Monthly Archives: August 2018

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!!!