December SILG

‘Tis the Season!

December 7 – Board Meeting at Denny’s

December 12 – Annual Service Club Holiday Luncheon – West Dining Hall, Hoke @ EOU

December 14 – Business Meeting at Island City Hall

December 17 – SILG Christmas Party & Gift Exchange – Andrea’s @ 4pm – Invites to Come

December 21 – SILG Flash Holiday Lunch – Watch for Location!

December 28 – No Meeting

RSVP Needed

Please RSVP to President Tori no later than Tuesday, December 5 to attend the annual Service Clubs Holiday Luncheon on Tuesday, December 12th at 12noon in the West Dining Hall, Hoke, at EOU. Parking is free in the Hoke lot that day.

This is the Rotary’s annual event to celebrate service clubs making a difference. Lunch is served and the LHS Choir performs. The buffet menu includes Caesar salad, breadsticks, pasta/sauces, grilled chicken/meatballs, roasted veggies, Italian cream cake. The cost per person is $15.

This event often runs beyond 1pm by a bit so consider sitting near the door if you need to get back to work. 🙂



Wassail Invite

NEOAHEC & OHSU School of Nursing invite Soroptimist members to attend their Holiday Wassail and open house on December 6th, 2:30-5pm, Badgley Hall, 3rd floor foyer, at EOU. Learn about programs, network and enjoy goodies! Thank you for supporting Girls in Science!

Annual Service Club Holiday Luncheon

Soroptimist members are invited to attend the annual Service Clubs Holiday Luncheon on Tuesday, December 12th at 12noon in the West Dining Hall, Hoke, at EOU. Parking is free in the Hoke lot that day. This is the Rotary’s annual event to celebrate and share how service clubs make a difference in our region and beyond. Lunch will be served and the LHS Choir will perform. The buffet menu includes Caesar salad, breadsticks, pasta and sauces, grilled chicken and meatballs, roasted veggies and Italian cream cake. The cost per person is $15.

Please RSVP to President Tori no later than Tuesday, December 5th.  It is especially nice when we have a nice group of Soroptimists able to attend and represent our wonderful club, as well as the fun that comes with mingling with the other clubs in our valley!

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.

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Raffle Ticket Sales Opportunity

Interested in selling your (or more) Festival raffle tickets? Di is setting up a table at Safeway next week and needs volunteers to fill shifts from 9am-2pm, somewhere in the November 17-19 date range, by the Starbuck’s entrance. If you are interested, contact Di via phone or email to nail down the specific day and time so you can sell, sell, sell! Support the raffle, support our scholarship program!

Board Meeting This Week

SILG Board Meeting is this week, Thursday, November 2nd, 12noon at Denny’s in the Meeting Room. This meeting is open to all members. Why would all members want to attend? To learn about the inner workings of our club. To hear the deeper-detailed discussions. To share perspective that might be otherwise missed. To understand our club history and why it may or may not be relevant today as we make decisions about our future. Sounds pretty interesting, eh? Lately our Board Meetings have been just as large in number as our regular club meetings, which is pretty cool! New members are especially welcome to attend…and Denny’s is very fast to get us in and out!

Club Health via Conference, By Di

Sometimes change is painful – but without change there is no growth.
Service clubs and organizations everywhere are struggling with growing pains – trying to find a palatable way to work with multi-generational needs, wishes and desires.
In the first time since I joined Soroptimists back in 1983, we have about 7 decades represented in our membership, and that takes a lot of juggling, compromise and willingness to continue moving forward to further our mission of improving the lives of women and girls.
One of the break-out sessions at District 3 Conference in Yakima was “Member Experience: Ensuring the Thrill of Victory Rather than the Agony of Defeat.”
Former Governor Carol Hansen asked us “what’s it going to take to ensure all your players get their head in the game? If you think you can simply tell members “Just Do It” then you’re out in left field.
She encouraged us all to take a hard look at our club membership and develop strategies for an engaged membership – a positive club environment full of creativity and excitement that provides a role for each and every member.”
Another session “We’re on the Same Team so why can’t we get along?” posed this familiar scenario “You’ve decided to join a new team or a new group. You’re excited and inspired because the group are all like-minded and are working toward a common goal AND everyone seems to get along and really like each other. Everyone is going to love your enthusiasm and your ideas and you can’t wait to share AND THEN IT HAPPENS! The subtle put-downs – negative comments – eye rolls and more. You have just entered the “Mean Girls Dimension.”
We are all guilty of these actions from time to time, so it’s important that we talk about these sensitive topics and recognize that we need to work on being more inclusive. We need to be more respectful of others’ opinions and ideas, and avoid the easy retort “we’ve already tried that and it didn’t work. “Been there – done that.”
We “seasoned” members need to expand on those quick answers by explaining why something didn’t work, and our newer members could then pitch in with variations of that “old” idea using modern technology and techniques that would work today. Bottom line – there needs to be more discussion with all sides heard before we vote on important matters.
I’m definitely not saying that our Club’s traditions and legacy should be packed in mothballs and stored away forever. We need to celebrate our roots and all of the accomplishments of those who came before us. But we need to welcome the new generations and their enthusiastic ideas and energy.
So how about it fellow SI members? Let’s make this a year of rediscovery of where we came from and where we are headed – together as a fine-tuned machine. And let’s have fun doing it!!! Are you all with me?