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    Family & Friends
    in memory of Diane Knotch, 2018

    Sarah Kogut
    in memory of Evelyn Hurwicz

    Mary Cocchiarella & Jon Moller
    in memory of Irene Cocchiarella
 
    Sue Klaseus & Kathleen Larson
    in memory of their aunt Deloris Granaas
 
    LEADERS IN GIVING DONORS
    Thank you to for supporting Dreams
    Linda Brady 
    Susan Grafton 
    Karen Johnson
    Jerry Johnson 
    Barb Zeches
Member Spotlight September 2020

Sarah Kogut

Born - Sarah was born in Ames, Iowa then moved to Minneapolis.

Lives now - Sarah lives in Nokomis Square, senior cooperative in Minneapolis with Harold Adams and her 4 year old toy poodle Sylvie. She has two married daughters, Sophie and Rachel and two grandchildren, in Colorado.

College- She attended Reed College in Portland, Oregon and U of Pittsburgh for a BS in Mathematics. She got her MS in Statistics at Colorado St.

Career - She works as a bio statistician in clinical trials at pharmaceutical and medical device companies, including Searle, Glaxo, Medtronic and currently Novartis.

Hobbies - She enjoys walking, following news and politics, listening to music,and singing in choirs.

SITC - Sarah joined Soroptimists in Flagstaff, Arizona where she enjoyed meeting the members, raising funds to support education for women and girls. When she returned to Minneapolis, Sarah was thrilled to join SITC club.
Member Spotlight on Sophie Kogut

Born - Sophie was born in Portland, Oregon. She grew up in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and Boulder, Colorado.

Lives now - Sophie lives with her husband Brian and 15 year old Siamese cat Mika in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

College - She attended U. of Colorado, Boulder for BS in Electrical Engineering and a MS in Telecommunications.

Career - Sophie has been an engineer and technical writer at telecommunications and aerospace companies. After a 22 year career she was took a medical retirement due to Multiple Sclerosis (MS) in 2012.

Hobbies - She enjoys walks, following baseball and football and volunteer activities.

Joined SITC - Sophie's mom Sarah told her about Soroptimist. She loves the mission of helping women and girls achieve their dreams especially education. She is a regular attendee of the club Zoom meetings.


Fundraising for our Live Your Dream scholarship awards with the 2020 Twin Cities Soroptimist Garage Sale!
Successful Garage Sale August 13-15, 2020

Thanks to all the members who donated, sorted, priced, staged, sold, and cleaned up at the Garage Sale at Linda Brady's house. We had 10 members (and some friends and family) participating. We made close to $1200 plus we donated 3 car loads to Good Will and 18 bags and boxes to Breaking Free to help the women furnish their apartments and get off the streets.
Pictures below Karen Johnson loading the left over home furnishings and clothes to deliver  Breaking Free.
Also pictured is Lyndsey putting up the Soroptimist sign in front of Linda Brady's house where we had the garage sale.















Soroptimist International President's Appeal


 In 2019, The Road to Equality SI President's Appeal 2019-2021, launched its first project on the theme of female genital mutilation/cutting (FGM/C), in collaboration with Global Media Campaign to End FGM and the "Soroptimist Six".

The Global Media Campaign is a web of 375 media activists across nine countries in Africa, broadcasting directly to communities where girls are forced to undergo genital mutilation.

This new generation of grassroots, digitally literate young campaigners are best-placed to end FGM in their communities, and bring about significant change. GMC trains activists, religious leaders and journalists, teaching them to use the media effectively, providing support and education, to empower them to broadcast directly to their own communities, in their own language, using their own words. GMC brings the most influential religious and political leaders to radio, TV and social media, calling for an end to the culture of cutting girls.

By directly funding the "Soroptimist Six" through this ongoing project, the SI Road to Equality aims to progress SI's contribution towards the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals, and reaffirm our commitment to ending the harmful practice.

Masks for Equality


SI President's Appeal Road to Equality has added a new program during the Covid19 pandemic. We are asking anyone or group who is involved with making cloth masks to please fill out the form for Masks for Equality on the Soroptimist International Website 

Donate directly President's Appeal Fund


Live Your Dreams


Soroptimist's 
annual Live Your Dream (LYD) scholarship awards are a cash award for women who are the head of their household, and have overcome adversity in their life, to pursue higher education. Beyond the cash, we provide continual mentoring, financial, and/or educational support for LYD winners so that they know there is a community of women there with them through every step of their journey.

LYD 2016-2017

Learn more Live Your Dream Award  
Watch Live Your Dream Video
Donate directly
 Live Your Dream Fund

Dream It Be It


Soroptimist's Dream It, Be It (DIBI) career support for girls program helps girls grow up to be strong, successful, happy adults. It targets girls in secondary school who face obstacles to their future success, providing them access to professional role models, career education and the resources to live their dreams. We partner with Minneapolis Cristo Rey High school for a 4 month long class teaching girls to make goals, identify obstacles develop supports, manage stress, and put plans into action to achieve their dreams.



Watch Dream It Be It Video 
Learn more Dream It Be It Impact



LiveYourDream.org


Soroptimist's LiveYourDream.org inspires people from all walks of life to live their dreams, while helping other disenfranchised women and girls to live theirs. The online community accomplishes lasting change through hands-on opportunities, awareness and advocacy efforts, and financial support. 






Learn more about WUNRN


Women's UN Report Network (WUNRN), based on a UN study, and led by Soroptimist member Lois Herman, addresses the human rights, oppression, and empowerment of women and girls all over the world. www.wunrn.com



Learn more about Days for Girls

Soroptimist partner, Days for Girls, is changing the status quo, through menstrual care solutions, health education, and income-generation opportunities. In less than 10 years, we’ve reached one million women and girls in 120+ countries on 6 continents. Learn more at Daysforgirls.org