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Soroptimist International of Arcata recently hosted guest speaker Emma Breacain, Executive Director of the Humboldt Literacy Project, at its weekly luncheon meeting.

The mission of Humboldt Literacy Project is to teach adults in Humboldt County the literacy skills they need on the job, at home, and in our community and to build public awareness about the social, political, economic, and cultural value of literacy.

For over 25 years, Humboldt Literacy Project has been matching adult learners with trained tutors to raise the level of literacy in Humboldt County and improve the quality of life in our community.

This year Soroptimist of Arcata used a portion of its literacy funds for a donation of $200 to Humboldt Literacy Project.
"We are honored to have the support of the Soroptimists," says Humboldt Literacy Project Executive Director Emma Breacain. "This is an especially challenging time for the Literacy Project, and every contribution means more than ever as we navigate our way to a new fiscal future."

The Humboldt Literacy Project has been working doggedly to forge new partnerships and locate new funding sources since the State of California eliminated all funding for adult literacy programs in December, leaving a shortfall that amounts to about a third of the annual operating budget for this 27 year old program that exists to help an estimated 1,400 functionally illiterate adults in Humboldt County expand their skills and their opportunities.
 "The Arcata Soroptimists and Soroptimist International work to empower people locally to better their lives," says Breacain. "And Humboldt Literacy Project is proud to share that mission. Since 1985, we have been the county's only source for free, one-on-one, confidential, adult literacy tutoring, and with the help of people like the Soroptimists, we'll be here serving our neighbors for at least 27 years more."

Soroptimist International is a volunteer organization for business and professional women who work to improve the lives of women and girls in local communities and throughout the world.  For information on membership, contact Elena David at (707) 822-3579.

Shown in picture: Ellie Carr, Soroptimist International of Arcata member; Emma Breacain, Executive Director of the Humboldt Literacy Project; and Elena David, president of Soroptimist International of Arcata.




Soroptimist International of Arcata has selected Cheryl Kingham as it Ruby Award recipient for 2012.

Cheryl Kingham is a volunteer and co-leader of two large Girl Scout troops in McKinleyville, California. 

The Girl Scouts’ mission is to build girls of courage, confidence, and character.  As a troop leader, Cheryl works to balance their activities so that they offer a mixture of fun, skill development, community service, and ways to build self-esteem.  Cheryl is a “constant” figure in their lives and provides a source of opportunity for girls that otherwise would be unable to have them.  By writing grants and working to sell its famous cookies and other products, she has been able to help her girls explore the world with several large trips outside of Humboldt County.  This means that many of them got to see their first large zoo, science museum, lighthouse, and history exhibit because of Girl Scouts.

Cheryl is also a volunteer with the residential Camp Tall Trees which serves over 100 girls each year during a two-week period at the end of June.  She develops and organizes the craft lodge as well as prepares some programs and activities, and helps with food logistics.  Because young girls are not often given the same opportunities for math and science education or outdoor activities, she is a strong advocate of the camp’s rock climbing, archery, kayaking, and science programs.  Cheryl says, “Girls need to understand that they can succeed in careers that include math and science”. She incorporates these activities both at the camp and during the year long program of meetings that are held for her scouts.

With her support and guidance, over the past year Cheryl has had more than 10 girls earn Bronze Awards for community service projects that include sending three libraries of over 1,200 books to African schools; and collecting toiletries and sewing bags for teens in crisis which are distributed by Soroptimists.  These beautiful cloth bags are used primarily for the female products included in the hygiene bags for teen girls.

Cheryl has been involved with Girl Scouts for 9 years and has been a leader for 7 years.  Four years ago, she accepted the position of Redwood Service Unit Director and has helped to find and mentor new Girl Scout Troop leaders in this rural area.  In this capacity, she is able to help young troop leaders with ideas, advice, and support.  For the past two years she also has served as a regional delegate for her area to the annual general meeting for Girl Scouts of Northern California where she has represented the needs of her rural area quite well.  For her work with the Girl Scouts, she has been recognized with an Outstanding Volunteer Award, the Appreciation Pin, and the council- approved Honor Pin.

Outside of Girl Scouts, Cheryl is an active volunteer for the school district, serving on two district committees.  She is also an active member of her church, assisting with Sunday School classes.

The Soroptimist Ruby Award honors women who are making extraordinary efforts on behalf of other women.  Cheryl Kingham goes above and beyond to benefit girl scouting, her community and the world. 

Shown in picture: Cheryl Kingham.


Soroptimist International of Arcata Welcomes guest speaker Paula Nedelcoff

Soroptimist International of Arcata recently hosted at its weekly luncheon meeting guest speaker Paula Nedelcoff, Executive Director of the Humboldt Family Service Center.

The Humboldt Family Service Center (HFSC) is a non-profit community counseling agency.  HFSC has provided the Humboldt County community with affordable counseling and educational services since 1971. HFSC provides services to individuals, couples, children, families and groups. Common issues treated include stress, anxiety, depression, family conflict, co-dependency, post partum depression, chronic disease, addiction, gambling, trauma, loss and grief. Anger management, suicide assessments and prevention, and case management are also services often provided. HFSC provides programs which meet various court orders such as the Family Violence Program, the PC 1000 Drug Education Program, and Children of Divorce workshop. HFSC works closely with Humboldt County courts, Probation, Child Welfare Services, Redwood Coast Regional Center and many local schools.

A free walk-in counseling clinic is offered every Monday afternoon. This free walk-in service offers easily accessed interventions such as brief counseling, case management and referrals. 

The HFSC mission is to support the members of our community in achieving wellbeing and positive relationships. This mission is based in the belief that healthy individuals and families make healthy communities. HFSC is dedicated to meeting this community’s growing need for easily accessible mental health services and increase opportunity for early intervention and prevention. Early intervention can prevent mental illness from becoming dangerous and expensive.

HFSC is committed to providing anyone with services regardless of ability to pay. HFSC has been able to provide limited free and low cost services in part by subsidizing with funds from fee for service programs and in part due to the dedication of staff, interns and volunteers.

Soroptimist International is a volunteer organization for business and professional women who are committed to improving the lives of women and girls in local communities and throughout the world.  For information on membership, contact Elena David at (707) 822-3579.

Shown in picture: Paula Nedelcoff and SIA member Elena David.



Soroptimist International of Arcata Participates in day of Service

Soroptimist International of Arcata recently participated in Saturday of Service by providing groceries for three families who take part in the Arcata House Transitional Housing Program.  Families and individuals live in one of three neighborhood-level homes while they save money and work hard to overcome the challenges that led to their becoming homeless.  Each family receives wraparound case management services, linkages to community services, financial literacy and life skills education and many other services.

Soroptimist Saturday of Service is a day when Soroptimists throughout the world carry out service projects to emphasize and provide visibility to our organization.  Our clubs provide many initiatives in our communities and this is a special day to emphasis that service.

Shown in picture organizing donated groceries for the three homes are Maralee Davis, Ellie Carr, Linda Johnson, Virginia Orlandi, Yvonne White, Debbie Coles, Alayne McClendon, Tish Unterkoefler, Laurie Mark, and Gerry Pigg.




Soroptimists of Arcata Honor Seniors Charlie and Kay Tubbs

Soroptimist International of Arcata recently honored Charlie and Kay Tubbs as its Senior Citizens of the Month.  Mr. Tubbs graduated from Humboldt State College in 1957.  Thereafter, he joined the U. S. Marine Corp where he flew helicopters and jets.  After 30 years of service, he retired at the rank of colonel.  After retirement he and Mrs. Tubbs settled in Arcata. Mrs. Tubbs, who also attended Humboldt State, grew up in Klamath and was a teacher's aide in the Arcata School District.

The Tubbs have spent their retirement years traveling and doing volunteer work in campgrounds.  For one summer, they volunteered at Indian Grinding Rock State Park, CA, serving as campground hosts, and working in the museum. They also spent a summer in Kodiak, Alaska, serving as campground hosts. For the last 22 years they have volunteered at Yellowstone National Park during the park's tourist season.  From 1988 to 1995, they worked in the campground, getting visitors settled into camp sites.  From 1996 to the present, they have worked as back-country rangers, clearing and maintaining trails, checking back-country sites, providing information and instruction to visitors in the area and maintaining much of the back-country equipment.

When not at Yellowstone, Mr. and Mrs. Tubbs volunteer at St. Mary's Church in Arcata.  Charlie helped with the construction of the church and does whatever is necessary for the community.  Kay volunteers at St. Mary's School.  She volunteers as an instructional aide, helps with the scrip program, and helps with general fundraisers.

Both Mr. and Mrs. Tubbs are members of the Arcata Volunteer Police Department.  They have four children and seven grandchildren.

Soroptimist is an international volunteer service organization for business and professional women who work to improve the lives of women and girls in local communities and throughout the world.



Soroptimists Support Girl Scouts

At a recent meeting, Soroptimist International of Arcata presented Cheryl Kingham, Redwood Service Unit Director of Girl Scouts of Northern California,  with a check for $120 to provide cadette uniforms and activities fees for Girl Scouts in need.

Soroptimist is an international volunteer organization for business and professional women who are committed to improving the lives of women and girls throughout the world and in our local communities.

Shown in picture is Julia Christian, Service Committee Chair; Cheryl Kingham displaying a cadette uniform; and Anita Trigeiro, President.

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