2017 Award; and Beta Sigma Phi Sorority 2020 Woman of the Year, to name a few.
On May 6, 2017, Powell became the first African American woman elected to the Amarillo City Council.  She served as Mayor Pro Tem from June 2019 to June 2020. She currently is serving her second term in Place 2 and is a candidate for re-election to a third term in May 2021.

Click on the arrow to view other SIA dignitary greetings 

and SIA Pillar Presentations .

Penny Babb

SIA President

Penny Babb is serving a one-year term as president of Soroptimist's international board of directors.  A member since 1998, Babb is a Past Governor of Golden West Region.  Babb recently retired as the director of law enforcement operations at Glendale Community College (MCCCD) following a 25 year career with the Maricopa County Sheriffs Office. She holds a master of educational leadership degree from Northern Arizona University, a bachelor of arts degree in sociology and criminal justice, and a bachelor’s of science degree in Afro-American studies from Eastern Illinois University.

Elizabeth Lucas

CEO, Executive Director

Liz joined SIA in 2011 and was charged with increasing our collective impact to help Soroptimist be better known for improving the lives of women and girls around the world. Under her ten-year tenure, she worked as a team with ten elected presidents and boards of directors. Her management and administration of strategy were instrumental in clarifying and achieving many Soroptimist goals which define SIA’s current position and where we want to be in the future. Further, our organization adopted its first strategic big goal of increased collective impact and identified our 2021-2031 Big Goal to invest in the dreams of half a million women and girls through access to education.  Liz will be leaving SIA in August of 2021 to pursue other opportunities. 

Lisa Mangiofica

SIA Associate Senior Director

Lisa Mangiafico is the Associate Senior Director for Records and Risk Management at SIA headquarters.  She was hired by SIA as the archivist and records manager in 1993, in anticipation of the organization’s 75th anniversary in 1996 to create the federation archives.  Since then Lisa has taken on a number of roles at headquarters, and has recently taken on risk management as one of the operational areas she oversees, in addition to records, and governance.  Prior to joining SIA’s staff, she worked for the General Federation of Women’s Clubs as the coordinator of the Women’s History and Resource Center in Washington, DC.

Lisa has graduate degrees in history and library/information science.  She is a member of the Mid-Atlantic Regional Archives Conference, serving as its presiding officer from 2003 to 2005, among numerous appointed and elected board positions.  Lisa is also a long-time member of the Society of American Archivists and was elected to its board for 2013-2016.  In 2020, Lisa was inducted as a Fellow of the society.  Lisa served on the New Jersey State Historical Records Advisory Board from 2004-2017 and is a member of the Cherry Hill Historical Commission.

Lisa will be doing a presentation entitled “Parallel Paths: Two Roads Leading to Soroptimist International” during the Saturday night event. Please join us!

Fundraising Pillar 

Leanne Davis, Chair

Please watch this short presentation to learn more about Fundraising.

Presentation coming soon!


Nancy Weber, Chair

Please watch this short presentation to learn more about Membership.

Program Pillar 

Vicki Ham, Chair

Please watch this short presentation to learn more about Programs.

Public Awareness Pillar 

Jackie DeVries, Chair

Please watch this short presentation to learn more about Public Awareness.

Fundraising Pillar 

Leanne Davis, Chair

Please watch this short presentation to learn more about fundraising efforts of SIA.

Presentation coming soon!

Conference Quick Reference Guide

Wednesday Night
 Fellow Reception

Wednesday, April 28, 2021
6:00pm - 7:30pm

Thursday Night
Legislative Advocacy

Thursday, April 29, 2021
6:00pm - 8:00pm

Friday Night
Fellowship Program

Friday, April 29, 2021
6:00pm - 8:00pm

Saturday Morning
Sharon Fisher - SI President

Saturday, May 1, 2021
10:00am - 11:30am

Saturday Afternoon
Founder Region & Fellowship Business Meetings 

Saturday, May 1, 2021
1:00pm - 3:00pm

Saturday Night
100 Year Anniversary Program

Saturday, May 1, 2021
6:00pm -7:00pm Social Hour
7:00pm - 9:00pm Presentation

Sunday Morning
Memorial & Awards Program

Sunday, May 2, 2021
11:00am - 1:00pm  
See the awardee bios below.

Conference Service Project
"Dress a girl around the world"

Visit the project page for all the details.

T-Shirt Sales
100 Year Anniversary

Place your order by April 1, 2021.

Fellowship Fundraiser 

Support Fellowship through  the
"Peacock" Challenge fundraiser.

Memorial Form

Form due to Governor Kris by April 8, 2021

"Dream BIG for the future!"

Form due to Secretary Joy by April 15, 2021.

Conference Club Sales 

Dream Program Fundraiser 

Eventbrite Registration

Visit the Club Sales page to shop.

Call to Conference

Read about everything we have planned for conference.
Purchase raffle numbers within your club.

Bylaws Amendments/Nominations

Proposed Bylaws Amendments & Resumes. 
Register for the events your wish to attend. 

Caucus Conference Call

Attend Caucus on March 31, 2021 at 7:00pm.

Virtual Conference Program

Welcome to the Virtual Conference Program.

Click on the button below to view the content in the conference program.