SIA El Dorado welcomes new members during annual dinner meeting

Soroptimist El Dorado’s monthly meeting on June 5 was a dinner meeting at Cardinal Creek Farm in Leon. Seventeen members enjoyed a delicious meal accompanied by chirping birds and tallgrass prairie swaying in the breeze before President Gail Gomez called the meeting to order.

Geeta Theresa and Velma Larmier were inducted as new members.NewMembers.

May minutes were approved. Bebee Thomas presented the Treasurer’s report. Thank you notes from USD 490 counselors and the Safehouse for donations received from our club were read.  Marsha Greene gave a planning update on the Best for Women Fair.

Year-end committee reports included: Gail Gomez, President’s Report; Bebee Thomas, Ways & Means; Susan Adams, Finance; Debi LaForge, Meeting Planning and Recruitment & Retention; Judie Storandt, Public Relations; Janett Doile, Women’s Issues.  Bernie Spradling presented reports on Laws & Regulations and Social Activities on behalf of Ginger Glenn.

Gail announced the summer planning meeting will be a BBQ picnic on Monday, August 7.

Installation of club officers for 2017-2018 included: President, Gail Gomez; Vice-President, Janett Doile; Secretary, Sue Beattie; Treasurer, Bebee Thomas; Delegates, Edith Waugh and Joni Sanders; 1st Director, Susan Adams; 2nd Director, Darla Deaton; 3rd Director, Judie Storandt. The new club year begins July 1.

Certificates of Membership in Soroptimist El Dorado were presented to Bonnie Buckman for 30 years, Debi LaForge 25 years, Bebee Thomas and Susan Adams 5 years.

Members attending not mentioned were Brenda Burk, Marsha Greene and Sue Reynolds. The meeting was adjourned with the Soroptimist Pledge

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Soroptimist El Dorado Holds May Meeting

Soroptimist El Dorado met May 1 with 18 club members and 3 guests present.

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

IMG_3749Sharon Mangels introduced EHS Senior, Lorraine Lowrey, recipnt of our club’s Outstanding H.S. Senior Citizenship Award. Ms. Lowrey was presented with a check for $350. Lorraine will study Civil Engineering at WSU in the fall.

 

For the Director’s Minute, Darla Deaton provided information on the Soroptimist International of the America’s (SIA) Logo. The new SIA logo was unveiled in January. Clubs are being asked to transition to the new ‘S’ logo and Best for Women branding statement. Both the new logo and branding statement align with our mission “Soroptimist improves the lives of women and girls through programs leading to social and economic empowerment”.

The Soroptimist South Central Region Conference was held April 21-23 and hosted by SI Rockwall, TX.  Our club was represented by Gail Gomez, Brenda Burk, Susan Adams, Debi LaForge and Janett Doile. 25 clubs and 112 members were present.

Election of Officers for 2017-2018 was held. Susan Adams presented the 2017-2018 budget.

Our annual Soroptimist Fiesta is at Gail’s house on May 19. Our June meeting will be held at Cardinal Creek Farm.

Hostesses were Susan Adams and Bebee Thomas. Members attending not already mentioned were Sue Beattie, Bonnie Buckman, Bonnie Foose, Ginger Glenn, Sue Reynolds, Nancy Samp, Joni Sanders, Bernie Spradling, Judie Storandt and Edith Waugh. We adjourned with the Soroptimist Pledge.

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Soroptimist Social for Prospective Members

Women who would like to know about our club are invited to a meet & greet on Monday, March 13, from 5:00 – 7:00 pm at the El Dorado Civic Center, 201 E. Central Avenue in El Dorado, KS.  This is an opportunity to meet members over wine and snacks, and learn about our service programs, scholarships, and awards for women and girls.

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Soroptimist Potato Supper & Bake Sale

Help us raise money for our club awards and scholarship programs for women and girls in our community! 

  • Tickets sold at the door, and also sold in advance by club members, including Janett Doile (316-323-2342).

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Soroptimist El Dorado holds January meeting

Soroptimist El Dorado met January 1st at the Civic Center with 14 club members present.

President Gail Gomez called the meeting to order. December minutes were approved. Bebee Thomas presented the Treasurer’s report.human-trafficing-ks

For the Director’s Minute, Gail noted January 11th is National Stop Human Trafficking Day. Information was provided on ‘Recognizing the Warning Signs.”

Brenda Burk introduced Ashley Horyna and Michell Ray, recipients of our club’s Live Your Dream Awards. President Gail and Brenda congratulated Ashley and Michell and presented their award checks. Both women are currently pursuing their educations at BCC.

We welcomed special guest Sonja Sommers Milbourne, instructor of Women in Society at BCC. Sonja discussed Gender Pay Inequity issues. She noted pay inequity not only affects the current spending power of women but also their retirement assets. Sonja also shared that healthier families are created when women’s rights are protected.

Jenette Doile reminded members the next work session at the Safe House Closet is January 5th.

Bonnie Foose reported our annual Potato Supper fundraiser is scheduled for Monday, March 6. Tickets may be purchased at the door or in advance from any Soroptimist El Dorado member. Profits will be used for our club awards and scholarships for women and girls in our community.

January donations collected were school supplies which will be given to local schools. Members were reminded February’s donation is pet food which will benefit Priscilla’s Pet Pantry at Trinity Episcopal Church.

Hostesses were Janett Doile, Sharon Mangels and Nancy Samp. Members attending not already mentioned were Sue Beattie, Ginger Glenn, Nancy Reddinger, Sue Reynolds, Joni Sanders, Judie Storandt and Edith Waugh. We adjourned with the Soroptimist Pledge.

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Soroptimist El Dorado holds December meeting

Soroptimist El Dorado met December 5 with 20 club members present. The meeting was preceded by our Holiday Party. Club members brought beautifully wrapped gifts for families  adopted through The Salvation Army Angel Tree Program.

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Debi LaForce (l) , Gail Gomez,  Julia Davis (r)

President Gail Gomez called the meeting to order. Julia Davis was installed as a new member. Julia was presented with a Soroptimist pin, blue candle, and yellow rose.

November minutes were approved. Bebee Thomas presented the Treasurer’s report.

For the Director’s Minute Judie Storandt presented information about the Soroptimist Live Your Dream: Education & Training Awards for Women. Each fall we accept applications from women who provide the primary financial support for their families, and are seeking to improve their employment prospects through education.

Brenda Burk reported receiving several good applications for this year’s Live Your Dream Award. The award committee recommended giving awards to two  applicants, which was approved.

Sue Reynolds noted the next work day at the Safehouse Clothes Closet is January 5. Bernie Spradling thanked club members who volunteered to ring Salvation Army bells, and those who helped assemble Christmas packages for residents of local nursing homes.

Kelli Scott and Bonnie Foose said the next Best for Women Fair will be next fall.

Janett Doile reminded members school supplies will be collected at our January meeting for USD 490.

Hostesses were Bonnie Buckman, Sue Beattie and Gail Gomez.

Members attending not already mentioned were Susan Adams, Debi LaForge, Darla Deaton, Ginger Glenn, Marcia Greene, Nancy Samp, Joni Sanders and Edith Waugh. We  adjourned with the Soroptimist Pledge.

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Accepting applications for $1000 cash award

$1000 Cash Award for Women Attending School while Supporting a Family!

The El Dorado Soroptimist club invites women to apply for its annual Live Your Dream Award (LYDA).

  • These awards assist women seeking to better support themselves and their families by gaining additional skills, training or education.
  • Award applicants must be women who are the primary financial support for a household, have at least one dependent (child, parent, spouse, etc.), and are enrolled in or have been accepted to a college program or vocational/skills training program.
  • Preference is given to applicants living or attending school in El Dorado.

At least one recipient will receive a cash award of $1000. Recipients can use award money for costs related to attaining additional education or training to improve their earning power. That includes tuition, books, child care, groceries, and transportation.

  • 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 $14,000 finalist awards.

The deadline to submit an application is November 15, 2016. Applications and more information are available from club members, including the LYDA committee listed below, and also online at www.soroptimist.org.

Soroptimist International of El Dorado is a volunteer organization for women committed to improving the lives of women and girls in their community, and throughout the world.

Please share this information with eligible women. 2016-lyda-ad

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