January 2020 Newsletter


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Dark January 29, 2020, DARK 5th Wednesday of the Month
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President’s Message

Happy New Year Soroptisisters! I hope that everyone enjoyed the holiday break, and were able to recharge during the holiday hustle. I am so pleased that we are stepping into the New Year making forward progress on the Soroptimist Softball Field Project. This is going to be such a great project that our community will use for years to come. Thank you to everyone who is actively helping with this project. The momentum is great!

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Ruby Award — Announcement

If you know of a non-Soroptimist woman whose volunteer service either in her personal or professional life benefits women and youth in our community consider nominating her for the Ruby Award.  Nomination forms are available from Awards Committee members. Nomination deadline is February 14.

Download form here »

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Live Your Dream and GIVE Awards — Announcement

The 2020 Live Your Dream and GIVE Awards have been selected. Many thanks to Karen Borges, Carol Haase and Nancy Gayner along with all the Award committee members of Soroptimist  International of South Lake Tahoe and Soroptimist International of Tahoe Sierra. The recipients will be formally awarded at our March 11 luncheon.

Live Your Dream Award – Kimberley Real

GIVE – Alisha Bailey, Sadie Laster and Joebelle Santos

Ellen Palazzo, Awards Committee Chair
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Major Project Update

Hooray! After 15 years of saving a portion of whatever money we raised, we are on our way to a Soroptimist signature project with longterm community benefits.

Last year we were presented with two proposals brought to us by the major project committee for club consideration. As a club, we selected the reconstruction of a softball field that we could design specifically for girls softball which will give girls parity in facilities, a sense of importance and encouragement to work toward professional sports. The improvements will help propel South Lake Tahoe toward compliance with Title IX and will be designed with the amenities needed to attract and host tournaments where entrance fees can be collected. Phase I of this project will reconstruct the beat up field on Lake Tahoe Unified School District property at South Tahoe Middle School and will include parking, handicap access, resurfacing the infield, improving the outfield, new dugouts, a warm up area, a new scoreboard, bleachers and fencing. Future phases include restrooms, a snack shack, a score shack and storage shed.

The executive softball committee sent RFPs to 3 planning firms with local experience. All 3 responded and the design subcommittee met, discussed the 3 and selected two from which they agreed to seek additional information before the Executive Committee made a presentation to the Board and Club. All 3 bids exceeded our estimate.

The design subcommittee and the executive committee spent significant time evaluating the two top bids. The executive committee made a recommendation to the board to select Design Workshop and it was brought to the club for club discussion and a final decision. The discussion on January 8 was respectfully deliberated. Design Workshop and their bid of $41,300 was ultimately chosen by a majority vote of those present at the business meeting.

SISLT will negotiate a Memorandum of Understanding with LTUSD to set forth a written agreement pertaining to “Soroptimist Stadium – Home of Girls Softball” to assure we are all on the same page.
It is anticipated that planning and construction will occur this year! Stay tuned to how you can participate in this very exciting project!

The Publicity Committee

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Roxie and John Upton 50th Anniversary

Roxie and John Upton were surprised December 21st by a 50th Anniversary Nostalgia Tour of the Bay Area, including the church and Treasure Island where their reception was held and many other memorable spots. This was followed by a wonderful dinner with family and friends on the Embarcadero in sight of TI. Included was an amazing program of more than 50 years of photos and memories compiled by daughter Joanna, helped by family and Roxie’s matron of honor, Teri Boucher.

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Let’s Save Our Trees

Starting in February, Julie will be e-blasting our business meeting packets on Tuesday night. If you would like a paper copy at the meeting let her know and she’ll bring one for you. Otherwise use the electronic copy provided or print it out at home.

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Winter District Meeting in Fernley

Thank you all for considering to attend the Winter District Meeting 

When: February 7
Where: Fernley, Nevada (please see Invite PDF for more info)

We are happy to see you and are planning a great event. Friday Night will be a Sip and Paint for $25 in Fernley and the Saturday event will be held at the City Hall.  Please contact me if you have any questions.  775 217-2859.  I look forward to seeing many of you. 

Sue Chambers
District 5 Director

“Dreams Really Do Come True”
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