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New SILG Application Available

The Marketing Committee is excited to announce some upcoming changes, and rolling out the first – a new, fillable application for SILG membership! If you know of someone interested in becoming a member of SILG, they can simply download our online application, fill it out, save it and email it back to us. BOOM! The application is available on our website here:



October District Conference

The Official Call to Conference – our 65th annual District meeting of Soroptimist International of the Americas – is out! District Conference is set for October 12-14 in Moses Lake, WA. Please review the packet and if you wish to attend the conference,  please let President Di know no later than September 1st.
The Conference Packet was emailed to all members by President Di; it can also be found in the Members Only section of our website, under Conference Packet. If you cannot remember the password for the Members Only section, check your Club Directory.

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

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


The SILG Year begins Thursday, September 6th – add that to your calendars now, and watch your email and our SILG Facebook page for meeting and special event details. The Meetings Committee hopes to have most of the year mapped out by September so you can lock in the important stuff (you know, all things SILG) and worry about holiday shopping and vacation planning later! 🙂

A Letter from President Di

Greetings Soroptimists!

It’s hard to believe, but summer is almost over, and it will soon be time to meet again for an exciting action-packed year of Soroptimists.

We are going to switch things up a bit this year, with high hopes of increasing our meeting attendance numbers. Your 2018-19 Officers and Board of Directors recognize that we are all very busy professional women, mothers, partners and community members, and our time is already stretched thin. That is why Soroptimists are encouraged to just give what you can in both time and energy. Sometimes it’s easier to meet at noon; sometimes it might be easier to meet in the evenings – so this year you get the best of both worlds.

Long-time SILG member Tressa Seydel created our new catch phrase – “Easy as 1-2-3” – and here is how it will work. Our Board meeting will be held the first Thursday of each month and the Club Business Meeting will be held the second Thursday of each month. The third Thursday of each month will be a special evening event – a combination of social networking and club education and a whole lot of fun! Those evening meetings will be held at a local business or a club member’s home (full schedule will be released soon). The evening sessions will begin at 6 p.m. so it gives everyone time to run home to check on the family, or run a few errands before joining in the fun.

My hope is that by eliminating the fourth Thursday meeting of each month, and adding an evening event to our lineup, you will each be able to attend more frequently, based on your schedule and availability. We all know that when we have a larger group participating, the energy level increases, and the creative juices flow more freely. That’s what we need to rejuvenate our La Grande Soroptimist group as we continue to grow and contribute to our community.

So here’s the second big change – all of our club board and business meetings will be held at Dennys’ Banquet Room. We WILL NOT be meeting at Island City Hall this year.

So to start things off, here is the September lineup:

* September 6- Board Meeting – noon at Dennys (anyone can attend – it’s a good way to learn more about your club and its procedures)

* September 13 – Business Meeting – noon at Dennys

* September 20 – Grande Ronde Hospital rooftop (hors d’oeuvres will be served – 6 p.m.)

The September Evening on the Rooftop is a great opportunity to showcase our Club to prospective members. If you have guests you want to bring, please contact Tori (Chair of Meeting Committee) or Andrea (Chair of Recruitment & Retention) with that information no later than September 13.

I am so excited about the coming year, and I hope you are, too. Our Soroptimist Club is such a key part of our community, and we all make a huge difference in so many lives – We should be so proud of our achievements and contributions so let’s sing out loud and proud – Soroptimists of La Grande!!!

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!)

(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!

Roberts Recognized

Distinguished Service Award

The Oregon Library Association recognized Eastern Oregon University librarian Shirley Roberts at its annual conference in Eugene last month.

Roberts’ 36-year career in the EOU library bridges generations of students and continuous shifts in technology. She earned the association’s Distinguished Service Award for her dedication to the library and its patrons, as well as libraries throughout Oregon.

“Shirley has made many contributions to serving libraries and readers during her career spanning from 1982 to today,” said OLA Honors and Awards Committee Chair Leah Griffith.

Roberts also served as chair of the Sage/Pioneer Library System and currently holds the position of association manager for the OLA.

After beginning her career at EOU, she earned her master’s degrees in library studies. Roberts worked through a variety of roles at EOU, eventually becoming an interim library director.

“Shirley is a strong advocate for resource sharing and rural libraries in Eastern Oregon,” Griffith said. “She’s worked tirelessly over the years to improve outreach to library patrons and support to library staff.”

She played a leadership role in expanding the Pioneer Library System from three libraries to over 70 through several grant projects, and she led the formation of a courier service connecting the libraries and supporting their growth.

She was a key part of the team that transitioned the Pioneer Library System into the Sage Library System, migrated new libraries, and implemented inter-agency agreements.

“Shirley served as a valuable member of the governing body of Pioneer/Sage,” Griffith said. “She helped effectively guide the consortium toward growth and stability.”

Roberts continues to support the EOU library in a part-time capacity as an instructional librarian.

“I’ve appreciated working with Shirley,” said EOU Library Director Karen Clay. “I’m so grateful for her well-informed advice.”

Roberts’ service grew on the statewide level when she became the first OLA Association Manager in 2007. Griffith said the new role allowed Roberts to help move the association forward in many ways, including developing a sound investment strategy that put OLA on the firmer financial ground.

“She took a variety of processes and tasks and brought them together working closely with the OLA presidents and treasurers over the years,” Griffith said. “Her talents, organization skills and most of all her easy-to-work-with personality has made for almost 10 years of smooth operations for OLA.”