Ways to help make this our best fundraiser

  1. Be here. It’s important to be present for our fundraiser. This is what funds the scholarships, allocations and our major project. For the first time since I’ve been a member we will be asking people to  help us with our event besides our membership as we are seriously short members. Those people may have purchased a ticket but instead they will help us in return for access to our event. Your presence matters. In 2020 really think about the trips that you plan. Can you be here and be present? We need your help and support.
  2. Sell your tickets or if you are unable to sell them then purchase them yourself and give them away so those people you give them to will participate in our raffles and silent auction. If you are asking another member to sell your ticket then that member is not selling extra tickets for our event which makes less money for us to give away. Lifetime members don’t have to sell their tickets but it is appreciated when you do as it supports our mission. This is our fundraiser, right? All ticket money to be turned in to Cathy Donovan.
  3. Contribute to our silent auction/raffle. Ask a business to donate goods or a certificate from the list that has been at meetings. If you are not comfortable with asking then donate wine, boxed jewelry, art or hand crafts of your own. The more donations we have the more we can give away. Contact Lee, Julie or Colleen if you have questions. We are glad to help.
  4. For those who are here in town and present please sign up for at least 2 shifts – one prior or after the event and one during the event. Do it soon please as we are trying to figure out how many people other than Soroptimists we need to pull off this event. Questions – contact Ginger Mitchell.
  5. Yes…you do have to buy 5 raffle tickets, or sell them to somebody else. If you aren’t going to be at the event please turn your money and tickets with your name on them and we will put it in a raffle drawing for you. Then sell more to friends and family who can’t attend our event! They do not need to be present to win our raffle prizes. It’s our fundraiser right?
  6. The night of the event – WEAR YOUR NAMEBADGE!! WEAR BLACK OR WHITE TO SUPPORT OUR WINE COMMITTEE’S THEME THIS YEAR. Smile and help our guests. You are the host. Have fun but don’t overdo it with too much to drink. Bring flat shoes for after the event for clean up and an apron or change of clothes. We can’t go home until the trucks and cars are loaded up with our equipment that goes back to storage. That means that we have to get the wine glasses and the plates clean. It is a fun party in the kitchen with plenty of nice wine being poured and fun camaraderie. We welcome husbands and friends to help us too. If you are all done with your job please don’t leave your Soroptimist sisters washing dishes and loading up without you. If we all pitch in we all can get home at a decent hour. If you leave us behind….it’s a very long day.

Cheers to our 49th Annual. Let’s make it great. I’m thankful that I am able to chair this great committee who is committed to raising these funds for our club to give away. I’m thankful for our members who have really stepped it up this year and helped us with obtaining silent auction items. It has been a challenge for all of our changes to the event this year and a lot of work but mostly it has been gratifying to know I am contributing to help the lives of women and children in our community. I keep reminding myself of that when I get frustrated or overwhelmed with the task. Thank you in advance for everything you are doing to make this fundraiser worthwhile and helpful for our community.

Colleen Manzer

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South Tahoe High School’s Homecoming Celebration

Hello Alumni:

This Friday October 11 will mark the beginning of South Tahoe High Schools Homecoming Celebration.  There are several events (detailed below) that you may be interested in participating in.


Parade participants to begin gathering in the TJMaxx Parking Lot at 3:15pm on Friday October 11, 2019.  We will have a large truck for those that want to ride in the Alumni spirit truck.  Also, you can drive you own vehicle.  Please register your vehicle HERE if you would like to participate.  Indicate that you are with the alumni and wish to be at the head of the parade.  If you have any questions please email me (lainefoto@gmail.com).  The parade is to begin promptly at 4:00pm and make its way up to the High School.


We will build the alumni float starting at 5:30pm – 8:00pm on Wednesday October 9.  Our trailer will be positioned at South Tahoe Refuse.  We (the Alumni Foundation) purchased several items that will need to be assembled and secured to the trailer.  Also, for those of you with “mad pomp-ing skills”, we have an alumni sign and a soccer ball that could use your skills!


If you want to watch the parade (as opposed to participating in the parade), the alumni will host a pre-homecoming event at South Tahoe Brewery on Friday October 11 from 3pm – 6pm. 

We need your help building the float!  We would love for you to either participate in the parade or attend the All Alumni pre-homecoming event at South Tahoe Brewery.

Please help make this years parade a success.  RSVP to Brooke if you are able to help build the float on Wednesday Oct. 9 and/or if you will be participating in the parade on Friday October 11.

Feel free to pass this email onto other Alumni that you think would be interested.                           

Brooke Laine, Class of 1982

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Rotary Announcement — Recognizing one of our members

The South Tahoe Rotary Club will be recognizing Roberta Mason for a Rotary Paul Harris Fellowship Award.

Event Date: Wednesday October 23

From 5pm – 8pm 

Lake Tahoe AleWorx at the Y

We are welcoming all Soroptimists to attend the special presentation. We will be holding a fundraising event for Polio and AleWorx will be donating a portion of the night’s proceeds.

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October Programs

We have some great programs coming up, it’s a great time to bring a friend! Remember this week we are meeting at the LIBRARY. (Library)

10/9  — Barton Health Coach: Different Approaches to Healthy Eating (Harrah’s)

10/16 — Ari Ramos- Walking Across America to Promote Healthy Lifestyle (Harrah’s)

10/30 — DARK (Wine Tasting Week)

11/4 — Board Meeting (LTCC, Board Room A106)

11/6 — Business Meeting (location TBA)

11/13 — All In For Clean Energy (including Solar and Electric Vehicles) (location TBA)

11/20 — TRPA Mainstreet Mgmt Designs (location TBA)

11/27 — DARK (Thanksgiving)

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President’s Message

I would like to commend our club for the amazing work put forth regarding our major project. Now that the project has been decided, we can move forward with getting our hands dirty and this project started! This is going to be a very fun and exciting time as we begin to see this project come alive. There will be a lot of decisions and work ahead for this new committee. I believe we have a lot of members with experience and contacts that will serve as excellent members to this committee. As I stated during the business meeting, I believe that we cannot ignore the importance of the Boys and Girls Club of SLT. I would like to see our club build a relationship with the organization, and provide them some much needed support. 

We have the wine tasting coming up in a few weeks, and I would like to see as many of our members helping the committee prepare for this event. I know that bringing in your silent auction and raffle items is VERY important right now, as is turning in money for ticket sales.  Please make sure to sign up to work a shift at the event and help with clean up or set up, the success of this event lies solely on each others efforts.  I am going to pack a bag with sneakers and sweat pants to help clean up, who’s with me?!?

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October 2019 Birthdays

Vicky Gonzales — October 11

Rose Marie Ottman — October 13

Donna McLelland — October 13

Anita Vieites — October 16

Kris Keesling — October 27

Ellen Camacho — October 29

Ginger Mitchell — October 31

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October Inspirational Thought

Quest for Balance

I’m one up, one down
I’m one down, one up
How arrogant can I be
To think that anyone on this planet
Is more or less equal to me 

Love, Lucie

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September/October 2019 Programs

Wednesday September 18 — Major Project Q & A @ Harrah’s

Thursday September 19 — Soroptimist Social 5 pm @ The Chart House (please rsvp to Pat Disney)

Wednesday September 25 — City Council Chambers @ Lake Tahoe Airport/City Offices

Sunday September 29 Birthday Celebration for Roberta Mason @ Lake Tahoe Community College

Monday September 30 — LTCC Board Meeting

Wednesday October 2 — Business Meeting @ Harrah’s

Wednesday October 2 (evening) — Book Swap @ Virginia Glenn’s

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September 2019 Birthdays

Happy Birthday Ladies!

Aletha Nelligan — September ? (secret?)

Linda LaFavor-Coyle — September 5

Norma Severloh — September 6

Sue Novasel — September 12

Vicki J. McKenna — September 19

Leslie Timmerman — September 22

Norma Smith — September 28

Roberta Mason — September 30

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President’s Update

I am very excited about the current vibe of our club! Do you feel it? I know I feel it! We are bringing new members in every month, we are out volunteering in our community, helping other organizations, the Wine Tasting is approaching and we are having healthy discussions regarding our major project.  I feel like we are in a groove and I just want to do a little dance. I LOVE seeing smiling faces everywhere I go, and I love that the direction we are going! 

With all of this in mind, we will be hearing more information regarding the major project this week.  Keep an eye out in your email for detailed information for each project. The ballot will be emailed out shortly after the meeting on the 18th.  It will be sent via email within 5 days of the meeting. A huge thank you to the major project committee for bringing forward two excellent projects! Wherever we end up though this process, I am thankful that I am a part of such a amazing organization that has worked so hard for so long to be able to give a amazing gift to our community. 

Looking forward, I would like to challenge every member to not just sell the 5 wine tasting tickets they are required to sell, but try to sell 2 more tickets.  If every member sells 2 extra tickets, that adds up to over $10,000 in additional profit for our club! THAT’S HUGE! That is one way, you as a member can do something to make a huge difference. Just ask a couple more people if they would like to come. Lets sell Harrah’s out!!

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Inspirational Thought for September

(Wow, can’t believe we are already here…)

Equally awesome in a new way,
I venture out to the rhythm of each day.
And as I let go of what was then,
The now becomes a newfound friend.

Love Lucy

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By: Linda Mendizabal

JULIE GUDAITIS became JULIE WARD on Sep. 14 when she wed Tom Ward; they are celebrating with a honeymoon in Indonesia – congrats! …

PEG BLOWNEY celebrated the 10th successful T.A.P. fundraising anniversary of Music on the Beach end of August …

ROBERTA MASON and family vacationed for 2 ½ weeks relaxing by train through Canada including canoeing on Lake Louise; AND LTCC is hosting a celebration of ROBERTA’s 90th birthday/her contributions to education on Sep. 29, 2-5:00 pm, at LTCC – come celebrate! …

JOYCE BLACKSTONE-TURNER missed us and has been visiting from her new digs in Cabo San Lucas …

after more than 3 years of Mon-Wed-Fri Dialysis, PAT OLIVEIRA’s husband, Carol Drawbaugh got a new kidney! The call came from Arizona so it was a rush to get there (and of course the plane was delayed) within the time limit given. But he’s doing well, will be AZ for a few weeks and PAT can quit her “shopping job” while killing time in Carson – yay! …

HANNA BERNARD was scheduled for ablation surgery to address heart arrhythmia, and it was performed but stopped (the surgery, not her heart…) once they “got in” due to a complication – yikes, how frustrating ….

DEL LAINE had a “heart dysfunction” and has a pacemaker now – dtr.

BROOKE LAINE is super busy as her husband had knee surgery about the same time; thanks to cell phone she is available to both “patients” 24 hours/day; husband Jose was in significant pain after his surgery but once it was discovered that he had been prescribed ½ dose of pain meds (and re-prescribed the correct dose), he’s doing better.   

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A thank You from the Wine Committee

Wine Committee would like to thank membership for their continued team effort to make the 49th Annual a successful fundraiser. It’s countdown time to our event now and we need your continued help and support. 

1. It’s easier to sell your tickets if it is early bird pricing. Reach out to friends, neighbors and business associates of those who you work with and those who you do business with to distribute posters (put your name and phone number on the poster to sell more tickets in those places where people know you) and tickets.

NEWSFLASH!!!! HARRAH’S IS NOT CHARGING OUR GUESTS FOR SELF-PARKING . Instruct our guests that when they give us their tickets we will hand them a parking sticker for their self parking ticket. This does not apply to valet parking. 

Don’t forget to share the great Facebook posts that Natasha is doing for us. If you share on your own page friends may re-post and you are able to help us sell more tickets. The more people that attend the event the more funds we can raise at our silent auction, cork raffle and large raffle prize tickets. All money for any $65 tickets sold on early bird pricing has to be turned into Cathleen Donovan no later than September 25. If you turn in ticket money after that date then you will need to turn in $75 per ticket.  If you sell 10 tickets then you get a free ticket for a guest.

2. Donate to our silent auction/cork raffle at least 3 items or sign up for obtaining 3 items from businesses around town. There is a pass around list at the meeting to help you with ideas of who to contact. We would ask that if somebody has already signed up for a business not to contact them so we don’t overwhelm our business contributors. Contact Colleen Manzer at ccmanzer@gmail.com as to what you are able to obtain for our fundraiser if you have missed the sign up sheet.  VERY IMPORTANT TO CONTACT LEE MOISIO, JULIE GUDAITIS OR COLLEEN MANZER WHEN YOU OBTAIN AN ITEM SO WE CAN GATHER IT FROM YOU (OR BUSINESS) AND ADD IT TO OUR WEBSITE OF DONORS. 

3. Sponsor a wine for our wine refrigerator. Pat Disney has the sign up sheet or call/email her if you would like to help us with this. 

4. Wine committee is continuously adding wineries, breweries, restaurants to our website to keep the public updated. Silent auction and cork raffle items also have their own page and we will be updating that page continuously as contributors donate.

5. Sign up for jobs. If you haven’t seen the sign up list sent out by Ginger Mitchell please email her at gingerrm@charter.net. Every member needs to work at the event. If we all share in the work then it is not too much for a few. 

6. If you can’t find your SISLT name badge, order a new one now. All members need to have a name badge at the event so our guests know to ask you for help if needed and to help other members know who you are

Thank you,
Colleen Manzer
2019 Wine Committee Chair

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PatO’s happy news

Hello all, 

Yes, it really happened. It is not a dream! 

After three years and three days of waiting, of being on-call 24/7/365 with two false alarms, the third time was the charm.

Hubby Carol received a kidney transplant overnight Wed, August 28th at Mayo Clinic in Phoenix. We received “the call” earlier that day that there was a match and to get to Mayo Clinic FAST. We had less than one hour to provide them with a flight number and exact arrival time.

A crazy, whirlwind day of travel, including a delay on our non-stop flight because of weather. Wouldn’t you know, on THIS flight! Carol was whisked directly from the parking lot at Mayo’s E.R. straight to Pre-op, where at one point, there were nine medical folks doing nine different routine pre-op tasks all at once. With our flight delay, timing had now become extremely critical!

Carol is doing very well, in fact excellent, and his transplant team is quite pleased. He was discharged after only 2.5 days. Isn’t modern medicine amazing, 2.5 days? So far, he and his new kidney are very happy and comfy together. 

We will need to remain in Phoenix for six weeks undergoing every-other-day labs, tests, doctor consults, transplant team appointments, in addition to the daily testing, readings, monitoring that we must do ourselves. Lots of record keeping. It’s been 106-109 degrees every day, but this ain’t no Arizona vacation😀 !!

We look forward to resuming our lives, although this new chapter comes with its own new challenges as well. But no more 3x/week, all-day trips to Carson City for dialysis. Carol”s life had depended upon equipment on the other side of the mountain. It’s been a long three years.

‘My office’ at Costco will be closing now, and customers will just have to make their own decisions on furniture and other items without me 😊. Honestly, I really will miss the friends I’ve made in the retail world down there.

Carol and I are very happy, very grateful, relieved, overwhelmed, emotional, exhausted. But we are ever so thankful to the donor and his or her grieving family for giving us the gift of life through organ donation. We will forever hold them in our hearts.

Hope to see everyone again soon. This really is incredible! 


PS:  Looks like the number 3 is our new lucky number ❤.   The words below have always been very special to us. They come from the national organ registry.

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