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.


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.


LaAnne Vides welcomes attendees.


Glenda Fleener offers interviewing tips.


Soroptimist members interact with girls working on their dreams collages.


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


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),
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


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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 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.  


Susan Adams, Brenda Burk, Judie Storandt

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Club 2017-2018 calendar announced

Soroptimist El Dorado, KS, held a planning meeting in August to prepare the schedule for the current new club year that began July 1, 2017.

The club’s current board of directors were installed in June:


From left: Gail, Sue, Janett & Bebee.

  • Gail Gomez, President
  • Janett Doile, Vice President
  • Sue Beattie, Secretary
  • Bebee Thomas, Treasurer
  • Judie Storandt, Director (3rd year)
  • Darla Deaton, Director (2nd year)
  • Susan Adams, Director (3rd Year)
  • Edith Waugh, Delegate
  • Joni Sanders, Delegate
  • Nancy Reddinger, Alternate Delegate

Club meetings typically are held at the El Dorado Civic Center, 6:30 – 8:00 pm, on the first Monday of the month.

September 11, 2017
October 2, 2017
November 6, 2017
December 4, 2017 - holiday meeteing (location to be announced)
January 9, 2018
February 6, 2018
March 5, 2018 – Potato Supper Fundraiser (Trinity UMC)
April 2, 2018
May 7, 2018
June 4, 2018 - annual dinner meeting (location to be announced)

For more information, contact Janett Doile, Meeting Planning Committee Chair: 319-323-2342 (cell/text).

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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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