SI Elk Grove's July 2016 Soropti-News
Volume 37  Issue 12
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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,

First, let me thank you all for a wonderful year. I so enjoyed getting to know each of you better at our meetings, fundraisers, social events, community events, and mixers.
I had the opportunity after the Installation Dinner to enjoy looking at my Scrapbook.  I love it!  Our Club is incredibly involved and supportive of our community. We touched SO many lives.  It started in July with Kohl's Child Spree, then our Bunco fundraiser in October, See's Candies and Holiday Boutique in November/December, our very successful Martinis & Merriment fundraiser in March, our attendance at the 4th Annual Elk Grove Foster Youth Academic Awards Ceremony in April, and Spotlight on Scholarships in May. This year we gave out $13,605!!   If I wasn't already a member - I'd want to join!

As I look forward to this next year, I feel really good about where we've been and where we're going. We'll continue helping our Senior ladies through the Helping Hands program started under Past President Genny Fulp. We'll be adding another scholarship for a girl in the Foster Youth System. We'll be developing our own Dream It, Be It program for young girls in our community. We'll have more International projects to spread caring and support around the world. We'll have fundraisers to help us make those happen. And, best of all, we'll have fun doing it together!

I hope to see you all at our Retreat on August 7th. Have a great summer!

 Tracey Edwards


Greetings From The President
Program Meeting Signups
Save The Dates - Calendar of Events

Child Spree Update
New Officers Installed
2nd Wednesday Lunch
July Birthdays
Member Profile
Honoring Women in Business Luncheon
District III Director Update

Out 'N About
SIEG Committee Updates
A Pinch of S.O.L.T.
On The Web
SIEG Officers
Soroptimist Websites

Editor's Note

Program Meeting Signups

Returning in September


Save The Dates - Calendar of Events


July 11 - Board Meeting - Janet Brabender's home, 8793 Valley Oak Lane, EG, New Time: 6:30pm

July 13 - 2nd Wednesday Lunch - Jack's Urban Eats, 7701 Laguna Blvd, EG 11:30am

Aug 7 - SIEG Retreat @
Shriners Hospital, 7th floor Boardroom,  2425 Stockton Blvd, Sacramento, 8:00am. - 2:00pm.  (additional information was sent via email to members)

Program & Business Meetings are on summer break.

Sept 2 - Program Meeting @  Elk Grove Presbyterian Church, 8153 Elk Grove Blvd., Suite 50, EG  7:30a.m.

In the Community

Saturday, July 9 - Lions Pancake Breakfast @ Senior Center, 8830 Sharkey Ave, EG  8-10am

Saturday, July 30 – Optimist Kohl’s Child Spree, Kohl’s, 9650 Bruceville Road,EG, 5:30am

Other community events can be found in the Town Planner

If you plan on helping out, whether chaperoning a child around the store or helping to hand out books and stuffed animals, please notify Betty Matsui by July 5th.

Betty will probably require your Social Security Number as well so InfoCubic can run the background check against the Sex Offender Registry (A requirement of Soroptimist International of the Americas.) Copies of the list of who has been screened will be maintained by the Club Treasurer.


New Officers Installed

The SIEG annual installation dinner was held on June 16, 2016 at the Aviator Restaurant.  Outgoing District III Director, Barbara Smiley had the honor of swearing in each new officer for the 2016-2017 session.

Barbara also inducted two new members, Sarah Acquitania and Sharon Renzo and then surrendered her pin to the new incoming director, Peggy Ursin.  Marie Wood was the winner of the Jane Derr Morse service award for outstanding service for the club.

Tracey Edwards was elected to continue her second year as club president.  Her theme for the year is "Teamwork Makes the Dream Work" 
and to this end asked that the club collaborate with other service clubs in the community to increase impact and improve the community. “Together we can enhance our outreach,” she said.

Serving with Tracey will be Diana Holcomb, president-elect; Betty Matsui, treasurer; Janet Brabender, assistant treasurer; Sherry McLellan, recording secretary; Karin Lindner, corresponding secretary; Florence Oneto, delegate; Genny Fulp, delegate; Marie Wood, alternate delegate; Leigh Nurre, parliamentarian; and Sharon Renzo, club ambassador.


2nd Wednesday Lunch

Jack's Urban Eats, 7701 Laguna Blvd, Elk Grove

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

July Birthdays

10  Betty Hall
13  Carole Crump
20  Liz Gentile-Means

Member Profile - ???

Have you figured it out yet? Does this photo help identify the mystery women?
  • She grew up in a large family.
  • She played the piano and sang in school choir.
  • She was once a hair stylist.
  • She lived in many places including abroad.
  • She received a Bachelors degree in her 50's.
  • She likes to travel.
  • She is known to have a sense of humor.
  • Her favorite color is blue (all shades).  Reminds her of the ocean and sky.
  • She likes music, art, movies, literature, theater and sports.
  • She joined Soroptimist to meet people in the community and help people in need.
Honoring Women in Business Luncheon
Submitted by Tracey Edwards

On Friday, June 24th, seven members attended the Elk Grove Chamber of Commerce Honoring Women in Business, A Women's Empowerment Expo and Luncheon at The Falls Event Center. What a fantastic event!  Our club was one of 16 Vendors.

Pictured below: Members Sharon Renzo, Tracey Edwards, Mary Lewis, Genny Fulp, Phyllis Davis, Janet Hume, Betty Hall, and prospective member Theresa Laster.

Betty Hall, Genny Fulp, Phyllis Davis and Sharon Renzo staffed our booth. What a great job they did!  Sixteen women signed up to receive more information about Soroptimist International. Awesome!! Interested women were given our Club Brochure, a Helping Hands brochure, A Look Back, Membership information and an SIEG Business card. All of the women have been contacted by our club president.

The panel of female business owners included Mariel Black of Sinful Treats, Joyce Carter of the Town Planner Community Calendar, Sophia Scherman who is a former Elk Grove City Council Member, and Angela Spease of Spease Bees Honey. A Dress For Success fashion show was presented by Dressbarn and Cotton Candi Boutique.

This event is a perfect opportunity to not only showcase what our club is about, but also to recruit the type of members we are looking for: women involved in their community. We are also a club interested in women business owners; let's not let Rotary have them all!

Pictured below:
Upper Left: Member Dr. Amy White of Elk Grove Hearing Care 

Upper Right: Members Sharon Renzo, Tracey Edwards, Phyllis Davis; seated are Genny Fulp and Betty Hall. 

Lower Left: Members Genny Fulp, Phyllis Davis and Betty Hall.

Lower Right: Member Tracey Edwards and prospective member Theresa Laster of Where Angels Thread.

District III Director Update
by Peggy Ursin

Woo-Hoo, and Boo-Hoo 
Good news:  Incoming Sierra Nevada Region Governor Vicki Watson and her Board announced that after each of the six districts host a regular District Meeting for their clubs in September/October, there will not be the requirement of a second District Meeting in January/February.  It’s too close to the annual Region Conference in Reno, which is such a great way for everyone to touch base, get updates, and enjoy the camaraderie.
As a spring event, each district shall create either a social event (the way our club put on Taste of Soroptimist this past April), a President’s Round Table (happened this past year as well), or some other event to bring Soroptimists together in a less “formalized” way. 
Our own District 3 Meeting will be on Saturday, October 29, hosted this year by SI Sacramento.   More news when we get closer to the date. Put it on your calendar now!
On the Boo-Hoo side, we bid adieu to SI West Sacramento.  After 53 years(!), the club has disbanded.  Membership had declined, and the few remaining members were plumb tuckered out.  Some have stepped away from Soroptimist entirely, and some have joined other clubs in the Sacramento area.  Outgoing club president Kati Treichler had held that office for four years as no one else was willing to take on the job!  We in SI Elk Grove are certainly blessed to have vibrant and enthusiastic members willing to pitch in on projects and “git ‘er done.!”       


"Out 'n About"

Club members attending Soroptimist events, community events and traveling around the globe.
  • Betty Matsui hanging out with friends at the EG Food Bank Run-4-Hunger 5-10K.
  • While on a trip to Washington State, Kristine Smith met with several members of the SI Olympia club and exchanged ideas during a fun evening of wine tasting.
  • Betty Matsui, Tracey Edwards, Genny Fulp, and Phyllis Davis plotting (oops, I mean planning) their trip to the SI Convention in Florida.
  • Sherry McLellan and husband John just returned  from Scandinavia.  This picture was taken in Norway on the Trollstigen or the Troll's path. Trolls are a very big deal in Norway!
Several club members (Genny Fulp, Leslie Konopinski, Betty Matsui and Sharon Renzo) were on hand to join the celebration of Diana Holcomb's grand opening and ribbon cutting of her new location for Crystal View Optometry.
SIEG Committee Updates

Committee updates as of July 1, 2016:
(new committee chairs will be announced after the retreat in August)

Public Relations

  • Peru International Project – 
    Members MaryAnn Chappelle and SherryMcLellan spoke via FaceTime with Mariana and Treecy of Amor Reciproco, the volunteer group working with the children and women in Pan de Azucar, Peru.  We told them that SIEG had voted to send them $2,000 for their program.  They were thrilled and so very excited.  They were in awe of the amount of money we were sending.  They were very appreciative and also very intent on us "approving" of how they spend the money.  They said they will keep us updated on what they do via email and photos.  We are anxious to hear what they do!


A Pinch of S.O.L.T. 

What is a Soroptimist?
If you, or someone you know, is interested in learning more about the Soroptimist organization, there are several places to find information.

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


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