Soroptimist Annual Fundraiser, March 4

Soroptimist El Dorado’s annual Potato Supper & Bake Sale fundraiser is Monday, March 4, 5:00 – 7:00 pm.  Featuring a scrumptious potato bar along with salad, dessert and beverage, guests can eat on site or ask for take out.


Profits are used to support Soroptimist El Dorado cash awards and programs for women and girls in our community. That includes a Live Your Dream Award (to help women going to school while supporting a family), an Outstanding H.S. Senior Award, an endowed nursing scholarship, and a “ Dream in, Be it!” career support event for teens.

Tickets are $8 for adults and $3 for kids under age 11. Tickets can be purchased from any Soroptimist Club member, or at the door. For questions, contact Janett at 316-323-2342, or email her at

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Soroptimist El Dorado – Helping Women to Help Themselves!

Soroptimist El Dorado met January 7, 2019. President Janett Doile called the meeting to order after a light supper during a social time.

Brenda Burk introduced guest Angela Walter, our 2018 Live Your Dream Award winner. Angela is pursuing a nursing career at BCC. President Janett Doile, Brenda Burk, and Debi LaForge congratulated Angela and presented her award.

Bebee Thomas noted our annual Potato Bar Supper Fundraiser is scheduled for Monday, March 4 in El Dorado. Tickets may be purchased in advance from any club member. Proceeds are used to support club awards and programs for girls and women in our community. Members will contact local businesses about purchasing tickets for their employees, or making a donation.

Sharon Mangels and Bernie Spradling will head up our club’s upcoming Dream It, Be It! event. Dream It, Be It! is Soroptimist’s global program to offer career support for teen girls though education and access to role models. The event is planned for early April.

January donations collected were school supplies for local schools.  Hostesses were Janett Doile and Sharon Mangels. We adjourned with the Soroptimist Pledge.

Members attending not already mentioned were Susan Adams, Sue Beattie, Darla Deaton, Ginger Glenn, Marsha Greene, Velma Larimer, Joni Sanders, Judie Storandt and Edith Waugh. (2)

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Soroptimist El Dorado Celebrate the Holidays

Soroptimist El Dorado met December 3. The meeting preceded our Holiday Party where we enjoyed a delicious catered meal by Pear Tree Catering & Bakery and gift exchange.

President Janett Doile called the meeting to order.

Brenda Burk reported we received many good applications for the 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 a vocational skills training certificate. The award winner will be invited to our January meeting.

Club members volunteered to ring Salvation Army bells and organize and deliver Christmas packages for residents of local nursing homes. Our club also adopted two families through The Salvation Army Angel Tree Program.

Hostesses were Bebee Thomas, Trisha Powell and Sue Beatie. Members attending not already mentioned were Susan Adams, Bonnie Buckman,  Julia Davis, Darla Deaton, Ginger Glenn, Gail Gomez, Marsha Greene, Sharon Mangels, Dee Marshall, Nancy Reddinger, Cathy Rowland, Nancy Samp, Joni Sanders, Bernie Spradling, Judie Storandt and Edith Waugh. We adjourned with the Soroptimist Pledge.


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Soroptimists Have Busy Fall Season

Soroptimist International El Dorado met November 5. After time for socializing/networking, President Janett Doile presided over the business meeting.

Members reported on accomplishments since last month’s meeting.

Janett Doile, Edith Waugh and Sharon Mangles presented a $750 check to the El Dorado Middle School. The funds are available for district school counselors to  meet student needs.

Anti-dating violence bookmarks were delivered to EHS and EMS for distribution.

IMG_20171020_13105978314 Domestic Violence Awareness banners were displayed at various locations in the community.

Our club served refreshments to SBA Memorial Hospital employees attending its annual Mammogram Party.

Bernie Spradling reported on The Salvation Army holiday events. Club members signed up to serve as bell ringers, and to assemble and deliver ‘goodie bags’ to local nursing homes. We will adopt two families for Christmas. Our club also will again serve at the Community Thanksgiving Dinner on November 17.

Ginger Glenn invited members to attend the EHS dress rehearsal of “Bye Bye Birdie”.

Our Holiday Party will be a catered dinner on December 3.

Non-perishable items were collected to benefit the food pantry operated by The First Christian Church, El Dorado.

Darla Deaton, Gail Gomez and Nancy Reddinger were thanked for providing light snacks and drinks. Members attending not mentioned were Susan Adams, Sue Beattie, Bonnie Buckman, Brenda Burk, Marcia Greene, Debi La Forge, Dee Marshall, Nancy Samp, Judie Storandt and Bebee Thomas. The meeting was adjourned with the Soroptimist Pledge.


Edith Waugh, Susan Adams, Bebee Thomas, Dee Marshall and Marcia Greene                             enjoy socializing before our meeting


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Soroptimist El Dorado Installs New Members

Soroptimist International El Dorado met September 10, 2018. We were excited to install new members, Dee Marshall and Cathy Roedel Roland, at our first monthly meeting of the 2018 – 2019 club year.


Janell Doile, Ginger Glenn, Dee Marshall, Kathy Roedel (l – r)

The meeting was called to order by President Janett Doile.


Edith Waugh gave a report on our club’s budget. Club members were encouraged to invite family and friends to enroll in the Dillons Community Rewards program, and select our club to receive contributions from Dillons for using their Plus cards.

Sharon Mangels provided an update on the current balance of our club’s BCC Endowed Nursing Scholarship. Bebee Thomas gave a report of the Ways and Means committee, and its recommendations.

Ginger Glenn invited club members and guests to attend the first social event of the club year. We will dine at Il Vicino and then play mini golf at All Star Adventure in Wichita.

The 2018 South Central Region Fall Meeting is October 5 – 7, at the Downstream Casino near Quapaw, OK. District meetings and motivational speakers are on the agenda. Golf, casino games, and spa treatments are also available. Eight members are planning to attend.

Donations of women’s sweats were collected for donation  to SBA Allen Memorial Hospital – for women treated in the Emergency Room who need clothing to return home.

Brenda Burk, Bonnie Buckman and Susan Adams were thanked for providing light snacks and drinks. Members attending not mentioned were Sue Beattie, Julia Davis, Ginger Glenn, Gail Gomez, Debi La Forge, Joni Sanders, and Judie Storandt. The meeting was adjourned with the Soroptimist Pledge.

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$1000 Live Your Dream Award for Women Students – Apply by 11/15/18

Soroptimist International of El Dorado, KS, invites women to apply for its annual “Live Your Cream Award” (LYDA).

  • These awards assist women who are seeking to better their live through additional schooling and skills training.
  • Award recipients must be a woman who is the primary financial support for her household, has at lease one dependent (e.g., child, parent, spouse), and is enrolled  in or accepted to an undergraduate degree program or a vocational skills training program.

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

The deadline to submit an application is November 15, 2018. Applications and more information are available from club members,  including LYDA committee members, and also online:  CLICK HERE.


Please share this information with women who mighty be eligible for this cash award. Here is a poster you can print and either use as a poster or give to others as a flyer:   2018.LYDA.flyer

Awards Committee, Soroptimist International of El Dorado:

  • Brenda Burk,; 316-322-5622 (cell/text)
  • Bonnie Buckman, 316-323-2824
  • Debi LaForge, 316-323-3736


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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.


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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