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“Dream It, Be It” Workshop Supplies Needed

The Dream It, Be It committee is in need of supplies for the one-day workshop to be held on March 16, 2019.  We would like to have all items gathered by March 1st.  Remaining items needed will be purchased with club funds that have been allocated to the committee.  Committee funds are also covering breakfast, lunch, and gifts for participants, as well as gift baskets for guest speakers.

Items needed:

  • Name tag kits for roughly 25 people (max 15 girls plus volunteers)…Amazon has them but not sure who carries them locally?
  • Magazines, inspirational photos/quotes, newspaper, post cards, stickers, washi tape, etc., for use in making dream boards
  • 5 or more sets of markers with a variety of colors
  • 5-10 pairs of scissors
  • 5-10 glue sticks
  • 5 hand-held scotch tape dispensers
  • 15 pencils
  • 15 pens
  • (15) 22″ x 28″ poster boards
  • 15 index cards
  • Flipchart or white board

Anything else useful for making a dream board beautiful and inspirational!

“Dream It, Be It” Committee Update

The Dream It, Be It committee has been hard at work!  Under the leadership of Fam Moulton, committee chair, they have been meeting every other week in order to be ready for the March 16th workshop date.

What is “Dream It, Be It: Career Support for Girls?”

It is a mentoring workshop that gives girls the tools they need to achieve their education and career goals, empowering them to break cycles of poverty, violence, and abuse.  By reaching girls while they are still young, we not only can help them stay healthy and safe in the short term, but we can reduce the number of women in crisis in the future. Putting them on a path will help them realize their dreams.

Our workshop will target girls ages 14 to 18, and attendance will be limited to 12.  We will use the SIA-provided guideline for the workshop consisting of seven sessions, each roughly an hour long.  The session topics includes discussions regarding Discovering Your Dreams, Exploring Careers, and Rising Above Obstacles, just to name a few.  Check out the members only information on the SIA website if you are curious about the DIBI program, or talk with one of the committee members who are getting very excited for this project to come to fruition!

Please reach out to any eligible girls who may benefit from this workshop, and stay tuned for a supply list of needed items.  We have contacted local schools to distribute information and applications and are still seeking applications for attendees!

Thanks for your hard work and dedication to the project, Fam and fellow committee members!

Last Call to Donate!

If you’d like to donate money or Christmas gifts to help our “adopted” family, please contact Rebecca today!!!  There’s still some shopping and wrapping to do, if you’d rather help with that….

Thank you to all the members who have already donated money for items to be purchased!

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!