President Pam Barrett charged a committee of 10 people to recommend a course for our Soroptimist Club. We all sense the need to clarify who we are, what we need from SISLT, and how we will build a future South Tahoe community that we all  cherish. So that’s big! No one here takes this charge lightly. We want to do more than make our Club survive: we want to make the Club thrive. Make it breath and stretch and grow.

Julie Gudaitis <jgudaitis@gmail.com>,
Jennifer Lukins <jennlukins@gmail.com>,
Natasha Schue <natashakidman@gmail.com>,
Liz Beispel <ebeispel@aol.com>,
Pam Barrett <zippygirl1@att.net>,
Cheryl Chambers <cherylchambers58@gmail.com>,
Abby Ouimet <abby.ouimet@gmail.com>,
Jan Gurnee <we4trvl@ail.com>,
Elizabeth Palmer <Elizabeth.Palmer@ampf.com>,                            Annie Davidson <annehdavidson@gmail.com>

As a first step, we asked members who came to the September 12th lunch the first of a series of questions we plan to ask at meetings. Twenty-five people participated by answering our question: “What do you love the most about our South Shore community?” Thank you to all who joined in! All responses are at the end of this submission. You will see that VERY clear themes came through:
  • Beautiful environment with lots of healthy, outdoor activities/lifestyle options. Quote: “I love the amazing natural environment that exists here and the love for this environment that is evidence in our population. Also, the availability of quality outdoor activities to participate in year round.” 
  • Safe, friendly, “small town” community. Quote: “Small town feeling” (I love that! Sounds like a song…)
  • How we support each other (individually, non-profits, schools, clubs). Quote: “When needs arise, one or more community organizations rise to meet those community needs.”  
At the 9/19 meeting, we will ask: “What scares you the most about the future of our South Shore community?” 
 
Also, we are lucky to have Abby Ouimet (who is a professional facilitator for groups like SISLT) facilitate a November meeting using the SWOT approach. Stay tuned.

Here are all the responses from the first question. Enjoy!

SISLT Lunch Meeting 9/12/18
Question 1 “What do you love the most about our South Shore community?” 
(Each bullet is one person’s response. All are anonymous.)
  • The blend of the natural environment within the community
  • Seeing familiar faces wherever I go
  • The “small town” – good aspects – support, warmth, also the relaxed atmosphere of a mountain town
  • The access to recreational activities, the diversity of our population, that we are a bi-state community, the fact that we are a “small town” community
  • Small town feel, outdoor activities right out our door, lots of community groups and activities, our LT Wildlife Care, community members are very supportive when there is a need, our lovely lake and the environmental focus to preserve our pristine area
  • I love the amazing natural environment that exists here and the love for this environment that is evidence in our population. Also, the availability of quality outdoor activities to participate in year round.
  • I love the sense of community in South Shore.
  • The beauty of the lake, my friends here
  • The beautiful area and all the activities available, the wonderful people and how everyone looks out for each other
  • I love the people. It is very easy to meet people and the folks seem to really come together when needed. I love the recreational activities available to us in our beautiful environment.
  • Small community, the beauty of our surroundings
  • Small town, lots of service organizations that support our community, beauty of our location, recreational opportunities
  • Small town feeling, supporting those in need, the beauty of our area
  • The natural beauty and the people
  • (1) The beauty of the lake and mountains, (2) The community overall does/can pull together to support our nonprofits and service agencies (like LVF and FRC), (3) The schools, especially that each elementary has a special focus, (4) Friendships/support of SISLT/SITS
  • Sense of family – and how “giving” this community is!
  • Art and music events, friendly people, beauty
  • Friendly people – willing to share information and assistance
  • The physical environment: mts., lake, trees
  • When needs arise, one or more community organizations rise to meet those community needs.
  • Nature and beauty! Surprised how many different groups there are. (Cliquish?) Opportunities for health and wellness. Good lifestyle. 9-5 isn’t the norm. Different is accepted.
  • Small town feeling, the people, great place to raise children
  • I have met friends for life through Tahoe.
  • (1) Clean air and water, (2) mostly healthy attitude of residents
  • Beautiful lake and mountains, small, friendly, and community-oriented
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