Fighting Chance Training Videos by Cathy Donovan

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.

The videos are here:

They are also accessible under “Member Information Center -> A Fighting Chance training videos” in the top navigation).

You’ll need to provide a password to view them: sisltvideos

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Dress A Girl Around the World Project By President Pam


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.

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AirMedCare Membership Renewal

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 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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A Message From President Pam

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!

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In Memory of Jean Gurney reprinted from Tahoe Daily Tribune

Jean Gurney
May 31, 1945 ~ April 24, 2018

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.

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Thought for May by Lucie King

Where the Spirits soar
All the quest to be more
Get reduced to what is real
No longer shall this be concealed.


Sparkling green of thirst
Quenched leaves
Sway in the cool Spring breeze
As baby critters all emerge
And hungry squawks can be heard.
Deep inside my own
Seeds sprout,
Ready for me to let them out.

Question:  What seeds do you need to plant and where?


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May Birthdays

Happy Birthday May!

Patricia Ferraro


Diane Roeser-Kinney


Sue Harley


Nancy Chandler


Valerie Conners


Carol Sesser


Ellen Palazzo


Liz Beispel


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Programs by Del Laine

  • September 12          Business Meeting, President Pam Barrett, Harveys Emerald Bay
  • September  15          Sample the Sierra, Lake Tahoe South Shore Chamber of     Commerce, a fundraiser for us too!, Bijou Park, noon to 5 p.m.
    September 19           STEM Camp Program, Jamie Orr (Roberta Mason), Harveys Emerald Bay
    September 22            19th Annual Sunset Gala, Live Violence Free, Jane Flavin, Harveys Roof Top, 5:30 p.m.
    September 26           Technical and Sevice Committees, President Pam Barrett, SLT Library
    October   1                 Board Meeting, President Pam Barrett, LTCC, Room 106A, 5:30 p.m. 
    October   3                 Business Meeting, President Pam Barrett,
    October   5                  Dance of Hope, Music and Dance performed by children from  Uganda, Tahoe Arts Project, Peggy Blowney 542-3632, MontBleu, 7:00 p.m.  Adults $10.00, Children accompanied by an adult Free
  • Check back to this article in the newsletter for regular updates to Programs, or view them in the Calendar.
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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 numbers by 12:30 on the Monday before a meeting.  An accurate count keeps our expenses way down and helps Harrah’s plan the amount of food they need. 
  • 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.

Attendance Committee
Linda Mitchell     530-541-2635


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