President’s Message

Happiest of Holidays Soroptimists!

With the Holiday and Winter seasons in full swing and the new year rapidly approaching, I hope that everyone can take some time to reflect on the past year and smile, laugh and enjoy all of the good we have around us.  I find it is so easy to get caught up in the day to day grind, and let any little thing get under your skin. Try taking a intentional pause and thinking of 5 things you are thankful or grateful for, or just good memories that bring you joy. 

I am looking forward to seeing everyone at the Holiday Auction next week! I will be debuting as a auctioneer! I beg, go easy on me… I have never done anything like this! It will be a good laugh if nothing else. 




December 11, 2019



TRPA Main Street Management Plan

December 18, 2019



Holiday Auction

December 25, 2019




January 1, 2020

New Years



January 6, 2020



Board Room A106

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Help Needed

I wanted to reach out to the Membership to see if someone could help with a couple jobs. 

1. We are looking for someone who can take over sending out the weekly lunch meeting invitation to the club. It is a pretty simple thing to do, as long as you have a reminder set to do it. All you have to do is go in and send out the email. 

2. Roster maintenance of the email lists. All this requires, is receiving emails from Cheryl when she updates the roster and reflecting that in the email list for the eblasts. 

Cathy Donovan is currently the person who does these jobs, and she will be leaving for a extended period to go help with her first grand baby! I am sure that she can help train, as well as Hanna would be happy to help train a willing volunteer. 

I am spread a little thin right now, or else I would take it on. Anyone’s assistance would be greatly appreciated. 


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By: Linda Mendizabal

Congratulations to HANNA BERNARD who has been elected to finish out the Vice President’s term vacated by ANNIE DAVIDSON as many other activities have taken over her time … and belated congratulations to LOUISA BOONE who was elected last month to finish out the President-Elect’s as JANE FLAVIN moves on to exciting Gardnerville and a new career with Starbucks … PAT and Chris DISNEY celebrated their 54th anniversary last month and her birthday a week later … JAN and Tom GURNEE went to Australia in September and then met the DISNEY’s in New Zealand … GINGER and Ron MITCHELL also went to New Zealand for a month and then to rainy Mexico to stay with CATHY DiCAMILLO who’s month long visit was her longest at her home there where her son visited and she also uses her time there to pal around with JOYCE BLACKSTONE-TURNER – whew all that flying makes me tired … ROBERTA MASON thanked everyone for helping her celebrate her 90th birthday at LTCC … PEG BLOWNEY has been very busy with TAP – hosting a taco night fundraiser early in December, TAP won a Tallac Achievement Award and (whew) JEFF DeFRANCO (Prez. of LTCC) has agreed to be one of the dancers at TAP’s Dancing with the Stars fundraiser … LIZ PALMER has been elevated to Financial Advisor at Ameriprise … LINDA MENDIZABAL ran into SALLY THIELE at World Market in Carson: Sally has relocated to Gardnerville and couldn’t pass up a job at the Market ‘cuz it was only 8 hours a week … ROBERTA BENVENUTO took in the Shania Twain act in Las Vegas and was invited backstage to meet her … mark your calendars to Nov. 6, 2020, for our 50th wine tasting.

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Message from District 5

Dear Presidents,

Merry Christmas! I hope you have all had a great first half of your year and that you are enjoying serving and paving  the way for women and girls in your communities.

January 11, 2020 is National Stop Trafficking Day and I would love for you to join me in a community awareness project.

I will be printing my club’s poster that was presented at the District 5 fall meeting and as a club, we will be distributing them to local businesses. We are looking to share them with the hospitality industry, entertainment, transportation, educational institutions and frankly, whoever will allow us to. If you are interested, please respond to me. If your club doesn’t have a poster, you are welcomed to use the ones that were submitted at our fall meeting.

I look forward to hearing back from your clubs.

May your holidays be merry and bright,

Lesli Brisson

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Major Project: Softball Field Renovation

Our clubs major project, the girls softball field renovation, is well under way!

The club has committed to fully fund Phase 1 which includes:  site clearing, grubbing, grading, erosion control and re-vegetation; renovation of the current parking lot to a drop-off area with ADA parking; paving a pathway to access the STMS parking lot; adding a player warm-up area; building two enclosed dugouts with benches and storage; purchasing large spectator bleachers and a new scoreboard; erecting new fencing for backstop, dugouts, gates and enclosing the current perimeter to allow fee collection at tournaments; and adding site furnishings (PA system, new bases, water fountains, and signage).

Two additional phases have been identified.  Phase II would provide for the actual construction of the score booth and storage building.  Phase III would likely encourage a partnership between our club, LTUSD, and the Babe Ruth organization to construct a joint facility that would provide for fee collection at tournaments, a concession stand, and a bathroom facility.  Funding for both of these phases has yet to be determined and will be considered down the road.

The Design Committee just released the request for proposal (RFP) to three local design companies.  This is the first step in the process.  After the club hires a design firm, they will work to produce the following documents needed in order to obtain any necessary permits and eventually the hiring of a contractor to oversee renovation:

  1. Site Survey, Plans, and Design of the Softball Field Project based on Preliminary Conceptual Drawings
  2. Site Construction Documents for construction requirements and estimated costs
  3. Permitting documents.
  4. Architectural drawings of a two story score booth and storage building (to be built in Phase II).

Several committees have been formed to assist with the successful implementation of phase 1 and club members are encouraged to get involved.  The committees and committee chairs are as follow:

Design Committee:  Carolyn MacRae, Chair

Legal Committee:  Adele Lucas, Chair

Financial Oversight:  Chandler Monroe, Chair

Volunteer Coordinator:  Julie Gudaitis, Chair

Grants/Fundraising:  Rose Marie Ottman

PR/Communications:  Linda Mendizabal, Chair

Finally, the Softball Committee has established an email account for use by all club members with regards to the project .  Club members and members of the public are encouraged to use this email address in order to correspond directly with the softball committee.  Also, members are able to access this site and review all incoming and outgoing conversations.  We just ask that nothing be deleted.  The password for this email account is Homeofgirlssoftball.   The period at the end of the password is part of the password and the password is case sensitive.

That’s all for now.  Come join us.  We are having a ball…….lol….
The Softball Committee

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Holiday Auction Announcement!

2019 year-end holiday joy is upon us.  Our annual Holiday Auction will be another spectacular fundraiser event filled with food and wine, fun, coveted homemade and handcrafted items, exciting live auction, mystery purse and exotic vacation packages.  Live auction includes home cooked dinners, baked goods, wine tours, hiking, etc. Mystery purse includes gift cards from various restaurants and supermarkets.  Exotic travel packages are Exotic Bali, Cabo San Lucas and Fairmont Hotels & Resorts.

Mark your calendar and invite your friends, family and associates to our annual Holiday Auction where you will enjoy a scrumptious 3 course lunch with wine and excitement.  On December 18, doors open at 11:30am and Holiday Auction kicks off at noon to 1:30pm.

To donate your items, please contact Deb Howard at (530)545-2493  or Louisa Boone at (530)208-8390.  We also welcome your suggestions to make it a better fundraiser event.

Thank you in advance for your generous donations.

Holiday Auction Crew

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Massage Discount

Take care of yourself AND give back to the community at the same time!  For every hour massage you receive from Julie Gudaitis at Tahoe Custom Massage and Structural Integration, Julie will donate $10 back to SISLT in your honor. Schedule online at or call 812-272-3351.

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Attendance Reminder

Just a reminder to all that your RSVP to the weekly attendance notice is important.  

  • We need to give Harrah’s or Harveys numbers by 12:30 on the Monday before a meeting.  An accurate count keeps our expenses way down and helps the venue plan the amount of food needed. 
  • Remember that if you register properly you will receive both an immediate acknowledgement at the site AND an email thanking you for registering.  
  • If you forget or think something is wrong, you can email or call me to get on the list. We always try to accommodate you.
  • Register by going to our calendar and select the upcoming lunch meeting. If registration is closed, please email or contact Linda Mitchell directly.

Attendance Committee
Linda Mitchell     530-541-2635


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