Spring Is Almost Here

At least that’s what the calendar says – hopefully the snow will be gone by March 21, the night of our SILG evening social at Kristi’s house! (Check your email for details on Kristi’s address in Cove, and directions, as well as potential car pool arrangements).

The theme of the evening will be “Garden Party Hat” creation for Region Conference – our own President Di Lyn will be wearing our concoction! Members will mix up into teams of three or four to create a garden party hat and get creative juices flowing! Bring any decorative items you may have – to get ideas, look online for Garden Party or Kentucky Derby Hats.  We’ll provide hats and beverages, feel free to bring an appetizer to share.

June Breakfast Committee Kick Off – All Welcome!

Planning will begin for the June Breakfast on Monday, March 18th, 12noon at Denny’s, Banquet Room. All members – ESPECIALLY NEW MEMBERS – are welcome and encouraged to attend. The June Breakfast is an historical event for our club, going back to days when breakfast conditions were rather primitive along the Grande Ronde River at Riverside Park! The conditions have dramatically improved and SILGers are still showing up every June to facilitate a great breakfast fundraiser for our community and promote education for women. It’s a fun event and all club members are asked to participate one way or another – so come get involved early and have a say! LOL See you on the 18th! #pancakes #sausage #coffee #roaringfire

Appreciation at Work

In the past, an employee’s relationship with their direct supervisor was found to be one of the most influential factors on whether or not the employee enjoyed their job. But we quickly learned that to focus solely on managers and supervisors was too narrow and was not all that was needed. Although most employees like to receive positive messages from their supervisor, hearing encouragement and support from their coworkers has become increasingly important. Receiving a compliment or having a colleague report to others how valuable your contribution was to the success of a project is extremely meaningful to more and more employees.

Moreover, colleagues are the individuals who often seem to be most excited to learn how to support their peers. Team members repeatedly tell us that they want to learn how to encourage and support their colleagues. In fact, we are finding that the work groups that are most successful in creating a positive work environment are the ones where the manager understands and works to implement the principle of mutual appreciation and encouragement among team members.

The biggest change to the workplace in the last decade has been the influx of millions of younger employees and the exodus of older generations. This shift has had a dynamic effect on the look, feel, and structure of workplace culture. Younger employees, as a group, tend to desire more collaboration in completing tasks. And as the proportion of employees and leaders from younger generations increases, the supervisor-employee relationship has declined in importance.

In past decades, it was common to hear people say things like, “people don’t leave a job, they leave a supervisor.” However, recent employee engagement surveys have found that employee happiness is more closely correlated to the connections they share with their coworkers rather than those they shared with their direct supervisor.

Recent experiences make it clear that expanding the focus from expecting managers and supervisors to the sole “appreciators” to include peer appreciation creates numerous positive results for teams:

  • Lightens the load (and perceived load) on managers and supervisors to provide all of the relational support within a team.
  • Supports the focus of younger employees on peer relationships in the workplace.
  • Allows for appreciation to be applied and communicated even if a manager/ supervisor isn’t interested or involved.
  • Keeps team members engaged and empowers them to make a difference in their work culture.

Just to clarify, we’re not proposing that managers give up their efforts to show recognition and communicate appreciation to team members. But when employees and supervisors consistently and effectively communicate appreciation to their colleagues, positive results occur more quickly and are more dramatic in their intensity, and the “staying power” of their effect is longer lasting.

Authentic appreciation communicated from both leaders and coworkers leads to a positive, supportive work environment that others will envy. The result? Positive communication and improved morale to a level we never imagined!

(Submitted by Shayla H. For the full article: appreciationatwork.com)

March Recipe

Sweet-n-Salty Chocolate Bark (Submitted by Shayla Hewitt)

Healthy and tasty!

2 (12-oz.) bags dark chocolate chips, melted
1/2 c. salted pretzels, roughly chopped
1/4 c. dried cherries
1/4 c. unsweetened coconut flakes
1/4 c. unsalted pistachios, roughly chopped
Flaky sea salt

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Pour a third of the melted dark chocolate onto prepared baking sheet and use an offset spatula to spread into an even layer, 1/8″ thick.
Evenly sprinkle with half the pretzels, cherries, coconut, and pistachios.
Pour over remaining melted dark chocolate and spread to evenly cover ingredients.
Evenly sprinkle with remaining pretzels, cherries, coconut, and pistachios. Garnish with flaky sea salt.
Let bark cool until set, 1 hour, then break into pieces. Store bark in a resealable container until ready to eat.

Thought for the Day

Today I realized that for a number of months I’ve neglected to post the Soroptimist Anniversaries for SILG. At first, I thought “someone” had forgotten, and then I realized that the “someone” was in fact, ME. I felt terrible, because I personally enjoy seeing the commitment of our members, and the years they have been dedicated to service through our club, and celebrating that with each month’s blog post! Feeling guilty, I set out to rectify my wrong and in doing so came upon this “DailyOM” called “Releasing Guilt” by Madisyn Taylor. I thought it was worthy of a post! And now, I’ll start celebrating Soroptimist Anniversaries again, in my very next post, so stay tuned!

Tressa 

Learning to accept the things that we perceive as wrong can be a difficult task for many of us. Often we have been brought up to accept that it is normal to feel guilty about our actions and that by doing so we will make everything seem alright within ourselves. Even though we might feel that we have a reason to make up for the choices we have made, it is much more important for us to learn how to deal with them in a healthy and positive way, such as through forgiveness and understanding.

When we can look back at our past and really assess what has happened, we begin to realize that there are many dimensions to our actions. While feeling guilty might assuage our feelings at first, it is really only a short-term solution. It is all too ironic that being hard on ourselves is the easy way out. If we truly are able to gaze upon our lives through the lens of compassion, however, we will be able to see that there is much more to what we do and have done than we realize. Perhaps we were simply trying to protect ourselves or others and did the best we could at the time, or maybe we thought we had no other recourse and chose a solution in the heat of the moment. Once we can understand that dwelling in our negative feelings will only make us feel worse, we will come to recognize that it is really only through forgiving ourselves that we can transform our feelings and truly heal any resentment we have about our past.

Giving ourselves permission to feel at peace with our past actions is one of the most positive steps we can take toward living a life free from regrets, disappointments, and guilt. The more we are able to remind ourselves that the true path to a peaceful mind and heart is through acceptance of every part of our lives and actions, the more harmony and inner joy we will experience in all aspects of our lives.

Community Grant Applications Available

SILG Community Grant applications for Festival of Trees 2019 funding are now available. These are one-year grants, for general charitable purposes. Projects must be in Union  County; support the advancement of the status of women and children; better the community; awarded to groups and organizations only. Grant awards would be paid out in February 2020. Completed applications are due postmarked or delivered no later than Friday, March 29, 2019. For complete details download a grant application here:

Community Grants

DIBI on Website

Dream It, Be It has been added to our website, to make it easier to let local women and girls know about the exciting program our committee has been planning for March and to help get the word out! Check out “DIBI” on the top right and let key folks know! http://lagrandesoroptimist.org/

February At A Glance, 1-2-3

February At A Glance: 1-2-3!
February 7 – Board Meeting at Dennys (12noon) All Members Welcome!
February 14 – Business Meeting at Dennys (12noon) All Members Attend!
February 21 – Special Grant Awards Luncheon, Island City Hall, 12noon, All Members – watch your email for details about RSVPing. DON’T MISS!