SI Elk Grove's February 2016 Soropti-News
Volume 32, Issue 7
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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 Members,

The days are flying by. It's already the second month of the year! 

I'm a month late looking back on past accomplishments and making plans to change/improve the future. But, I did take a look at our Start - Stop - Continue exercise that we brainstormed at our Retreat in August to see how we're doing (see article below.)

Last month we started gearing up for our new fundraiser - Martinis & Merriment. We need everyone to help out; this event has many moving parts - restaurants, sponsors, advertising, raffle prizes and ticket selling. If you haven't contacted Diana Holcomb, event chair, to find out what you can do, please do so. I still have books of tickets.  Let's make this a sell-out event! It will be an amazing fundraiser!

This month's Speaker is from W.E.A.V.E.  They are always looking for donations. Here are the types of items: 
fashion accessories, jewelry, handbags, and clothing for women, children and men.  So, if you think of it for our Program meeting, that would be wonderful!

Mark your calendars for our social event on February 12th at my home. We will be tasting various martinis to choose our "Sorop-tini" for our Martinis & Merriment event.  

 Tracey Edwards



Greetings From The President
February Program Meeting Signups
Save The Dates - Calendar of Events
District III Winter Meeting Report
2nd Wednesday Lunch

January Program Speaker
February Program Speaker
February Birthdays
Member Profile

August 2015 Start Stop Continue Exercise 
Out 'N About
SIEG Fundraiser Announcement
A Pinch of S.O.L.T.
SIEG Committee Updates
On The Web
Editor's Note
SIEG Officers
Soroptimist Websites


February Program Meeting Signups

Thank You to the following members who signed up to bring food & drink to the February Program meeting:

Coffee:   Peggy Ursin
Juice:     Phyllis Davis
Treats:   Tracey Edwards
Fruit:      Diane Hollingshead

Save The Dates - Calendar of Events

Feb 5   Program Meeting, @ E.G. Library, 8900 Elk Grove Blvd., EG, 7:30 a.m.
In recognition of National Wear Red day, come to the program meeting dressed in your favorite red apparel.

Feb 8   Board Meeting, @ home of Tracey Edwards, 4000 Babson Drive, Elk Grove,  6:00 p.m
Feb 10  2nd Wednesday Lunch, @ Black Bear Diner 8531 Bond Road, Elk Grove  11:30 a.m.

Feb 11  Martinis & Merriment committee meeting, @ Panera's on Bond Road 9:00 a.m.
Feb 12  Martini Tasting Party, Tracey's home, 4000 Babson Drive, EG 6:30-9:00 p.m. (bring your favorite martini recipe and an appetizer)

Feb 18  Business Meeting, Elk Grove Library, 6:00 p.m.

Mar 4 - Program Meeting  @ location pending  7:30 a.m. 

In the Community
Feb 13  Senior Center Pancake Breakfast, 8830 Sharkey Ave., EG.  8am - 10:00 a.m
Feb 16  Elk Grove Chamber Mixer, @ Cornerstone Copy & Print, 3132 Dwight Road, EG. 5:30-7:00 p.m.

Other community events can be found in the Town Planner


District III Winter Meeting Report by Peggy Ursin

The Jan. 23 District Meeting for the ten clubs in District III of the year was hosted by the SI Greater Sacramento club.  Both District Meetings were held in the same place this year, the Community Meeting Room of Shriners Hospital on Stockton Blvd.  Over 60 Soroptimists attended from all the clubs.  Attending from SIEG were Diana Holcomb, Annajean Neill, Janet Brabender, Betty Matsui, Diane Hollingshead and Peggy Ursin.  Janet and Annajean managed to sell a bit of our leftover See’s candy, amongst tables selling greeting cards, gift and tote bags, jewelry, olive oil and vinegars, pillows and other lovely things.  Always bring a checkbook to the district meetings!
Highlights of the multiple presentations included a description of the challenges and progress of a Dream It, Be It program being undertaken by SIGS.  They are beginning a mentoring program for girls at Luther Burbank High School.  Faye Holliman reminded everyone that finding new members brings new life, new energy, new ideas and more hands to help every club.  Kelly Siefkin from Sacramento Food Bank and Family Services gave an enthusiastic presentation on the background, changes, and multiple social service activities of the local organization.
Our region’s Anti-Trafficking Coordinator, Joanne Tremelling gave an update on progress locally and at the state level on helping find, rescue, and assist trafficked youth.  The new phrase is “CSEC Kids” which stands for Commercially Sexually Exploited Children.  State laws, local statutes, the FBI, and cooperation in adjudicating and finding help for the children are all expanding or improving, thankfully.  As we’ve already learned in our club, 70-80% of trafficked kids are from foster care.  It was shocking to learn that most are not on the radar as “missing” since too many foster parents don’t report runaways in order to keep receiving funding!  Following Joanne’s report, Suzanne Maust of Courage Worldwide spoke about the efforts and success of Courage House up on Placer County.  Courage Worldwide has a goal of getting 1,000,000 volunteers to create 1,000 homes in 100 cities in 10 years. 


2nd Wednesday Lunch

Lunch time is 11:30 am at: Black Bear Diner, 8531 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!

Our January Speaker was Shakira Sanabria iis a life coach, speaker and a Chemical Engineer.  She worked for Fortune 500 Companies for 11 years and now she is tapping into her true passion which is to inspire women to reflect within themselves to do the work they love and live their life with passion.



WEAVE Executive Director Beth Hassett

As the Executive Director of WEAVE, Beth Hassett leads a team of advocates, counselors, educators and volunteers who share the common goal of creating a community that does not tolerate domestic violence and sexual assault and offers victims the support they need to be safe and thrive.

For twenty-three years, Beth has worked to improve the quality of life in the Sacramento Region. Beth has held senior management positions at the Mercy Foundation, and Capital Public Radio. Beth received the 2014 C. Rick Chamberlin Award from the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers. Valley Vision presented Beth with the 2013 Community Leadership Award, the Sacramento Business Journal honored her as one of their 2012 Women Who Mean Business and she received the 2011 Director’s Community Leadership Award from the Federal Bureau of Investigation in recognition of her work in leading WEAVE’s violence education, intervention and prevention efforts.  She was named the Public Relations Professional of the Year in 2008 by the Sacramento Public Relations Association and the 2004 Outstanding Fundraising Executive by the Association of Fundraising Professionals.

 February Birthdays

Happy Birthday to:

Marie Wood            11th
Leslie Konopinski  12th


Member Profile - Diane Hollingshead

Diane was born and raised in San Bernardino, California.  She lived at the foot of Mount Baldy and when her family moved to Elk Grove in 1971 she thought they had moved to the flattest country around; Elk Grove was also a much smaller town then.
Diane joined Soroptimist in 2009 after retiring with 34 years of service at Sacramento Regional Transit District (RT).   She was looking for another way to get involved in the community and to keep her mind busy.  She has served as SIEG's Assistant Treasurer, Treasurer, Secretary, President and Club Ambassador.  As ambassador she loves to talk about SIEG to anyone who will listen!  What does she like best about Soroptimist: “I cherish our group of ladies and the contacts I've made through the years.”
When asked what she would like the club to be doing she responded, “I like our fundraising and hope that we have a few hands-on volunteer opportunities to assist women and girls in our community to balance the fundraising.  Some examples could be: a day of women volunteering with Homes for Humanity, a day trip for our foster youth, a tea hosted for our senior women, participate with other organizations on putting on a Teen Day event, serving our women and girls.”  Keep the ideas coming Diane!
Diane is also very involved in community events such as Project Ride, the Strauss Festival Tea, and a variety of 5K Runs and fundraisers.   A little tidbit about Diane is that she wore a "Limited Police Officer Badge" while working at RT; she enjoyed working at RT and remains friends with many of her old colleagues.  

Diane loves to travel and has gone on two international mission trips with HELPS International to Guatemala.  Since her husband does not like to travel she is always ready to go with the girls.  Her motto, “So let's go!”  


August 2015 Start Stop Continue Exercise

Here are the items that came out of our brainstorming session. Please take a look and see which ones relate to your Committee. These are suggestions, but it would be nice to check off the ones that the Committees have discussed and approved.


• Plan for mentoring
• Better web presence
• Think about digital footprint – embrace it. Put everything online/reduce paper

• Do a 1-day workshop
• Work on Dream It Be It
• Martinis and Merriment fundraiser
• Do an international project
• Become involved with HART (Homeless Assistance Resource Team) (in addition to donating to them)

• Involvement with youth
• Partner with other service organizations
• Give a Ruby award
• Have more social activities for club members (i.e. 5th Thursdays)
• Do something for senior women, such as Christmas gifts
• Have a craft group to make items to sell/give away
• More community events/outreach to attract new members
• Have a Soroptimist clothing exchange
• Do a tour of a local facility, such as Shriner’s Hospital
• Do hands-on work rather than just donating funds
• Respect the strengths and weaknesses of each other

"Out 'n About"

Here are pictures of our members attending Soroptimist events, community events and having fun.
- 2nd Wednesday Lunch @ Brewsters in Galt with Karin, Betty M, Betty H, Marie, AnnaJean and Kristine.
- Martinis & Merriment committee met at the Falls Event Center to scope out the logistics for the fundraiser in March.

- Tracey, Marie, Betty M, Diane, Kim, & Kristine attended the Hart fundraiser pancake breakfast.
- Janet B, Annajean, Diana, Peggy, Betty M & Diane attending the Soroptimist District III Winter Meeting.


SIEG Fundraiser Announcement  



A Pinch of S.O.L.T. 

Membership Resources

Web Notes From Webmistress Tanya
The updated website is ready for you to review.  Your patience and feedback regarding the site is greatly appreciated.  We are currently in the process of updating the calendar.  If you are looking for dates, the Roster has all the dates available for 2015-16.
Sign up for your account and get access to the Members Section!  There is an approval process which has been recommended by the web designers.  Please be sure to complete the name areas properly as well as your member number.  These types of systems always draw in robots that try to create accounts.  All members should be able to access the members section (your member number is required to obtain access to this area).
Please include in your emails to the Eblast Coordinator.  Also, please send photos of your events in order to build our Photo Gallery.  This will help us build up our “gallery” and “latest news” content into the new website as well as keep it updated with fresh content.  We will continue to use the E-Blast Newsletter, but that also puts us a little farther behind “up to date” info.
When signing up for your account, please keep it simple: tmoran; tanyam; tanyamoran; tanyakmoran.  These examples will help the administrators process your account requests faster.  You can use the same username and password as you may have for another account
Region Emails:
We have standard format region emails for all officers and committee coordinators.  These have been printed in the SNR Roster.  In order to help with our accuracy, please use these emails in your printing materials.
Tanya Moran, 2014-16 SNR Web Administrator
530.919.4612 / SI Placerville  

SIEG Committee Updates

Committee updates as of February 1, 2016:

Fundraising by Diana Holcomb
  • Planning for Martinis and Merriment is in full swing.  Restaurants secured so far:  Baguettes, Lola's, Sushi Q, Dos Coyotes, and ABC Catering.  Others in the works are: Sheldon Inn, Paesanos, Oz Korean BBQ, and Flaming Grill, as well as dessert companies.   
  • Advertising is in the works- Save the Date cards are being displayed around town and social media/online calendars are being updated.  We have more of those cards on order as well as flyers.   
  • Leslie and Karin are busy getting drawing prizes together.  Please let them know if you have businesses that would be willing to donate items.   
  • We want a packed house to make this event as successful as possible, so please work on selling tickets to the event. Please continue telling your friends about the event as well as sharing it on facebook. 

Membership by Annajean Neill
  • We have had several member inquiries and they are welcome to come to Program Meeting, Business Meeting or the monthly luncheon.  We also would like to encourage interested parties to attend a Soroptimist event prior to becoming a member to see how the club operates.
  • Planning will begin in the spring for the Soroptimist District 3 social event that our club will be hosting..

Operations-Finance by Diana Hollingshead
  • Budget - Account names were revised for easier understanding of what the account represents.  Financially our club figures are right on target.  In a few months we plan to make a second review in order to make recommendations for the 2016-17 budget year.
  • Additions to the Standing Rules were presented to the club and approved: 1.a prospective member can attend the program or business meeting; 2. any committee can meet during the summer recess at the recommendation of the committee chair.
The following topics were discussed at the District III meeting and will be further discussed with the our membership; Club director and officer management liability insurance and Crime coverage insurance and fingerprinting (see below explanations).
  • Bylaws - At the recent District III meeting presentation it was noted there will be changes to the SIA and SNR By-laws.  As such SIEG will need to follow with a review of our club bylaws.
  • Insurance - At the recent District III meeting insurance was discussed. Management Liability commonly known as Directors and Officers Insurance for $250, or for the Region at $450 was recommended. Crime Coverage Insurance which addresses the office of Treasurer was also recommended.
  • Fingerprinting - At  the District III meeting it was reported that most clubs use LIVESCAN.  SIEG will need to find out if the EGUSD will release the paperwork to the individual's fingerprinted or if they keep the paperwork as their property.  If they don't release the forms to the applicant perhaps we need to use the UPS locations in EG for LIVESCAN. As a record for the club a designated member needs to see the form for verification but will not keep any copies of the individuals form.  It is recommended that the owner keep their own paperwork for safekeeping.
Public Relations by Amy White
  •  We are continuing to promote the Martinis and Merriment event. We have posted information on the Town Planner website and have provided local retailers with our save-the-date cards. We will soon have ads for the even running in the Elk Grove Citizen family of newspapers. It’s not too late to ask businesses to sponsor the event! Tickets for the event are available on our website now, so please start selling them to everyone you know!
Service by Sherry McLelland  
  • Our next Service Committee meeting will be on Monday, February 1, at 6:30 p.m.  Leigh Nurre will be hosting the meeting at her home.  Our agenda includes updates on the Live Your Dream award, Helping Hands and our new International project. 
  • We have had one new Helping Hands request for $100.  The Helping Hands committee approved the request, however the timing of the payment was pushed out at the request of the Food Bank and the senior woman requesting the amount.
  • The Dream It Be It committee now has nine members.  We will schedule a meeting after Martinis and Merriment on March 18 to begin planning our program.  If you would like to be a part of this committee please contact Sherry McLellan.

Editor's Note: Watch the Dream It, Be It video above to get an idea of what one Club has done.

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. 

Editor's Note
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SI Elk Grove Officers

Tracey Edwards - President
Diana Holcomb - President-Elect

Betty Matsui - Treasurer
Janet Brabender- Assistant Treasurer
Sherry McLellan - Recording Secretary
Leslie Konopinski - Corresponding Secretary
Phyllis Davis - Delegate
Open Position - Delegate
Diane Hollingshead - Club Ambassador
Peggy Ursin - Parliamentarian

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


Soroptimist Websites


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