Soroptimist International of Elk Grove

March 2019
v. 33, no. 9

In This Issue:

Message from President Diana
March Program Meeting
A Pinch of SOLT
Soroptimist Links
Committee News & Reports
SNR News
SIA News
SI News
Soroptimists Out & About
Upcoming Events - Club & Community Calendars
2018-19 Officers

Message from President Diana

Happy March! 

Dream It Be wrapped up at Sheldon High School on February 23rd.  Sharon and her team did a wonderful job and I have no doubt they made a huge impact on those girls. 

Remember Martinis and Merriment is this month.  Ticket sales are in full swing, so let your friends and family know to get their tickets soon as we have sold out in the past.  We still need underwriters for the event.  It is not too late for businesses to take advantage of all the great publicity they will get for their money.  See Tracey or Pamela if you have any underwriters in mind.  This is a big event and takes our whole club to be involved.  There will be sign ups at our club meetings for help at the day of the event.  Please sign up for a shift.  With everyone’s help, we will have another very successful fundraiser! 

We got the call for the SNR 43rd Annual Conference.  It is April 26-28th at the Atlantis Casino and Resort in Reno.  This is an amazing event where you will have a lot of fun getting to know what our entire region does.  From making new friends to learning about what other clubs do in their communities to hearing from the top winners for LYD, it is so valuable as a Soroptimist to attend.  Please consider going.  The cost is very low, only $160 for all 3 days of meals.   Hope you can make it!


March Program Meeting Speaker

REMINDER: Beginning in January, the Program meeting day & location changed! Program meetings will be on the 1st Monday of the month at 6:30 PM at Dignity Health.

Our speaker will be: 

Michele Steeb
Chief Executive Officer
Saint John’s Program for Real Change

Since joining Saint John’s in 2007 as executive director, Michele has transformed the 30-day emergency shelter into a comprehensive, 18-month program that supports women and children as they actively address and overcome the root causes of their poverty and homelessness. By providing mental health services, educational assistance, and extensive hands-on employment training, these women and their families experience real change and begin to realize their full potential. Under Michele’s direction, Saint John’s has evolved from a 30-day emergency shelter that served up to 100 women and children daily to a 12-18 month program today that serves up to 270 women and children daily.

Prior to Saint John’s, Michele served as Vice President of Public Affairs for the California Chamber of Commerce where she managed several major initiatives while quadrupling their political revenue in her three-year tenure.  She was founder and chief executive officer of two technology-based companies and has run several successful political campaigns. 
Michele and her husband Jim live in Gold River, California. They are parents to four boys (Jacob, Zach, Joey and Christian) and one girl (Brooklynne) and have served as a host family for many foreign and domestic students.

Pinch of SOLT
(Soroptimist Orientation & Leadership Training)
Measuring Success
We can measure our success in a variety of ways, such as how many girls graduate from our DIBI program, how many Live Your Dream Awards we hand out, and how many other women we help in our community. At the end of each Fiscal Year (August), our SIA, our federation, provides us with a document that combines our successes with those of other clubs and puts into a pretty package. You can see the full infographic & other metrics that Soroptimist uses to measure success here.

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
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: Claudia Niedzlieski - Lead.
Members volunteered for some restaurants, but we need more help.
Desserts: Sherry McLellan
Publicity: PR Committee
Entertainment: Sharon Renzo

This year we will be musically entertained by Blues Mechanix (again!), and Scott Edwards as our MC. He has lined up comedians Steve Bruner and Katsy Chappell.

We have 5 restaurant/caterers: Cowabunga BBQ, Romano's Macaroni Grill, Elegant & Easy Catering, Baguettes, and Umai. Also, Sprouts will provide cheese & salami tray, and Nugget will donate cookies.

Pam has done a great job of getting sponsors: our very own President's business Crystal View Optometry, Councilman Darren Suen, Nurse Next Door and Arena Party Rentals.

We have an awesome selection of items for our raffle and silent auction.

We will need a lot of help on March 22 setting up tables & chairs, and decorating the venue. 

Remember, the success of our fundraisers means that we have the funds in our budget to allow us to do the programs and projects that enrich our community!

Membership Committee

Leigh Nurre & Leslie Konopinski, Co-Chairs

Thanks to everyone who was able to attend the SIEG Orientation on February 7th. 

Nametags:The Membership Committee asks that members wear nametags 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 nametag.
2nd Wednesday lunch, March 13, 2019, 11:30 am, Mikuni's 8525 Bond Road
Elk Grove, CA 95624

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

Nothing new to report!

Public Relations Committee

Kristine Smith & Holly Lakatos Co-Chairs

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 & Holly know.

Reminder: Please be kind to your fellow Soroptimists and NOT use "REPLY-ALL" when responding to messages from the Google Group if the reply isn't really mean to go to EVERYONE!

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

If you didn't get your copy of the Membership Roster, please contact Treasurer Janet.

Service Committee

Betty Matsui & Kathi Griffin, Co-Chairs

Subcommittee Report:
Dream It Be It- Sharon and Pam (co-chairs)
On February 2 we presented Dream It, Be It Sessions 5 (facilitated by Claudia Niedzielski and Session 6 (facilitated by Sharon Renzo).  Our speaker of the day was Kim Pearson, a social worker.  LauraJean Lawrence instructed the girls on proper skin care.   

We wrapped up our DIBI year on February 23 with LauraJean Lawrence facilitating Session 7.  The girls then played a spirited game of Pictionary using careers.  Following lunch, we were honored to have a dynamic panel of speakers: Mary Kight, USAF Brigadier General, Ret., Meyng S. Cho, Pharmacy Director, Olivia Kasirye, MD (Sacramento County Health), and Kelsey Johnson, Esq.  Following the speakers we conducted a graduation ceremony.  We were honored to have California Assemblyman Jim Cooper in attendance, as well as Chet Madison, President of the EGUSD Board and Carmine Forcina, also an EGUSD Board member.  Assemblyman Cooper, Mr. Madison and Mr. Forcina all addressed the girls and praised them for completing the program. 

The girls were presented with Certificates of Completion of the DIBI program, as well as Certificates from the State of California, and a goody bag.  We had a drawing for one lucky girl who won a beautiful gift basket donated by Karin Lindner.  Even though we got off to a little bit of a rocky start, it was an amazing program this year.  Many thanks to everyone who contributed to make this happen.  It most definitely is a team effort and SIEG is the best!

Images from Dream It, Be It
Row 1: Cake;
Row 2: Gift Basket donated by Karin Lindner; Goody bags for each of the girls

Top, left to right:  Kelsey Johnson, Esq., Mary Kight, USAF Brigadier General, Ret., Olivia Kasirye, M.D.
Bottom, left to right:  Meyng Cho, Pharmacy Director; Group: Olivia, Kelsey, Meyng, Pam Harris, Mary
Left Top:  Carmine Forcina, EGUSD School Board, Chet Madison, EGUST School Board President
Left Bottom: Linda Dewberry, Sheldon H.S., and Sharon Renzo
Right: California State Assemblyman Jim Cooper
District 3 Director News
The Call to Conference is out for the 43rd Annual Conference in Reno, Nevada.  It's going to be an amazing conference! We'll be celebrating our members, electing new nominating committee representatives, absorbing information on stop human trafficking legislation, winning raffle baskets, solving a murder (at Friday night's murder mystery fun, getting new ideas for your club and making new friends!

Register by March 22 to be included in our Early Bird drawing.  You can also make your hotel reservations for the Conference being held at the Atlantis Reno Resort.

I can't stress how important it is to attend our annual Conference. It's especially important to bring along your new members so they can an first-hand feel for how we support the Soroptimist mission through our clubs' activities, as well as celebrating the creative ways we build membership, fund our programs and bring awareness to to our awesomeness!!  And, the more members attending per club the better. You're able to bring back the energy, the excitement and the inspiration you gained by attending.  
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

SIA welcomes Erica Cheslock as its new director of donor relations. In this position, Cheslock will develop and manage the major gifts program to support the Soroptimist Dream Programs: The Live Your Dream Awards and Dream It, Be It. These programs ensure women and girls have access to the education and training they need to reach their full potential. You can read more about Erica & her new position here.

SI News
SI delegates will represent women at the fourth session of the UN Environment Assembly (UNEA-4) later this month in Nairobi, Kenya. SI recognizes that major environmental financial mechanisms have approved gender policies or frameworks (Global Environment Facility, Climate Investment Fund, Green Climate Fund, Adaptation Fund) so will aim to contribute and positively influence decisions relating to gender and environmental governance. You can read more about the assembly here.
Members Out & About
Top: At the Chamber of Commerce's Gala on January 11, 2019, at the Falls Event Center, member Genny Fulp was chosen "2018 Ambassador of the Year" and was presented with this trophy. Way to go, Genny!

Bottom: The Second Wednesday Lunch Bunch met at the Spaghetti Factory, Elk Grove.
Upcoming Events

March Birthdays

Wishing a very happy birthday to...

Mar. 16: Diane Hollingshead
Mar. 20: Pamela Harris
Mar. 20: Janet Hume

SIEG Events & Meetings (2019)
March 13: Second Wednesday Lunch @ Mikuni's Elk Grove
March 22: Martinis & Merriment
April 26-28: SNR Conference in 
Reno, NV
May 2: Big Day of Giving
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
Community Events
Mar. 2: SI Sacramento Crab Fiesta
Mar. 8: International Women's Day
Mar 11: Elk Grove Optimist Crab Feed
Mar. 23: Project R.I.D.E. Steak Dinner & Auction

March 30: Taste of Elk Grove
Apr. 6: Walk to Remember
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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