SI Elk Grove's October 2016 Soropti-News
Volume 39  Issue 15
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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,

Ahhh, the crisp cool air makes me think of caramel apples, fall colors and falling leaves. It also means that we start ramping up for fundraisers and fun times!

This month we will have our only Bunco fundraiser for the year. I hope that everyone has pitched in, in whatever manner they can. In many organizations, there are a small number of do-ers and a larger number of watchers. I'm so grateful that our club has such a large number of do-ers. We get things done!

I'm excited to be sharing with you the first session of the Dream It, Be It program after our Program meeting on October 7th. Three other sessions will also be shown. The benefits of this run-though are two-fold: the facilitators will present to a friendly <grin> audience, and the members will get first-hand exposure to the program.

I will be doing some traveling in the next few months that I want to share with you:

October 12 - November 2 (Alabama)
November 19 - November 27 - (Oregon)
December 11 - 17 (Truckee)

Tracey Edwards


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

Chamber of Commerce Leadership Forum
District III Update

2nd Wednesday Lunch
October Birthdays
Member Profile

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  Peggy Ursin
Pastries  Betty Matsui
Juice  Pat Baeta
Fruit  Leslie Konopinski
SIEG CLUB Calendar of Events

Oct 3 - Soroptimist Founders Day and Founders Pennies
Oct 7 - Program Meeting @  Elk Grove Presbyterian Church, 8153 Elk Grove Blvd., Suite 50, EG  7:30a.m.
Program Speaker: Teresa L'Heureux,
Cars and Coffee

Oct 10 - Board Meeting - @ Diana Holcomb's Office, 8419 Elk Grove-Florin Rd 6:30pm
Oct 12 - 2nd Wednesday Lunch - Sushi Q's, 8325 Elk Grove Florin Road, #400, 11:30am 
Oct 15 - SIEG Bunco, Camden Springs Retirement Living, Play begins at 10:00am.  SIEG members will arrive at 8:15 to set up.

Oct 20 - Business Meeting,  Dignity Health Bldg, 8220 Wymark Drive, EG. 6:30pm
Chamber of Commerce Leadership Forum by Genny Fulp

On September 8th, I attended the Chamber forum called "Chamber's Leadership Elk Grove."  It was created in 2006 to encourage community involvement and leadership and to develop future leaders to improve the local economy and business climate in Elk Grove.  Participants have the opportunity to learn from some of the City's most influential leaders and gain personal insight and knowledge to help guide them through their careers.  With the help of many local civic, business and community organization leaders, the program promises to be valuable to leaders and employees of all Elk Grove industry clusters.
I attended this event in Tracey's absence and it was a pleasure to speak before these future leaders; let them know what Soroptimist is all about. The attendees asked a lot of questions, and seemed to be interested in the Soroptimist club mission.  I gave each a small Halloween bag filled with brochures, Helping Hands pamphlets, Teen Dating Violence 'swag' and my business card.  It was appreciated and I hope to hear from a few of the ladies soon.

District III Update by Peggy Ursin

Hopefully, everyone saw the announcement in the E-Blast about the District 3 Meeting on Saturday, October 29.  All nine clubs in District 3 are invited, and it would be great if SIEG had good representation.  The cost per person is $22, and the deadline is October 22.  The club will pay your registration if you’ve never attended a District Meeting before – what a deal!  Please let Betty Matsui know as soon as possible, as she will submit the Registration form for our members.
The meeting will be at Shriners Hospital on Stockton Blvd., with free parking in the adjacent garage.  Members from Elk Grove often carpool.  Morning refreshments and lunch are provided.  Registration opens at 8:30 a.m. and everything will be finished by 2:30 p.m.
Host club this year is SI Sacramento, and they are making arrangements for the guest speaker and other presentations as you read this!  The meetings are a great opportunity to hear from our Region Governor Vicki Watson and other program chairs/coordinators.  You get the latest word on what’s happening in our Region and with Soroptimist in general, PLUS a chance to visit with members from other clubs, check out sales tables, and enjoy all the comraderie! 
The fun never stops: Sunday, October 30th, is a regular Sierra Nevada Region Board Meeting, which is open to one and all.  It will be at the Marriott across the street from Shriners, at 4422 Y Street, beginning at 9 a.m.  Board meetings are a great opportunity to see how the region actually operates.  It won’t last too long, since some officers need to catch flights back to Las Vegas, drive to the Reno/Carson City area, as well as clear up to Yreka! 


2nd Wednesday Lunch

Sushi Q, 8325 Elk Grove-Florin Rd #400, Sacramento, CA 95829

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

October Birthdays

1  Sandi Russell
3  Marie Jachino
4  Kristine Smith
20 Betty Walters
22 Kathy Griffin
23 Peggy Ursin
30 Sherry McLellan    

Member Profile - Jennifer Sipe

Let's give a warm welcome to a very new member of our club.  Here is her story.

I was born in Oceanside, California and my father was stationed in Japan at the time. I am an Air Force brat raised in a variety of places. 

I am married to my high school sweetheart and best friend, Mike, for 43 years. I have a daughter Melissa. Her husband is Justin and I have 3 grandchildren; Georgia, Berkeley and Landon.

I am a certified facilitator of the True Colors Personal Success workshop. During the fun and interactive workshop participants will determine their True Colors personality spectrum including their most dominant color style and learn to recognize the True Colors of others. Participants work together, problem solving with respect and trust. The effectiveness of each team member is increased when they are feeling validated, valued and understood.

I joined Soroptimist of Elk Grove in September 2016.  I wanted to get involved in a group that is interested in local issues. The people in the club that I have met are very welcoming.   


"Out 'n About"

Club members attending Soroptimist events, community events and traveling around the globe.
It was a busy month for everyone...

- Mary Ann and Sherry attended the Elk Grove Friends and Neighbors September meeting to talk about Soroptimist, our programs and fundraisers.  It was held at Plates Cafe which benefits St. John's Program for Change.  Pictured with Sherry and Mary Ann are President Lillian (R) and Vice President Barbara (L).
- Peggy and Kristine attended the SIS club Edible Garden tour (a bad selfie for sure) and then had lunch at LaTrattoria Bohemia on J Street (Czech/Italian cuisine).  Good food and spirits.
- American Cancer society Discovery Shop Volunteer Appreciation Lunch. Tracey Edwards received her 5 year pin. Yeah!
- Sharon, Genny, Betty M, and Tracey attended the Chamber of Commerce mixer. 
- Marie W, Betty H, Betty M, Annajean, Leslie, and Kristine stopped by Cassidy's after the SIEG Program Meeting.  Come join us after the next meeting on the 7th.
- AnnaJean, Kristine, Cathleen, Tracey, Betty M, Therese, Marie M, were in attendance (in the hot weather), to handle the raffle & silent auction for the EG Food Bank Harvest of Hope fundraiser event.  Betty H and Phyllis (in her boot) worked all day and evening to pull off this undertaking.  Great job.
-  Elk Grove Food Bank Services Executive Director Marie Jachino accepting a Proclamation from Mayor Gary Davis at the Harvest of Hope Gala, September 17, 2016.
- Tracey and husband Jack in Sedona, Arizona. 
- Tracey, Kristine and Marie W attended the Lions Spaghetti feed.
- Genny, AnnaJean, Carol, new member Jennifer, Karin, Betty H, Marie W and Kristine at the 2nd Wednesday lunch at the Brickhouse.

 SIEG Committee Updates
Committee updates as of October 1, 2016:

Fundraising - Kathy Griffin
No New updates reported for this month.

BUNCO -  Chairpersons:  Kristine Smith & Marie Wood
Event scheduled for:  Saturday, Oct 15, 2016

Seating is limited so make your reservations quickly by visiting the SIEG website @ or Contact Betty Matsui 916-952-8002,  to register and pay for a place at the tables.
Location:  Camden Springs,  8476 Sheldon Rd,  Elk Grove CA 95624

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
Committee meeting schedule:   TBD

MARTINIS AND MERRIMENT - Chair Diana Holcomb - Co-chairs to be assigned
Event Scheduled for :  March 10, 2017
Location:  The Falls,  Elk Grove Blvd
Committee meeting schedule:  TBD

COFFEE & CARS:  Waiting to hear from Genny regarding event dates

Membership - Annajean Neill / Kristine Smith
The Membership committee met on September 12th.
Phyllis will work with the PR committee on the "Corporate Engagement Opportunity (CEO)".
The committee will formulate an 'elevator speech" and provide to the club.  
Tracey will provide a look-back update.
Committee will brainstorm ideas for the "Associate Member" role.
The committee members will continue to keep in touch/mentoring new and existing members.

Operations-Finance - Florrie Oneto
The Operations-Finance Committee presented the new budget to the board and club.  Budget was approved by membership at the September 22nd business meeting. 

Public Relations- Sharon Renzo
We have printed postcards with Club information, events and meeting days/times for members to distribute to potential new members and when requesting donations or sponsorships of our programs.  The postcards have been distributed through the Chamber of Commerce.  Also, for all of you who are Facebook users, please be sure to “Like” and “Share” posts regarding SIEG.

Dream It, Be It:
We had a bit of a setback in our planning in that Valley High School decided not to participate in the program.  So we are again looking for another venue but are hopeful that Pleasant Grove H.S. will be working with us.  The Committee is moving forward and will be holding practice sessions after the Program Meetings on October 7 and November 4.  Any members who are able to stay after the meeting to watch and/or help with the practice sessions are most welcome.

Service - Mary Ann Chappelle
The Service Committee has been busy with several service projects. 

Days 4 Girls has decided to sew the gift bags for the kits for girls.  They will also purchase handcloths and soap to put inside the bags.
Days for Girls, (formerly called SaniPanties for Girls), is a project for girls in Africa who miss days of school each month because they are having their periods.  They have no supplies and must stay in their homes until it's over.  They miss a lot of school because of this.  SIEG and other organizations are sewing kits made up of pads, shields, and adding soap, washcloths, and 2 pairs of purchased panties, in a handmade bag with drawstring tie.  These supplies are made to last  three years and are greatly appreciated by these girls. 

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

Live Your Dream: Applications for the $1,000 award are being distributed, with publicity also going to Elk Grove Adult Ed and the CRC Hawk Spot (student food pantry).

Teen Dating Violence: The Sacramento County Sheriffs department will assist SIEG with a presentation on Teen Dating Violence, November 30 to the  Independent  Living Program 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. 

The Peru Project is expecting alpaca scarves from Peru this weekend.  These beautiful scarves will be sold at the district meeting in October and the monies will be sent to Pan de Azucar for supplies for the village children.

A Pinch of S.O.L.T. 

A Jolt of S.O.L.T.
Let me take a moment and introduce myself! I’m Stacey Yurmanovic-Sawyer, the SNR’s S.O.L.T. Coordinator!
What’s S.O.L.T. you ask??? Soroptimist has so many acronyms so let me start off with the following:
S.O.L.T. – Soroptimist Orientation Leadership and Training!
There, now you know. Especially all you new members out there. If we start using some acronym - make sure to speak up and ask what it is.  Ok a little about me, I’ve been a Soroptimist since 1996. 20 YEARS! WOW! Native Nevadan, born and raised in Las Vegas, moved to Elko Nevada where I joined the SI Elko Club! I have now relocated back to Vegas as of July of this year and now call SI Metro Las Vegas my new club! I’ve have served every position on the club level, served as your SNR E-Blast Coordinator and have had the great honor of being and SNR District III Director for Past Gov. Kay and Past Gov. Janice from 2010 to 2014. I was truly honored to be asked to serve as your S.O.L.T. Coordinator by Governor Vicki for this biennium.
So as your S.O.L.T. Coordinator - I’ve been tasked by Gov. Vicki to start including some S.O.L.T. in the E-Blasts. Most clubs call it a sprinkle or a dash of S.O.L.T.  – I’m here to tell you – I’m calling it a JOLT of S.O.L.T.!!! So I hope in the next few months you’ll be entertained and have some fun with the history, tools and information that you can share with your club as well as your new members!
Ok, where to start – Let’s start from the beginning shall we?!
Soroptimist celebrates Founders Day on October 3, which acknowledges the day in 1921 when the first club in Alameda County, California, called to order its first business meeting. Clubs can celebrate the founding of the organization with activities to promote the organization and its early mission to “foster the ideal of service” through programs that now focus on improving the lives of women and girls in local communities and throughout the world. 
This is also where we raise funds called Founders Pennies. The collection of Founders Pennies, an important Soroptimist tradition, is often linked to Founders Day. Each year, every Soroptimist is offered the opportunity to make a voluntary contribution of six pennies for each year of Soroptimist existence. These contributions directly fund SIA’s annual programs such as the Live Your Dream Awards, Soroptimist Club Grants, and the Dream it Be it program.  
The Founder Pennies tradition began in World War II as the Madame Noel Fund, which collected one penny for each year of Soroptimist’s existence, and used the money to help re-establish clubs in Europe that had disbanded as a result of pre-war political conditions and the war itself.  
After World War II, the fund was renamed the Founders Fund, and Soroptimist International of the Americas 1709 Spruce Street Philadelphia, PA 19103-6103 215 893 9000 PHONE 215 893 5200 FAX E-MAIL URL Founders Day and Founders Pennies © Soroptimist International of the Americas Founders Day and Founders Pennies provided international fellowships, scholarships and other award to improve the status of women. Beginning in the 1960s, Founders Pennies provided funding for the Youth Citizenship Awards, and in 1972 then called the Training Awards Program (Formally Women’s Opportunity Awards and now the Live Your Dream Awards). Founders Pennies are now used to fund SIA’s programs that support Soroptimist’s mission to improve the lives of women and girls in local communities and throughout the world. 
I’m attaching a little history and picture that you can download and print to take back to your club and I encourage all you club presidents to make a little time on the agenda at each meeting to do a dash, sprinkle or even a JOLT of S.O.L.T.! I believe it is the responsibility of each club to educate club members about the heritage; purposes, objects, policies and programs of the organization; and prepare club members for leadership within the organization and in their own communities.

Until next time! This has been your JOLT of S.O.L.T.!
Stacey Yurmanovic-Sawyer

Elk Grove Community Calendar of Events

 (Information provided by Sharon Renzo)
Sept 30-Oct 2 - Giant Pumpkin Fest, EG Park
Oct 8  - PROJECTS RIDE Spaghetti Feed, The Barn 8976 Grant Line Road, Sheldon  5:00-9:00pm
Oct 12 - Pleasant Grove H.S. Aggie Backers Drive-Thru Tri-Tip Dinner 4 pm – 7 pm, $45/dinner for 4 – 10/7 deadline to order, pickup at PGHS or pickup locations in Wilton or Rancho Murrieta.  Contact Kristine ( for the order form).
Oct 13  Friends of WEAVE Appreciation Party –  5:30 – 7:30 pm  home of Matt & Leslie Jacobs, 2750 Montgomery Way, Sacramento RSVP by 10/6 319-4907
Oct 9  Sunday Supper at the Ranch, Pegasus Riding Club, Wilton  4:30 pm, Benefits PROJECT RIDE
Oct 16  EG Chamber Family Fest – Falls Event Center  10 – 3
Oct 22  My Sister’s House – Run 4 Safe Haven 9 am  Wm. Land Park, Sacramento
Oct 18  Chamber Mixer,  City of Elk Grove, Hampton Inn, 2305 Longport Court, EG, 5:30-7pm
Oct 22  Strauss Masquerade Ball, Laguna Town Hall, EG
Oct 22  PROJECT RIDE Craft Faire,
Oct 26  Optimist Tri-Trip Dinner Fundraiser - $45 (dinner for 4) – Drive-thru 4:00 – 8:30pm Pickup at EGHS, to reserve your meal call: Pat Weaver, 685-3536 or Cece Bazett 704-9005
Oct 29 
Caring for Kids Run - Caring For Kids Run Non-Profit Local  Community Programs, Nottoli Park, EG.
Nov 7  Citizen of the Year Dinner

Nov 26  The 29th Annual Dickens Faire, Old Elk Grove

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               Soroptimist Int'l of the Americas         Soroptimist International            (Federation)                              
Governor: Vicki Watson             President: RoseMary Reid                  President Yvonne Simpson
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