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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:  bit.ly/LYDA-apply

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 http://nwrsia.org/district/2019%20D3%20Call.pdf .

Please email President Shannon at scwillmarth@gmail.com 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!

“Dream It, Be It” Committee Update

The Dream It, Be It committee has been hard at work!  Under the leadership of Fam Moulton, committee chair, they have been meeting every other week in order to be ready for the March 16th workshop date.

What is “Dream It, Be It: Career Support for Girls?”

It is a mentoring workshop that gives girls the tools they need to achieve their education and career goals, empowering them to break cycles of poverty, violence, and abuse.  By reaching girls while they are still young, we not only can help them stay healthy and safe in the short term, but we can reduce the number of women in crisis in the future. Putting them on a path will help them realize their dreams.

Our workshop will target girls ages 14 to 18, and attendance will be limited to 12.  We will use the SIA-provided guideline for the workshop consisting of seven sessions, each roughly an hour long.  The session topics includes discussions regarding Discovering Your Dreams, Exploring Careers, and Rising Above Obstacles, just to name a few.  Check out the members only information on the SIA website if you are curious about the DIBI program, or talk with one of the committee members who are getting very excited for this project to come to fruition!

Please reach out to any eligible girls who may benefit from this workshop, and stay tuned for a supply list of needed items.  We have contacted local schools to distribute information and applications and are still seeking applications for attendees!

Thanks for your hard work and dedication to the project, Fam and fellow committee members!

Last Call to Donate!

If you’d like to donate money or Christmas gifts to help our “adopted” family, please contact Rebecca today!!!  There’s still some shopping and wrapping to do, if you’d rather help with that….

Thank you to all the members who have already donated money for items to be purchased!

Scholarships & Awards Committee Update

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!

New Member Spotlight: Jessica

Let’s get to know new member Jessica B!

My hometown is…. Imbler, Oregon (insert heart emoji)

What do you want other members to know MOST about who you are?  I take a lot of pride in this little town and I am always willing to lend a hand!

#1 reason you joined Soroptimist?  Growing up in this area, I saw firsthand how many young girls can really use the help that Soroptimist provides and I wanted to be a part of that!

Snack you always have in your desk or purse? Goldfish!

What did you want to be when you were growing up and why?  Future life goals?  A farmer! I am 6th generation farm kid and would still love to take over the family farm someday.  I would also like to own my own insurance agency.

What makes you excited to get out of bed in the morning?  Coffee!

Best vacation yet?  Future dream vacation?  Best vacation yet is Dallas, Texas.  Future dream vacation is Nashville, Tennessee.

Anything else exciting, interesting, or unusual about you or your life?  I recently moved home to Union County after two years in Montana.  When I am not working, I am usually in the mountains with my two best friends; my 12-year old brother and my puppy, Macy.

We are excited to have you join our efforts. Thank you, Jessica!

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!