SI Elk Grove's May 2015 Soropti-News
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Genny Fulp, President

Message from the President

This is the month we celebrate Mothers, and I want to wish you all a Happy Mother’s Day.  There are a few who have been ‘Mom’ to others and this may be nieces or nephews, or you were close to cousins, neighbor’s children, as these are some of the folks you made an impact on, and I don’t think they will ever forget it.  So, to all ladies, I hope you have an unforgettable day.

Also, May brings ‘Cinco de Mayo’ on May 5th (duh, cinco in Spanish is 5, so it makes sense), in which Mexico celebrates to commemorate the Mexican’s army’s unlikely victory of the French forces at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1861.  (Now, is that more than you want to know about Cinco de Mayo?)
As we were all hoping for April showers to bring us May flowers, I guess it didn’t happen.  I guess we should, selfishly, enjoy this wonderful sunshine we are having.  I know I am.

My husband and I will be away for a couple of weeks this month, and there doesn’t seem too much for me going on, so I guess we chose the right month to do it.  Our president-elect, Tracey Edwards, will oversee the business meeting later this month, so I think all is well.

A few of us went to the SNR conference in Reno, in April, and what a delightful experience that was. In attendance were Tracey Edwards, Phyllis Davis, Betty Matsui, and myself.  With all the workshops and awards presented, we had a wonderful time. We were very happy to be awarded two accolades.  We placed 1st place for our project ‘Stop Teen Dating Violence’ and 2nd place for the ‘Innovative Public Awareness Star Award 2014-2015’.  Absolutely elated with these two awards, but it did not stop there. No, we were also awarded  a $1,000.00 grant for our “Helping Hands” project. That was so awesome, as this is the project that we are able to help women and their families which needs a hand up, not a hand-out. 


Greetings From The President
Not Afraid of Storms
Save The Dates
2nd Wednesday Lunch
May Birthdays
Live Your Dream Award Winner
May Program Meeting Speaker
Out n' About
Sierra Nevada Region Conference
A Pinch of S.O.L.T.
On The Web
Random Tips
Chile Relleno Cassserole
SIEG Officers
Calendar Snapshot
Soroptimist Websites
Not Afraid of Storms

Save The Dates

2nd Wednesday Lunch

This month we will meet at  Baguettes, 8351 Elk Grove Blvd., #100 at 11:30 am, on May 6th.
Remember, the more the merrier!  And, don’t forget to take a picture!

Here is last month's picture at On The Border:

May Birthdays

Happy Birthday to:

Janet Brabender - 5/18

Lena Oneto - 5/26
2014 Live Your Dream Award Winner - Rebecca S. Watch and learn about Rebecca's story.

Member Bio - Betty Hall

By Kristine Smith

Betty Hall was born in Sacramento but spent the first 8 years of life in Sloughhouse before the family moved to the town of Elk Grove.  Betty received her primary education in Elk Grove after which she went on to Cosumnes College and graduated from Sac State with a major in Business.
After graduation, Betty remained in the area and worked for the Elk Grove School District, Sac City College and finally, Cosumnes River College from which she retired a few years ago.
Betty married and raised her family in Elk Grove and has been involved in many community activities over the years.   She first joined Soroptimist in 1990 as she was intrigued with what the club was about and the service they provided in the community.
When asked “what do you like best about the club?” her response was “the friendships of the members, and the work we do to better the community as a whole.”   Betty very much appreciated how the women embraced her family when her son Bryan died in Iraq and the continuing support during the years by helping at the Walk2Remember. 
One of Betty’s favorite projects with the club has been the See’s store.  The challenge of finding a home for the store over the years (1st in Elk Park Village; then due to See’s company restrictions it moved to a  trailer in Sheldon and eventually back to Elk Grove Village).  She took a lead role in getting the store prepped each year and always looks forward to getting to know the other members as they work together in the store.
As a long-time member Betty expressed that she would like to see more diversity in the club. This will bring new and fresh ideas for the membership to continue to grow in our dedication to helping women and girls.

May Program Meeting Speaker

This month our speaker was Sandy Waite.

Sandy has been a nurse and a counselor for EGUSD for 25 years.  She is the Healthy Start Coordinator and their mission is to improve the social, emotional and academic outcomes for students using the school site to deliver and link services for students and their families.

Sandy received her BSN from Westminster College, her Health credential from Sac State and a Masters in Counseling from University of LaVerne, California.  She is also certified to conduct audiology tests for hearing. In 1999 she was Elk Grove Citizen's " Educator of the Year" and in 2009 received EGUSD, " Administrator of the Year." She has received the Helen Andrus Award for community service from the Sacramento District Dental Society as well an award from Blue Cross Blue Shield for community outreach.  

Sandy is involved with the Optimist Childspree at Kohls.
Click Here to read more about sponsors and vendors.  

"Out 'n About"

April 21 - Members attended the Elk Grove Food Bank Volunteer Appreciation Dinner. Picture: President Genny Fulp; Diane Hollingshead; Phyllis Davis; Marie Jachino, Executive Director, Elk Grove Food Bank; MaryAnn Chappelle; EGFBS Board member Betty Hall; Tracey Edwards.

Sierra Nevada Region
39th Annual Conference

President Genny with Club Award

A Pinch of S.O.L.T. 

Introduction to CSW59

The Commission on the Status of Women, or CSW, annually brings governments, NGOs and civil society together to promote the rights and status of women. This year, the 59th Session of CSW (CSW59) will be taking place at United Nations Headquarters in New York from 9 to 20 March 2015. CSW59 is already setting records with nearly 4000 people being registered to attend from all regions of the world, and the Soroptimist International delegation will be joining them!

CSW59 will conduct a global review and appraisal of the implementation of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, and consider opportunities for strengthening gender equality and the empowerment of women in the Post-2015 Development Agenda.

Soroptimist International will be presenting a series of parallel events at the NGO CSW Forum. SI’s events will cover major issues like women in poverty, trafficking and violence against women. These events will play a role in celebrating the excellent project work done by Soroptimists, displaying best practice, and presenting ways to close the gender inequality gap. You can find out more about these events here.

On The Web

Here are some quick links for when you’re wandering through the Web looking for interesting and informational tidbits!

Our (SIEG) Programs
Soroptimist International Elk Grove

My Sister’s House
Soroptimist Sierra Nevada Region

Our Global Impact
Soroptimist International of the Americas

SoroptiVoice Blog
Soroptimist International

Please share with your editor when you find something interesting that your fellow members would benefit knowing about, whether a photo, a video, or blog. 

Random (and sometimes wacky) Tips

Outdoor Table

I love this idea to freshen up your outdoor space.  Make a new outdoor table (with storage!) made from a large terracotta pot and saucer. Simple, cheap, effective and really, really cute!


Chile Relleno Casserole

It is already Cinco de Mayo!  This is a great dish for your celebration…..or really for any day of the week or month!  It is super easy and a very nice dish for a simple supper or even for brunch.  Mine didn’t turn out as pretty as the picture but it was really tasty!

8 servings
  • 2 (10-oz) cans whole green chilies
  • 6-oz Monterey Jack cheese, cut into strips
  • 8 eggs
  • ⅔ cup milk
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1½ cups cheddar cheese, shredded
  • Preheat oven to 350ºF. Spray a 9x13" dish with cookng spray, set aside.
  • Drain cans of green chilies. Take a strip of cheese and insert it into each chili. Place in prepared baking dish.
  • When all chilies have been filled with cheese and are inside the baking dish, mix together eggs, milk, flour and baking powder in a mixing bowl. Beat with a whisk until thoroughly combined and smooth.
  • Pour egg mixture over chilies and then top with cheese.
Place in preheated oven and bake for 30 minutes, until the egg is puffy and the cheese is bubbly. Slice into squares and serve. Enjoy!

SI Elk Grove Officers

Genny Fulp - President
Tracey Edwards - President-Elect
Janet Brabender - Treasurer
Betty Matsui - Assistant Treasurer
Peggy Ursin - Recording Secretary
Annajean Neill, Corresponding Secretary
Karin Lindner - Delegate
Betty Walters - Delegate
Diane Hollingshead - Club Ambassador
Peggy Ursin - Parliamentarian

Tracey Edwards - Newsletter Editor

Calendar Snapshot

May  1    Program Meeting, E.G. Library, 8900 Elk Grove Blvd., Elk Grove
May 11   Board Meeting, Annajean’s Home, 8790 San Pedro Way, Elk Grove
May 13  2nd Wednesday Lunch, Baguette’s Deli, 8351 Elk Grove Blvd, # 100, Elk Grove
May 19   E.G. Chamber Mixer, On The Border, 9164 E. Stockton Blvd., Elk Grove
May 21   Business Meeting, E.G. Library, 8900 Elk Grove Blvd., Elk Grove
June  6   Program Meeting, E.G. Library, 8900 Elk Grove Blvd., Elk Grove

Soroptimist Websites

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