Soroptimist International of Elk Grove

October 2018
v. 33, no. 4

In This Issue:

Message from President Diana
District 3 Meeting
October Program Meeting
A Pinch of SOLT
Soroptimist Links
Committee News & Reports
Soroptimists Out & About
Upcoming Events - Birthdays & Calendars
2018-19 Officers

Message from President Diana

Happy Fall!  I always love this season. We are finally getting some cooler temperatures, and we get to see all the wonderful fall colors.  I am excited that everyone is getting involved with the committees and getting the ball rolling with so many great projects.  Thank you!  As I write this, several members are getting ready to attend the District meeting on September 29th.  I am sure they gathered a lot of great information and will share with us soon. 

The membership committee will be having a Pizza Party on October 22nd.  All members are invited.  This is a great way to invite friends that may be interested in joining our club and for everyone to get to know our newer members better. 

As a reminder: we would like to see everyone attend our two monthly meetings, the Program meeting and Business meeting.  We average less than 50% of our membership at the meetings even though we discuss so much information at those meetings. We want to hear all your voices so that we can have a strong club, so it's important that everyone who can attend does.  Because of the results of our member survey and a club vote at the last business meeting, in January we will be moving the Program meeting to the first Monday at 6:30pm.  This should help those who can’t make the morning meeting be able to attend.

See you soon!

SIEG Members at the District 3 Meeting


October Program Meeting Speaker

Our Program meeting speaker for the month of October is Wendi Cross, who is the co-founder and executive director of xHope, Inc. XHope’s mission is to empower the at-risk child by providing hope, love, education, and a forever family. Wendi’s desire is to share her family’s personal experience of international and local adoption, mission work, orphan care and foster care to spur others on to dream big and take action. We hope to see you at our Program meeting on Friday, October 5th at 7:30 a.m. at the Elk Grove Presbyterian Church.
Pinch of SOLT
(Soroptimist Orientation & Leadership Training)
Dream Programs

The Soroptimist Dream Programs — the Live Your Dream: Education and Training Awards for Women and Dream It, Be It: Career Support for Girls — are dedicated to helping women and girls achieve social and economic empowerment.

“Empowerment” is a word we hear often, but what exactly does it mean for women and girls? Simply put, women are empowered when they are free to act in their own best interest. 

Soroptimist International of the Americas improves the lives of women and girls through programs leading to social and economic empowerment. We work for a world where women and girls have the resources and opportunities they need to reach their full potential and live their dreams. 

Social and economic empowerment are closely intertwined. Women are economically empowered when they have control over their own finances and well being— when they have a voice in the financial decisions to shape their lives and the lives of their families. Women are socially empowered when they have a personal sense of autonomy, self-confidence, and the power to control their private and public lives. Women’s social and economic empowerment is necessary for successful and healthy women and girls, as well as families and communities.

adapted from Best for Women, volume 2014 issue 2.

Soroptimist Links

Soroptimist International

President: Yvonne Simpson

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

Sierra Nevada Region
President: Lane Parks
Committee News

Fundraising, See's Store Committee

Lynne Prettyman & Sarah Aquitania, Co-Chairs

We are currently looking for a store location.

Fundraising, Martinis & Merriment

Tracey Edwards & Pamela Harris Ball, Co-Chairs

Silent Auction & Raffle: 
Crystal Bell & Jean Warren, Co-Leads
Underwriting: Need one or two members
Restaurants: Claudia Niedzlieski - Lead.
   Members volunteered for some restaurants, but we need more help.
Desserts: Sherry McLellan
Publicity: PR Committee
Entertainment: Sharon Renzo


Fundraising, Macaroni Grill

Kristine Smith, Chair

We will be hosting a fundraiser for our club at the Macaroni Grill (8295 Laguna Blvd, Elk Grove, CA 95758) on Tuesday, October 9th from 11:00 am until 10:00 pm. 

All you have to do is bring the above flyer with you & eat! In addition to the "regular" menu, you can order off a special three-course plated menu.

Membership Committee

Leigh Nurre & Leslie Konopinski, Co-Chairs
Meets: First Monday of the month, 6 pm.
The Membership Committee is planning a club social for SIEG members on Monday, October 22, 2018, at 6:30 pm! A "Save the Date" email was sent to all of you with location and other details. We'll send out reminder emails as the date gets closer. We hope to see all of you there!

SAVE THE DATE! The Holiday Party will be at Aviator on December 13, 2018.

Operations Committee

Peggy Ursin, Chair

Our next meeting is slated for November 8.

Please let Peggy know if you have a key to the Storage Unit.

The committee is working on Standing Rules for fundraiser tickets.

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

Public Relations Committee

Kristine Smith & Holly Lakatos Co-Chairs
Meets: Next meeting: Oct. 24th at 1pm (virtual meeting)

The Membership Roster was distributed at the September Business Meeting. If you didn't get your copy, please contact Treasurer Janet.

The club donated a raffle basket to Project R.I.D.E. for their fundraiser.

The committee is investigating a "club shirt" that we can wear at events to easily show that we're a member of SIEG. We'll present a proposal at a future Membership Meeting. We're also trying to put together a "Parade Posse" that will march/ride in upcoming community events. If you're interested, contact Holly.

Service Committee

Betty Matsui & Kathi Griffin, Co-Chairs

Kathi is meeting with WEAVE to discuss crisis kits on Oct. 24th. 
Presidential Appeal
The SI's President's Appeal is called Women, Water, and Leadership. Soroptimists are invited to join with members around the world for a common goal. Clubs or members can make a donation through their own Federation or hold a fundraiser, and use social media and websites to create awareness. More information is online at:

Soroptimists Out & About
Upcoming Events

October Birthdays

Wishing a very happy birthday to...

10/3: Mary Jachino
10/4: Kristine Smith
10/20: Betty Walters
10/22: Kathleen Griffin
10/23: Holly Lakatos
10/23: Peggy Ursin
10/30: Sherry McLellan


SIEG Events & Meetings
Oct. 1: Membership Committee Standing Meeting at 6pm (1st Mon.)
Oct. 3: Founders' Day
Oct. 8: Board Meeting
Oct. 5: Program Meeting @ EG Presbyterian
Oct. 3: S-Club meeting 3:15pm @ Sheldon High
Oct. 9: Macaroni Grill Fundraiser
Oct. 10: Second Wednesday Lunch @
Waffle Experience (8351 E.G. Blvd. #100)
Oct. 17: S-Club meeting 3:15 @ Sheldon High
Oct. 18: Membership Meeting @ Dignity Health
Oct. 22: SIEG "Monday Night Social" / Pizza Party at 6:30,
Kim Williams's home
Oct. 24: PR Committee meeting (virtual)
Oct. 25: Happy 33rd Birthday to SIEG! (10/25/1985)
Nov. 8: Operations Committee Meeting
Nov. 15: Live Your Dream Award applications due
December: See's Candy Store
Dec. 13: Holiday Party @ Aviator
March 2019: Martinis & Merriment
May 2, 2019: Big Day of Giving

Other Soroptimist Clubs' Events
Oct. 5: SI Redding's Breast Cancer Awareness Luncheon
Oct. 28: SNR Board Meeting (Las Vegas)

Community Events
Oct. 1-31 Lyon's Coat Drive
Oct. 6: EG Giant Pumpkin Festival
Oct. 13: Project R.I.D.E. Craft Bazaar
Oct. 20: Native Breast Cancer Awareness Walk @ EG Park
Oct. 27: My Sister's House, Run for Safe Haven
Nov. 5: Citizen of the Year Dinner
Nov. 3: EG Community Garden "Open House"
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: Kim Chandler
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 Editors: Holly Lakatos & Jennifer Sipe
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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