Soroptimist International of Elk Grove

November 2018
v. 33, no. 5

In This Issue:

Message from President Diana
November Program Meeting
A Pinch of SOLT
Soroptimist Links
Committee News & Reports
Soroptimists Out & About
SNR News
SIA News
SI News
Issue Briefs
Upcoming Events - Club & Community Calendars
2018-19 Officers

Message from President Diana

Happy November everyone! 

I am happy to report as of press time, we officially have a See’s Candy Store!  Thank you to Marie Wood for finding our spot, I am sure Lynne and Sarah appreciate your arm twisting!  Their committee is working fast to get everything secured for the store.  You will be updated shortly with what is needed.  This is one of our major fundraisers, so it will be all hands-on deck to help with set up, staffing, clean up, etc. 

Hope to see you all at our next program and business meetings.  Happy Thanksgiving!



November Program Meeting Speaker

Our speaker will be a representative from Project R.I.D.E.

Project R.I.D.E., Inc. provides recreational therapeutic horseback riding instruction to people with special needs. Utilizing gentle equines and specially trained volunteers, they construct a safe and enjoyable experience that is therapeutic in its benefits, educational in its design and recreational at its heart.

Join us to learn more about this local non-profit on Friday, November 2nd at 7:30 at the Elk Grove Presbyterian Church (8153 Elk Grove Blvd. #50, on the corner of Elk Grove Blvd. and Big Horn, near the Chevron station) during our Program Meeting!
Pinch of SOLT
(Soroptimist Orientation & Leadership Training)
The Mission
As a member of Soroptimist International of Elk Grove, you may be asked what our club is all about. Instead of trying to explain that we're a service organization like (fill in the blank)...say this: "Our mission is to improve the lives of women and girls through programs leading to social and economic empowerment." 

Both of our Dream programs (Live Your Dream & Dream It Be It) directly support this mission. Our other programs (Helping Hands, crisis kits, community grants) also support this mission directly and indirectly, depending on the local needs in our community.

Soroptimist Links

Soroptimist International

President: Mariet Verhoef-Cohen

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

Sierra Nevada Region
Regional Governor: Lane Parks
Committee News

Fundraising, See's Store Committee

Lynne Prettyman & Sarah Aquitania, Co-Chairs

As President Diana mentioned, we have a location! More details will be presented at the business meeting on Thursday, November 15th and on the SIEG-ALL email list.

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

Please send your suggestions for sponsors/vendors to the committee.

Fundraising, Macaroni Grill

Kristine Smith, Chair

Thank you to everyone who participated in our fundraiser at the Macaroni Grill (8295 Laguna Blvd, Elk Grove, CA 95758) on Tuesday, October 9th from 11:00 am until 10:00 pm. We were able to add some money to our coffers while enjoying some tasty food from Macaroni Grill, one of our Martinis & Merriment past supporters.

Membership Committee

Leigh Nurre & Leslie Konopinski, Co-Chairs

The Membership committee thanks everyone who attended the pizza party on October 22, 2018. The goal was to strengthen connections between members, who kept up a running conversation with each other throughout the evening and got to know each other better. Of the 20 RSVPs, 6 were new members, which was especially rewarding for the committee.  Pizza, chicken wings, ice cream and adult beverages were served, and a 2-pound box of See’s Candies was shared by all. Everyone seemed to enjoy the games that we played. Thank you SIEG members for coming!
The Membership committee now begins the process of selecting our next club event. We are also starting the planning of an “Orientation” for new and seasoned members. Last but not least, we are in contact with potential new members. Please stand by for future news and information.

The next second Wednesday lunch date is to be at Plate’s Cafe at Depot Park; 14 Business Park Way # 149, Sacramento, CA.  95828 - (916) 381-2233.  

Upcoming meeting locations & times:
  • Nov 13th @ 6:30 - Maryann's house
  • Dec 6th @ 6:30 - Leslie's house
 SAVE THE DATE! The Holiday Party will be at Aviator on December 13, 2018.
The Membership Committee sponsored a club social for SIEG members on Monday, October 22, 2018, at 6:30 pm at Kim Williams's home! 

Operations Committee

Peggy Ursin, Chair

Our next meeting is slated for November 8.

REMINDER: 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: Nov. 13 at 1pm (virtual meeting) [tentative]

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

Only three people signed up to walk in the Veteran's Day Parade, so we'll just support our veterans from the sidelines. We'll send out a meetup location so that we can all sit together.

Service Committee

Betty Matsui & Kathi Griffin, Co-Chairs

The Deadline for the Live Your Dream Education Grant is November 15th. Please encourage any female head of household who needs financial help with job training or taking classes to apply online at:

Soroptimists Out & About
Top Row (l-r): Diana in Las Vegas; Sharon on a country-wide trip
Row 2: LauraJean, Diane & Betty M. in Scotland; Diana & Mike kayaking in Scottsdale, AZ
Row 3: Kristine, Peggy & Marie W. at Apple Hill; Genny setting sail for the Far East; Annajean & Marv in NYC
Row 4: Diane, Belinda, Kristine, Diana, Marie W., Annajean & Jean support the Lions Club at their "Day of the Dead" carnitas dinner
SNR News
If you missed the District 3 meeting, you can view the slideshows on the SNR website at:
SIA News
On October 16, 2018, SIA announced that we have a new President!

From the press release:

Elizabeth Di Geronimo is serving a one-year term as president of the Board of Directors for Soroptimist International of the Americas, Inc.® (SIA), a global volunteer organization of women who work to economically empower women and girls.

As volunteer president, Di Geronimo leads the board in future thinking and oversight of its finances, and strategy. As part of the organization’s long-term strategy, she will champion efforts to increase Soroptimist’s collective impact in helping women and girls around the world to lead better lives. SIA economically empowers women and girls through its Dream Programs, which provide access to education—the single most effective poverty intervention.

“Women and girls continue to carry the burdens of the world in unique ways. The help Soroptimist provides has the power to change someone's life—and the lives of their family members—toward a positive path,” stated Di Geronimo.

“Soroptimist means support and encouragement that are truly transformative. Our actions give a voice to women and girls, who otherwise would not be heard,” Di Geronimo added. “As president, I am honored to serve an organization with such an important and vital mission.”

Di Geronimo has also initiated a social media campaign, which asks members and clubs to use #SpotlightSoroptimist on the 25th of each month to increase recognition of SIA’s Dream Programs.

A member since 1998, Di Geronimo has held several leadership positions at all levels of the organization including region governor, and club president and treasurer.

Di Geronimo is a civil engineer. She serves on the board of directors of a medical and shopping center complex.

SI News
Women, Water & Leadership, 2017-2019 (the SI President's Appeal) has new brochures & literature posted online at:

Are you thinking about going to the 21st International Convention in Kuala Lumpur? Early Bird registration is now open! SI has some information on the plans for the convention & the Soroptimists who will make it happen at:
Issue Briefs
Human Trafficking: Counter Trafficking Data Collaborative (CTDC) launched an updated data portal with new statistics. If you need to help someone visualize this worldwide problem or back up your argument with hard numbers, visit:

Rural Women: October 15th was the International Day for Rural Women. SI's statement paper explains how poverty, lack of education, and water insecurity exacerbates discrimination against women in some communities. Read more here:
Upcoming Events
Happy Birthday!

November Birthdays

Wishing a very happy birthday to...

Kim Williams: Nov. 5
Jean Warren: Nov. 14

SIEG Events & Meetings
Nov. 2: PROGRAM MEETING @ EG Presbyterian Church, 7:30 am
late’s Cafe at Depot Park (14 Business Park Way # 149 in Sacramento)
Nov. 7: S-Club Meeting @ Sheldon High, 3:15 pm
Nov. 8: Operations Committee Meeting
Nov. 12: Board Meeting

Nov. 13: Membership Committee Meeting
Nov. 15: Live Your Dream Award applications due
Nov. 15: BUSINESS MEETING @ Dignity Health, 6:30 pm
Nov. 30: EG Chamber luncheon
December: See's Candy Store
Dec. 7: PROGRAM MEETING @ EG Presbyterian Church, 7:30 am
Dec. 13: Holiday Party @ Aviator
April 26-28: SNR Conference (Reno, NV)
March 2019: Martinis & Merriment
May 2, 2019: Big Day of Giving
July 18-21, 2019: SI 21st Convention in Kuala Lumpur
Community Events
Nov. 3: EG Community Garden "Open House"
Nov. 5: Citizen of the Year Dinner
Nov. 15: Chamber of Commerce Mixer for the EG Food Bank, 5:30 pm - 7 pm
Nov. 22 (Thanksgiving Day): Gobble Wobble Fun Run to benefit Chicks in Crisis. Info & Register at:
Nov. 25: International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women
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 Editor: Holly Lakatos
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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