For all those who will be teaching for A Fighting Chance, Charna was nice enough to provide some training for 4th and 5th grade classes. We recorded her training and have uploaded the videos so that you can watch them.
All completed dresses are due to me on Wednesday, May 16.
Our meeting on May 23 is going to be a fun meeting and an opportunity to thank everyone who sewed for our Dress A Girl project. If you have friends or relatives who made dresses, please invite them to the meeting. Our Dress A Girl Ambassador will be our guest speaker and will give us more information about the program. SI Tahoe Sierra members will join us and we will present information about our clubs’ contributions to the program.
Actions Taken at the May Board and Business Meetings
The Board recommended and the Club approved the renewal of the AirMedCare Network contract, June 1, 2018-May 31, 2019
AirMedCare Membership Renewal
AirMedCare has increased its membership fee effective June 1, 2018. The annual membership fee for SISLT members is increasing from $55 to $65 beginning June 1, 2018. If you renew your membership prior June 1, you can avoid the price increase and pay only $55 for coverage for you and your family. Renew online at airmedcarenetwork.com/renew 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.
May is another busy month for our club. On May 16 we will be presenting 22 scholarships, totaling $21,000, to local high school and college students. I hope you will join us for this meeting to be part of celebrating our efforts in the community to raise the scholarship funds and the opportunity to meet the students in the community who benefit. The following week we will celebrate my President’s Project for this year—Dress A Girl Around the World. There is more information about the meeting below. Please be sure to get all your completed dresses to me by Wednesday this week!
Our June Board and Business meetings will be a week early on May 29 and 30, respectively. At the Business meeting Nominations Committee Chair, Del Laine, will be giving the second reading of the slate of candidates for our Board of Director positions for the 2018-2019 year and there will be an opportunity to nominate members from the floor. We will be doing our voting electronically this year and Del will share all the details.
Mark your calendars now for our 60th Anniversary party on Sunday, July 29, 11:00 am to 3:00 pm; our annual Progressive Dinner on Sunday, August 26 starting at 4:00 pm; and our “Evening of Wine, Food and Beer Tasting” on Friday, November 9 at 6:00 pm.
I hope you will join us for our exciting line up of meeting this month!
The community of South Lake Tahoe lost a beloved member when Jean Gurney passed away on April 24, 2018. Like Lake Tahoe, Jean made people feel relaxed, elevated, and happy.
Jean was born on May 31, 1945 in Longview, Texas, to Viola and Frank Gurney. She spent her formative years in Massachusetts with her parents and sister Ann, and graduated from Minnechaug Regional High School in 1963.
In 1964, Jean moved to New York’s Greenwich Village, where she formed a singing group that performed regularly at Café Au Go Go. The group, dubbed the The Au Go Go Singers, toured the US and Canada. She then toured with The Serendipity Singers.
Jean fell in love with Tahoe and moved here in 1968, at age 23. A lover of animals, she worked at Stateline Animal Hospital as a veterinarian’s assistant for over a decade. She then co-founded Wilderness Studio, a photography business that employed 12 photographers—including Rick Gunn, Eric Jarvis, and others who would later become photojournalists.
Jean was an exceptional portrait photographer and great with people. She photographed countless couples getting married in Tahoe, and untold numbers of South Tahoe High School students celebrating their prom nights. She would later start Tahoe Digital Imaging and manage guest events at Embassy Suites.
Jean served on the board of Tahoe Youth and Family Services and was an active member of both the South Lake Tahoe Chamber of Commerce and Soroptimist International of South Lake Tahoe. She raised scholarship funds, lining up local restaurants for charity wine-tasting events and helping organize the American Century Golf Tournament.
An avid skydiver, Jean loved nothing more than falling through the air thousands of feet above the Sierra Nevada mountains, Tahoe laid out before her. The force of parachutes opening took its toll on her back over the years, but she still said, “It was worth it.”
A Celebration of Life in loving memory of Jean Gurney was held on Saturday, May 12, at the Flight Deck at the South Lake Tahoe Airport.