COS girls at Sloan House shelter for women

Past Events

Circle of Sisters participates in a number of field trips and special events every year. Here are a few of the events from previous years:
Amazing Race
Power of Know
Nature Day with Youth Quest
California Afterschool Challenge
Make a Difference Week
St. Joseph Health System's Christmas Gala
California Academy of Sciences
Horse Sense for Teens
Ropes Course Field Trip

 

Amazing Race

Circle of Sisters holds its own version of The Amazing Race, based on the CBS television show of the same name.  Circle of Sister participants are divided into teams and compete to find clues and complete challenges located throughout Santa Rosa Junior College.  Some challenges that have been done in past years have been life-sized Sudoku puzzles, finding a certain landmark, what’s in that drink, jeopardy and obstacle courses.  Helen Cortopassi of St. Joseph Health coordinates the challenges and volunteers for a fun day for the girls.

Power of Know

Circle of Sisters, in partnership with Sonoma State University, produces the Power of Know conference for Circle of Sisters participants. SSU students take a one credit class in which they designe the workshops conference. Past topics have included body image, self-esteem, bullying, and thinking about the future.

The Power of Know class continues to be offered during the spring semester. If you are interested in participating in the class, please contact the Women’s and Gender Studies department at Sonoma State University for more information.

Nature Day with Youth Quest

Circle of Sisters, in partnership with Catriona MacGregor of Youth Quest, provide approximately 20 girls a day in nature.  A day spent at a park exploring and learning about how animals and vegetation create a wonderful and fun environment.  The day ends with the girls creating their own dream stick and talking about their hopes and dreams.

California Afterschool Challenge

Circle of Sisters participates each spring in the California School Age Consortium’s California Afterschool Challenge in Sacramento. After receiving a day of training in advocacy, COS girls speak to state legislators about the importance of after school programs.

Make a Difference Week

For several years Circle of Sister participants helped to make quilts for children in shelters.  In 2008, Circle of Sisters’ eleven groups made a total of 60 quilts for children. The quilts were then donated to Sloan House and The Living Room, two local shelters for women. Circle of Sisters participants brought the quilts to the shelters personally.
Vida Jones, a professional seamstress who worked with the Cotati Rotary Club, gave both her time and the materials for this project.

St. Joseph Health System’s Christmas Gala

Every year St. Joseph Health System holds a gala fundraiser and auctions off beautiful designer Christmas trees. In 2009 Circle of Sisters girls helped prepare for the event and in the process were able to look at the gorgeous trees up close.
Thank you to everyone for their help!

California Academy of Sciences

In November of 2008, Circle of Sisters took a field trip to the recently reopened California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco. The girls were able to learn more about the natural world and enjoy a fun day in the process.

Horse Sense for Teens

In 2007-2008,Circle of Sisters groups were able to participate in the Horse Sense for Teens program. COS participants went to Medicine Horse Ranch in Tomales, CA and were able to work with the retired horses at the facility. Through their work with such sensitive animals as horses, they were able to learn more about themselves.
Many thanks to the Alyssa and the staff of Medicine Horse Ranch for allowing us to participate in this program.

Ropes Course Field Trip

For many years Circle of Sisters have attended Ropes Courses at locations such as Westminster Woods and Four Winds. The girls are able to improve their team building and self confidence, as well as enjoy some old-fashioned fun on the zip line.