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October 19 Meeting Highlights

Tori and Di stepped up and lead club yesterday in a thoughtful, valuable activity and discussion yesterday, when our guest speaker had an emergency and could not join us. This is the strength of our club – together, making it happen! We learned about Conference highlights, met a potential new member, and did an activity around respect and inclusion in the SIA club setting. It was a great activity and subsequent conversation – thank you to all who participated and shared, including Marilyn, Melinda, Brittany, Shayla R., Rebecca, Vicky, Tressa and Jacque.

Tori and Di also shared some highlights from conference last weekend (Kristi and Shannon also attended, but couldn’t get to club). In a related topic, President Tori’s installation theme was “How Does Our SILG Garden Grow?” President Tori is doing an awesome job at nurturing our club along this year (aided by her trusty board, committee chairs, and all of the SILG membership). Conference attendees noted that once again, they were proud of our club’s accomplishments and inclusiveness when they represented SILG at conference last weekend. Remember to share your own sunshine and connect with club members on a regular basis – it’s healthy for you, AND for our club!

SILG Today

SILG Today: Guest Speaker Cami Miller with the Charm Collaborative, a new recipient of FOT funds through Community Grants. Cami will discuss how her program supports women and girls in our community. Please plan to attend and bring a friend to help spread the good word!

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!

SILG October Meetings


October 12 – Monthly Business Meeting. President Tori will lead us through a full agenda and rumor has it there will be birthday treats…friends welcome.

October 19 – Guest Speaker Cami Miller, with NEON’s Charm Collaborative. This is a first time recipient of the Festival funding, so lots to learn about how this group will use the funds to support women and girls in Union County. The Community Grants Committee is very careful about where those grants go, so you know this will be inspiring. Bring a friend!

October 26 – The second most often reason cited for club membership after “doing good for my community” is “networking with other women in my community.” This meeting features a panel discussion as three members present their experience as women in business in our community over the years. Mary Lou, President Tori, and Mary will share how their businesses have supported our community, and how our community has shaped their business outlook. Bring a friend – and YOUR perspective – to this fascinating opportunity for networking and support!

SILG Announcements October 4

Happy Anniversary to Vicky Brogoitti, celebrating 5 years with SILG! Happy Anniversary to Brittany Pryce and Sara Waliser, both celebrating their first full year with SILG!

Fall Social is coming right up, only 5 more days until you can chill, network and spend some time with the fabulous women of SILG!  October 9, 5-7pm, at Wine Down, at The Landing. A great chance to check out a new local business, plus get to know your fellow SILGers a little better!

October 5, SILG Board Meeting at Dennys, 12noon. All club members are welcome to attend and learn more about the inner-workings of SILG.

October 12, SILG Business Meeting at Island City Hall, 12noon. Please plan to attend if possible – President Tori will lead club members through a full agenda of club business and important committee updates related to current activities.

October 13-15, District Meeting in Yakima for those attending and representing our club

October 19 & 26 – SILG Meetings at Island City Hall include guest speakers, special topics and opportunities to network and learn more about our community. Details to come.

SILG Social October 9

All members are invited to a fall social at Wine Down at The Landing

Bring a friend, and enjoy socializing with members you have not seen for a while!

Hope to see you!!!

October 9th

After Work 5 – 7 PM

1501 Adams Ave.

La Grande, OR

Sponsored by La Grande Soroptimist Recruitment/Retention & Meetings Committees

SILG This Week

Festival of Trees Committee – Tuesday at 12noon, Denny’s Meeting Room

Thursday, Club Meeting – Part Two of Appreciation in the Workplace presentation, by Shayla Hewitt (do not need to have been present for Part One) Bring a Friend!



First Meeting Highlights

SILG Meetings are happening! Many committees are gearing up for this club year. SILG Directories are available at club meetings and some committee meetings, contact President Tori for assistance. A full meeting schedule of topics will be out soon.

  • Boots & Socks needs inventory. Pat Wood is chairing and will be calling a committee meeting soon to put this fall’s project together.
  • If you have an ides for a club meeting, please let Shayla, Tressa or Shannon know.
  • Festival of Trees committee is meeting, next meeting on September 26th, noon at Dennys. The colors this year are white and red.
  • Scholarship committee is meeting and Shirley reported that SILG recipients are gearing up for fall term. SILG gave out a record amount in scholarship funds from Festival last year, more than $20,000!
  • Recruitment & Retention Committee inducted newest member, Vicky Hart. The Meetings Committee and this committee will work together on a social event to kick off our club year.

Free Workshop Opportunity

Is it interesting? Is it club development? Is it professional development? What if it’s all three? SCORE!  Our very own Shayla Hewitt will be presenting an interactive workshop at SILG meetings this week and next – September 21st and September 28th.  Plan to attend for optimal exposure to greatness and knowledge. Please feel free to bring a friend or coworker that may be interested, too!
 Appreciation in the Workplace:
In today’s workplace it is crucial for employees to feel valued. But that’s a challenge when you and your employees communicate appreciation differently. In this two part series we will go over:
  • The core concepts of appreciation and encouragement, their importance in workplace relationships, and identify the negative results that can occur when team members do not feel valued or appreciated.
  • Describe each of the five languages of appreciation and what they look like in daily work life, and affirm the core components for appreciation to be communicated effectively.

Travel Gifts Are Baaaack!

Seargent at Arms Shannon Willmarth is bringing back the travel gift auction! For newer members who may not know what this is: when you travel,  feel free to pick up a small memento of your trip and bring back to club. Wrap it and include a note about where it came from – then, hand it over to Shannon. Travel Gifts will be auctioned off at club meetings and proceeds go to our general fund. It’s a fun way to tell us all about your trip, plus raise some money for our club!