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PROJECT INDEPENDENCE: WOMEN
SURVIVORS OF WAR
years ago Soroptimist International and Women for Women
International joined forces to support women survivors of
war in Afghanistan, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Rwanda. The
weapons of war used against them include beatings and
torture, rape, forced prostitution and denial of basic human
the Project Independence: Women Survivors of War,
Soroptimist International and Women for Women International
will raise at least $1.2 million to provide nearly 2,000
women with the skills they need to move from victim to
productive member of society. These skills will be
developed through direct aid, training in vocational skills,
and loans to start their own businesses.
January 2005, 245 women have been enrolled in our program
and have started or completed our one-year course. Fifteen
groups have been started in Bosnia, Rwanda, and Afghanistan
and matched with Soroptimist Clubs who have written to them
for a year. New graduates in Afghanistan will soon be
eligible for loans. And as of March of this year over
$250,000 has been donated to Project Independence: Women
Survivors of War!
further information regarding the Billings Soroptimist
International Club or Project Independence: Women Survivors
of War call 690-8040.
Press Release May 2005
Linda Gordon, website designer and owner of Shop Montana, was
selected by Venture Club of Billings as Outstanding Soroptimist of
the year. Linda was also awarded the
Outstanding Soroptimist of the Year from Northwest Region Venture
Clubs of America and received the Linda Klinger Award.
Linda Gordon, Outstanding Soroptimist with (l)Venture President Amy
Miller and (r) Liz Kampa-Weatherwax, Venture Award presenter.
Linda has been the Venture
Club Advisor for the past two years. During that time she has been a constant
voice of strength, support and optimism. Soroptimist of Billings
have been serving the community for over sixty years.
Soroptimist identify needs of our community, then
establishes specific projects to address these needs with funds
raised at “A Night of Wine and Roses” held yearly in January.
Venture Club is a service project of Soroptimist. Venture Club
http://www.shopmt.com/venture is an organization of diverse,
young, professional women committed to making a difference in their
community through volunteering in community service, professional
development, and personal growth.
The annual Awards
Ceremony was held at Toucan Gallery. Nicole Hanson (r) review the
clubs' service projects for this year which included meals for the
families at the Ronald McDonald House,
cleanup with Bright and
as well as several other projects.
Other Awards went to Venture President Elect Michelle Rogers (l)
as Outstanding Venturist for Venture Club of Billings and
Northwestern Region. The award was presented by Liz
Mary Gilully (l) of The Family Tree
accepted a cash award from Venture Club of Billings
for the Parent Education Program at The Family Tree Center.
The award was presented by Venture Club President Amy Miller (r).
Young Artists Awards
Reception Held at Yellowstone Art Museum
County-Wide Students are Honored!
Soroptimist International of Billings is pleased to announce
this year's 2005 recipients of their YOUNG ARTISTS AWARD
Ewert from the Yellowstone Art Museum stated “That it is an
honor to be acknowledged in the Young Artist competition and
it looks great on the students resume to have their work
displayed at a museum like Yellowstone Art Museum”.
The competition was judged
by Liz Harding, BA Advertising,
University of Southern Mississippi, Education Assistant,
Sara Kindsfater, BA Art, MSU-B, Curatorial Assistant and
Duane Bratten, BS, University of Montana, Preparator, who
are all members of the Yellowstone Art Museum.
This year’s event
commemorated the fourth year of the Young Artists’ Gallery
at the Yellowstone Art Museum and the ninth year of the
YOUNG ARTIST PROGRAM. Art teachers, from the Billings and
surrounding area, are invited to submit up to four pieces of
student art, in any medium and theme, to be showcased at the
Soroptimist charity fundraiser "A Night of Wine and Roses”.
The event is scheduled for January 28, 2006, to be held at
The Depot. Young Artists' framing is generously done
by Curt Wheeler of The Frame Hut.
This year’s winners are First Place winner “Your Lonely,
Lost Little Boy” by Pat Wolfe of Skyview High School, Second
Place Winner “Madame Jade” by Jenni Olson of Billings Senior
High School, Third Place Winner “In the Barnyard” by Leslie
Taylor of Huntley Project High School and Honorable Mention
“Waterfall” by Yvette Gonzales-Quevado of Billings Senior
First Place winner
“Your Lonely, Lost Little Boy”
by Pat Wolfe
Second Place Winner
by Jenni Olson
Third Place Winner
“In the Barnyard”
by Leslie Taylor
by Yvette Gonzales-Quevado
The Young Artists
competition provides art students the opportunity to receive
financial recognition of their talents, and for their work
to be sold for the benefit of the community. The Young
Artist's display was at the Yellowstone Art Museum during
part of April and May. Congratulations to all the student
Congratulations to their
teachers Diana Mysse Art Teacher from Billings Skyview High
School, Adrian Wegner Art Teacher from Billings Senior High
School and Belinda Wilson Art Teacher from Huntley Project
Soroptimist International of Billings 2005 Awards and Recognition
Soroptimist of Billings
recent fund raiser "A Night of Wine and Roses"
enables Soroptimist to continue support of their various
community projects and programs. The 2005 Awards and
Recognition Event was held at the Yellowstone Room at the
"A Night of Wine and
Roses" is a wine tasting and silent auction fund raising
event. Intermountain Distributing and Wild West Wines
have been instrumental in the success and support of this
fund raiser for the past 17 years. Many of the Silent
Auction featured items are art pieces requiring framing.
Fred Magers of Framing by Fred whose creative generosity has
been a great asset to many of our items. High School
students' art is featured by The Young Artists' program.
The students winning art is displayed at the Yellowstone Art
Museum, then placed in the Silent Auction to benefit the
community. Curt Wheeler of The Frame Hut has for
the past years beautifully framed the student art.
Other generous supporters include Carolyn Korb of City
Vineyard, Tom Nelson of Tom Nelson Catering, Gene Burgad of
The Rex and Jim Berry of EconoPrint. Club supporters
include all the Soroptimist members and especially Peg and
Dick Dare of Western Awards, Linda and Greg Gordon of Shop
Montana, Sue and Howard Sumner of Howard Sumner Real Estate
and Mary and Kurt Stickney of DataCorp.
funds for continued support include:
● Soroptimists Club Identifying Project "Baby Think It Over", which is a
teen pregnancy program in the local high schools.
● Northern Rockies Radiation Oncology Center.
● Soroptimist One-to-One Fund, which helps a local woman in
● The Depot
● The Deering Clinic, for mammograms for women in need in
● The Race for the Cure in Helena supporting the Susan B.
● The Fran Elge Award presented to a University of Montana
● Venture Club of Billings, who are instrumental in facilitating the fund
raiser, are serving their community through women's
education, and supporting the Family Tree Center this year.
● Soroptimist International's project which is Project Independence: Women
Survivors of War is supported with donated funds.
Through Project Independence, Women Survivors of War,
thousands of women in Afghanistan, Bosnia, and Rwanda who
are survivors of war and violence get the help they need to
rebuild their lives. They have lost their homes, their
security, and their livelihoods.
● Soroptimist International
President's Appeal will be supported this year with funds
going to the Ho Chi Minh City Youth Shelter in Vietnam.
this year's winner of the Women' Opportunity Award, which is
a Soroptimist International of the Americas Program,
assisting women entering or re-entering the workforce in
obtaining the education and skills training they need to
improve their employment status. The Women's
Opportunity Award is designed to give women head of
households, who provide the primary source of financial
support for their families, the opportunity to achieve their
career goals. This cash award is for women who is
attending a vocational skills training program or
participating undergraduate degree. This year's winner
is Susan E. Rogge, who after 22 years as a housewife and 5
children, found herself in the working world. Susan states
that "life experiences have enlightened me as to the
importance of a college degree... and I am convinced that in
order to provide (for my children) I must have have a job
that I am passionate about that will give us an adequate
financial foundation". Susan will use her cash award
towards her college education.
The evenings' events
concluded with Sue Anders of Growth and Development
installing two new Soroptimist members: Bobbi Bybee and Faye
Bozeman Holm. Bobbi Bybee is the owner of The
Josephine Bed and Breakfast. Faye Bozeman Holm is a
Jafra Sales Representative.