Soroptimist International of Elk Grove

April 2019
v. 34, no. 9

In This Issue:

Message from President Diana
April Program Meeting
SIEG Event Calendar
SI, SIA, SNR Events
A Pinch of SOLT
Soroptimist Links
SIEG Committee News
SNR District 3 Director News
Soroptimists Out & About
Community Calendars
2018-19 Officers

Message from President Diana

WOW! Martinis and Merriment was AMAZING!!! Tracey and Pamela and your whole team- you ROCK.  Everyone had a great time and I got the feedback that everyone loved being in the new location.  No longer were we cramped in the restaurant room, all could mingle and check out the raffle, all the while sipping martinis and eating the yummy food.  The comedians were top notch and kept everyone entertained.  There will be a wrap up meeting in April, let Tracey know if you have any suggestions for our future events.

Again, just a reminder for the SNR 43rd Annual Conference.  It is April 26-28th at the Atlantis Casino and Resort in Reno.  This is great event where you will have a lot of fun getting to know what our entire region does.  You will make new friends and learn about what other clubs do in their communities.  LYD presentations are always a tearjerker as we hear the stories of the top winners.  Hope you can make it!


April Program Meeting Speaker

Our speaker will be: Maria Ancona, Training and Outreach Specialist, Community Against Sexual Harm (CASH)
Maria Ancona is a survivor of sexual exploitation who uses her experiences to help other women exit the sex industry. As Training & Outreach Specialist for Community Against Sexual Harm, she educates students, community members, and service providers on the harm sexual exploitation inflicts upon individuals and communities.

April 1:  Program Meeting @ Dignity Health 6:30pm
April 8: Board Meeting: Crystal View Optometry, 8419 Elk Grove-Florin Rd, EG
April 9: Second Wednesday Lunch: 11:30, Old Town Pizza

May 2: Big Day of Giving - all day
May 18 - Take Flight Shower: 2 pm, at Elk Grove Untied Methodist Church on EG Blvd.

May 30: - Pinot’s Palette - 6 pm;
June 24: - Installation dinner - 6 pm
SNR, SIA, SI Upcoming Events
April 26-28: SNR Conference in Reno, NV 
July 18-21: SI 21st Convention in Kuala Lumpur
July 27-28: Soroptimist Development Retreat in 
Reno, NV

July 22-25, 2020: SIA 45th Biennial Convention in Bellevue, WA
Pinch of SOLT
(Soroptimist Orientation & Leadership Training)

Lead the Way

Whether you are a born leader or need to hone your skills, check out these 10 tips to improve and become a strong leader—in your club, at work, or at home! 

Soroptimist Links

Soroptimist International

President: Mariet Verhoef-Cohen

Soroptimist International of the Americas (Federation)
President: Dawn Marie Lemonds

Sierra Nevada Region
Regional Governor: Lane Parks
SIEG Committee News

Fundraising, Martinis & Merriment

Tracey Edwards & Pamela Harris Ball, Co-Chairs

Silent Auction & Raffle: 
Crystal Bell & Jean Warren, Co-Leads
Underwriting: Pamela Harris
Restaurants: Everyone

Desserts: Sherry McLellan
Publicity: PR Committee
Entertainment: Sharon Renzo

We were musically entertained by Blues Mechanix (again!), and Scott Edwards was our MC. Opening Act Katsy Chappell started our guests laughing and Headliner Steve Bruner kept them laughing.  Both were clean comedians, and we received much positive feedback.

We had 7 restaurant/caterers: Baguettes Deli, Cowabunga BBQ, Dos Coyotes, Romano's Macaroni Grill (dessert bites), Old Town Pizza & Tap House, Shaft Cheese Factory and Umai. Also, Sprouts provided deli meat trays, and Nugget donated cookies.

Pam (and other committee members) did a great job of getting sponsors: our very own President's business Crystal View Optometry, Councilman Darren Suen, Ray Stone, Inc., Sheldon Wine Shop, Arena Party Rentals, Nurse Next Door, Albiani Real Estate, Valley Oaks Appliance, Bank of Stockton, American Legion,  Diane Hollingshead & Family and Arena Party Rentals.

Scroll down for photo's from the event.

Martinis & Merriment Thank Yous!

As you know, a major fundraising event needs all hands-on deck.  And, we had that!  We can’t thank you enough for all of the hours you spent before, during and after our event to make it a success! 
Mouthwatering Martinis were supplied by members Peggy Ursin, Betty Matsui, Annajean & Marv Neill, Diana McKnight, Soropti-mister Jack Edwards, and Kim Lesser Williams who provided two.
Working in the Kitchen (Cooking tortellinis and marinara & saucy meatballs, cleaning and all around keeping it together in the back room) to ensure everyone was fed: Jack Edwards, Sherry & John McLellan.
Desserts were provided by:  Sherry M. and Leslie Konopinski.  Thank you for your time spent gathering and beautifying our donations: Jean Warren, Crystal Bell, LauraJean Lawrence, and Karin Lindner. Our guests enjoyed a delicious Root Beer dessert Martini prepared by Sherry & John McLellan.
Special thanks to our early morning risers who helped with Setup: Soropti-misters Charlie Nurre, George Ball, Gary Lindner, and Soropti-son Josh Edwards. They unloaded many tables/chairs in ballroom and restaurant room.
The Restaurant room was beautifully decorated by: Sherry, Kristine, Peggy, Jean’s business partner Marni, and Annajean & Marv Neill.  Huge thanks to Marie Jachino for the beautiful flowers that really made a difference in that room!  Floral arrangements were created by Cathleen Riebe and Sharon Renzo. Sharon also decorated Umai and Old Town Pizza table; Sherry McLellan and Kristine Smith decorated the meatballs and tortellini tables.
Members (overseen by Sharon Renzo) who made the Ballroom look spectacular:  Marie Wood, Karin, Diana & Mike McKnight, Leslie, Tracey Edwards, Pam Harris, Genny Fulp. Flower arrangements by Cathleen Riebe and Rose Geerts.
Other duties necessary to make the event run smoothly: AV setup:  Mira Woodworth and Tracey, with event signage by Kristine.  Big thanks to our afternoon facility guards Diane Hollingshead and Carol Crump.

Members helping during the Event included:   Jean Warren & Janet Brabender as Cashiers; Check-in was staffed by Pam, Genny and Betty Hall. Servers working in the Restaurant room included members: Leigh Nurre, Sherry, McLellan, Marni (Jean’s co-worker), Nancy Geresse, Claudia Niedzielski, Mira, Annajean, Peggy, and Annajean. Soropti-misters Jim Konopinski, Mike McKnight, Kristine’s daughter Rachael Van Kessel, President Diana’s daughter Elizabeth and her husband Nate McInnes.
President Diana did a great job of sharing with our guests what Soroptimist is about and what we do!
Our Raffle & Drink Ticket Sellers:  Marie Wood, Kathy Griffin, Lynne Prettyman (50/50), Leigh Nurre and Koi Rivers (Big Crush). Our resident photographer Kristine managed to catch all of the fun going on.  And thank you to our members who assisted with passing out the prizes to the lucky winners: Janet, Peggy, Jean, LauraJean, and Betty H.
Thank you to all who stayed to clean up, including President Diana’s son William Holcomb.  It was a big undertaking and everyone remaining pitched in.
Finally, Pam and I want to thank everyone for pitching in and helping everything to run SO smoothly!  Everyone completed their tasks smoothly, we had no plumbing issues (other than the leaky roof) and our guests enjoyed themselves. What more could we ask for?  We sincerely apologize if we missed anyone’s efforts.


Membership Committee

Leigh Nurre & Leslie Konopinski, Co-Chairs

Nametags: The Membership Committee asks that members wear name tags at club meetings, functions and events. This was brought up more than once at the Orientation. Please respect the spirit in which it was asked and wear your Soroptimist nametag.
2nd Wednesday lunch, April 10, 2019, 11:30 am, Old Town Pizza and Tap House, 9677 Elk Grove Florin Rd.

5th Thursday Social - May 30, 2019 – SIEG will have a private event at Pinot’s Palette! 6:30 pm, $35. RSVPs to start in a few weeks. Details will follow.
Save the date for the SIEG Installation dinner! June 24, 2019, 6 pm, Aviator Restaurant, Sacramento Executive Airport. RSVPs will begin in early May. More information to come.

Operations Committee

Peggy Ursin, Chair

Not much happening this past month, but additional bins were purchased to more efficiently stash items in our storage unit.  The Operations Committee thanks the membership for not adding unnecessary stuff in any old boxes to the storage unit.  Tidy, labeled, and stacked are the new bywords!

Public Relations Committee

Kristine Smith, Chair

If you have not submitted a photo release form, please download one from the "Members Only" section of the website & send it back to us. If you do not want your photo to appear on social media platforms, please let Kristine know.

If you want some hands-on experience putting together a newsletter, please talk to Kristine. We need a new newsletter editor for next year.

Service Committee

Betty Matsui & Kathi Griffin, Co-Chairs

Foster Youth Take Flight Shower
Save the date for the Take Flight Shower - May 18th @ 2PM
SIEG will be hosting a shower for 2 foster girls. One is moving into her own apartment and the other is heading off to college.  We want to celebrate their achievements and help them get a good start.  The shower will be open to SIEG members and guest.    It will be held at Elk Grove Untied Methodist Church on EG Blvd.  Look for more details in the May newsletter.  If you are interested in helping with this event please contact Vicki Gaugler - or 916-761-2534.

S Club update
 The Club continues to work on their llama project for the children at St. John's Shelter.  Their upcoming meetings are Wednesday, April 3 and April 10 (Sheldon High School, Rm. C002 - same room as DIBI).  If anyone would like to join us and help with the llamas, that would be appreciated.  We are hopeful to get them all finished and ready to present to St. John's before the end of the school year (which is coming up fast).  The Club (although small) voted to continue S Club next year.  The current president is graduating, so elections were held and new officers were elected for next year.  The girls are hopeful to grow the Club.
Books, Books, and more Books
For some time now, members have been collecting paperback books and boxes were filling up Marie Woods garage.  The initial project to provide books to the women's library at the Rio Cosumnes Correctional Center in Elk Grove yielded several loads to the center. However, a change at the facility means they are no longer accepting the books.  Alas, we have found a home for the books and Marie Wood, Leigh Nurre, and Genny Fulp delivered them to Therese Schultz at the Adult Community Education Center for their library.  If and when the Correctional Center reestablishes their library, we will take another run at providing them with books.

SNR District 3 Director News
I hope everyone who plans on attending the 43rd Annual Conference in Reno has made their reservations. The Soroptimst block of rooms is filled; however, if you are unable to attend, please DO NOT CANCEL YOUR ROOM. Please contact me. There may be another Soroptimist who could use your room and reimburse you. 

Plan on enjoying yourselves, come back inspired and share that inspiration with your club!

New Insurance Company
As you may have read in your email, we have a new Liability insurance company: 
Charity First. Charity First is a provider of specialty non-profit Insurance solutions and insures many large charitable organizations such as Boys & Girls Clubs and YMCA/YWCA’s. Our broker will be Pacific Ag insurance in Hanford, California. Pacific Ag is an independent insurance agency with several offices in California.

At present, we are collecting $5 per member. This amount will increase to $6 per member for club liability insurance collected with the 2019-2020 club dues in June. We are very fortunate to incur only a modest increase. Some carriers would not write our policy due to perceived risk while others were much more expensive or more restrictive in what they would cover.

SNR News
Just a reminder: Governor-Elect Sarah Carrasco has lined up an amazing Conference for us with excellent speakers.  Hotel reservations are open so find a roommate and make your reservations. If it helps, there won't be a lip-sync contest this year. :)

This will be an even more exciting
Soroptimist Development Retreat as we will be joined by members of the Sierra Pacific Region. So plan on attending and getting fresh ideas to help you with your programs, fundraising, membership and public awareness!
SIA News

Club Liability Insurance

To protect U.S. and Canadian clubs from general liability claims, clubs in those countries are required to purchase club general liability insurance. As a service, SIA headquarters manages the procurement of this group insurance coverage for the clubs under a master policy, where risks and costs are shared among all clubs in the pool. Effective April 1, there will be a change in your club liability insurance policy. 

We have decided to go with Charity First to provide our club liability insurance coverage. Charity First is a provider of specialty non-profit insurance solutions and insures many large charitable organizations such as Boys & Girls Clubs and YMCA/YWCA’s. Our new insurance broker will be Pacific Ag insurance in Hanford, California. Pacific Ag is an independent insurance agency with several offices in California. Our dedicated staff member at Pacific Ag is Joanna Acosta. Her contact information is below. If Joanna is unavailable, please ask for JP Holeman, Petra Romero or Jordan Koelewyn and they will be able to assist you.

Joanna Acosta
Pacific Ag Insurance

Click here to access all club insurance information. A new certificate of insurance is located here. Please contact our chief operating and financial officer, Sue Murray ( if you have additional questions.

SI News
Members Out & About
Moments from the Martinis & Merriment Fundraiser Event.  A good time was had by all!
Upcoming Events

April Birthdays

Wishing a very happy birthday to...

April 12       Annajean Neill
April 14       Tracey Edwards
April 19       Noel Sahourieh
April 29       Ramona Johanneson

Community Events
Apr. 6: Walk to Remember - Signed up to help?  Arrive at EG Park by 8:00am
June 22: Elk Grove Run4Hunger
Sept. 14: EG Food Bank Harvest of Hope
2018-19 SI Elk Grove Officers

President: Diana McKnight
Co-Vice-Presidents: Sherry McLellan & Sharon Renzo
Treasurer: Janet Brabender
Assistant Treasurer: Jean Warren
Recording Secretary: Mira Woodworth (not pictured)
Corresponding Secretary: Sarah Aquitania & Marie Wood
Delegates: Kathy Griffin & Pamela Harris Ball
Past President: Tracey Edwards

Appointed Positions:
Parliamentarian: Peggy Ursin
Club Ambassador: Diane Hollingshead

Newsletter Editor: Holly Lakatos
Contributing Editors: Kristine Smith, Peggy Ursin & Tracey Edwards
Thank you for reading until the end! 
Please send your news & events to the editors on/before the 26th to make it into the next issue!
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