December 2023 Bulletin

President's Message

With the holidays approaching, I am very thankful for my health, friends, family, and, of course, living in Truckee! As a Soroptimist member, I am appreciative that you all generously contribute your valuable time to make the dreams of economic and social empowerment come true in our community. Our collective accomplishments stand as a testament to the incredible dedication and passion of our members.
See’s Candy orders need to be picked up on December 4th between 3-4 pm at Dickson Realty. If you cannot pick up on that day, please try to get someone to pick up for you. If not, please stop by to get your order no later than December 7th at 4 pm. Questions? Contact Lil Schaller at 530-448-3224 or
We had a great turnout at our annual Soroptishop event on November 16th. From what I observed, attendees had a wonderful time shopping and mingling with all the vendors. I know my bank account has a dent in it from my purchases!
Remember our Toy Drive is on December 16th which is under the umbrella of Truckee Community Cares (formerly Truckee Community Christmas) and part of the Toys for Tots National program. We need volunteers to assist with Box Monitoring and Toy Sorting. Contact Linda Slattery at for more information.
Wishing you all a wonderful holiday season!
- Cathy
Martis Camp Gives to SITD
On November 10 at the Martis Camp Red Barn, SITD members Chris and Shirley were thrilled to receive the $12,000 check from Martis Camp Foundation. This donation will be used purely for the CAS (Continuing Education Scholarship) and Best for Women scholarship. Celebrating the afternoon with additional recipients, Wendy Damone, Executive Director MCF stated, “ A magical afternoon for sure!” 
Pictured Chris Seitz, Shirley Phelan, and Meredith, Solin Folk School Manager, Martis camp
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.
History of SI and SITD
Soroptimist International of Truckee Donner was chartered 1921. At that time women could not be members of service clubs, such as Rotary.
Our first President, Violet Richardson envisioned an international service and professional organization that would empower women all over the world.
See the picture of the first meeting of the Founders Club at the Fairmont Hotel in 1921. 
On November 5, 1971, Soroptimist International of Truckee Donner was chartered. See the picture of our first members. 
Now, Soroptimist International has clubs in over 120 countries with over 66,000 members.
Internationally, we have helped with the education of millions of women. For the last 52 years,  our club has given scholarships, supported Meals on Wheels program, Relay for Life (10 years), supported high school sports, arts and academic programs. We just completed our Community Cares toy drive giving toys to children of over 200 families. And now we are starting to prepare for our 49th Annual Wine and Restaurant Faire. 
We have given over $677,000 in grants in the last 32 years.
At our next November anniversary meeting we will bring binders that our past presidents prepared to document the activities during their presidential year. It's fun to see all our projects, women and activities. Please take a few minutes to enjoy the past. 
Prepared by Pam English
Soroptishop 2023

While we do not have all of the final numbers in yet, the Soroptishop Committee is happy to report that this year’s Soroptishop Artisan Faire was a success!
We sold out all the Artisan Spaces (and had several artisans on our waiting list). There were a wide variety of items being sold by our artisans and we had several new artisans participate this year. Our attendees seemed to really enjoy the event and were happily getting a jump on their holiday shopping, while enjoying their glasses of Truckee River Winery Wine. 

New this year: Raley’s provided a Sponsorship. (Please consider shopping at Raley’s during the holidays, and if you happen to see the manager - be sure to thank him for supporting SITD.)

Thanks to all our members who helped out. “It takes a village” to make this event a success. 

Happy Holidays
- Pati Johnson & Kathleen Raber, Co-Coordinators of the Soroptishop Committee
Dream It Be It
Dream It Be It Program at Truckee High
For the last several years, we have offered our Dream It Be It Program to girls at Truckee High. This is an SIA signature program for at risk girls to explore their personalities, values, and aptitudes to dream and be exposed to careers for their future. We also give them tools for overcoming obstacles and managing stress. Several girls identified financial obstacles.
Antje Thompson, THS Wellness Specialist, invited girls and youth who might benefit from the program. This year's program was offered on November 9th and 14th and included 8 career speakers from electrician Brianna Dunham to firefighter Nikki Wagner and engineer Janice Heil. SITD member Rachel Lyons shared her career path to being a property manager.
Phyllis McConn, Tahoe Truckee Community Foundation, talked about how to get scholarships and Marianna Jimenez Chavez, Sierra College, talked about the opportunities at Sierra College.
Our SITD team included Marcy Alscott, Tanya Barron, Lisa Simone, Pam English and advisor Joan Kreamer. Our team and the speakers volunteered their emails to be available for mentoring to the students. Let us know if any other SITD members want to be available for mentoring high school students in the future.
This is an important program to empower girls. It took Joyce Brady, Joan Kreamer and Pam English over a year to develop the course based on the SIA sessions. It was not an easy task, but we now have an effective program.
DIBI Team 2023
Truckee Community Cares
Here is the latest update on our progress towards total joy for underprivileged children in Truckee:
1) Truckee Community Cares Applications closed on November 15.
This means that we have a better sense of how many toys we need! This is good news. The counts today are approximately 470 children need of our services. This is down slightly from last year. The application data is still being vetted so there is a chance the counts can change between now and December 16th (Distribution Day). 
2) Holiday parties are starting up.
So far, 10 holiday parties have contacted us for toy boxes. We have already gotten toys from 4 parties! 
3) Toy Collection Boxes are delivered.
There are 64 local businesses hosting toy collection boxes this year.
4) Toy Pre-sort has begun.
The toys that have been purchased and those from the holiday parties have been sorted at Lynette Powell's house. Toys from the collection boxes can be delivered and pre-sorted upon delivery. 
5) Bin monitoring begins.
There are 64 local businesses hosting toy collection boxes. T-TSAD has already started their collections and 22 toys have been collected from their bin already! Monitors have been assigned and the work of toy collection is underway.
There is so much goodwill and holiday spirit in this town. The Toys for Tots Program is a springboard for embracing the joy in all of us and helping to bring smiles to the faces of under-privileged children in our area who may not have a holiday without our help. Thank you so much for making this a reality for them.
Linda Slattery
2023 Toy Drive Coordinator
530-536-6724 (m)
See's Candy Pick-Up
See’s Candy Pick-Up
Members need to pick up their See’s Candy orders on December 4th from 3:00 – 4:00 pm at Dickson Realty.
If you cannot pick up on that day, please try to get someone to pick up for you. If not, please stop by to get your order no later than December 7th at 4 pm.
Questions? Contact Lil Schaller at 530-448-3224 or
Bee Buzz November 2023
Hi Everyone. I am Susan Gustavson. I joined the Truckee Soroptimists last spring.

Here is some basic information about me: 
I was raised in Livermore, California and have a degree from UC Berkeley and an MBA from Columbia University in New York. My husband and I met as undergraduates at Berkeley and have been married for 37 years. We have two grown children who both live and work in New York. We raised our kids and lived in Santa Rosa in Sonoma County for over 20 years.
I worked in banking and financial services for 30 years, mostly in Product Development and Product Management. I had the opportunity to work in leadership roles for a range of organizations including credit unions, mortgage companies and banks. After a fulfilling career, I retired 2 years ago.
Here is what brought me to Truckee:  
In October 2017, we lost our home in the Tubbs fire, along with 5,000 other Sonoma County residents.
As you might imagine, losing our home in the fire was devastating. We evacuated at 2:00 in the morning and lost everything. But we were very fortunate, and some truly good things happened. First, after the fire, we lived with my elderly father for the last two years of his life. This was a great experience for both my husband and I, and for my father. Second, we felt so much love and support from our family, friends and the greater community. We never felt alone. And finally, in 2018 we decided to buy a house in Truckee so that we could look forward to something positive and not just look backward filled with grief.
Initially, we split our time between Santa Rosa and Truckee. After we retired, we made Truckee our full-time residence. Which brought me to all of you.
I love the Soroptimists’ mission of helping girls and women and am very happy to be a part of the Truckee chapter.
Thank you! 
Made it Happen November 2023
"This month's “Made It Happen” award went to Chris Seitz for her leadership on our newly renamed DAC (Development Advisory Committee). This is a very important committee as it drives incoming donations which help us better serve our community. And thanks to all the committee members and their continued dedication to reaching out to local businesses to secure these funds." – Cathy Leibow, SITD President
Holiday Concert
Submitted by SITD Member, Sue Sage
Thought for the Day November 2023
Presented by SITD Member, Kathleen Raber
Toy Drive
December Hospitality
Business Meeting
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Northstar Ski Meet Ups
Northstar Ski Resort
Mar 05, 2024 8:45 AM UTC-08:00
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Mar 06, 2024 10:00 AM
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Mar 07, 2024
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Mar 14, 2024
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Tahoe Donner XC Ski Meet Ups
Tahoe Donner Cross Country Center
Mar 14, 2024 9:00 AM
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