Please JOIN US in 2020-2021
On January 14, 2020, we had the pleasure of hosting a program meeting featuring Shannon Porter and David Hawkins from Kitsap County Girls Court. We very much enjoyed learning more about this new program that launched middle of last year and provides therapeutic services to girls on probation in Kitsap County. Picture here (L-R) Shannon Porter, David Hawkins, and SIGB President Sue Longstreth.
A Message From Our President
October and Fall are definitely here! We have two very important awareness themes this month for Breast Cancer and Domestic Violence. Highlighting Breast Cancer awareness this week, with a focus on Domestic Violence over the next 2 weeks.
Breast Cancer Awareness: What really strikes me about my own personal knowledge of breast cancer is how far we have come regarding awareness and early diagnosis of this killer over the last 70 years. In 1958, it was literally a death sentence. The mother of my neighbor and best friend was diagnosed with it in the Spring and died within a few months. She was a second mother to the neighborhood kids and the loss was devastating. In the 1970's I was a Respiratory Therapist in a large hospital where we did major surgery. Part of my job was to give breathing treatments and exercises to women recovering from radical mastectomies--the only option at that time. Most patients were hospitalized 10-14 days. The surgery was horribly disfiguring and early diagnosis was rare.
Fast forward to the 21st century, where self-checking our own breasts and routine mammograms are fairly common. Because of this, by 2012 there were 1.7 million new breast cancer diagnoses a year. By 2018, that number increased to 2.08 million new diagnoses. We have Soroptimist Sisters, colleagues, friends and relatives who are breast cancer survivors. We absolutely know the value of early diagnosis for a positive recovery. Keep checking yourself and get that mammogram when the doctors recommend it!! And as Roxane says "Arrest Breast Cancer".
Sue Longstreth, President
Soroptimist International of Greater Bremerton Area
October 11, 2020
Founded in 1944, our club is part of a global volunteer organization that provides women and girls with access to the education and training they need to achieve economic empowerment.
The name, Soroptimist, means "best for women", and that's what we strive to achieve. Soroptimists are women at their best, working to help other women and girls to be their best.
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In addition to member dues and our fundraising efforts, we rely solely on support from our members, friends, and the general public to help us fund programs and projects having a significant, positive impact on the lives of women and girls in our community. Your voluntary, tax-deductible contribution is greatly appreciated. You may visit our Support Page or use the PayPal "Donate" button below. Thank you for your consideration.
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Soroptimist International of Greater Bremerton Area ~ P. O. Box 5375, Bremerton, WA 98312