Soroptimist International of McMinnville, Oregon
Yamhill County Chapter Hands & Words Are Not For Hurting®
♥ Our Partnership with the Soroptimist Int’l of McMinnville began in 2005
♥ Soroptimist is an international organization for business and professional women who work to improve the lives of women and girls, in local communities and throughout the world.
♥ The name, Soroptimist, means “best for women,” and that’s what the organization strives to achieve. Soroptimist members are women at their best, working to help other women to be their best.
♥ Soroptimist Int’l of McMinnville houses the Yamhill County Chapter Hands & Words Are Not For Hurting Project®
♥ Each year Soroptimist Int’l of McMinnville supports Yamhill County Chapter’s celebration and recognition of National Hands & Words Are Not for Hurting® Week in October.
Gretchen Olson, Author & Yamhill Chapter Chair – Soroptimist Int’l McMinnville, pictured with Purple Hands Bear Mascot.
Juliettes House: Child Abuse Intervention Center – McMinville, OR
Hands & Words Are Not For Hurting® Booth at Juliettes House: Child Abuse Intervention Center's Safe Kids Fair Event
Soroptimist Volunteers prepare for Visitors
Everyone Loves Purple Hands Bear Mascot!
Parents and Children learn about the Purple Hands Pledge®
Volunteers set up the Hands & Words Booth
Children and Parents take the Purple Hands Pledge®
Volunteers hang up official Posters.
Hands & Words Event for April: Child Abuse Prevention Month
Pup the Fire Dog takes the Purple Hands Pledge®
Pup the Fire Dog tracing 'his' hand (actually a 6th grade Girl Scout)
Juliette's House Executive Director, Hayley Collins, shows off the Soroptimist donation of the Hands Project 3-piece wall set. A visual message that our three non-profits share the same goal -- to provide a safe environment for children to grow and thrive.
Yamhill Community Action Partnership (YCAP) – McMinnville, OR
Soroptimists visit Yamhill Community Action Partnership(YCAP). Club members spent an hour sorting donated food, then enjoyed catered dinner from Harvest Fresh, a presentation from executive director Lee Means, and a tour.
For people struggling in poverty or living one emergency away from crisis, YCAP offers services that restore hope and change lives through the county food bank, heating assistance, short-term shelter and much more.
For more than three decades, YCAP has successfully reached thousands of low-income, senior, and disabled residents in Yamhill County, OR through critical social service and transportation programs.
Soroptimist volunteers posed for pictures alongside their recently donated Hands & Words Are Not For Hurting® 3-piece sign sets.
Yamhill County Commissioners Office – McMinnville, OR
Gretchen Olson along with Soroptimist Volunteers visit with Yamhill County Sherif Crabtree.
Purple Hands Bear Mascot gave Marybeth a gift of a smaller version of Hands Bear, which Marybeth's trainer said would be treated with gentle care.
Soroptimist Volunteers visit the Yamhill County Oregon Commissioners. Purple Hands Bear Mascot got to meet the resident Courthouse Companion Dog, Marybeth.
The Yamhill County Crime Victims Services director, Debra Bridges, allowed Marybeth to wear a Purple Hands pin for the day!
Serendipity Ice Cream Parlor – McMinnville, OR
Serendipity Ice Cream Parlor in McMinnville, Oregon, celebrated the Hands & Words Are Not For Hurting® Project's 10th year locally and 18th year nationally, with a birthday party complete with balloons and dollar-off ice cream!
Purple Hands Bear greeted everyone with hugs and high-fives
Serendipity's Counter Display
Guests recited the Purple Hands Pledge® and traced their hands onto purple paper.
Purple Hands Bear greeted KLYC station manager Dave Adams and a great group of Halloween trick-or-treaters.
Purple Hands Bear poses with Soroptimist Club Member Doreen Pittman
KLCY's Dave Adams takes the Purple Hands Pledge® with Soroptimist Volunteer
Serendipity Hands & Words Party Poster
Grace Lord-Garrettson, 3, meets Purple Hands Bear during McMinnville, Oregon's Hands & Words 10th anniversary celebration. Her mother, Molly, is a volunteer with the Yamhill County Chapter Hands & Words Are Not for Hurting Project®
Grace Lord-Garrettson, 3, enjoys a special Hands cookie during McMinnville, Oregon's Hands & Words 10th anniversary celebration.
Grocery Outlet, Bargain Market – McMinnville, OR
Soroptimist member and Grocery Outlet owner, Sheryl Ryker, supported our 10th local (18th National) Hands & Words Are Not for Hurting® birthday by raising $1,188.62 through employee competitions and customer donations.
Grocery Outlet owners Ed & Sheryl Ryker pose with Purple Hands Bear
Our own Purple Hands Bear (aka Vickie Gross) dropped by to accept the funds and thank everyone
Grocery Outlet Employee, Anna displays her wristband in honor of learning the Pledge as a youngster in Arizona and repeating it as an adult upon entering a local shelter. She thinks it's a "terrific message."
Grocery Outlet Supports our Mission Statement
McMinnville School Board Meeting – McMinnville, OR
School Board Chair & Soroptimist Barbara Carter reads the Hands & Words Are Not For Hurting Week Proclamation. Everyone stood to recite the Purple Hands Pledge.
Superintendent Dr. Maryalice Russell receives Purple Hands Pledge Ambassador Certificate
and flowers. L to R, Kathy Robinson, Melody Gibson, Dr. Russell, Purple Hands Pledge Bear, Gretchen Olson,
Pamela Berkery, & former Yamhill Co. Sheriff Jack Crabtree.
Purple Hands Pledge Bear and Superintendent Russell share purple happiness!
Soroptimists greet school board meeting attendees. (L to R) Melody Gibson, Purple Hands Pledge Bear,
Kathy Robinson, Pamela Berkery
Official Framed Certificate given to Superintendent Maryalice Russel
Principal Bruce Waltz (back right) supported the students' presentation.
Memorial Elementary Students presenting an overview of the Hands & Words program at their school during the McMinnville School Board Meeting.
McMinnville’s Annual Turkey Rama – McMinnville, OR
Soroptimist Int'l of McMinnville hosts an annual elephant ear booth at Mcminnville's Turkey Rama
Children and Families learn about the Purple Hands Pledge®
Dayton City Safety Fair – Dayton, OR
Kids Take the Purple Hands Pledge®
Henderson House — McMinnville, OR
Henderson House's observance of Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month.
The Observance was held at Linfield College in McMinnville
Purple Pail Project — Yamhill County, OR
Purple Pail Project with Door Prizes donated by Local Businesses in Yamhill Co.
Honest Chocolates in McMinnville Supports the Purple Pail Project!
Board Members Keith and Linda Farrow donated a 3 night stay in Lincoln City, OR as the Grand Prize
26th Annual Soroptimist Wine Country Holiday Home Tour
Soroptimists Gretchen Olson & Mary Baker pose with Purple Hands Pledge Bear at the Annual Soroptimist Wine Country Holiday Home Tour
Hands & Words Are Not For Hurting and Soroptimist Int'l of McMinnville were official sponsors of the event.
Purple Hands Pledge Bear visited Cherrywood Memory Care Center in McMinnville, fulfilling the Wine Country Holiday Home Tour Auction Winner’s Request
Yamhill County, Oregon
Soroptimist, Vickie Gross, receives the Purple Hands Pledge® Ambassador Award for distinguished service as the Purple Hands Bear Mascot.
McMinnville and Newberg Soroptimists, Catherine Emrani & Mary Baker visit Gretchen Olson's Hands & Words Are Not For Hurting® table at the 3rd Annual McMinnville Soroptimist Sex Trafficking Awareness Workshop.
Columbia Bank Teller, Donna Davis, receives the Purple Hands Pledge® Ambassador Award for sharing the Hands Message & Pledge with her drive-up window customers.
One of six Yamhill County DHS doors displaying Purple Hands Pledge posters. These are covering the viewing windows into visitation rooms where parents meet with their child or children who have been placed into foster care.
This is part of the remodeling project by the International Soroptimist Club of McMinnville (2015-2016)
Clown taking the Purple Hands Pledge® at McMinnville's Annual Safety Fair held at Patton Middle School.
Mid-Valley Advancements Presentation - McMinnville, OR
7th Annual Peace Walk & Fair – Interfaith Advocates for Peace & Justice
Local florist, Incahoots, provided a banner for their customers to take the Purple Hands Pledge®
McMinnville Albertsons Hands booth & donation station. 75 shoppers stopped to learn about & take the Purple Hands Pledge®
Donation jars were place at each checkout station. $148.84 was raised after just one day. Thank you Albertsons!
Purple Hands Bear makes an appearance at the Soroptimist meeting!
Purple Hands Bear leads Soroptimist's in taking the Purple Hands Pledge®