We are 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.  Sixteen of our members plan to attend. It is not often that we have the opportunity to attend a District meeting without traveling. Sue Novasel will give the community welcome and 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 wine basket and Pat Disney will sell winetasting tickets. The guest speaker will be Dr. Jean Creasey from the Kellerman Foundation and Happy Dollars will be donated to the Kellerman Foundation.

The Winetasting Committee has asked every member of our club to donate a bottle (or two) of wine valued at at least $20 to the Wine Grab at our winetasting event.  The “SISLT Wine Store” has wine (valued from $20 to $36) that was not sold at the Sample the Sierra available for sale.  If you still need to donate a bottle, please purchase it from our supply for $22 (includes tax).  When I receive your payment, I will deliver a bottle of wine to the Winetasting Committee for you.  It’s a win-win!  The Club gets paid for the wine and the Winetasting earns $20 at the Wine Grab! And it saves YOU a trip to the store. You can contact Pat Disney, Ginger Mitchell or Pam Barrett to purchase wine from the SISLT Wine Store.

Our Awards Committee is soliciting applications for the Live Your Dream Award.  If you are aware of a woman who is attending an undergraduate degree program or a vocational skills training program and has the primary financial responsibility for herself and her dependents, she is eligible for this $2000 award.  For information on the award and how to apply, go to bit.ly/LYDA-apply.

The Awards Committee is also seeking applicants for the G.I.V.E. Award (Girls Into Volunteer Experiences) (previously known as the Violet Richardson Award) honoring young women (grades 8-12) for their volunteer action. The winner receives $100 and her volunteer agency also receives $100. Applications are available from Ellen Palazzo and Pam Barrett.  Applications for both awards must be received by November 15.

In addition, the club’s Foundation Advisory Committee has developed a survey which you should have received in your email inbox.  We hope to have a 100% response to this important survey which will help the committee develop recommendations for the future course for our Soroptimist club. If you have not received your survey, contact Annie Davidson at annehdavidson@gmail.com

Actions Taken at the October Board Meeting

The Board accepted, with regret, the resignation of Liz Beispel from the Board of Directors.

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