Soroptimist El Dorado Installs Officers During Annual Dinner Meeting

Soroptimist El Dorado’s monthly meeting on June 4 was a dinner meeting at Cardinal Creek Farm in Leon. Nineteen members and three guests enjoyed a delicious meal accompanied by chirping birds and tallgrass prairie swaying in the cool evening breeze before President Gail Gomez called the meeting to order.

Trisha Powell was inducted as a new member.

May minutes were approved. Bebee Thomas presented the Treasurer’s report. Thank you notes from USD 490 counselors and the Priscilla’s Pet Pantry for donations from our club were received.

Year-end committee reports included: Gail Gomez, President’s Report; Darla Deaton, Ways & Means; Judie Storandt, Orientation and Leadership, Janett Doile, Meeting Planning and Programs of Service, Nancy Reddinger, Recruitment & Retention; Joni Sanders, Public Relations and Women’s Issues. Ginger Glenn, Social Activities and Bernie Spradling, Laws & Regulations.

Janett Doile announced a summer planning meeting will be held in July or August.

Installation of club officers for 2018-2019 included: President, Janett Doile; Vice-President, Joni Sanders; Secretary, Sue Beattie; Treasurer, Edith Waugh; Delegates, Nancy Reddinger and Sharon Mangels; Bebee Thomas, Alternative Delegate; 1st Director, Julia Davis, 2nd Director, Susan Adams; and 3rd Director, Darla Deaton. The new club year begins July 1.

Certificates of Membership in Soroptimist El Dorado were presented to Bernie Spradling and Sharon Mangels for 15 years, Gail Gomez, 10 years, and Edith Waugh and Judie Storandt, 5 years.

Members attending not mentioned were Susan Adams, Bonnie Buckman, Brenda Burk, Marsha Greene, and Velma Larimer. Guests included Diane Grove, Dee Marshall, and Cathy Roedel. The meeting was adjourned with the Soroptimist Pledge.

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SIA El Dorado’s 2018-2019 Board of Directors (from left to right): Sharon Mangles, Nancy Reddinger, Janett Doile (President), Julia Davis, Edith Waugh (Treasurer), Susan Adams,  Bebee Thomas, Sue Beattie (Secretary), Joni Sanders (Vice-President), Darla Deaton.

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Soroptimist El Dorado holds May Meeting

Soroptimist El Dorado met May 7 with 18 club members and 4 guests present.  President Gail Gomez called the meeting to order.

Lauren&Shaaron.21Sharon Mangels introduced El Dorado High School Senior, Lauren Lowrey, recipient of our club’s Outstanding Citizen Award. Lauren will study Biology and Premed at Pittsburgh State University in the fall.

The 92nd annual Soroptimist South Central Region Conference was held April 20-22 and hosted by SI Kansas City, MO. Our club was represented by Gail Gomez, Brenda Burk, Susan Adams, Nancy Reddinger and Joni Sanders. 30 clubs and 133 members were present.

Janett Doile reported on our club’s first annual Dream It Be It: Career Support for Girls held on April 7. Fifteen girls from El Dorado and Rosalia schools participated. The new global program is designed to empower girls in secondary school to pursue their career goals and reach their full potential. A pizza and pool party is planned for the girls who attended.

Election of Officers for 2018-2019 was held. Susan Adams and Edith Waugh presented the 2018-2019 budget.

Our annual Soroptimist Fiesta is at Gail’s house on May 18. Our June meeting will be held at Cardinal Creek Farm.

Donations of pet food were collected to benefit Priscilla’s Pet Pantry at Trinity Episcopal Church.

Hostesses were Marcia Greene, Nancy Reddinger, and Brenda Burk.  Members attending not already mentioned were Sue Beattie, Julia Davis, Darla Deaton, Ginger Glenn, Debi LaForge, Trisha Powell, Nancy Samp, Bernie Spradling and Judie Storandt.  We adjourned with the Soroptimist Pledge.

 

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Soroptimist holds April meeting

Soroptimist El Dorado met April 2, 2018 at the El Dorado Civic Center with 18 members present.

President Gail Gomez called the business meeting to order. February meeting minutes were approved. Bebee Thomas presented the Treasurer’s report.

March is National Women’s History Month. The 2018 Theme for National Women’s History Month is “Nevertheless, She Persisted: Honoring Women Who Fight All Forms of Discrimination Against Women.”

Brenda Burk reported the Soroptimist Potato Supper on March 5 was a success. We would like to thank community members for their support. Proceeds from the Soroptimist Potato Supper are used to fund our club’s awards and scholarships for women and girls in our community.

Janett Doile and Debi LaForge reviewed work schedules for EHS baseball and softball concession stands. Proceeds support club service projects. Sharon Mangels reported on the accrued balance of our club’s endowed BCC Endowed Nursing Scholarship.

Janett Doile stated 15 girls are planning to attend our inaugural “Dream It, Be it!” career support event for teen girls to be held April 7.

Several members are attending the 92nd Annual South-Central Region Conference in Kansas City later this month. Nominees for SIA President-Elect and Governor-Elect were reviewed with the club. Debi LaForge presented the 2018-19 nomination slate for Soroptimist El Dorado officers.

Donations for Priscilla’s Pet Pantry at Trinity Episcopal Church will be collected at our May meeting.

Hostesses were Darla Deaton and Gail Gomez.. Members attending not already mentioned were Sue Beattie, Julia Davis, Ginger Glenn, Marcia Greene, Nancy Reddinger, Sue Reynolds, Nancy Samp, Joni Sanders, Bernie Spradling, Judie Storandt, and Edith Waugh. We adjourned with the Soroptimist Pledge.

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Darla Deaton and Gail Gomez were the hostesses during the April club meeting

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Soroptimist El Dorado host event for girls

Soroptimist El Dorado hosted the club’s first annual Dream It, Be It: Career Support for Girls on April 7. Fifteen girls from El Dorado and Rosalia schools participated. This new global program of Soroptimist International seeks to empower girls to reach their full potential and become successful adults — by providing  access to role models, career education, and resources to live their dreams.

The recent event began with a welcome and ice breaker led by LuAnne Vides, El Dorado Middle School teacher. The girls created dream board collages representing their career goals. Glenda Fleener, Community Educator, shared job interviewing tips.

After enjoying a lunch prepared by Soroptimist El Dorado members, Christy Stewart at Great Beginnings Boutique moderated a fashion show. Angela Thompson from the Family Life Center led an activity that helped explore unhealthy teen relationships.

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Dream It Be It Participants: Back row (l – r): Madilynn Thomas, Karly Girty, Augustina Coatney, Alecia West, Brook Carpenter, Dani Rosecrans, Cheyenne Gordon, Randi Freeman, Emily Devine, Cierra Young. Front row (l- r): Taylor Buchholz, Alexandra McCoy, Shanycia Mrray, ellie McClain, Ellie Scobee.

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LaAnne Vides welcomes attendees.

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Glenda Fleener offers interviewing tips.

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Soroptimist members interact with girls working on their dreams collages.

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Angela Thompson led an activity exploring  healthy teen relationships.

 

 

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Soroptimist El Dorado holds February meeting

Soroptimist El Dorado met February 5 with 16 members present. Guest speaker Pamela Cartwright, Director of Community Services at SBA Memorial Hospital, shared useful tips for maintaining hearth health. February is National Heart Health Month. Pam was accompanied by Jodi Hearn, Medical Assistant at the Hospital.

Vice President Janett Doile called the business meeting to order. January meeting minutes were approved. Bebee Thomas presented the Treasurer’s report. Correspondence read included letters thanking our club for its donations to local schools, to help high school students attend HOBY Leadership training, and to the club’s BCC Nursing Scholarship.

Brenda Burk distributed tickets to sell for our annual Potato Supper fundraiser on Monday, 2018.Potato.Supper.revMarch 5, 5:00 – 7:00 pm. Tickets are sold in advance, and at the door. Members signed up to make homemade goodies for the Bake Sale.

Janett Doile circulated sign-up schedules to bake cookies and work concessions at girls softball and boys baseball games. Plans were finalized for our inaugural “Dream It, Be it!” career support event for teen girls in April.

Nancy Reddinger announced a membership recruitment social on March 19, 4:00 – 7:00 pm at the Civic Center. It is open to the public. Anyone wanting to know more about Soroptimist are encouraged to stop by.

Hostesses were Debi LaForge, Edith Waugh, and Julia Davis. Donations were collected for the PFRC. Members attending not already mentioned were Bernie Spradling, Darla Deaton, Judie Storandt, Marcia Greene, Nancy Samp, Sharon Mangels, Sue Beattie, Sue Reynolds, and Trisha Powell. We adjourned with the Soroptimist Pledge.

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$1000 cash assistance award deadline is Nov. 15, 2017

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November 15, 2017 is the application deadline!

Soroptimist International of El Dorado, KS, invites women to apply for its annual Live Your Dream Award. These awards assists women who are seeking to better their lives through additional schooling and skills training.
 
Award recipients must be a woman who is the primary financial support for her household, has at least one dependent (e.g., child, parent, spouse), and is enrolled in or accepted to an undergraduate degree program or a vocational skills training program.
 
The recipient of this year’s award will receive a $1000 cash grant to be used for education-related expenses (books, childcare, transportation, groceries, etc.).
 
The club’s first place recipient will advance to the Soroptimist South Central Region to compete for additional cash awards. Award recipients from Soroptimist International’s 28 geographic regions are then eligible for one of four $10,000 finalist awards.
The deadline to submit an application is November 15, 2017. Applications and more information are available from club members, including the LYDA committee chair Brenda Burk, 316-322-5622 (cell/text), bburk816@gmail.com.
Soroptimist International is a volunteer organization for women committed to improving the lives of women and girls in their community, and throughout the world, through programs leading to social and economic empowerment. More information is online at http://www.SoroptimistElDoradoKS.org.

 

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Soroptimist El Dorado holds September meeting

Seventeen members and one guest were present during the SIA El Dorado monthly meeting on September 11, 2017 at the El Dorado Civic Center. President Gail Gomez called the meeting to order. 

IMG_9186Nancy Reddinger was inducted as a new member. Brenda Burk introduced guest Tricia Powell.

Sharon Mangels provided an update on the current balance of our club’s BCC Endowed Nursing Scholarship.

Judie Storandt and Janett Doile presented information on Soroptimist’s global Dream It, Be It program. The goal of the program is to offer career support for girls though education and access to role models. Our club’s event is planned for April 2018.

Brenda announced November 15 is the application deadline for the annual Live Your Dream Award. Our club awards $1000 to a woman who is the financial head of her household and a student pursuing an undergraduate degree or vocational skills training certificate. More information on the Live Your Dream Award can be found at www.SoroptimistInternational.org or by contacting a Soroptimist club member Brenda Burk, 316-322-5622 (cell/text).

Gail noted the South Central District meeting is in Hutchinson, KS, October 6-8. Seven members will attend.

Donations of women’s sweats were collected to be given to Susan B. Allen Memorial Hospital for women treated in the Emergency Room who are in need of clothing to return home.  

Hostesses were Susan Adams, Brenda Burk and Judie Storandt.

Members attending not mentioned were Sue Beattie, Bonnie Buckman, Julia Davis, Darla Deaton, Ginger Glenn, Debi Laforge, Sue Reynolds, Joni Sanders, and Edith Waugh. The meeting was adjourned with the Soroptimist Pledge.  

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Susan Adams, Brenda Burk, Judie Storandt

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