Wednesday, October 11, 2017

ACTION ALERT: 30 Days of Affirmation + Action for DVAM

This Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM), we're going #FearFree!

There's already enough fear in the world to make you crawl under the covers for-ev-er. This October, we're on a mission to generate hope, bravery and a deeper sense of community. What if, instead of focusing on heartbreak, we named ways in which we can keep our hearts strong?
Julia, follow us for 30 Days of Affirmation for DVAM to honor women's courage, strength and resiliency. This October, we'll join together to affirm our right, and the rights of survivors everywhere, to live #FearFree.
Each day this October we’ll share ONE new affirmation of empowerment. Say it, share it, or write your own! This month, commit to activism that comes from a place of hope, not fear.
STEP 1. Take the Pledge to End Domestic Violence — affirm your commitment to making a positive difference.
STEP 2. Like us on Facebook if you haven't yet to follow the 30 Days of Affirmation!

We're all in this together. Thank you for your dedication! 

Pledge to End Domestic Violence
Even if you've taken the pledge before, October is the time to renew your commitment to ending violence against women!
30 Days of Affirmation for #DVAM

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Passing of SIM Member Kathleen Hanna

Note from SIM member Leonia Sagasta
July 31, 2017

"Last week attended sadly Farewell Wake of our beloved Kathleen Hanna. Eileen Kane from S.I.N.Y. started the program with her story telling of 40 years of friendship with K. The latter was also godmother to her son Asa. 6 of us showed up. Eileen cracked the ice and storytelling went all around the room.

I learned so much about K personal life. She had so many friends who adored her. She was always with open arms and a smile, no matter how she felt."


R.I.P. querida Kathleen.

Saturday, May 6, 2017

2017 Soroptimist Unsung Hero: SIM's Toni Aiello

Soroptimist of Pottstown, PA hosted the 89th annual NAR Spring Conference, on April 28-30, 2017, at the Valley Forge Casino Resort. (Photos provided by Linda Dianto)

The 2017 Unsung Hero was announced by GE Peggy Van Meter during the Formal Night Dinner on Saturday, April 29th. To our delight, it was none other than SIM's Toni Aiello.

Toni is standing in the front row, far right.


Wednesday, April 5, 2017

SIM's Awards Night - April 4, 2017

Last night, SIM  honored our club's 2017 Live Your Dream Award winner and the high school age winner of the TRENA Community Service Award for volunteer service.
(submitted by SIM member Toni Aiello, April 5, 2017 9:33 pm)

Jillian Louallen, who is pursuing an undergraduate degree at Columbia University, receives her Live Your Dream Award check and certificate from SIM President, Eileen Jackson.

Defne Levine, a high school student honored with the TRENA Community Service Award for her volunteer service work with Native Americans in the West and for organizing students in her school to engage in this work, speaks to the group about her volunteer activities.

Monday, March 6, 2017

Passing of SIM Founding Member Bobbi Wailes

Message from SIM member Leonia Sagasta 
Mon, Mar 6, 2017 at 9:23 AM

"Sunday from 3:00 to about 6.00 P.M.Peggy Hanlon and I visited Bobbi.. Last evening about 8:00 P.M. Peg and Bobbi's cousin phoned to tell me Bobbi passed on about 7:30 P.M. What a bittersweet time we shared...I was able to talk to her at about 15 minutes each time..telling her all her friends that sent their love...It was a blessing ...she no longer suffers..." Leonia

R.I.P. querida Bobbi.

Message from SIM member Leonia Sagasta 
Mar 8 at 10:03 PM 
"I attended Bobbi's funeral today the large room at Campbells Funeral Home at 81st and Madsion Ave. ..about a dozen Soroptimists from both clubs attended..There were large photos of Bobbi as a child and sitting on her Grandmother;s lap...I had not seen these before...As she requested, she is buried with her mother which she never knew and her grandparents...She touched so many lives that needed her wisdom and generosity...and she brought so many people together who bonded for life...such as you and I" 

Message from SIM President Eileen Jackson
On Mar 8, 2017, at 3:27 PM

"It is with a heavy heart that I write to you today.  Our beloved Bobbi Wailes passed away on Sunday, March 5, 2017.  As many of you know, she was our club founding president.  I have included her obituary below.

I know she will always hold a very special place in my heart and I’m sure all of yours.


Roberta "Bobbi" of Fort Lee, New Jersey. Passed away on March 5, 2017 peacefully after a long illness. 

A victim of the Polio epidemic of the late 1940's, Bobby worked tirelessly as an advocate for people with disabilities. She was a gifted archer and holds a gold medal from the Special Olympics. As director of the Department of Programs and Services for people with disabilities at Lincoln Center, she helped to make the arts available to all. 

Bobby was also very proud to be a three time President of the Soroptimist International of Manhattan. For anyone who knew her, they understood her love and devotion to animals particularly Katie and Kasper, her "kids." Her list of accomplishments is too long to print. 

Her family and friends were everything to her. She is survived by her cousins, Edward and Gwen, Peter and Mary and N. Richard and Carol as well as their children, Max, Jonathan, Amy, Jill, Nicholas, Kathryn, Gregory, Alison, Alexis, Stephanie and Kevin. Funeral service Wednesday 11:30 am at Frank E Campbell "The Funeral Chapel" 81st Street and Madison Ave. In lieu of flowers, please send donations in the name of Bobby Wailes to the ASPCA 424 East 92nd Street NYC, NY.

Eileen F. Jackson
SIM 2016-2017 President

Sunday, January 22, 2017

RESCHEDULED - Valentine Day Gift bag assembly

Due to an unforeseen situation, the Gift bag assembly for The Dwelling Place Valentine’s Day Party has been rescheduled to January 30th. Same place, same time.

Our Lady of Pompeii Senior Center
corner of Bleecker and Carmine Streets (Manhattan)

Click here to contact Eileen Jackson & RSVP your participation.
Please bring travel size shampoos/lotions and potions.