Fall is here and our weather is cooling off but our Soroptimist members are heating up with involvement in all sorts of activities.  Yesterday, 11 of us represented our club at the Sample of Sierra at Bijou Park where we sold bottles of wine.  We haven’t had time to look at the finances yet so I can’t tell you how successful it was as a fundraiser for our club, but as a friend-raiser it was a huge success.  In addition to selling wine, we spent the day informing members of our community about our club’s activities and how we support our community and Pat Disney sold some winetasting tickets and got a donation to our winetasting.  Thank you to Cheryl Chambers, Kathleen Brown, Aletha Nelligan, Laurel Nizich, Hanna Bernard, Ginger Mitchell, Colleen Manzer, Michelle Ludiker, Liz Beispel and Pat Disney for helping at the event. And thanks to Donna McLelland and Louisa Boone for helping me with some of the preliminary work.


At the same time we were planning our participation in Sample the Sierra we were busy working with SI Tahoe Sierra (SITS) planning the District 5 meeting which will be held on Saturday, October 13, at the Beach Retreat and Lodge here in Tahoe.  It is not often that we have the opportunity to attend a District meeting without traveling.  I hope you will take advantage of this and sign up to attend this meeting where you will have a wonderful opportunity to visit with other members of our club, meet members of other Soroptimist clubs in our District and hear about what is going on in our District and Region.  We will have a table at the meeting where Mickey Madden, member of our Partners Against Trafficking Committee, will be sharing information about our club’s anti-trafficking efforts with Partners Against Human Trafficking (PATH); we will auction a gift basket being put together by Liz Beispel; and Pat Disney will sell winetasting tickets. The guest speaker will be D. Jean Creasey from the Kellerman Foundation and Happy Dollars will be donated to the Kellerman Foundation.  My goal is to have at least 20 of our members attend.  Your $39 registration fee will be paid by the club.  If you have not been at a meeting to sign up, please email me at zippygirl1@att.net to let me know you will attend.

In addition to all this, the club’s new Foundation Advisory Committee, chaired by Annie Davidson, has begun its work to recommend a future course for our Soroptimist Club.  See below for Annie’s committee report.

Actions Taken at the May Board and Business Meetings

The Board recommended and the Club approved the following actions at the September 12 Business meeting:

–consolidating funds and purchasing 3 CDs totaling $200,000

–changing the name of the Violet Richardson Award to “The Soroptimist G.I.V.E. (Girls Into Volunteer Experiences) Award”

–$3,750 from the Contingency Fund to cover the purchase of approximately 22 cases of wine and other expenses for Samplethe Sierra.  Assuming the sale of the wine, these funds will be returned to the Contingency Fund after the event.


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