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Jean McKenzie Woman of the Year Award Nominations

Jean McKenzie was a former Life Member of Soroptimist International of La Grande and a long-time community leader.  She loved SILG, promoting education and scholarships, and especially the club’s social events. Born and raised in the La Grande area, she strived to have an impact locally by becoming a teacher, then immersing herself in civic life.  McKenzie Theatre was named after Jean and her husband, Glen. Read more about Jean:  JM Biography info

The Jean McKenzie Award was established in 1993 to honor her memory and recognize an SILG member who makes a difference in Union County, cares about our area and our local club contributions, while helping others beyond the club and demonstrating community involvement.

Although this club year has looked considerably different for us, we are asking club members to consider recognizing a fellow member described by the above statements.  Please submit nominations by May 21st to Rebecca Loman using this form: Jean McKenzie nomination form 2021

SILG Scholarship Winner Announced

Please join me in congratulating Alaina (Carson) Wright as our 2021-2022 EOU Scholarship awardee!

Alaina is approaching her senior year at EOU, majoring in Health & Human Performance with a concentration in Community Health.  She has an impressive cumulative 3.97 GPA, while maintaining a full course load, working part-time, and being an athlete on the EOU Softball team, along with a long list of volunteer activities AND graduating early!

Alaina Carson may sound like a familiar name to you, as she has received two SI scholarships previously.  We are happy to provide the continued support for Alaina to reach her goals that parallel with the SI mission.  She strives to be a role model to young women whom she counsels in her volunteer path, encouraging and uplifting them to continue their education and empower themselves.  Alaina enjoys the opportunity to help young women improve their self-confidence, striving to have a meaningful impact on their lives.

As stated by one of her references, “She has consistently been a leader among her peers and her teammates and is one of the most dedicated, kind, and service-oriented individuals I know.  She is an excellent student, and as her resume, I’m sure shows, does not hesitate to act in roles of leadership where she gives back to her community.”

We hope to have Alaina join a virtual meeting with us in the near future, so stay tuned for the opportunity to meet and congratulate her!

Northwest Region Virtual Conference Info

Registration is now open for the annual Soroptimist NW Region Conference, held virtually this year on April 23 & 24!  This is a FREE event which is lead by our very own SILG Soroptimist member and Northwest Region Governor, Kristi Puckett.

If you have never attended a Soroptimist meeting at a district or region level, you can expect to learn many new things and gain a sense of connection with the organization as a whole, along with a broader sense of impact from your contribution locally.  There will be elections for our Nominating Committee for future Region board positions, housekeeping Bylaw changes, and some fantastic speakers on Human Trafficking. Our District Directors, Region Board, and Region Planning Committee have put in an enormous amount of planning in order to bring everyone together for this fun and informative virtual event.  Let’s support Kristi and her team by “showing up” (without ever having to leave the comforts of home)!

Click here to register:  Region Conference Registration

To review the official call to conference and agenda, visit and log in to the members only section.


December Business Meeting – Today at Noon!

Check your email inbox (and junk folder if you don’t see it there) for Zoom meeting info from President Andrea and join us for today’s business meeting at noon!

We would love to see your smiling faces!

Also, don’t forget to check out the Festival of Trees virtual auction if you haven’t done so already –  – there are some fantastic items up for bid and the committee has worked hard to make this happen.  You’ll also get to see how much of our goal we’ve met so far with two more days of the auction left.

Recruitment Social – Response needed!

This Thursday, November 19th, our Recruitment & Retention Committee is hosting a fun evening virtual social event through Zoom!

We need your help recruiting women in our community to help us serve our mission in aiding women & girls by “investing in dreams.”

Each member is being asked to think of at least one person to invite so we can share what Soroptimists are all about!  Please send contact info for potential members to join us in our fun social event!  Send the info (asap!) to Patty at

There will be lots of fun conversation, discussion about our programs and the structure of Soroptimist International, information regarding our club fundraisers and awards, and even some entertainment!

November Business Meeting Today!

Please join us via Zoom for today’s monthly business meeting at 12:00 pm.

President Andrea will review club business, and we will hear updates on the Festival of Trees auction progress and learn more about our upcoming recruitment & retention function.

We would love to see your smiling faces!

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Upcoming SILG Virtual Social Event

You’re Invited!

La Grande Soroptimist is holding a Zoom Social/Recruitment Meeting!!

When: Thursday, November 19th, 2020

Where: At your own computer!

Time: 6:00 p.m. (will last 1- 1 1/2hour)

Are you interested in getting more information about the purpose of Soroptimist?  This is the place to visit!

* There will be prizes for game winners!

*  Presenters will be full of great information!

*  Entertainment by one of our own!

Club members please send email addresses of potential member’s, so that we can invite them to join!  Send to:

Better yet, invite them to your house to join you to watch (6 feet apart, of course)! 🙂