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Western Canada Region Retreat 2016 Registration Form

Join us for the Western Canada Region Retreat from September 16th to September 18th.

Change, Challenge, Opportunity
Our region retreat is your opportunity to be challenged to change

Presentation from Safeteen’s –Anita Roberts

What is Safeteen?
Safeteen is a skill-based violence prevention program. It offers gender-specific strategies for managing fear and anger, and gives participants a way of standing up for themselves without violence. Grounded in theory on socialization and gender, these workshops address the roots of violence and expose power dynamics as the underlying factor in harassment, bullying and assault.

Retreat Agenda

Friday, Sept. 16
6:00 P.M. Dinner at Cheers
Social – arranged by SI Abbotsford (optional)
Attendees pay for their dinner

Saturday, Sept. 17 (Saturday & Sunday retreat Cost $75 – lunch on Saturday included)
9:00 A.M. Registration and Welcome
10:00 A.M. – Girls Fly Too
10:45 – Safeteen
Noon – Buffet Lunch
1:00 – 3:15 P.M. –
3:15 – Closing
Adjourn

6:30 P.M Paint Night – Optional (need to register)
Cost $30.00 -in advance

Sunday, Sept. 20
9:00 A.M. Soroptimist Cafe
SIA Presentation Club Sharing
Days for Girls Volunteer Opportunity
12:00 – Adjourn

SHOP TILL YOU DROP EVENT
Shop at the retreat and renew your wardrobe! Please bring your brand
new items and gently used (clean) women’s clothing and accessories to our second annual

Live Your Dream Award Fundraiser
Sorop ‘Till You Drop

MAKE CHECKS PAYABLE TO: SEND PAYMENT TO:
Western Canada Region Soroptimist
Sherri Smith
38 Roberts Cres.
Red Deer, AB T4P 3K7
New – pay by Paypal-mention Club name and 2016 Retreat
or email transfer to treasurer@wcsoroptimist.org. In sending an email transfer the security answer should be “western canada”. The question, “what region “
REGISTRATION – Region Retreat Only – $75 – Plus Paint Night (see attached brochure) $30.00 (special Retreat Pricing)

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Bylaw Amendments approved at Conference 2016

Article IX Finance 9.6
Motion: To replace the current wording of section 9.6 with The Region books shall be reviewed by a non-Soroptimist with the skills and knowledge to determine that the financial statement is a true and accurate representation for the biennium.
Requests for review may be made at other times by the Board or voting delegates at Conference.

Current Wording
Section 9.6 The Region books shall be reviewed and an opinion given by a Financial Review Committee at the close of each biennium. Requests for review may be made at other times by the Board, The Finance Committee, or voting delegates at Conference.

Proposed Wording
Section 9.6 The Region books shall be reviewed by a non-Soroptimist, CPA with the skills and knowledge to determine that the financial statement is a true and accurate representation for the biennium. A Finance Committee of 3 members,one of which shall be the Region Treasurer, shall make the selection of this non-Soroptimist CPA.
Requests for review may be made at other times by the Board or voting delegates at Conference.

Rationale: The annual or biennial income of the region does not necessitate the engagement of a professional for a review or audit. Region funding is not available to support an engagement on a regular basis. The current process of the three person Financial Review Committee is cumbersome (the region books/records are shipped to individuals around the region with the risk of loss) and has not resulted in reporting in a timely manner.

Article IX Finance 9.7
Motion: To remove Section 9.7

Current Wording
Prior to the close of the biennium, a Financial Review Committee will be appointed by the Board None
Proposed Wording
No proposed wording

Rationale: Rationale: Language would be removed to reflect the change to Article IX Finance 9.6, if the proposed bylaw amendment is adopted.
If the proposed bylaw amendment is passed then Section 9.8, Section 9.9, and Section 9.10 will be renumbered to Section 9.7, Section 9.8, and Section 9.9 respectively.

Article IV Officers 4.6 Duties d Treasurer
Motion: To replace the words “the Financial Review Committee” with the words “a non-Soroptimist with the skills and knowledge to determine that the financial statement is a true and accurate representation of the biennium”

Current Wording
Section 4.6 d The Treasurer shall: deposit and disburse all funds belonging to the Region, under the direction of policies developed by the Board; provide financial reports at Board meetings, and Region conference; prepare a budget in the even numbered year of the biennium, to be approved by the Board and voting delegates at that conference; prepare the region books to send to the Financial Review Committee within 45 days of the end of the biennium in which her term ends.

Proposed Wording
Section 4.6 d The Treasurer shall: deposit and disburse all funds belonging to the Region, under the direction of policies developed by the Board; provide financial reports at Board meetings, and Region conference; prepare a budget in the even numbered year of the biennium, to be approved by the Board and voting delegates at that conference; prepare the region books to send to a Finance Committee approved non-Soroptimist CPA with the skills and knowledge to determine that the financial statement is a true and accurate representation of the biennium within 45 days of the end of the biennium in which her term ends.

Rationale: Language would be changed to bring it into line with Article IX Finance 9.6, if the proposed bylaw amendment is adopted.

Article VIII Committees Section 8.1 Standing Committees
Motion: To remove Section 8.1 Standing Committees

Current Wording
Section 8.1 Financial Review Committee: a committee of two members shall be appointed to review the region books and provide a written report at the close of each biennium. The Board shall appoint a Chair and a Committee Member

Proposed Wording
None

Rationale: Language would be removed to reflect the change to Article IX Finance 9.6, if the proposed bylaw amendment is adopted.
If the proposed bylaw amendment is passed then Section 8.2 Special Committees will become Section 8.1 Special Committees

Motion M-47

Some of you may have received a request for support from MLA Viersen but in the event you have not, I am forwarding this information for your consideration. Soroptimist International of Edmonton will be writing a letter for them and the more they get, the more the issue will be recognized. It is an important first step.

Good afternoon,

As the MP for Peace River – Westlock, I am contacting you regarding Motion M-47 that I have introduced in the House of Commons on youth and sexual violence online. The policy implications of M-47 are very closely aligned to the work and advocacy of Soroptimist International Club of Edmonton to improve the lives and human rights of women and girls.

Motion M-47 states:
That the Standing Committee on Health be instructed to examine the public health effects of the ease of access and viewing of online violent and degrading sexually explicit material on children, women and men, recognizing and respecting the provincial and territorial jurisdictions in this regard, and that the said Committee report its findings to the House no later than July 2017.

If this motion is adopted by the House of Commons, it would require the Standing Committee on Health to conduct a study on the impact of violent sexual content online on youth and adults. A Parliamentary study would allow for a broad spectrum of stakeholders to be involved in developing future policy on this important issue.

M-47 already has the support of victims and child advocacy organizations such as Canadian Resource Centre for Victims of Crime, Rehtaeh Parsons Society, London Abused Women’s Centre, and the Joy Smith Foundation.

M-47 is scheduled to be debated and voted on this fall and I would be honoured to have the support of Soroptimist International Club of Edmonton through a letter of support or statement.

I have attached a few documents regarding M-47. If you have any questions or require any further information, please don’t hesitate to contact me. I look forward to hearing from you.

Sincerely,

Arnold Viersen
Member of Parliament
Peace River – Westlock
Deputy Critic for Rural Affairs
Email: arnold.viersen@parl.gc.ca
Tel: 613.996.1783 Toll Free: 1.800.667.8450

Western Canada Region Retreat 2016

Fall Region Retreat – Sept 17 – 18, 2016
We have a fantastic lineup of speakers and workshops.
Sandman Hotel & Suites Abbotsford
32720 Simon Ave,
Abbotsford BC, V2T 0B8
T: 604.556.7263
Room booking group number # 99946
Registration forms will be available soon
Clean your closets and re-purpose your new and “like new” clothing, shoes and accessories
to support your region’s Sorop ’till you Drop club draw for a Live Your Dream award.
Last year was a huge success. We raised over $1000! This year’s goal is $1500

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