Let's Begin at the Beginning
An Introduction to Soroptimist International of Carson City (aka SICC)
Soroptimist International of Carson City, our club, was chartered June 8, 1957 by Soroptimist International of Reno.
Our club has had a definitive impact here in Carson City and its surrounding communities through awareness, advocacy and action.Our Club founded, organized and ran Court Appointed Special Advocates for children (CASA) here in Carson City until it became established and outgrew the resources of the Club at which time it was turned over to Carson City.It continues to be a thriving entity. Our Club also founded and organized a Legal Fund to provide assistance to low income women and children trying to escape abusive relationships. This, too, strapped the resources of the Club and Volunteer Attorneys for Rural Nevada (VARN) was established.The Club has continued to provide funding for this organization for approximately the past 15 years.
The club has grown from a fundraising concept of selling hotdogs and sodas raising $500 to $1,000 per event to a sweepstakes dinner and dance that generated $10,000 to $15,000 to the SIZZLE, an evening of fun and entertainment for women that generated $15,000 to $20,000, to a Comedy Night that generated $7,500 to $12,000 to our current fundraiser, the Stroke to Help, which last year raised almost $20,000.
The Club has provided over $30,000 each year for approximately the past 10 years in scholarships, service grants, and our signature project, the Breast Cancer Awareness and Early Detection Program.We sponsored the Backpack Attack that provided school and personal supplies to underprivileged children. The scholarships include nursing scholarships, trade and industry scholarships for heads of household returning to school for retraining or upgrade their skills, scholarships for women studying women related issues and were funded in large part from testamentary bequests from past members. Other programs the Club has supported include the Merriner Cottages at Carson Tahoe Regional Health Care Center, Carson City Meals on Wheels, Food for Thought, Eagle Valley Children’s Home Respite Program, Western Nevada College Student Book Fund, Carson High Culinary Arts Program, the Fairy Godmother program supplying prom attire for girls that could not otherwise afford to attend their prom, Children’s Halloween Costumes, Valentine Cards for underprivileged children, a reading program at Bordewich/Bray Elementary School, support for Kids & Horses, Easter baskets & shoes for underprivileged children, Friends In Service Helping (FISH) Housing at Stewart, Advocates to End Domestic Violence, the Ormsby Association for Retarded Citizens (which has now been renamed), Carson City’s Miss America Pageant, as well as international projects such a clean drinking water and mine removal programs.
We currently focus on the Dream Programs: Live Your Dream provides funding for education to improve women’s status in the workplace and Dream It, Be It to prepare youth for future success.