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Meetings Committee Update


Members: Tori Gandy, Shannon Wilmarth, Mary Horn, Patty Gooderham, Marilyn Fallow, Tressa Seydel

This new club year also brings a new meeting schedule – It’s as easy as 1-2-3 to be a Soroptimist!

We have had two meetings and you will find a complete schedule in your directory. The third meetings of the month are all designed to offer an opportunity to get to know one another better, and learn more about Soroptimists, a specific SI event or something happening in our community and give those who can’t make noon meetings an opportunity to get involved monthly.

Our first 3rd Thursday meeting is September 20th at 6pm at Grand Ronde Hospital. Patrick Flynn, the GR Hospital Foundation Manager will present information on the new 3D mammography machine and some details about the impact our donation has made.

Boots & Socks Committee Update


Meeting: 9/13/18

Committee: Pat Wood, Brenda Bell, Maria Moulton, Fam Moulton, Shayla Rollins, Rebecca Loman, Susan Lemon, Angie Neill, Jessica Cromer

Lion’s Club contact: Larry Glaze

Budget: $5000.00

Purchases to date: $147.99

(8) Boots @ JCP 95.24 (23) Gloves @ WM 11.50 (5) Boots @ Maurices 41.25

Remaining balance: $4852.01

Distribution Days: October 27 & Nov 3 8:30 to 12:30

270 pair distributed in 2017

97 pair left after distribution

146 pair on-hand now, due to after-season purchases and donations

Need to order:


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!

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!