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 Challenge
Power of Know
Nature Day
California Afterschool Challenge
Make a Difference Week

Amazing Challenge

Circle of Sisters complete challenges located throughout Santa Rosa Junior College.  The girls are divided into teams and need to work together to solve the challenges. Some challenges that have been done are notes to veterans, life-sized puzzles, 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. The day ends with everyone coming together to participate in Zumba.

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

Circle of Sisters, in partnership with Sonoma County Regional Parks provides approximately 20 girls a day in nature. A day spent at a park hiking, 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.