SI Elk Grove's November 2016 Soropti-News
Volume 40  Issue 16
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Soroptimist improves the lives of women and girls through programs leading to social and economic empowerment.

Greetings From the President

President Tracey Edwards

Hello Ladies,

Rain, beautiful rain! Last month, I spent some time in Alabama where they were having "record" temperatures of 88 degrees. The days were dry and sunny. I completed all of my chores so my Mother took me to the airport <grin>.

Spending time making memories, making her life easier, and making scarves gave me the time to reflect on how quiet her life is when I'm not here. And to explore the guilt I feel when I'm not with her and then again when I'm not with my family. But, I am happy to be able to feel that as it means she's still among us. So, spend time with your loved ones and cherish them every day. Enough said.  

We had a successful Bunco event last month; thank you to everyone who participated.

We have a short break until we start gearing up to open our See's Candy Store. I'm so excited - we have a location!! During the process of looking for a new location, I realized how many people in our community want us to succeed. Many people were putting feelers out, and asking business owners about vacant space (or their lobby) to help us have our store. It was very heartening!  

Enjoy your time with your friends and family this Thanksgiving.

May the good things of life be yours in abundance not only at Thanksgiving, but throughout the coming year.

Tracey Edwards 


Greetings From The President
Program Meeting Signups
SIEG Club Calendar of Events

District III Update
SIEG Bunco Fundraiser Update

2nd Wednesday Lunch
New Club Members
Member Profile

November Birthdays
Out 'N About
SIEG Committee Updates
A Pinch of S.O.L.T.
Elk Grove Community Events

On The Web
SIEG Officers
Soroptimist Websites

Editor's Note

Program Meeting Signups

October 7th meeting
Coffee  Kristine Smith
Pastries  Marie Wood
Juice  Florrie Oneto
Fruit  Florrie Oneto
SIEG CLUB Calendar of Events

Nov 4 - Program Meeting @  Elk Grove Presbyterian Church, 8153 Elk Grove Blvd., Suite 50, EG  7:30a.m.
Request: bring toilet paper or paper towels for the Hart House.

Program Speaker Bio - Debbie Schoeneshoefer, President, Elk Grove HART
Debbie grew up in Iowa and graduated with a Social Work and Psychology degree from St. Benedict's College in Minnesota. She served as the Chief of Staff in the California State Legislature in Sacramento for 15 years, before leaving to raise her newly-adopted baby girl. During her 12 years of volunteering at the Elk Grove Food Bank, she noticed an alarming increase in homelessness after the housing crash. She and Frank Lucia founded the Homeless Assistance Resource Team (HART) with the goal of helping to get the homeless back on their feet. She says it is the most rewarding jobs she has ever had. 

Location of Program Meeting: 8153 Elk Grove Blvd #50, EG 95758

Nov 9 - 2nd Wednesday Lunch - Dos Coyotes, EG 11:30am
Nov 14 - Board Meeting - @ Leigh Nurre home, 12275 Saldana Court, Wilton, CA 6:30pm
Nov 17 - Business Meeting,  Dignity Health Bldg, 8220 Wymark Drive, EG. 6:30pm
District III Update by Peggy Ursin
The October 29 District Meeting brought together members from all nine clubs at the Shriners Hospital Auditorium.  Genny, Annajean, Marie Wood, Kristine, Karin, Betty Walters and MaryAnn joined 56 other Soroptimists to watch Peggy conduct her first District Meeting!  We received updates from Sierra Nevada Region Governor Vicki Watson, Governor-Elect Lane Parks, and lots of other Program Chairs and Coordinators.  Vicki outlined her goals for this 2016-2018 biennium, and members had an opportunity to interact in small groups to share ideas about how to build leaders.  Vicki also emphasized that we’re an international organization, and women and girls in areas of the world less fortunate than us really need help.  How nice that our club sold so many of the soft alpaca scarves to support the efforts in Peru, and to realize that our investment in the small community in the mountains is such a terrific international project!
In addition to Vicki’s presentation, everyone heard updates about the April 2017 Conference, hints for Live Your Dream applications, a new Sutter Yuba club being chartered, using social media efficiently for publicity, Club Giving and what the funds are used for (only 40% of the clubs in our District 3 support Club Giving), and what some clubs are doing with Dream It, Be It. 
Guest speaker in the afternoon was Elizabeth Voorhees, a local attorney specializing in domestic violence issues and mediation training.  Some of her stories were pretty intense, but her recommendations on how we can support women dealing with domestic violence were thoughtful, reasonable and could make an important difference to a victim.  Interesting note:  Statistically, the more affluent the household, the more severe the abuse can be – physical, sexual and emotional. 
Because the third Region Board Meeting was scheduled for the following day at the hotel across the street, it was an added bonus to have Directors from three other districts in attendance (they came from Lincoln, Las Vegas and Reno).  The SI Sacramento club hosted the event, and the day was deemed informative and friendly, and…it ended on time!  

The SIEG group set up a table and sold the alpaca scarves they received from the Peru project.
SIEG Bunco Fundraiser Update
by Kristine Smith & Marie Wood

On October 15th, SIEG held their annual Bunco fundraiser at Camden Springs Gracious Retirement Living. The rain from the night before had cleared and the sun came out to bless the event.

We had a full house and plenty of guests who have been to this event in the past.  There were 15 great raffle prizes donated by numerous businesses and members.  We raised approximately $2,000 that will be used in our local programs.

The committee would like to thank the membership for their support through their generous monetary donations, wonderful raffle prizes and for working the event. An excellent team effort was much appreciated!

- Carol Crump greets our guests.

- Club Members Carol Crump, Janet Brabender, Sarah Acquitania, Betty Hall, MaryAnn Chappelle, Kim Chandler, Sharon Renzo, Pat Baeta, Genny Fulp, Kristine Smith, Jennifer Sipe, Kathy Griffin, Lena Oneto, Betty Matsui & Karin Lindner.
- Fred & Leah,  Assistant Managers of Camden Springs.
- A view of the event from the upper floor.

- The table of raffle prizes.


2nd Wednesday Lunch

Dos Coyotes, 8519 Bond Rd, Elk Grove, CA 95624

Wear your Soroptimist Blue and/or name tag.
Remember, the more the merrier!  And, don’t forget to take a picture!
New Club Members

SIEG club inducted two new members this month:
Jennifer Sipe and
Linda Patterson

We're pleased they chose to join Soroptimist and we look forward to their friendship and utilizing their skills.  We have already put them to work on committees.

Member Profile - Linda Patterson

Let's give a warm welcome to a new member; here is her story.

I was born in Indianapolis, Indiana but moved to California when I was six and grew up in the San Francisco (SF) Bay Area.  My husband and I lived in SF for 18 years after we were married before moving to Elk Grove in 1982.  My husband and I have two sons, two lovely daughters-in-law and two brilliant grandchildren, both boys, ages 3 and 5.
I worked for the American Heart Association and Stanford Home for Children before joining the State of California where I worked for several State agencies, primarily in training and development and risk management.  I also taught as Adjunct Faculty at CSUS and Sacramento City College from 1997 to 2009.  I retired from all paid work in 2013.
I joined Soroptimist International in May 2016 because I wanted to become more involved in Elk Grove community activities.  I have been a volunteer at the Food Bank and also their grant writer since I retired; several women I met through the Food Bank invited me to join. So far what I like best about the club is how friendly and welcoming everyone has been.  


November Birthday

7 Pat Baeta    

"Out 'n About"

Club members attending Soroptimist events, community events and traveling around the globe.

- Oct 7th the club showed up in force to support the Project RIDE fundraiser.  Diane Hollingshead, Kim Chandler, Pat Baeta, Betty Walters, Betty Matsui, Ramon Johanneson, Marie Wood, Sharon Renzo, Kristine Smith, Tracey Edwards and a few family members and friends.

- Genny and Betty M  took their husbands to Whole Lotta Brews at the Palladio in Folsom on Saturday, Oct. 15.  The event was a fundraiser for the FCCP (Folsom Cordova Community Partnership) to enhance the education, health and well-being of children, youth and adults in the area.  Yes, they got wet, but sang, danced and jumped in puddles!  They also had beer and wine so it made the rain a little more tolerable. Betty is wearing a fire hat backwards. 
- The 2nd Wednesday lunch bunch (Marie Wood, Betty Matsui, Genny Fulp, Betty Hall, and Kristine Smith) met up at Sushi Q's. Although several members were not sushi fans, they did find something on the menu to order.
- After Bunco, a few ladies (Marie Jachino, Betty Hall, Marie Wood, Carol Crump, Janet Brabender, Karin Lindner, Lena Oneto, Mary Lewis, Sharon Renzo, Kristine Smith and MaryAnn Chappelle) met up at Applebee's for lunch.  We were also joined by two guests xxx and xxx.

SIEG member Genny Fulp volunteers her time at various organizations and functions in the Sacramento area.  Here she is in attendance at the recent California Museum when both Governor Brown and Past Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger were present. Governor Brown had just signed a bill on extension of a greenhouse emissions reduction target. This marked the 10th anniversary of the original bill.

Several members of the club (Phyllis Davis, Diane Hollingshead, Mary Lewis, and Betty Matsui) took a holiday trip to Italy with other members of the Chamber travel group. They have been posting photos on Facebook and seem to be having a fabulous time. We expect a slide show and many stories when they return from this trip.
 SIEG Committee Updates
Committee updates as of November 1, 2016:

Fundraising - Kathy Griffin

SEE'S CANDY Chairpersons: Sherry McLellan,  Leslie Konopinski, Janet Brabender & Marie Wood
Event Scheduled for:  Dec 3-24   Hours of operation 10:00am to 5:00pm
A site has been located and we are in negotiations.  More information will be forthcoming.

Event Scheduled for :  March 10, 2017
Location:  The Falls,  Elk Grove Blvd

We are in the planning stages of this event. Volunteers are needed for the various segments of the planning. Contact the following:
- Underwriters: Therese Schultz or Peggy Ursin .
- Restaurants: Phyllis Davis with any ideas or to volunteer to assist.
- Entertainment:  Sharon Renzo
- Raffle/Auction items: Coordinator needed. Now is the time to start collecting raffle & silent auction items.

Membership - Annajean Neill / Kristine Smith
No new updates this month.
The committee members continue to meet with prospective members.

Operations-Finance - Florrie Oneto
With the budget approved in September, the Operations-Finance Committee took a break in October. The committee will meet between November and December to address any budget or finance issues and to look ahead to what work may need to be accomplished during this operating year. If anyone needs information about the budget, please contact Florence Oneto, committee chair or Betty Matsui, Treasurer. 

Public Relations- Sharon Renzo
Dream It, Be It:
Our program is moving ahead and will be presented at Sheldon High School on four Saturdays during January and February 2017.  The Sheldon High principal, teachers and counselors have been extremely receptive and supportive.  They are actively recruiting potential participants.  We will be presenting Sessions 2, 4, 5, 6 and 7 to our members directly after the November program meeting.  

Service - Mary Ann Chappelle

The Peru Project
The beautiful brightly colored Alpaca scarves arrived from Peru and were sold at the District Meeting, October 29. Price was $25 or two for $40, raising approximately $1000.  All proceeds from the sale will go to the children in the village of Pan de Azucar, Peru.

Days For Girls (formerly called the Sani Panti project). This is a program for girls in Africa who need supplies for "those" days of the month. and are greatly appreciated by these girls.  We will sew gift bags for this project.

Christmas for Seniors will provide small Christmas gifts for low income seniors at Renwick Low Income Senior Apartments.  

Live Your Dream: applications  are being distributed, with publicity also going to Elk Grove Adult Ed and the CRC Hawk Spot (student food pantry).  This $1000 award is designated for a woman who is single, head of household, and going back to school to further her career.  If you know of someone who might qualify, please contact Therese Schultz at or Phyllis Davis at for more information

Teen Dating Violence: The Sacramento County Sheriff's department will assist SIEG with a presentation on Teen Dating Violence, November 30 to the  Independent Living Students of EGUSD.

Crisis Kits for the Elk Grove Police Department will include toiletries and information for rape victims as well as clothes to leave the hospital. 


A Pinch of S.O.L.T. 

Recruitment Minute: The NO GUILT Soroptimist Club
By Jackie Sillman, SNR/SIA Membership Chair
Recruiting members can be a daunting task-it’s hard to know exactly what a prospective member is looking for when she visits your club. What if you could “get inside the head” of a group of prospective members to learn everything they want out of a membership.
You’re in luck! Here are a few tips…
Relationships - Nearly 75% of prospective members sought “friendship and fellowship” and being with other like-minded women.” Invite a prospective member to come to a meeting a few minutes early, and introduce her to a few members so that she’ll at ease once you get down to business!
Mission - 68% were interested in joining because of a personal connection to our mission. When talking about your club, focus on a mission-based work and let a potential member know how she can get directly involved in those projects when she joins!
Personal Growth - 63% of those surveyed hoped to gain leadership and personal development opportunities through their membership. Be sure to share any opportunities for leadership training - what is the path for a new member who wants to take on responsibility in the club? Steer her towards committees and projects that will truly engage her interests!
Volunteer Opportunities - 62% of prospective members are looking for hands on opportunities to do volunteer work.
Invite prospective members to your upcoming project, program, or event! This should be easy to demonstrate-volunteer opportunities are the club’s peanut butter and jelly!
Our clubs are uniquely poised to offer all of the above-a group of like-minded women with whom to foster friendships and grow together while volunteering on life-changing programs that improve the  lives of women and girls!

Elk Grove Community Calendar of Events

 (Information provided by Sharon Renzo)

Nov 7  Citizen of the Year Dinner
Nov 26  The 29th Annual Dickens Faire, Old Elk Grove

EG Chamber Mixers – 3rd Tuesday of each month, 5:30 pm – 7 pm.  Check the Chamber website for location (
Chamber Luncheon – 
last Friday of the month at Valley Hi Country Club
1st Sunday – May thru December: Cars & Coffee at the
EG PetSmart/Sprouts parking lot (Laguna & Big Horn)
8 am – 11:30 am (looking is free!) – proceeds benefit
local charities.

Contact Sharon Renzo if you have any questions regarding the community events.
Other community events can be found in the Town Planner

On The Web

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

Our (SIEG Club) Programs
Soroptimist International Elk Grove

Live Your Dream
Soroptimist International of the Americas

Dream It Be It Program
Soroptimist International of the Americas

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. 


SI Elk Grove Officers

President:   Tracey Edwards
President-Elect:  Diana Holcomb
Treasurer:  Betty Matsui
Assistant Treasurer:  Janet Brabender
Recording Secretary:  Sherry McLellan
Corresponding Secretary:  Karin Lindner
Delegate: Florrie Oneto
Delegate: Genny Fulp
Alternate Delegate: Marie Wood

Non-Elected Positions:
Sharon Renzo - Club Ambassador
Leigh Nurre - Parliamentarian

Newsletter Editors -
Tracey Edwards & Kristine Smith
Contributing Editor - Peggy Ursin

Soroptimist Websites

Sierra Nevada Region 
Governor: Vicki Watson                     

Soroptimist Int'l of the Americas  (Federation)
Yoko Ichigatani

Soroptimist International
President: Yvonne Simpson
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