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Festival of Trees Sponsorship Opportunity

The Festival of Trees Committee is excited to announce a virtual online auction for our Festival fundraising.

While we will miss holding our in-person event, we have the ability to share our event with a much broader audience.  Help us support our fundraising goals by getting the word out by sharing and posting this flyer:

Contact Shayla Rollins or any member of the FOT committee if you have questions about the event or if you would like to donate to our auction.

Meetings are happening this week!

The October Business Meeting will take place this Thursday, October 8th, at noon via Zoom!

Please watch your email for the invitation with a link to the meeting to be sent tomorrow from the Soroptimist La Grande email by President Andrea!

The District 3 Meeting will be held as a Virtual Event on Saturday, October 10th, also via Zoom.  This means any Soroptimist member can attend from the comfort of her own home!  Our very own Kristi Puckett is SI Region Governor, and our very own Di Lyn Larsen-Hill is District 3 Director.  They have been busy planning this event for several weeks.

Please see the instructions for accessing the meeting and review the conference schedule at this link: soroptimist-district-3-virtual-conference (1), then email Di Lyn at with your choice of breakout session to attend.  We are happy that members can still connect through this virtual conference!

Live Your Dream Awards are now available!

The Live Your Dream Award application portal is now open! Two awards will be offered by SILG this year for $1000 each.  There is also the opportunity to be awarded additional funds at the Region level.

To qualify, the applicant must be a woman who has primary financial responsibility for herself and her dependents, is attending an undergraduate degree program or vocational skills training program, and demonstrates financial need.

Start spreading the word about the availability of this award! Direct potential applicants to to learn more about this program, or to our website for the link to the application portal.  Here is the flier for advertising: LYDA flyer 2020

Please contact Scholarship & Awards Committee Chair, Rebecca Loman, with any questions.

Financial Fitness: Love Yourself!

Take care of you and your financial health!

Join Melinda Walker-Wells (former SILGer who will be re-joining us) this Saturday, February 15th at 10 am in Ackerman Hall 208 on the EOU Campus, or on Tuesday, February 18th at 6 pm, to learn about specific information geared toward women and investments. Make sure you’re on target for retirement, financial goals, travel, and age-related financial concerns. Space is limited for this very informative FREE workshop. Call 541-963-7433 to reserve your spot!

Calling All Sale Shoppers!

‘Tis the season for winter sales to be happening! The Boots & Socks Committee is asking members to keep an eye out for deals on boots and socks, particularly children’s boots, when you are browsing department stores or online sales. You can purchase reasonably priced items and get reimbursed by the club, make donations of these items, or contact chair Pat Wood (or any committee member listed in your membership book) to purchase items as you find them locally.

We gave out almost 300 pairs of boots last fall and depleted most of our inventory. We have more remaining pairs of boots in boys’ toddler sizes 1, 2, & 3, and girls’ youth 7 & 8, than other sizes. Adult sizes are also needed, as we gave out many of these to teens in addition to parents this year. Water resistant and warm styles are best!

Thank you for turning on your shopping radar. Go forth and find sales!

Live Your Dream Award application process is open!

Start spreading the word about our Live Your Dream Award!  The application portal is open, and our club has $2000 to award this club year.

Eligible applicants are women with financial need who are attending an undergraduate degree program or vocational skills training program, and they have the primary financial responsibility for themselves and their dependents.  Please share the attached flyer to help solicit applications before the November 1st club deadline!

LYDA flyer 2019

For the application process or additional information about the award, go to:

Call to District 3 Conference

We are excited to announce our District 3 conference will be held at Wildhorse Resort & Casino in Pendleton on October 11-13, 2019.  The theme is “Growing Stronger Together – Working as ONE.”

Governor Marti Crook has sent out the Official Call to our D3 Meeting.  Check it out at .

Please email President Shannon at if you are thinking about attending, as she will be reserving rooms for our group!  To take advantage of early bird registration rates, please let her know by September 10th!

If you haven’t attended a District meeting before, or if you are a new club member, this is a great way to experience the collective impact and get inspired.  Here’s your chance to make new Soroptimist friends and get to know our energetic leadership team, including our own Kristi Puckett, Governor-Elect for our Region!

SILG Meetings Resume in September!

Mark your calendars for Thursday, September 5, 2019!  This is the date of our first board meeting for the new club year.  Meetings will be held at noon at Denny’s banquet room.

The first business meeting will be the following week, Thursday, September 12, 2019, also held at Denny’s banquet room at noon.

We look forward to seeing everyone again after the summer break!



Scholarship Announcement

The Scholarship & Awards Committee is pleased to announce the 2019 scholarship recipients:

EOU Senior Award ($5000) –Christina Thurston

EOU Continuation Award ($3000) — Clara Gandy, Hannah Wilhelm, Carsyn Roberts, Emily Andrews

Pro-Tech Award ($2000) — Elizabeth Verhelst

High School Senior Award ($2500) — Elizabeth Babcock, Kara Gooderham, Crystal Marks, Mollie Smith, Alondra Ibarra, Alaina Carson

Mark your calendars for next Thursday, May 16th at 6:00 pm to meet our scholarship recipients at Island City city hall for our annual awards presentation!  We will present these young ladies with certificates, hear about their future plans, and enjoy cookies with good company.

“Dream It, Be It” Workshop Supplies Needed

The Dream It, Be It committee is in need of supplies for the one-day workshop to be held on March 16, 2019.  We would like to have all items gathered by March 1st.  Remaining items needed will be purchased with club funds that have been allocated to the committee.  Committee funds are also covering breakfast, lunch, and gifts for participants, as well as gift baskets for guest speakers.

Items needed:

  • Name tag kits for roughly 25 people (max 15 girls plus volunteers)…Amazon has them but not sure who carries them locally?
  • Magazines, inspirational photos/quotes, newspaper, post cards, stickers, washi tape, etc., for use in making dream boards
  • 5 or more sets of markers with a variety of colors
  • 5-10 pairs of scissors
  • 5-10 glue sticks
  • 5 hand-held scotch tape dispensers
  • 15 pencils
  • 15 pens
  • (15) 22″ x 28″ poster boards
  • 15 index cards
  • Flipchart or white board

Anything else useful for making a dream board beautiful and inspirational!