August 2023 Bulletin

President's Message

Summer is finally here and most of us are loving it (except for the mosquitos, the construction work and the tourists)! I am particularly enjoying bocce, hiking, golfing, swimming, our SITD book club, and playing with my 4-year-old grandson Mason!

Remember that the Soroptimist Development Retreat (SDR) will be held at the Atlantis in Reno on August 19-20. I encourage as many of you to attend as possible since this is a great way to learn more about our mission and network with other regional club members. We might be able to sponsor a few more people, so let me know if you are interested.
On September 23rd, the Fallon Club will be hosting our District 5 meeting. More details to come…

Also, Soroptishop is scheduled for November 16th so put that on your calendar. Kim Polites has graciously volunteered to be the Coordinator for this event (thanks Kim!). Please remember that we need to fill all committees with volunteers so we can continue doing great work in our community. We have also updated all our committee descriptions so contact Shirley Phelan at if you want more details on which positions are still open and what is involved.

Our “Made It Happen” award in July went to the Wine Tasting Committee (lead by Susan Horst and Marie Strassburger) along with a ton of volunteers! We had record turn out and earned over $40,000! Way to go everyone!

- Cathy

SITD held our annual Program Committee Information and Sign-up meeting on July 13th at Constance Ledna’s lovely home.
Representatives from each of our committees presented the information about their respective committees and were available to discuss the responsibilities of each and answer any questions. The committee coordinators and advisors provided lots of delicious food.
There were a lot of sign-ups at the meeting, but there are still a lot of open positions available. Please remember that you committed to serve on at least two committees when you joined SITD. The available committee positions are posted on the Member Happenings. Please review them and contact Shirley Phelan to sign up.
Backpacks for Sierra Community House
Twelve backpacks loaded with a set of clothing (including undergarments), personal care items and a Visa gift card were delivered to Sierra Community House to support women escaping from sex trafficking and sexual abuse. This was funded by a $5000 grant given to SITD by the Whittier Foundation to support programs that help women escaping these situations.
Grant for Fabric for Days for Girls Truckee 

SITD Supports Days for Girls Truckee in Bringing Menstrual Education and Products to Girls Around the World

SITD's grant helped Days for Girls Truckee purchase fabric for volunteers to take the first steps in turning the fabric into washable, reusable, beautiful menstrual health products such as shields and liners.
If you want to learn more about what DfG does, go to their YouTube Channel
At the August Business Meeting, Lynette Powell, a DfG team leader, will present more information about the organization and our involvement. DfG Truckee is always in need to volunteers –volunteers who sew or those who do not.  Contact for more information.
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.
Highway Cleanup on Sept 18
Our 2023 Highway Clean-up is scheduled for Monday, September 18th from 8-11am.
We will meet at Wild Cherries to get our hard hats, safety vests, bags and pick-up sticks.
We have adopted a 1-mile stretch of 80 between Overland and Central Truckee. We need 8-10 volunteers to get the cleanup done. It's a dusty job, but you will be amazed by what we find and we can share our amusing findings together with coffee and sweets when we finish. You are welcome to sign up partners and friends.
It's only 3 hours and it honors our Adopt a Highway commitment and beautifies our landscape.
Call Pam English, Coordinator, at (408) 316-2413 if you have questions. 
Made It Happen July 2023
Our “Made It Happen” award in July went to the Wine Tasting Committee (lead by Susan Horst and Marie Strassburger) along with a ton of volunteers! We had a record turn out and earned over $40,000!
"This is our biggest fundraiser of the year and our club really delivered! From volunteering, selling tickets, soliciting awesome food & wine vendors, and securing so many great raffle prizes, we all contributed to the success of this event! I heard so many great comments from the attendees, so kudos to everyone!" - Cathy Leibow, SITD President
BEE BUZZ July 2023
Hello, my name is Keri Harvey, and I became a SITD member in February of this year. I was born and raised in Aptos, California which is in Santa Cruz County. After graduating from college, I did not know what I wanted to do career-wise, so I bounced around a bit from working for Big Brothers/Big Sisters of America in Santa Barbara to Enterprise Rent-A-Car in the Bay Area. While working for a rental car company was the worst job I ever had, it is where I met my husband whom I have been married to for 25 years. Luckily, I found an excellent job opportunity shortly after I left the grind of washing cars at 7am while wearing a suit (complete with nylons). I became a Conference Manager for a non-profit scientific association that would turn into a 20-year career. I was fortunate to be able to convert to working remotely (before it was common) when my husband and I decided to move to Roseville when our first-born son was 9 months old. That is where we raised our two boys until they went to college and my husband, and I moved full-time to Truckee last August. After a two-year stint as the Marketing Director for a software company, I am now retired and am enjoying the outdoors here in Truckee, traveling, and taking care of our 13-week-old puppy.

My husband and I were blessed with two boys who share our love of baseball and who turned their love for the game into talent, both earning scholarships to play in college. Our oldest son was drafted by the New York Yankees last year and our youngest is on the Nevada baseball team. My husband and I have enjoyed watching their success and love to watch them play. And while we are proud of their athletic accomplishments, we are even more proud of the fact that they are good humans.
I am looking forward to being on the Board this year as Recording Secretary and taking over the responsibility of the Newsletter and Press Release submissions. My parents are my role models when it comes to volunteering. They are active volunteers in Grass Valley to this day. I have also always volunteered in some form, and I look forward to helping make a difference in Truckee empowering women and young girls to reach their potentials.
Thought for the Day
These things are good:
ice cream and cake,
a ride on a Harley,
seeing monkeys in trees,
the rain on my tongue,
& the sun shining on my face.
These things are a drag:
dust in my hair,
holes in my shoes,
no money in my pocket,
& the sun shining on my face.
⁃ Rocky Dennis, from the movie Mask
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