Soroptimist International of Chico


Improving the lives of women and children in our community, our country, and around the world.

Since 1979 I have been extremely active with this organization on a weekly basis, serving as the club president in 1982 and as the orgnizations' Regional District VI Director in 1998. I also helped envision and create the club's annual fundraiser, the Chico Home, Garden and Leisure Show.


The Soroptimist Home, Garden and Leisure Show is one area that I have been committed to for over 30 years.


In 1984 my friend Billie Sommerfeld was studying for her master's degree from California State University Chico. She decided to create a community event and fund-raiser, called the Home and Garden Show for a class project. It was specifically designed for Soroptimist International of Chico to use the proceeds going back into the community. Billie asked me, because we were both Soroptimist members, if I would help her make the project become a reality and I said yes!


Can you believe we started out in just one building and now we fill the entire fairground?

Billie and I were in charge of the event during its startup years. I was instrumental in having Soroptimist International of Paradise join us and promote the antique show and that was extremely successful for many years.


In 2014, we added a pet pavilion to our venue. I and my two dear friends, Cara Gubbins and Nancy Zuschin, are pet whisperers; we each have our own businesses working directly with our clients offering many different services.  In common, we all love animals, love working with people and their pet issues, especially at the Home and Garden Show.