January 2019 Newsletter
By President Pam
Note: Due to a snow storm and dangerous driving conditions, the February Board meeting was cancelled. The Board voted on two issues during the Business meeting.
- Approved the Minutes of the January 9, 2019 Business meeting
- Approved a donation of $1,000 to Tahoe Youth & Family Services to support the 2019 Drug Store Project with funds coming from the 2018-2019 Allocations Budget
- Approved electing Linda Mitchell to this year’s Nominating Committee
- The Board of Directors approved sending invitations for membership to Donna Sohan and Nina Brox
- The Board of Directors approved electing Laurel Nizich to this year’s Nominating Committee
- President Pam appointed Brooke Laine chair of this year’s Nominating Committee
Following the regular Business meeting, Brooke Laine, Cheryl Chambers and Carolyn MacRae presented a proposal for the club’s major project to upgrade the local girls softball field.
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Please mark your calendars for the following dates at Sand Harbor:
Taming of the Shrew July 17, 2019 7:30 pm
Million Dollar Quartet August 7, 2019 7:30 pm
Tickets are $45 per show ($90 total) when purchasing the double show package, or $49 for an individual show.
Please bring your check to Wednesday’s January 16 meeting payable to Jan Gurnee.
I will mail your tickets within 24 hours after receiving your payment.
****Reno Philharmonic nights are July 15 and August 5, 2019. I don’t know which of the two shows will be the “Broadway” night, but both nights are wonderful!! Reservations for those two nights are generally in the $75 range. A check to Jan Gurnee for $75 per ticket will hold your place! Bring that check on January 16 also. Tickets are not available until March.***
Taming of the Shrew is the classic Shakespeare comedy
Million Dollar Quartet is a historical tribute of a rock n roll jam session held December 4, 1956 with Elvis Presley, Carl Perkins, Johnny Cash, and Jerry Lee Lewis
I walk into a room and move up to my heart
And experience all the beauty of having a brand new start.
No longer will I carry memories from the past.
Being here with forgiveness
Makes me free at last
When I became president of our club 18 months ago, I had a vision for the club. As I saw it, we have an excellent history of raising money with two extremely successful annual fundraisers and a small fundraiser within our club (the Holiday Auction) and we are also very good at writing checks to support our community.
What I didn’t see us doing very much was service to our community—hands-on work. I also felt that being part of an international organization we should be donating on a global level. I was lucky enough during that first year to see our club have three successful fundraisers and had the opportunity to involve our club in a hands-on project to benefit young girls all over the world—the Dress A Girl Around the World Program. I took that on as my President’s Project, and you, the members of our club, supported me wholeheartedly. Those of you who sewed, sat at your sewing machines and made dresses. Those who didn’t sew, went shopping for materials to make the dresses. And believe it or not, we actually have members who don’t sew and don’t like to shop; but they donated money for our shoppers. We didn’t spend one penny of the $1,000 the club gave me to spend on the project. And you exceeded my expectations by making over 200 dresses. And we are still contributing. Jan Gurnee is making some of our unused dress packets and taking them to Cuba to distribute during her trip later this month.
In addition to this successful project, we also:
- gave $25,003 in grants to local organizations
- gave $21,400 in scholarships to local high school and college students
- gave $2,900 in awards to high school and college students and a professional woman in our community
- gave $1,000 in support of Live Violence Free
- gave to our community in service through our Fighting Chance program in our schools
- gave to our community through our Anti-trafficking Committee
- gave to Soroptimist International to the SI President’s Appeal supporting a global project
That is over $50,000 in addition to service in our community. I consider that a very successful year for our club when it comes to giving both locally and internationally!
Then, last July I began my second year as president of our club. We knew, by that time that we had lost one major fundraiser and had one year to figure out what we were going to do to make up for it. Change has arrived for our club. There would be no more doing things as we have in the past. Times are changing and our membership is changing. I started the year by saying that no member is allowed to say, “because we have always done it that way” and I continue to feel that way. We must be open to new ideas.
I felt that we could probably come up with at least one new fundraiser but felt our income for the year would still be substantially down. And we did hold a new fundraiser at the Sample the Sierra event. It is a small start. Now it is six months later and my vision remains basically the same—I would like to see us contributing both money and service to our local community and globally. This year we are on track to contribute:
- $21,400 in scholarships to local high school and college students
- $2,900 in awards to high school and college students and a professional woman in our community
- $250 for five Thanksgiving Dinners through Live Violence Free
- $1,000 in support of Live Violence Free
- service to our community through our Fighting Chance program in our local schools
- service and money to our community through our Anti-trafficking Committee
- $7,150 and service to our community through our new participation in the Gift of Literacy Project which will affect every first grader in the LTUSD and on the Nevada side of the Basin
- to Soroptimist International to the SI President’s Appeal supporting a global project.
That is what I am aware of now, and, we are only half way through the year.
I want to thank the members of the Foundation Advisory Committee for their efforts in surveying our club and thoroughly reviewing all the results to form recommendations for our future. I think they did an excellent job! We are already instituting some of those suggestions. I don’t have any further duties for this committee right now, but I am going to ask them to remain in place in case we need their assistance in the future.
As a result of the survey the committee conducted, I am:
- asking the Long-term Project Committee to seriously look at the three projects currently being considered in an effort to give the long-term project funds away in the next 6-12 months. There are several reasons I feel this is important. One being that I see this money causing dissention among our members. On a positive note, I think giving away about $350,000 in our community during this time when we have fewer other funds to give, will go a long way in showing our community that we are dedicated in our support.
- This month I will be appointing a Strategic Planning Committee to work on a Strategic Plan for our club. I know we have members familiar with the process and, in addition, SIA and SNR provide lots of information on Strategic Plan preparation.
- We are making an effort to form a larger “sisterhood” among our members. Jenn Lukins has already taken on the responsibility for organizing our “First Friday Socials.” Last Friday we had over 20 people join us at MacDuff’s for a nice evening. Thank you Jenn. We will also continue our monthly Member Profile programs which has been very popular in the past.
- I want our members to find where their passions lie in the club. I believe we need to review our committee structure and have committees that align with those passions even if that narrows our focus. Then, I want each committee to submit its ideas for a fundraiser. I believe we can start with smaller fundraisers and possibly hold fundraisers a bit more often in the future. However, at the same time, I believe in light of the fact that we have less income, we must be willing to perform more hands-on service in our community.
- We need to recruit members. That is everyone’s responsibility.
- Lastly, I want to talk about the need for our members to step up into leadership roles. Next month I will be appointing a Nominating Committee to seek out members for next year’s Board of Directors. All of you are capable of serving in this role. We are in a unique situation this year, in that we need to fill the President, President-elect and Vice-president positions in addition to the other positions on the Board. Please step up. You do not need prior experience. We have the positions or Director and Delegate on the Board as stepping stones for those who don’t have Board experience to learn how it all works. I know that you all have your own visions for our club and by taking on a leadership role, you will have the opportunity to share your ideas and possibly see them in action. And those of you who are not on the Board, please support your leadership. The women who take on this responsibility do it thoughtfully and deserve your support.
In conclusion, I feel we are fulfilling a vital need in our community. We may need to change how we serve our community in the future but that doesn’t mean we will be any less effective in our support than we have been in the past. And at the same time we can all get to know each other a bit better and enjoy our time together. I hope you will all support my vision for our club for the remainder of my term. And, as always, I welcome your comments and suggestions.
January 16 Young Women of Distinction, Janey Roeser, Harrah’s
January 23 Jaycee Macias, Live Violence Free Trafficking Educator (Intro Jane Flavin), Harrah’s
January 30 Long-term Project Presentation—Boys & Girls Club STEM Room, Jude Wood, Executive Director, (Intro Cathy DiCamillo), Harveys
February 6 Business Meeting (President Pam) including Long-term Project Presentation—Girls Softball Field, (Brooke Laine & Cheryl Chambers) (Intro Cathy DiCamillo), Harrah’s
February 13 Soroptimist 101, SNR Governor Lane Parks (Intro President Pam), Harrah’s
February 20 Featured Member/Social, Julie Gudaitis (Intro Carolyn MacRae), Harrah’s
February 27 Meet the New City Manager: Frank Rush (Intro Brooke Laine), Harveys
To our members who helped out so much for Ed’s Celebration, we cannot thank Mary Lou Whitcomb, Peg and Don Kortes, Davey Paiva, Carolyn MacRae, Cheryl Chambers, Pat Disney, Vicki Gonzales, Lee Mosio, Carolyn Meiers, and Cathy Donovan enough for all they did to welcome attendees, set up all the displays and then take them down, packing them safely for storage. As a team you all anticipated every need and were right there to assure things went well (i.e. seating!). Your kindness and support made the Celebration of Ed’s talents and contributions quite warm and personal. Thank you!!
To all the current and former Soroptimist members who have reached out to ease the pain, please know you have made these past weeks more manageable. The cards, personal messages and encouragement, have made a very difficult time somewhat easier. I hope to respond to each one but I do not seem to be as diligent as I intended!
But know that you all have made a difference in a difficult time and your kindness and love is sustaining.
December was a busy month for Support Plus!
-We started with providing set up and take support for Ed Laine’s memorial service. Ed was the husband of beloved long time member Del Laine, and the father of Brooke Olivares Laine who passed away recently after a long illness. It was held at Lake Tahoe Golf Course and was a gathering of many of the “old guard” of South Lake Tahoe. Memories were shared from events through the years and warm friendships renewed. Ten of our members helped the Laine’s with arrangements for the occasion.
-Davey Paiva’s son passed away this month as well, after years of illness. Our heart goes out to Davey, as there is nothing like the loss of one’s own child. God bless you, Davey.
-Annie Davidson had sudden pains about Saturday evening about 10 days before Christmas and had to call 911 to take her to Barton. She had emergency surgery at 3 a.m. for the repair of a twisted bowel! My, my! We never know when such a thing will happen! We are so fortunate to have our wonderful hospital and surgeons ready to take care of us. Annie is recuperating well and hopes to be back, coming to meetings, soon.
-Mickey Madden had a total knee replacement done right before the holiday. Merry Christmas! However, she is doing quite well and enjoying having her daughter spending time there as a caregiver.
Vicki Gonzalez had a hysterectomy after Christmas. She is recovering nicely. Her men (husband and two boys) are taking care of her and the house. After all, she has taken care of them all of these years. Now it is their turn!
-Beth Mott’s father died suddenly in a motorcycle accident, hitting a bad skid, in Washington State. She and her brother have been up there taking care of arrangements and settling his estate. What a difficult Christmas season for her. She is now spending a bit of time with her mother before returning to Tahoe.
As you can see here, there have been quite a few difficult incidents for our members. Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers.
Mary Lou Whitcomb
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.
**AND PLEASE LET US KNOW IF SOMETHING CHANGES AND YOU ARE UNABLE TO COME ONCE YOU HAVE REGISTERED!