November 1 – Board Meeting at Dennys (12noon) All Members Welcome!
November 8 – Business Meeting at Dennys (12noon) All Members Attend!
November 15 – Special Event at SILGer Andrea W.’s Home (6pm) All Members – watch your email for location/event details!
The Marketing Committee would like to remind all members that if you are attending an SILG event, feel free to take pictures of members and activities and send them on to a committee member for inclusion on our FB page later. Or, if you see something awesome and noteworthy in the local paper (etc.) about one of our members! You can text or email pictures to Tressa, Rebecca, Shayla H., Andrea or Peggy.
Members are reminded that if they know of worthy community projects in need of small amounts of funding over the course of the year, they can contact the Small Grants Committee Chair Tressa. The total annual budget for this committee is $600.
BOOTS & SOCKS
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 $2361.90: (8) Boots @ JCP 95.24 (23) Gloves @ WM 11.50 (5) Boots @ Maurice’s 41.25 (103) Boots @ Walmart 1769.91 ( 30+) Boots from R&C for $444.00 plus many more at no charge. Remaining balance is $2638.10. (Approximately 50 more pair still coming from Walmart).
Flyers are available for members to have collection boxes at work, church etc. There is a work party this Saturday, Oct 13th @ Riviera School starting at 9:00. Everyone is welcome! (Coats) Boots & Socks Distribution Days: October 27 & Nov 3, 8:30am to 12:30pm. Please sign up!
Through November 15th applications are being accepted for the Live Your Dream Award with a club award of $2000. We have received one application to date through the new SIA Application Portal.
We believe that education is the most powerful tool for women to transform their lives. Live Your Dream Awards recipients may use the cash award to offset costs associated with their efforts to attain education, such as books, childcare, tuition and transportation.
Eligible applicants must provide the primary financial support for their families, be enrolled in or accepted to a vocational/skills training program or an undergraduate degree program, and must demonstrate financial need.
Our Live Your Dream Awards provide grants to women who have overcome obstacles and are trying to get their lives back on track, build a better life and lift themselves and their families out of poverty through education and skills training.
Please help spread the word by directing potential applicants to the application link at www.lagrandesoroptimist.org. Contact committee chair Rebecca for a poster advertising the award if you have a public place to hang one!
Celebrating Kristi as our new NWR President Elect at Conference last spring at conference – what a wonderful reason to smile and cheer! Let’s carry that momentum forward as she moves through her year of learning how to fill those big shoes. We’re behind you, Kristi!
Dream It, Be It Committee Update – September 2018
Committee Members: Fam Moulton, Kristi Puckett, Maria Moulton, Jessica Cromer, Peggy Anthony, Angie Neill, Jessica Bingamon, Brittany Pryce
This committee focuses on a program targeting girls between the ages of 14-18 in secondary schools that face obstacles to their future success by providing access to professional role models, career education, and resources to be empowered to pursue their career goals and reach their full potential.
We’ve had 2 successful meetings so far. We will continue to have bi-wkly Wed. meetings at Denny’s at noon to ensure we are efficient in our planning process. We’re taking notes and saving any info we gather along the way from beginning to end so, this program can be repeated in many years to come.
We will host a One Day Conference in the Spring of 2019. Location, date and time will be determined soon. Date and time will be based around school schedules and sports activities. Location will be based upon our budget. We have discussed possibly EOU, LHS or LMS would allow space for this event. This One Day Conference will include professional role models who will speak and inspire, hands on activities, tools that will teach them how to work as a team, skills they’ll be able to use towards their future dreams, projects they can take back home to use as a reminder of their goals and resources to help balance stress.
We are currently seeking at least 8-12 girls that will participate in the planning process. This will allow us to engage better with these girls, get insight that we may miss otherwise and seek girls that we may miss out on. We are reaching out to local school districts for girls. We are in the process of creating gift baskets as a “thank you” for these girls who choose to help us with the planning process. Donations are welcome! Please let us know if you know of any girls that would be a good fit for this program. We are prepared with forms that the girls and their guardians will need to fill out before confirming participation.
We are working on raising money and applying for grants to help assist with the success of this program.