Meeting Schedule for March

  • March 6     Business Meeting (Pam Barrett)
  • March13    Awards Luncheon (Ellen Palazzo)
  • March 20   Featured Member/Social
  • March 27   Managing Menopause, Dr. Clare Rudolph, Barton Women’s Health (Natasha Schue)

Meeting locations will be announced soon.

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Major Project Update

On January 30 and February 6 club members heard presentations on two projects which have potential to be designated as the clubs major project. Both the boys and girls club and the girls softball field presented their projects through PowerPoint presentations which will be posted online for any member who wishes to view the presentations in the near future. Thereafter, a short survey will be available for members to take to gauge the members interests in either, both, or neither project. A Notification will be emailed to the members when the online survey is available.

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Wine Tour and Echo Lake Hike and Picnic Dates

So far I have our tour dates as follows;

Wine Tour 

  • #1- May 17th Colleen is the leader
  • #2  Oct 18th Deb is the leader

Echo Lake Hike and Picnic

  • #1-July 23rd Colleen is the tour guide
  • #2- July 21st or July 28th TB confirmed Deb’s leader

If needed we will have an overflow or third tour to accommodate but so far all but one or two can make it.. fingers crossed .. 

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A Note of Gratitude

A note of gratitude to all who sent sympathy messages and cards to myself and my husband.  On December 15th, my son Richard King, died peacefully in his sleep, at his home, in his own bed. We did not know that Richard had a heart condition. As a result of his heart condition he suffered a fatal heart attack. My “Mom” intuition had sent us to check on him when his voice mailbox was full and we hadn’t heard from him for a couple of days. The South Lake Tahoe Police, Sheriff, and Paramedics who responded to our 911 call were very comforting.  

We have been thanking God for the last eleven years for all that Rich had accomplished after having had survived an abscess on his brain, the resulting surgery and eleven days in St. Mary’s ICU from undergoing dental work in 2008.  Since then, He completed two AA degrees at LTCC, then enrolled online at Arizona State University and completed is Bachelors and Masters degrees (from their Engineering School) all while running his own Quality Tile & Marble business full time. He was a keen and competitive student, always making the Dean’s List and Honor Roll. He graduated Cum Late just missing Magna Cum Late by less than a fraction of 1 percent

Although my husband and I tried to lead by example of with a Vegan diet and exercising on a regular basis, he was resistant to change until just the past couple years. The Whole Foods Plant Based No Oil added diet (although we do add a little fish now & then) has been documented to prevent and even reverse severe heart disease. We knew Rich was over-weight and eating a diet heavy on meat & dairy, but he was trying to add more fruits and veggies over the past year. We didn’t know of his heart condition and he hadn’t seen a Doctor so we don’t know if he had any knowledge of having heart issues. 

Again we want to thank the members for their support and hope that this information helps to make all members aware that heart disease is the number on killer in the US, and that it is preventable and even reversible with proper diet and exercise. 

Davey Paiva & My husband, Douglas Phillips (Whom Rich called Dad for the last 30 years)

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Statement Regarding the Allocations Process for this Year

By President Pam

At our meeting on February 6 we discussed creating a statement that members can use when asked about our allocations program this year and to post on our club website.

Thank you to Rose Marie Ottman and Pat Disney who worked on creating this statement:

This year Soroptimist International of South Lake Tahoe will focus its efforts on selecting and funding a major project to have a lasting impact on the lives of women and youth in our community. The club has been saving for many years in order to have the financial resources for this project.  In an effort to give adequate attention to the process, we are suspending the allocations grant program for the 2018-2019 fiscal year.

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Plan to Attend the SNR Conference

The Sierra Nevada Region Conference will be held at the Atlantis Hotel/Casino in Reno April 26-28, 2018.  This is a wonderful opportunity to meet members of other Soroptimist clubs in our region and hear about what their clubs are doing in addition to meeting our region leaders and hearing about what is happening at the region level.  It is also an opportunity to have some fun with your Soroptimist sisters. If you would like to attend, please email President Pam at

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Support Plus

Our condolences go out to Mickey Madden and her family on the recent death of her husband Doug (cards are welcome; but no phone calls please) and to Janey Roser on the passing of her mother.

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President’s Message

By President Pam

I hope you have all dug out after our recent snow storm and are bracing for the next one. This is quite a winter! Unfortunately, we were not able to attend the District 5 Winter meeting in Reno on Saturday due to the snow storm. When our members aren’t shoveling or snow blowing, they are busy furthering the goals of our Soroptimist club.  We recently had presentations of opportunities for our major project—the STEM room at the Boys & Girls Club and the upgrading of a local girls softball field.  The Major Project Committee will be distributing a member survey soon to determine how we should proceed.  Look for the survey in your email and please submit your response. We continue work on this year’s President’s Project supporting the Gift of Literacy Program with Lake Tahoe Community College and the Lake Tahoe Unified School District.  During the month of February we are collecting monetary and in-kind donations for items to include in the 260 first-graders’ backpacks.  We are asking local businesses and agencies to contribute along with our members.  If you would like to make a donation for the purchase of these items, you can give your donation to any member of the committee:  Pam Barrett, Peggy Blowney, Peg Kortes, Roberta Mason, Rose Marie Ottman and Cheryl Chambers.

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Continued Fight Against Trafficking of Humans

Provided by Cindy Archer — PATH

For many of us, planes symbolize one thing: vacation. Indeed, the mood on airplanes can be quite jovial, with so many traveling to and from vacation spots and allowing their worries to wash away.

Shelia Frederick is a flight attendant for Alaska Airlines. But one day, while on a routine flight to San Francisco, USA, something caught her eye.

A well-dressed man sat next to a young, blonde girl who was wearing shabby looking clothes. She looked up when Shelia passed by, and when she did, Shelia felt that the girl’s eyes were drilling straight into her soul.

Full article here »

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First Friday of the Month Social

Sorry we missed February! But March will make up for it. Meet on Friday March 1 at South Lake Brewing Company! Around 5:30ish.  Bring friends and family and even perspective new members! 

There is usually a food vendor on site Fridays. If for some reason there is not, I will make sure to have some yummy snacks for us to enjoy! I have reserved the back room for us, so there will be plenty of room for us!

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Dancing with the Tahoe Stars

I would like to see if any ladies are interested in attend the Dancing With the Tahoe Stars on Saturday, March 2 at 6:30 at MontBleu to support our very own Ellen Camacho. Ellen’s support team has a number of tables and it would be great if we bought tickets through her. Tickets are $60, $40 and $25; cash or check only.  If you email or text me directly, we can get a group to cheer our girl on! or 530-318-5347

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2018 Holiday Auction Report

On December 19, 2018, 90 excited and generous Soroptimist members and guests filled Mt Tallac Room in Harveys to ring in the Holidays with our annual Holiday Auction.  Members donated items to be auctioned off. Items included group tours to various wineries in El Dorado County, group hike to Echo Lakes, homemade goodies, home cooked dinners, handicrafts, gift baskets, etc.  A big Thank You goes to all generous members that we raised close to $9000 at this auction. Our Budget Committee, upon the Board’s approval will allocate this fund when they meet to determine next year’s budget.

Thank you for your awesome participation and contribution to make this another successful fundraiser and party.

PS. For those who bid on the El Dorado County wine tours and the Echo Lakes hiking tours, please stay tuned for dates and additional details. Deb Howard or Louisa Boone will provide updates in due time. 

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