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

Message from the President

Welcome to Spring!  This is when we start clearing out “stuff” we moved around all winter.  I hope you are more up-to-date than I am.  You probably have at least started!!! 

This month brings us the 39th Sierra Nevada Region Spring Conference in Reno, NV. If some of you have never been to conference, this is an excellent way to meet the awesome members other clubs in our region have.   There will be a federation visitor from Ontario, Canada present, as well, bringing the latest news from SIA.  There are several workshops that we attend, and Saturday we are asked to wear ‘red’, as we will hear from the American Heart Association in the importance of taking care of our heart.  There are several programs we will be able to participate in and always hear the latest news about what will be going on in the new fiscal year, 2015/2016.  (I have heard from some sources, that “women don’t have heart attacks, they give them.”)  Just kidding, just think you will only have to put up with this nonsense just a short while longer.

Which brings me to: I have decided not to accept a 2nd term as President.  There were many factors in my decision and it was dependent on my family needs.  I felt I needed to be with a family member, and that overpowered any other factor that came into play.  It was a difficult decision to make and I am moving on with deep-felt remorse that I could not accept another term.  Thank you to those who supported me; I appreciated that very much. 

We will soon have new appointments to the board, and I hope if asked, you will accept a position for these very important board positions.  If some of you have been on the board before, you could possibly go in another direction and take another position that also appeals to you. Anyway, I do hope some of you will accept these very important placements to our club.

I wish each and every one of you a wonderful spring and if able, will aid in some of our activities.  We normally don’t too many this time of year, but there are usually several community events that we are able to support.  Our commitment should not be only just with our club, but to possibly assist other organizations, if needed.

I also wish you and your family a very Happy Easter.


Greetings From The President
Women Are Angels
Save The Dates
2nd Wednesday Lunch
April Birthdays
ive Your Dream Award Winners
April Program Meeting Speakers
Treated at the Capiitol
Out n' About
On The Web
Random Tips
Coconut Lemon Macaroon Nets
SIEG Officers
Calendar Snapshot
Soroptimist Websites
Women Are Angels

Save The Dates

2nd Wednesday Lunch

This month we will meet at  On The Border, 9164 E. Stockton Blvd. at 11:30am, on April 8th.
Remember, the more the merrier!  And, don’t forget to take a picture!

April Birthdays

Happy Birthday to:

Annajean Neill - 4/12

Lorna Buechler - 4/14

Tracey Edwards - 4/14

Jane Morse - 4/25

Ramona Johanneson - 4/29

Live Your Dream Award Winner - Emma Austin

By MaryAnn Chappelle

This years Live Your Dream Award was given to Emma J. Austin.    Fifty-two year old Emma is head of her household which includes her 78 year old mother, two daughters (one disabled) and a son.  Daughter of parents who could not read, Emma grew up working in the fields starting at age five.  She married her husband at an early age and soon learned he was abusive to both her and the children.   She and her children entered into a shelter and through that program she was granted a divorced, full legal custody and took all her ex-husband's parental rights away.

Emma worked for 20 in a hospital as a pharmacy tech and sterile processor, but while applying for a medical billing and coding position, she found out today's employers want education as well as experience.  So, she enrolled in Elk Grove Adult Education to get her certificate in that specialty.  She goes to school at night and hopes to graduate in June 2015.

Emma's goal is to finish school and work toward retirement in this higher-paying position. Upon retirement, she hopes to open a food truck, selling her food (for which she is very well known.)

We wish Emma the best of luck "living her dream".

April Program Meeting Speakers

This month we will have two speakers from People Assisting The Homeless (P.A.T.H.) Debbie Schoeneshoefer and Jim _______________.
Debbie worked for 15 years at the California State Legislature as the chief of staff to a  Assemblyman. She left that position In 1999 when she and her husband Craig adopted their daughter, Lauren Grace. Debbie started volunteering at the Elk Grove Food Bank and Clothes Closet when Lauren entered school. In 2010 she noticed the dramatic increase in the number of homeless people coming in for services. It was then that she and Frank Lucia started PATH, People Assisting The Homeless. She is now a director on PATH's board and a mentor.

Treated at the Capitol

By Peggy Ursin

Sixteen SIEG members journeyed to the State Capitol on March 26, invited by Assemblyman Jim Cooper to a luncheon honoring the volunteer work we do in support of women and girls.  The event also honored several other local women.  Jim Cooper was still Elk Grove’s Vice Mayor when he spoke to us at the District III meeting we hosted last October.  Now he’s representing a district that stretches from Sutterville Road in Sacramento clear to Lodi, and says it’s really quite a job!  The sandwich and salad luncheon was catered by My Sister’s Café, the work training restaurant sponsored by My Sister’s House in Sacramento (whose director is Nilda Valmores, a Soroptimist).  After the meal, the group heard from Assemblywoman Susan Eggman, of our neighboring assembly district to the south (Stockton, Tracy area).  She is an ardent supporter of women getting involved to create change, and supports girls interested in politics and activism. 
The large group was treated to a photo session with Cooper on the Assembly floor, and then trekked outdoors for more photo ops on the west steps of the Capitol.  As a husband and the father of four daughters, Cooper champions women and girls every chance he gets, and declared most sincerely that he wouldn’t be where he is today without the influence of his mother and family.  It was a nice tribute from a “local guy” that our club was recognized during Women’s History Month, and was very much appreciated by the members in attendance!

"Out 'n About"

March 14Early on the morning, member Tracey Edwards (center) participated in the Shamrock'n 5k Run.

She walked in under an hour and enjoyed the beer afterwards! Now, where to wear the fluorescent green shirt?

March 14 - Members Kristine Smith, Diana Holcomb, Marie Wood, Leslie Konopinski, Tracey Edwards and Peggy Ursin drove up to Sutter to attend Martini's & Merriment, a fundraiser by the SI Yuba City-Marysville club.

We were the only other club to attend their Fundraiser. We're glad we did!
March 17 - Members Diane Hollingshead, Genny Fulp, Leslie Konopinski and Tracey Edwards attended the Elk Grove Chamber Mixer at McConnell Estates Winery.

It was a fabulous opportunity to network with local business owners.
March 29 - Thank you Karin Lindner, Diane Hollingshead and Betty Hall for staffing the Run4Hunger booth at the Elk Grove Running of the Elk race.

Proceeds from the Run4Hunger benefit the Elk Grove Food Bank.  
Proceeds from the Running of the Elk benefit the Elk Grove Youth Sports Foundation, a non-profit created to ensure that all Elk Grove children have an equal opportunity to be involved in sports.

SOLT - Learning More About Soroptimist

International Women's Day 2015: A Message by UN Women's Executive Director
In her message for International Women's Day 2015, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka says gender parity must be reached before 2030, so that the sluggish trajectory of progress that condemns a child born today to wait 80 years before they see an equal world can be reversed.  

She calls on all countries to “step it up” for gender equality, to reach ‘Planet 
50:50’ before 2030.

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. 

More Bunco Photos!

Random (and sometimes wacky) Tips

Watermelon Bunny Basket

If you’re planning to make a fruit salad for Easter, isn’t this a cute idea for serving it? 

Create a whimsical bunny from your watermelon and then fill it with your fruit salad!

This would look great on any Easter table. You can use fruits and berries to make the bunny’s face and the only actual work involved is in the carving! 

So clever!     


Coconut Lemon Macaroon Nests

These Coconut Lemon Macaroon Nests were very easy to make and were seriously yummy!  They are a perfect treat for spring or Easter!
2/3 cup sweetened condensed milk
1 egg white
1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon lemon zest
3 1/2 cups sweetened coconut
3/4 cup lemon curd
1. Preheat the oven to 325°F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper or a Silpat mat.
2. In a large bowl, stir together the sweetened condensed milk, egg white, vanilla extract, lemon juice and salt. Stir until combined. Add in the lemon zest and coconut. Mix well.
3. With a spoon, scoop up about 2 Tablespoons of the dough and place the dough onto the prepared baking sheet. Form the cookies into the shape of a bird nest. Press down the center with your thumb.
4. Bake cookies for 18 to 20 minutes, or until slightly golden brown. Remove from the oven and press your thumb down in the center of the nests again. Cool the cookies on the baking sheets for about 5 minutes or until they are firm and set. Remove with a spatula onto a cooling rack. Cool completely.
5. Place about a tablespoon of lemon curd in the center of each nest. Place 2 jelly beans in the center of the nest.
Note-you can make these 2-3 days in advance. Store in an airtight container in the fridge. Let come to room temperature and then decorate with jellybeans.  Yield: About 10 nests
From: Two Peas and Their Pod      

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

Soroptimist Websites

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