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Scholarships & Awards Committee Update

Through November 15th applications are being accepted for the Live Your Dream Award with a club award of $2000. We have received one application to date through the new SIA Application Portal.

We believe that education is the most powerful tool for women to transform their lives. Live Your Dream Awards recipients may use the cash award to offset costs associated with their efforts to attain education, such as books, childcare, tuition and transportation.

Eligible applicants must provide the primary financial support for their families, be enrolled in or accepted to a vocational/skills training program or an undergraduate degree program, and must demonstrate financial need.

Our Live Your Dream Awards provide grants to women who have overcome obstacles and are trying to get their lives back on track, build a better life and lift themselves and their families out of poverty through education and skills training.

Please help spread the word by directing potential applicants to the application link at www.lagrandesoroptimist.org. Contact committee chair Rebecca for a poster advertising the award if you have a public place to hang one!

New Member Spotlight: Jessica

Let’s get to know new member Jessica B!

My hometown is…. Imbler, Oregon (insert heart emoji)

What do you want other members to know MOST about who you are?  I take a lot of pride in this little town and I am always willing to lend a hand!

#1 reason you joined Soroptimist?  Growing up in this area, I saw firsthand how many young girls can really use the help that Soroptimist provides and I wanted to be a part of that!

Snack you always have in your desk or purse? Goldfish!

What did you want to be when you were growing up and why?  Future life goals?  A farmer! I am 6th generation farm kid and would still love to take over the family farm someday.  I would also like to own my own insurance agency.

What makes you excited to get out of bed in the morning?  Coffee!

Best vacation yet?  Future dream vacation?  Best vacation yet is Dallas, Texas.  Future dream vacation is Nashville, Tennessee.

Anything else exciting, interesting, or unusual about you or your life?  I recently moved home to Union County after two years in Montana.  When I am not working, I am usually in the mountains with my two best friends; my 12-year old brother and my puppy, Macy.

We are excited to have you join our efforts. Thank you, Jessica!

Scholarships & Awards Committee update

As we kick-off our new Soroptimist club year, the Scholarships & Awards Committee had our first meeting on August 27th.  We discussed the Live Your Dream Award, as we are currently accepting applications and have a new online platform to use–please share the award info with anyone who needs it!  We also talked about streamlining the scholarship applications and divided duties amongst committee members for various club awards!  For more details on discussion, click here for our meeting notes 2018_08_27.  Contact Rebecca if you’d like to join the committee!

LIVE YOUR DREAM AWARD: Applications now being accepted!

Applications are currently being accepted for the Live Your Dream Award! This is a $2000 club-level award and recipients will also be considered for a Region-level award.

To qualify, the applicant must be a woman who has primary financial responsibility for herself and her dependents, has financial need, and is attending an undergraduate degree program or vocational skills training program. Funds can be used toward childcare, books, vehicle expenses, and does not have to be used directly on tuition costs.

There is a new SIA application platform, which makes it even easier to apply online at bit.ly/LYDA-apply.

Baker & Wallowa County SI clubs also have awards available, so please spread the word.

If you’d like to hang a poster in your business or have any questions, contact club member Rebecca Loman at rloman@otecc.com.

Easy Dish for Summer Gatherings

Greetings! I hope all members are enjoying summer now that it has finally arrived!

Just popping in to share an easy recipe that I’ve used recently for summer gatherings. Crockpot Mac ‘N Cheese is a simple dinner or potluck item that is yummy, loved by all ages, and doesn’t require standing over a hot range or heating up your kitchen with the oven! (I bet you could even add some ham, bacon, or other extras and make it a meal!)

CROCKPOT MAC ‘N CHEESE
(Serves 6-8)
½ cup melted butter
2 cups uncooked elbow macaroni
3 cups small curd cottage cheese
2 cups grated sharp cheddar cheese
2 ½ cups boiling water
Pour melted butter into bottom of crock pot.
Add uncooked noodles, cottage cheese, and 1 ½ cups of the grated cheddar. Stir to combine.
Pour boiling water over the mixture and do not stir after pouring water in.
Cook on high for two hours.
Sprinkle remaining cheddar on top and let sit for 15 minutes before serving.
Double all ingredients for larger crowds!

Awards Luncheon Thursday!

Calling all members to bring your lunch and join us at our annual Awards Luncheon tomorrow, May 31st at noon!! We will be awarding the EOU student scholarships, high school senior scholarships, Pro-tech award and Live Your Dream Award!

This is a great reminder of just one way we make a difference in the lives of women & girls (boys too)! Show your support of our scholarship and award recipients by attending this awesome event.

A great day to invite potential club members!

Honoring Jean McKenzie

Jean McKenzie nomination form 2018

Jean McKenzie was a valued Soroptimist Life Member of SI La Grande. Established in 1993, the Jean McKenzie Award was combined with Woman of the Year Award in 2001. This club award is meant to honor an outstanding SILG club member–someone who cares about our area, helping others beyond the expectations of our group, while serving as an outstanding club member. Each year we award a deserving woman with the Jean McKenzie Woman of the Year Award. Please take time to complete the attached form to nominate one of your fellow club members, to have their contribution recognized. One deserving nominee will be presented with a traveling plaque which holds Jean’s Soroptimist pin and the names of prior women of distinction within our local club.  We will learn more about Jean and the award during the presentation at a June meeting, so stay tuned for the date.  In the meantime, check out the list of past recipients on our website!

Easy Weeknight Dinner

That subject line is an eye-catcher for any busy Mom or Soroptimist member that’s scanning their email inbox! “One Pot Penne Pasta” from the Add A Pinch website can be ready in 15 minutes, making it a perfect recipe for a busy weeknight! Here is the recipe:

  • 1 pound smoked sausage, cut into bite sized slices
  • 1/2 medium onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 cup sliced mushrooms
  • 3 cups penne pasta, uncooked
  • 2 cups chicken stock
  • 1 (10-oz) jar roasted red peppers, undrained
  • 2 cups Monterey Jack cheese
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese
  • 2 cups fresh spinach
  1. Add sausage, onions, garlic, and mushrooms to a medium pot over medium heat.  Cook until onions are slightly tender, stirring often.  Add in penne pasta, chicken stock, roasted red peppers, along with the liquid from the jar, cheeses and spinach.  Stir to combine and cover for about 5-8 minutes.  Remove lid, stir and continue to cook until penne pasta is al denote or at the amount of tenderness you prefer.  Remove from heat and serve.

It’s that easy!! Enjoy.

Ref: https://add a pinch.com/one-pot-penne-pasta-recipe/

Deadline approaching for SILG Live Your Dream Award

The Live Your Dream Award provides women who serve as the primary wage earners for their families with the financial resources to offset costs associated with their efforts to attain higher education or additional skills and training.  Recipients can use the award for tuition, books, childcare, carfare or any other education-related expense.  There are two club level awards for 2017: one $2000 award and one $3000 award.  Local recipients become eligible for region-level awards up to $10,000!  Please help spread the word to solicit applications for the November 15th deadline.  Contact Rebecca at 541-663-2101 or email lagrandesoroptimist@gmail.com for the application packet.

SILG Boots & Socks prep

Crisp fall mornings and the changing of the leaves signal that it’s time for SILG members to round up donations of new or gently used boots, socks, hats, and gloves for our Boots & Socks distribution! Those of us with kids or grandkids can clean out those sizes that no longer fit our kiddos and watch the smiles on the faces of the children who walk away with them at distribution time. It’s a favorite event for many of our members to know these children can cope with the winter weather thanks to our efforts, in conjunction with the local Lions Club giving Coats for Kids. Having a scarce supply of boots after what was given out last year, we have collection boxes at local banks for the public to make donations and we have over 200 pair on order from Wal-Mart (who gives us a great discount in support of our program). Keep an eye out for great deals during shopping ventures!

A work party will be scheduled soon to move shelves and inventory back into our room at Riveria School and sort inventory by size.  Distribution dates are typically the last Saturday in October and first Saturday in November. Our committee chair will confirm these dates soon and there will be an opportunity for all members to sign-up to help.  Stay tuned!