By: Linda Mendizabal

  • Our Sample the Sierra wine sale netted $2,767 – great job! …
  • And our 2019 Best of Tahoe Wine Tasting was a terrific success and banked $47,000 (with a few auction items left to deliver and receive payment for. Chair, COLLEEN MANZER thanked her team: ADELE LUCAS, GINGER MITCHELL, CATHY DONOVAN, MICHELLE LUDIKER, LESLIE TIMMERMAN, LIZ PALMER, LEE MOISIO, ROBERTA BENVENUTO, JULIE WARD, LINDA LaFAVOR-COYLE, DIANE KINNEY, LOUISA BOONE, PAT DISNEY, ROSEMARY WOOD, VAL CONNERS, DEB HOWARD, HANNA BERNARD & JANE MOORE each of whom headed up a specific task admirably & the Silent Auction sold out! She noted that Harrah’s is giving us 180 day lead guarantee in 2020 …
  • VICKI McKENNA has retired from Barton after exactly 42 years + 3 months. Now all she has to do is learn to sleep in! …
  • LAURIE AULT has done some follow-up investigation on D’Angelo who was a Bay Area murderer for many years and they now think he may have been the Zodiak Killer too …
  • CAROLYN MACRAE thanked BROOKE LAINE for her leadership as the City’s Mayor this past year;
  • CAROLYN also celebrated 43 years with Steve! …
  • LOUISA BOONE was elected President-Elect to fill the vacancy left by JANE FLAVIN’S departure …
  • PAM BARRETT spent her annual 2 week vacation at her brother’s “dude ranch” and announced that her sister-in-law, Barbara Barrett, has been appointed Secretary of the Air Force …
  • DEL LAINE seems to be contracting all the illnesses she never had time for when she was busier – this time it is Shingles – yikes! …
  • Our sincere condolences go out to CHERYL CHAMBERS and her family on the death of her sister.
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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

Holiday Auction flyer »

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Inspirational thought for November

When I’m clear with my intention
Supporting my heart’s direction
Choices open up to me
Far beyond what I can see

Love Lucie…
and Blessed Holidays!

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Ruby Award & Live Your Dream Awards applications due 11/15

Ruby Award

This award honors non-Soroptimist women who are making extraordinary efforts on behalf of other women. This award gives the club and the entire organization the opportunity to say “thank you” and encourage others to explore ways to assist women.

The Soroptimist Ruby Award recipient should be a woman who:

  • Has worked to improve the lives of women and girls;
  • Has had a significant impact on the lives of women and girls;
  • Inspires and encourages other women.

Live Your Dream

Soroptimist’s Live Your Dream Awards program is a unique education grant for women who provide the primary financial support for their families. Live Your Dream Awards give women the resources they need to improve their education, skills and employment prospects.

For more information on how to nominate someone, members can contact Ellen Palazzo.

Ruby Award »

Live Your Dream »

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Festival of Lights & Trees’ Volunteers Needed

The holidays are fast approaching and we are looking for energetic, friendly volunteers for this year’s 11th Annual Festival of Trees & Lights. This three-day festival has become a community staple and is the perfect way to start spreading holiday cheer. I was wondering if you would and members of the Soroptimist Organization may be interested in helping us with this years event. I would love to schedule a time to come in to discuss the event and job details at a meeting or gathering of interested parties. Please let me know if this is something we can set up for mid November. 

The Festival of Trees & Lights is not only a fun, family-friendly weekend, it is also a fundraising event for us here at The Barton Foundation. This year all proceeds raised during the Gala will benefit our Family Birthing Center by funding equipment, training, and development so that we can continue to provide exceptional care close to home for our mothers and babies. Funds raised at the festival will support Barton’s Community Health Endowment.  

Attached you will find descriptions of the different volunteer roles we are looking to fill. Click here to sign up for specific roles and shifts. I would be happy to come in and explain/discuss the event with members just let me know when!  

We need all the help we can get so if a specific scheduled “shift” does not work simply email us directly and let us know when they’re available to help. 

Jillian Nielsen
Volunteer Coordinator

Volunteer Roles and Guidelines »

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Harrahs Parking: 

As a courtesy Harrahs valet staff has been providing complimentary valet parking – even though our contract is for complimentary self-parking only.

Valet has advised me that they can no longer do this on a discretionary basis. In the future we will be provided with 10 complimentary valet passes per month. These passes will be provided at the first meeting of each month along with that day’s complimentary stickers. If you need a valet pass, please see President Jenn. All other guests will either need to pay for valet parking or use the complimentary self-parking option.

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President’s message

Hi Ladies, 

I would just like to once again applaud the Wine Tasting Committee and ALL of our members who helped with the event.  I am so proud of us and proud to be a member of our tribe!  The vibe was so positive and I did not hear a single negative comment. The food and wine provided were amazing. I would like to encourage all of us to give patronage to the vendors that support our event year after year!  Thank them for their contribution to the success of our event. 

A huge congratulations and welcome to Louisa Boone, as our new President Elect. I know she is going to do a amazing job! I am super thankful for her willingness to step up to the plate and she is ready to hit the ground running. 

As the holiday’s approach, we now look forward to the Holiday Auction. This is such a great event, this year it is being held at Harvey’s in the space next to the pool. So we will have LOTS of space, and I hope that everyone considers bringing at least one guest.  I know that I am going to use the opportunity to invite potential new members.  It will give them a chance to mingle and meet our members! 

There are lots of opportunities coming up to participate in SISLT projects and community projects, I hope that everyone takes these opportunities to get involved.  If we want to give money, we need to make money! If we want to volunteer in the community, we need to sign up!  Below is a short list of things going on and who to contact to get involved.  

  • Holiday Auction- Deb Howard/Louisa Boone
  • A Fighting Chance (Rescheduled)- Louisa Boone
  • Soroptimist Softball Field- Brooke Laine
  • Boys and Girls Club- Annie Davidson
  • Gift of Literacy- Pam Barrett  
  • New Fundraising Ideas/Efforts- Jennifer Lukins
  • Barton Festival of Trees- See link in this newsletter for sign up information

President Jenn

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November & December Programs

November 13, 2019


All In For Clean Energy (including Solar and Electric Vehicles)

November 20, 2019


Gift of Literacy Presentation

November 27, 2019


Happy Thanksgiving

December 2, 2019


Board Meeting L103 (Aspen Room)

December 4, 2019


Business Meeting

December 11, 2019


TRPA Main Street Management Plan

December 18, 2019


Holiday Auction


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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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