Memorial Event for Betty Mitchell

Betty Mitchell was a beloved member of our club for many, many years! There will be a memorial event honoring Betty Mitchell’s life:

Wednesday, June 5, at Valhalla from 3 – 5 pm.   

Mary Lou Whitcomb
Support Plus Chair

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Thought for June

“Come Celebrate! The sun is up!”

The birds did sing,
And so I opened a weary eye in hope that it was spring.
To my surprise, what greeted me was a magical affair
The wonderment of new beginnings was present everywhere.

Love Lucie

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Annual Dues are NOW Due

In April you received an annual dues notice by email.  For those of you who have not paid (and that is about half of our membership) your dues are now past due.  Dues for Life members are $70 and for Regular (which includes Club Life) members, dues are $168 for the next year.  Please bring a check or cash to the meeting on June 5 and give it to the attendance table OR go to PayPal from our club website ( to pay.  We appreciate your immediate payment.  If you have any questions, please contact Cheryl Chambers or Lee Moisio.

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2019-2020 Board of Directors

On May 8, the results of the election for next year’s Board of Directors were announced.  Thank you to everyone who ran for office and congratulations to those who won.

The following individuals have already been elected to their positions:

Jenn Lukins — President
Liz Palmer — Director (one-year)
Vicki Gonzales — Alternate Delegate (one-year)
Pam Barrett — Past-president

The following individuals were elected to their positions:

Jane Flavin — President-elect
Annie Davidson — Vice-president
Julie Gudaitis — Recording Secretary
Rosemary Wood — Corresponding Secretary
Ginger Mitchell — Treasurer
Janey Roeser — Director (two-year)
Aletha Nelligan — Delegate (one-year)
Norma Seveloh — Delegate (two-year)
Peggy Blowney — Alternate Delegate (two-year)

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Actions Taken at the Board and Business Meetings

Board Meeting

  • Approved to send a letter of invitation for membership to Chelsea Zermani
  • Approved to recommend going dark on July 3, 2019 and on every 5th Wednesday of the month (July 31, October 30, January 29, April 29)
  • Voted not to recommend the balance of the Contingency Fund on June 30, 2019, be spent to offset registration fees for three members attending the 21st Soroptimist International Convention

Business Meeting

  • Passed unanimously to go dark on July 3, July 31, October 30, January 29 and April 29.
  • The motion to recommend that the balance of the Contingency Fund as of June 30, 2019, be used to offset registration fees for three members attending the 21st Soroptimist International Convention in Malaysia was withdrawn after a lengthy discussion.
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A Message From President Pam

Several important things are happening this month.  First, on June 12, Immediate Past Federation President Dawn Marie Lemonds will be speaking at our meeting about all things Soroptimist.  I hope you will all make a special effort to attend the meeting.  Second, Finance Committee Chair Lee Moisio presented the proposed 2019-2020 budget in May.  The Board will vote to approve the budget at its meeting on July 8 and the Foundation membership will ratify the budget at the Business meeting on July 10. And finally, at our meeting on June 26, we will hold the installation ceremony for the new Board of Directors.  I hope you will plan to attend all these important meetings.

A BIG thank you to Education & Youth Committee chair Janey Roeser and all her committee members on a wonderful scholarship presentation program. I think we were all impressed by the scholarship winners this year.

Our Soroptimist year is coming to an end and I want to thank everyone for their support over the last two years—especially Board members and committee chairs.  Without members who are willing to give of their time and expertise, we would not be able to contribute to our community to the level we do. During the past two years, I believe we have worked hard to overcome change that was thrust upon us, but we have weathered the storm and have a bright future ahead.  President-elect Jenn is hard at work getting her year as president organized.  She has some wonderful ideas for our club and I hope all of you will support her during her presidency.

I will be on vacation for the next couple weeks; President-elect Jenn and Vice-president Annie will be conducting the meetings.

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  • COLLEEN MANZER, chair of this year’s wine tasting announced the date – November 1 and it will be at Harrah’s …
  • our Gift of Literacy program and gift backpacks was held at LTCC and was well received by the children …
  • CATHY DICAMILLO and 3 of her 4 sisters had reunion/vacation in Mexico …
  • VELMA SCHNOLL will be working soon and her trips will take her to Vietnam, Japan, Madagascar and Maui (nice work if you can get it!) …
  • ROBERTA BENVENUTO and ROSEMARY WOOD trotted the “Bay to Breakers” in San Francisco – wow! …
  • ALETHA NELLIGAN will be in the upcoming LTCC production – details later …
  • LINDA MITCHELL announced “Music of the Americas” to be held at South Tahoe High School theater, Saturday June 7 and Sunday, June 8 …
  • ANNIE DAVIDSON wil participate in the Songwriter’s Showcase on June 7 at Unity at the Lake…
  • ROBERTA MASON’S granddaughter will be one of the first to receive a Master’s degree via the LTCC expanded program but the ceremony will be at Sacramento State …
  • PAM BARRETT announced that her sister-in-law, Barbara Barrett has been nominated by Donald Trump for Secretary of the Air Force …
  • Sad to announce that former member, CYNDY HOUCK has died of cancer …
  • the memorial for BETTY MITCHELL will be June 5 (would have been her 97th birthday) from 3-5 pm at Valhalla ….
  • the memorial for Doug Madden, MICKEY’S husband, will be June 23, 1-4 pm at Lakeland Village.
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June 2019 Birthdays

Peggy Thomas — 6/11

Pam Barrett — 6/14

Davey Paiva — 6/16

Julie Warmbold — 6/16

Kathy Allyn — 6/19

Carolyn Meiers — 6/25

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Program Schedule for June

6/5        2019-2020 Committees, Jenn Lukins, Harrah’s

6/12      Past Federation President Dawn Marie Lemonds (Introduced by Del Laine), Harrah’s

6/19      Andrea Bollakis & Stephanie Nistler, Humane Society (Introduced by Roberta Benvenuto), Harveys Garden Room

6/26      2019-2020 Board of Directors Installation, Harrah’s

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The members of Soroptimist International of Tahoe Sierra invite you to attend the installation of the club’s 2019-2020 Board of Directors

The members of Soroptimist International of Tahoe Sierra invite you to attend the installation of the club’s 2019-2020 Board of Directors.

DATE:            Thursday, June 27, 2019
WHERE:        Home of Wendy David, 1300 Keller Rd., South Lake Tahoe, CA
TIME:             Social Hour 5:00-6:00 p.m.
                       Installation followed by Dinner  6:00 p.m.

Please RSVP to Nancy Muller at by Friday, June 21

2019-2020 SITS Board

President                                             Kim Valverde
President Elect                                    Janna York
Service Fund Treasurer                       Jean Bergner
General/Delegate Fund Treasurer     Jackie Nelson
Recording Secretary                           Colleen Pence
Corresponding Secretary                    Diana Turner
Delegate 2 year                                  Lydia Rogers
Delegate 1 year                                  JoAnn Tillson
Director  2 year                                  Mandy Kendall
Director 1 year                                   Paula Peterson
Past President                                     Nancy Muller
Parliamentarian                                  Wendy David

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AirMedCare Membership Renewal

AirMedCare Membership Renewal

Your annual membership fee for SISLT members is $65.  Renew online at or by phone at 877 744-7446.  Be sure to indicate you are a member of Soroptimist International of South Lake Tahoe to receive this discounted rate.

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From PATH — Partners Against Trafficking of Humans

Lisa worked hard in college and hoped she was well on her way to getting a great job that would launch her career. But the call never came.

Lisa knew why. She was young and naive when a man she met forced her to set up a “date” for commercial sex. The date turned out to be a sting operation and Lisa was arrested and convicted of prostitution. Her criminal record meant that most employers wouldn’t give her a chance.

Lisa is not alone. A recent survey by the National Survivors Network found that the vast majority of human trafficking survivors have criminal records as a result of their ordeals. And most of them report that those records have profoundly affected their lives, making it hard to rent a safe apartment, or get a good job. Some parents report not being able to attend their kids’ soccer games because they are technically convicted sex offenders.

Our new report grades states on their laws – and lack thereof – providing a path for trafficking survivors to clear criminal records. The report also provides a detailed set of best practices for states to improve their grades by enacting new laws or amend existing ones. We hope that this report serves as tools for policymakers and advocates to identify how best to draft, amend or implement state law.

Read the Report

The importance of getting a criminal record cleared for trafficking survivors cannot be overstated. Read our new report to truly understand the need for states to have a clear path for trafficking survivors to clear criminal records.

In Solidarity,

Bradley Myles



P.S. Stay tuned for more information on local actions you can take to help get laws in your state enacted. Click here to see what grade your state received. 

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Soroptimist Development Retreat

The Soroptimist Development Retreat, also known as SDR, will be held on July 27 and 28 at the Atlantis Casino Resort in Reno.  For the first time two regions are collaborating to present the retreat.  Our 2019-2020 Board of Directors (who will be announced on Wednesday) are encouraged to attend.  There will be over 20 workshops to choose from including Demystify the Treasurers Job, How to increase the impact of your club in the community, how to Outsmart the Work-Life Balance, Truth or Dare—Leadership. 

Mark your calendars!

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46th Annual SNR Conference

Five of us (Roberta Benvenuto, Louisa Boone, Pat Disney, Lee Moisio and I) attended the region conference in Reno April 26-28.  It was a wonderful opportunity to bond with each other and with the other 295 Soroptimist members who attended.  We heard from SI President Mariet Verhoef-Cohen about her President’s Project: Women, Water and Leadership; keynote speaker Dr. Ciriaco Pinedo, president/CEO of Children’s Fund in San Bernardino, CA, about its mission of giving vulnerable children support, opportunity, and hope by breaking destructive cycles of poverty, abuse and neglect; and keynote speaker Ruby B. Johnson, a mining engineer and founder/editorial director of STEMher by Ruby B. Johnson Magazine. Ruby has used her education and pageant titles to advocate for the recruitment and retention of women and girls in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) subjects.  Ruby is also the founder of When You Believe Foundation, an organization committed to the empowerment of girls and women in all walks of life.

Our three delegates all voted as directed by the SISLT Foundation voting “yes” on the six proposed SNR Bylaw amendments.  In addition, we were introduced to the Region Ruby Award winner Sharon Behrens—that was a real tear jerker! We also met six Live Your Dream Region winners.

I encourage members interested in taking on a leadership role in our club to attend Region conferences!  Not only will you have fun, but you will learn how the various levels of Soroptimists work.

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Gift of Literacy 2019

I want to thank all of our members who assisted in any way to make my President’s Project an overwhelming success.  The Gift of Literacy event took place on April 26 when 280 first-graders from all the elementary schools in South Lake Tahoe and Zephyr Cove Elementary School gathered at Lake Tahoe Community College for an introduction to the college including a visit to the Biology Lab where they put together bones to make a human skeleton, a visit to the Library where they did a short writing assignment (What I like most about the Library?) and story time when they were read one or two books.  The highlight of the day was a presentation by children’s book illustrator Rafael Lopez who entertained the kids on the ukulele, singing and drawing.  Kids, teachers and volunteers all seemed to have a great time! Each of the kids received a backpack full of goodies donated to us and a new hardcover book with a label that included their name.  For some of these children, this is the first new hardcover book they have ever had.

In particular, I want to thank the following people:

Rose Marie Ottman for taking the lead on obtaining donations for the backpacks

Roberta Mason for her generous monetary donation to the project

Cindy Archer, Rose Marie Ottman, Peggy Blowney, Chandler Monroe and Pat Disney for their monetary donations to the project

Jenn Lukins, of Lukins Brothers Water Co., for the donation of items for the backpacks

Pat Disney for all her help gathering donations and organizing our “fill the backpacks” meeting

All of our members who helped fill the backpacks, label the books and put them in the backpacks

All of our members who volunteered at the event including Lee Moisio, Roberta Mason and Aletha Nelligan (readers); Donna Sohan and Cindy Archer (guides); Natasha Schue Louisa Boone, Pat Disney, Velma Schnoll, and Carolyn Meiers (set-up and student seating); and Natasha Schue, Rose Marie Ottman, Peggy Blowney, Ellen Palazzo, Mickey Madden and Vicki Gonzales (lunch supervisors).

The event was a huge success and I hope our club will consider continuing to support it in the future.

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