What’s Happening


Our hearts go out to everyone impacted by the #CampFire! We have set up a PayPal Donation Button below!

We will split the funds between SI Chico and SI Bidwell Rancho and distribute the funds to the right places in and around Paradise, impacted by the CampFire.

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Thank you everyone who voted in the “Best of Chico” ( News and Review) for “Best Beer Event” this year! We are very exited to have won 3rd place for our annual Microbrew Festival!


New Member Mixer



Interested in learning more about Soroptimist International of Bidwell Rancho?

New Member Mixer will be on September 25th from 5:30pm – 7pm

at Panighetti’s (1851 Esplanade, Chico,CA 95926)!

Check out the Invite!

New Member Mixer Video



Carr Fire


Fellow Soroptimists and friends! Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims of this horrible fire. The Carr Fire began Monday and its growth was explosive, fueled by strong winds, low humidity and scorching temperatures, authorities said.
On Thursday morning, the blaze was burning across 20,000 acres, fire officials said. Within 24 hours, it had spread across an area the size of the District of Columbia. It has taken the lives of two people, which touches all of us, in particular District 1. It’s been a busy day though, fielding the offers for help, and corresponding with our most effected clubs, SI Downtown Redding and SI Redding. We have set up a donation Paypal button below, if you want to help!




Summer Break


time to recharge

Have a happy Summer Everyone! We will be back for our regular scheduled Meetings in September!



23rd Microbrew Fest


Thank you to all of this year’s sponsors, Breweries, Wineries and Vendors!

Visit the Microbrew Fest page right here!



Club Giving Impact


We wanted to share a letter, showing the impact our collective Club Giving has! Such a great story!

May 9, 2018


Members of SI/Bidwell Rancho-Chico, CA, thank you! We know how hard you work to generate funds for programs that benefit women and girls. We are so grateful and honored you have elected to contribute a portion of those locally raised funds to Soroptimist’s global programming. Your gift of $1059.00, made on May 9, 2018 is going to travel the world to change the life of a woman or girl who might speak a different language, but still is in equal need of help.

A woman like Sandra, from Bolivia. The $15,000 she received in Live Your Dream Awards funding and the education and stability it made possible, thanks to clubs like SI of Bidwell Rancho-Chico, CA, once felt very far away.

Sandra was sent to live with her Uncle when she was six, after her father died and her mother became overwhelmed. There, she was beaten and food was withheld. Eventually she made her way back to her mother, who had taken on a new boyfriend. This man attempted to rape her multiple times, and his son succeeded. When Sandra’s mother learned of this, she kicked Sandra out of her home. Sandra grew older and met a seemingly kind man, who over time became violent, a drunk, and unfaithful. Sandra divorced him, and following this, one of her sons committed suicide.

Sandra has had a horrific life. What she dreamt of more than anything else in the world was normalcy. By contributing to Club Giving, you and your fellow members made dreams come true for women like Sandra, who is now on her way to graduating high school and becoming a chef so she can better provide a reliable income for her family. Thank you.

I am sure that all the members of SI/Bidwell Rancho-Chico, CA want to know the change they make in a woman or girl’s life. Please share this story with them so they know that every club donation, or action they took to fundraise was well worth it. Additionally, with your generous gift, we are pleased to acknowledge you as a Dream Believers contributor, with a total donation of $1059.00 for the 2017-2018 Club Giving recognition period.

In recognition of your gift, we’ve attached a virtual sign of our appreciation to this email. The attached badge can be placed on your club’s website to distinguish your club for its outstanding support of women around the world.

To add the image to your website, save the badge to your desktop and upload it as you would a photo. If you have any questions, please contact the development department at headquarters.

On behalf of the many women and girls who will benefit this year from your Club Giving contribution, I’d like to again extend my thanks for your generosity.

In Soroptimist friendship,

Tracy Scala, Chair
Fundraising Council

P.S. SIA President Dawn Marie Lemonds has continued to challenge each club to contribute 10% of their locally raised funds to support SIA’s global work. If your gift represents at least 10% of your local funds, please let us know if you have not done so already by emailing siahq@soroptimist.org. Thank you so much for this extra dedication!