Youth Appreciation Events

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In April, we celebrate high school students at Truckee High and Sierra High who inspire their teachers and classmates.
It's a favorite event because we honor boys and girls reading complementary words from their teachers and give each of them a gift card and certificate from SITD.
We plan to celebrate 5 Sierra High students and 17 Truckee High students on April 15th and 18th respectively. We will ask for 2 SITD members to join our team at Sierra High and 4 SITD members for Truckee High on 4/18. The celebrations last about 1 hour and we will post the timing details on our website.
These events are very inspiring to learn about the progress students have made during the year and how they have positively impacted their fellow students and teachers.
Our team is composed of Chris Seitz, Patti Conk, Nancy Wallis, Joan Kreamer and Pam English
Youth Appreciation Events Pam English 2024-03-01 08:00:00Z 0
Wine and Restaurant Faire Update Marion Thatch 2024-03-01 08:00:00Z 0

February Program Meeting

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The February Program Meeting, "Supporting the Basecamp," focused on organizations helping support the "Big Life" we all enjoy. Deidre Henderson, founder of our local chapter of Citizens Climate Lobby, gave a presentation focusing on building electrification and the initiatives underway and support already in place to help us, as a community, move our homes away from fossil fuel dependence.
Deidre provided a list of resources, below, for more information about the Citizens Climate Lobby and how to begin electrification at your home. 
Deidre Henderson, Citizens Climate Lobby
Deidre's presentation dovetailed perfectly with our second presenter, April Cole, the LibraryUp Campaign Director from the Friends of the Truckee Library. April spoke about the significance of libraries in her life and the importance of a thriving library to our community. She provided us with an update on the status of the new library initiative and a timeline for construction, groundbreaking to be in 2026. Both of these initiatives are almost entirely volunteer-staffed and offer many opportunities for involvement.
To stay current on the library's status, subscribe to the e-newsletter at In addition, if any club members would like to support efforts to build a new library with a letter of endorsement or volunteer, please contact April directly at Letters of endorsement are especially important from residents who live in Placer County, as they are working to bring Placer on board with the project.
April Cole, Library Up
References from Building Electrification Presentation
by Citizens Climate Lobby & 100% Renewable Truckee
Solar Calculator:
Rewiring America IRA Calculator:
Rewiring America Personal Electrification Plan Tool:
Local Help:
Blake Herrschaft,  website:
Dave Donnelly,
100% Renewable Truckee:
Citizens’ Climate Lobby:
CCL Electrification Action Team:
Submitted by Shirley Phelan
February Program Meeting Shirley Phelan 2024-03-01 08:00:00Z 0

2024-25 Board Nominations

Please consider a position on the SITD 2024-2025 board. Our fiscal year is July 1st -June 30th, and every spring, we elect a new board for the following year. It is both a rewarding and a fun experience and a way to be part of a great group of energized women!
If you think you might not be good at being a part of our leadership team, you are wrong. Everyone is here to support each other, and in taking a leadership role, you are never alone. I know firsthand that experienced members are always willing to advise, assist, and help as needed.
We will soon be forming our Nominating Committee for the next board to have our new officers in place on July 1st. Our President, Cathy Leibow, will appoint one member from the existing board, and our club will elect a 2nd member from the club. I will be the 3rd member of the committee. Please let me know if you are interested in being on the Nominating Committee. The nominating committee will talk with our members to determine who is interested in serving on the board next year. And you can always nominate yourself! For our newer members: the board comprises the President, President-elect, Recording Secretary, Corresponding Secretary, Treasurer, Treasurer-elect, 2 Directors, and 2 Delegates. We want to develop leadership in all of our members and believe in the power of rotating leadership. If someone has held the same office for two years, she should move on to another position.
For the upcoming election, I’d like to highlight the positions we will fill. President-Elect: Schedules monthly program meetings and is ready to step into the shoes of the President. Treasurer-elect: is included by the Treasurer in all activities of this office. Recording Secretary: keeps minutes of all proceedings (board and business meetings) and submits them for approval. Corresponding secretary: sends out notices and correspondence. Prepares a report/ summary of the correspondence received by the club. Directors: provide continuity and consistency between the board and the club. Delegates: attend all district meetings and regional conferences. Next month, we will publish a more in-depth description of each officer outlined in our Bylaws. At our June business meeting, we will elect our new board to be inducted later that month.
Let’s do this for the future of this fantastic club.
Submitted by Shirley Phelan
2024-25 Board Nominations Shirley Phelan 2024-03-01 08:00:00Z 0

Thought of the Day February 2024

Friendship is unnecessary, like art…
It has no survival value; rather it is one of those things which give value to survival.
– C.S. Lewis
Presented by Marcy Alstott
Thought of the Day February 2024 Marcy Alstott 2024-03-01 08:00:00Z 0

$5,000 Awarded to Help Trafficked Women

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Soroptimist International of Truckee Donner (SITD) was able to support both Awaken (Reno) and Sierra Community House (Truckee) with $2,500 each due to the generous support of the Peek Family Charitable Foundation. 
Awaken Receives Big Check to Furnish Transitional Home for Trafficked Families
Awaken staff, Jessica Cisneros, Andrea Washington, Deanna Logoteta, Rachel Leighton 
Sierra Community House (SCH) provides 24/7 support to women, men and children subject to sex trafficking or domestic violence. The support ranges from hotels, food, clothes, comfort in Truckee and North Tahoe. This grant will be used to promote these services in our community.
Sierra Community House Receiving Big Check to Increase Public Awareness
SCH staff, Katrina Midgley, Grants Coordinator, Pam English (SITD), Paul Bancroft, Executive Director, Christian Wood, Volunteer and Intern Coordinator 
In addition, SITD has placed posters highlighting the services in Truckee, Tahoe City and Kings Beach. 
Awaken in Reno has set up transitional housing for women and their families who have been trafficked. This grant will be used to help furnish the supportive housing.  
SITD President, Cathy Leibow noted, “I am so pleased we can support women in our community getting the help they need to get out of dangerous situations and rebuild their lives for themselves and their children.” 
Submitted by Pam English
$5,000 Awarded to Help Trafficked Women Pam English 2024-03-01 08:00:00Z 0

Celebrating the Best for Women

STD’s annual Celebrating the Best for Women Awards Reception will be held Thursday, March 21 at the Glenshire Clubhouse at 5:45 pm in the evening.
This event showcases our continuity of commitment to empowering women and girls with our Violet Richardson Award, our Live Your Dream Program, our CAS Scholarships, culminating with our Woman of Distinction Awardee, all of which define the essence of our Soroptimist mission. All club members are asked to participate in making this event tangibly demonstrate the great work our club does in our community.
The Volunteer Sign-Ups are here
Celebrating the Best for Women Susan Horst 2024-03-01 08:00:00Z 0

SOLT - Meetings over Zoom

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Lauren Mohun, SITD Parliamentarian, reported on attending Meetings via Zoom. Laura explained that due to the members attending meetings over Zoom not able to hear the speakers very well, a powerful microphone will be purchased to help with the audio during meetings. She noted that members will need to come up to the front of the meeting room and speak at the podium so the Zoom attendees can see and hear the presentations.
SOLT - Meetings over Zoom Laura Mohun 2024-03-01 08:00:00Z 0

Made it Happen February 2024

“This month’s Made It Happen Award goes to Pam English for her diligence and passion leading our Sex Trafficking programs. By organizing volunteers to post these signs, we are making a big impact within and outside of Truckee. Also, Pam has been relentless in helping us get local donations which further expands our advocacy.” - Cathy Leibow, SITD President
Made it Happen February 2024 Cathy Leibow 2024-03-01 08:00:00Z 0

2023 Holiday Brunch

Great fun was had at the annual holiday brunch! Constance graciously hosted with the help of the committee. Delicious food, socializing and a spirited gift exchange made for a delightful afternoon.
2023 Holiday Brunch Constance Ledna 2024-01-01 08:00:00Z 0
Soroptishop 2023 Pati Johnson 2023-11-30 08:00:00Z 0

SOLT - Using ClubRunner and Website

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Laura presented some helpful tips on how to access the SITD website and app:
Go to the app store. Go to the search bar and put in ClubRunner and double click to install.
  1. Once on the app, sign in with your name: Capitalize the first letter of your first name and the first letter of your last name and SITD in all capitals.
For the website:
  2. Click on the login tab on the website and click on "new user?" This will direct you to the "Retrieve Login" information on the screen.
  3. You will be asked to enter your last name and email address. Once done, click the "Submit" button. You will receive an email which will ask you to click on a link to retrieve your credentials.
  4. Note: The last name and your email address must match what is on the record for security purposes. If you are unable to get your password, please email with your name and club.
After you retrieve your login credentials, you will be able to access the SITD website and the Administration page. The Administration page is a member's only page where you will be able to edit your profile, email other members and contribute content to the site. You should see your name at the top right-hand corner of the webpage.
SOLT - Using ClubRunner and Website Susan Horst 2023-10-31 07:00:00Z 0

SITD's 52nd Anniversary!

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Happy Anniversary SITD! 
Chartered November 3, 1971
On October 3, 1921, Soroptimist International was chartered in Oakland, California…102 years ago. At that time, women could not join Rotary or any other service organizations, so we started our own. See the picture of the first meeting of the Founders organization.
One of the first SI projects locally was environmental protection of redwoods grove near Crescent City. You can see the bench for SI there. We also helped with vocational training for veterans.
On November 3, 1971, SI-Truckee Donner was chartered. For 52 years we have been supporting women, families and our community.
In 1982, we purchased the first infant monitor at the Tahoe Forest Hospital. And one of our first scholarships was for a woman to become a midwife in 1979.
We and the other clubs worked to get the Equal Rights Amendment passed. Because Nevada would not sign it, we stopped holding our annual convention there for several years.
Over 20 years ago, we started the STEPP program for teen mothers to make sure that they could complete their high school education and their children were taken care of.
Our signature programs are:
  • Live Your Dream grants to women with dependents to enhance their careers with education or training.
  • Career Advancement Scholarships for women past high school who need to advance their education or training.
  • High School Graduates Scholarships for education or training.
  • Dream It Be It: Program designed by SIA to help high school girls overcome challenges, understand their aptitudes and move toward rewarding careers.
Our efforts have enabled us to award $87,444 this past fiscal year in grants and scholarships, which in turn, impacted 956 women and girls.
From 1990-2023, we have donated over $677,000 to support women, families and our community.
We are able to help so many, because we work together to host successful fundraisers, including the Wine and Restaurant Faire, Soroptishop, See’s candy sales and to receive grants from local organizations who support our mission. Thank you, Soroptimists, for all your hard work and joyful friendships!
Below are a few pictures including the first SI meeting in Oakland with 80 members. And two Soroptimist International pictures that demonstrate our international reach. 
It’s fascinating to look at all our SITD albums documenting our work over the past years. We will have a few of the SITD history books at the next meeting for you to view.
Prepared by Pam English
SITD's 52nd Anniversary! Pam English 2023-10-31 07:00:00Z 0 soroptimistsatwork

Interview with CAS Donor

Interview conducted by Development Advisory Committee Coordinator, Chris Seitz
Dr. Tanya Gill has donated $10,000 to the SITD Career Advancement Scholarship (CAS) program.
The SITD Development Advisory Committee (DAC) is designed to help SITD develop donor relationships to expand our scholarship programs.
Who is she?
Tanya Gill, Optometrist is all about eyes and female entrepreneurship. From practice owner to national lecturer to founder of We Love Eyes, she is a believer in hard work and making dreams come true. In 2014 she founded We Love Eyes, a collection of completely natural eye makeup removers and eyelid cleansers as a passion project.
A few years later, the passion project outgrew the optometry practice – and the decision was made to sell one of the businesses. Now living full time in Truckee, CA, Dr. Gill enjoys working from home as CEO, founder and formulator for We Love Eyes. Fully embracing the Truckee lifestyle, you can find Dr. Gill XC skiing during the winter and swimming laps in the summer. She lives in Glenshire with her husband and 3 French bulldogs.
What inspired you to donate to the SITD CAS scholarship?
 When I heard the words “education is empowerment,” I knew I was in the right place. As a 1st generation American, and the first person in my family to graduate from college, I am living proof that education IS empowerment. It is a tremendous honor to be given this opportunity with Soroptimist International Truckee Donner. My dream with the We Love Eyes Foundation is to change somebody’s life, so that one day, they come back to SITD to donate and pay it full circle.  
What piece of advice would you want to give to our scholarship applicants?
Luck doesn’t happen, it’s made. Putting yourself in a position to receive opportunity is essential to achieving your dreams. So, take that extra credit assignment. Work those extra hours. Save that extra dollar. You got this!
Any message to other female entrepreneurs out there?
 If you too are a female entrepreneur living and breathing this beautiful life in Truckee, CA. I invite you to reach out to Soroptimist International Truckee Donner. I can’t do this alone. Let’s change the world together, xo.
Interview with CAS Donor Chris Seitz 2023-08-01 07:00:00Z 0

2023 Wine and Restaurant Faire - Huge Success

Written by Marie Strassburger,
Soroptimist International of Tahoe Donner (SITD) held its 48th Annual Wine and Restaurant Faire on June 10th at Coyote Moon Golf Course. The fundraising event netted over $40,000 to be used for scholarships, grants and community projects. We thank our sponsors, members, and attendees for making this possible.  The rain did not discourage the 300 attendees who enjoyed food tastings, and wine and beer from local restaurants, wineries and breweries. The silent auction tables were packed with multiple bids.
SITD President, Denise Trani-Morris, noted, "This past fiscal year we were able to give over $82,000 in scholarships and grants, helping women and girls in our community. Now we have a head start for the upcoming year!"  To view more photos of the event click here.
2023 Wine and Restaurant Faire - Huge Success Marie Strassburger 2023-07-02 07:00:00Z 0

Career Advancement Scholarship Recipients

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Araceli Lopez (L), Perla Mendez (C) and Jasmine Sanchez (R)
Provided by Marion ThatchSITD renamed our previous post-secondary Continuing Education Scholarship (CES) Program this Winter to the newly designed Career Advancement Scholarship (CAS) Award. Candidates must be Women who are at least 18 years old, have at least one year post high school and been accepted at an approved post-secondary educational program. Recognizing the economic challenges of living and working in the Truckee area, SITD expanded our reach to include California and Nevada residents living or working in the eastern Sierra Nevada mountain communities, such as Truckee, Donner Summit, Sierraville, Loyalton, Graeagle, West Lake Tahoe and North Lake Tahoe. A strong desire for candidates with a commitment to staying or returning to the Truckee area were given preference. 
    Career Advancement Scholarship Recipients 2023-05-31 07:00:00Z 0 communitysupport,givebackandgetback
    Teen Closet Baby Shower – held March 2nd Kathleen Raber 2023-03-29 07:00:00Z 0 communitysupport,givebackandgetback,soroptimistsatwork