September 2023 Bulletin

President's Message

I’m really enjoying the dog days of summer with my pup Cooper and his pal Stanley who visited us in July.
The summer flew by and many of us enjoyed some fun travel and vacation time.
I attended the Sierra Nevada Region Soroptimist Development Retreat (SDR) in Reno on August 19th and 20th (along with a few other SITD members) and picked up some new ideas at the workshops. See the article below written by Teri Dean Boelk on her first experience at SDR.
It was so much fun socializing with other club members and meeting all the District Presidents in person at the conference. One of the things I didn’t realize was that SITD is one of the largest clubs in our district, and folks were impressed with how much we earn from our fundraising efforts. Let’s keep up the good work! I’d also like to encourage our members to attend other club’s events so we can support each other and learn new ideas. I will be sharing these events throughout the year.
Here are some upcoming district events:
  • Fallon will be hosting our District 5 Meeting on September 23rd from 9-2pm at the Churchill County Museum (cost is $26 per person which includes continental breakfast and buffet lunch). Their theme is “Women in History, Recalling the Past to Empower the Future”.
  • Truckee Meadows will be having a “Queen of Hearts High Tea” at the Atlantis in Reno on September 30th from 1- 4:30 pm.
  • Citrus Heights will host a “Fall into Fashion” on October 14th starting at 11:30am at the Northridge Country Club in Fair Oaks. Tickets are $50 each.
Let me know if anyone wants additional information on any of these events. Carpooling is always a good option!
- Cathy

Highway Clean-up
Monday, September 18th 

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. 

Live Your Dream (LYD) Portal
is Open for Applications!
Every year, more than $2.9 million in education grants are awarded to over 2,000 women, many of whom have overcome enormous obstacles including poverty, domestic violence, and/or substance use disorder.
Any woman who is head of household, has at least one dependent and is improving her career opportunities through education or training is eligible for the LYD award. Our club grant is up to $4000 this year to be awarded to one or more recipients. Applications are due by November 15th.
Click here for more information and the application.
Please spread the word and for questions, contact Lynette Powell, coordinator at
SIA President Recognizes SITD’s Outstanding Year!
SITD received a letter on August 7, 2023 from SIA President, Stephanie Smith, recognizing Soroptimist International of Truckee Donner’s outstanding year. In following the guidelines outlined in SIA’s Roadmap for Success, SITD was recognized for the following achievements:
  1. Participated in Live Your Dream: Education and Training Awards for Women
  2. Engaged with Dream it, Be It: Career Support for Girls
  3. Reported our club’s Big Goal Accelerator Projects
  4. Added new members to our club (a 37% increase from last year!)
  5. Contributed at least 10 percent of funds raised locally to Club Giving in support of our federation programs.
  6. Donated Founders Pennies ($395.52) for every member in support of our federation programs
Stephanie added that by participating in the programs, growing engagement, and supporting the culture of philanthropy, it is an important part of the SIA’s Goal of investing in the dreams of half a million women and girls through access to education by 2031.
Soroptimist Development Retreat
The Sierra Nevada Region held its Soroptimist Development Retreat August 19-20, 2023 and was attended by five of our members. The emphasis was on creating a sustainable club by attaining, training, and retaining new members. The workshops revolved around educating members to the structure of Soroptimists Clubs including acronyms and programs on a regional level like, "Celebrate the Best for Women" (CBW) and the "Laurel Legacy" (LL).
Information was also given on how to welcome diversity, create belonging, and recruit new members. The presenters really stressed letting new members fly with their ideas and give it a go without shutting it down with phrases like, "we tried that", "it won't work", or "we've always done it this way". Instead, asking how we can help, ask thoughtful questions, and give support where needed. It was thought that if we were inclusive and welcoming, that the new members would feel a sense of belonging and being an important part of the services we offer, which is why we're all involved. If we want new members, we must be willing to listen to their ideas, get behind them with support and let them give it a go.
There was much discussion about various outreach and fundraising ideas; my favorite was a Mad Hatter Tea Party. There was also a lot of media and social network information given. Also, as a special speaker on behalf of the Sex Trafficking issue was really informative. There are over 100,000 women, girls and boys being trafficked in the USA. Education was provided on recognizing the signs of those being trafficked. 
SITD Members who attended the SDR are pictured below (L-R); Cathy Leibow, Susan Horst, Jeannie Burrows, Pam English, Teri Dean Boelk
Soroptishop will be here before you know it. For those of you who don't know what it is - Soroptishop is an Artisan Craft Fair that SITD puts on each year. It is our club’s second largest fundraiser and it is an opportunity to kick off your holiday shopping (or pick up something for yourself).
We host unique artisans who sell handcrafted items such as: Jewelry, Pottery, Clothing, Woodworking, Fabric and Knitted items, Candles, Soaps, Lotions and Oils, Chocolates and lots more.
This year Soroptishop will be held on November 16th from 5:30 to 8:30pm at the Truckee Community Rec Center.  Please put it in your calendar. We will need volunteers the night of for set up, clean up, pouring wine, and admission ticket sales.  
If you know any artisans who might wish to participate, have them contact the committee at
SOLT - SITD Website and App
At the August Business Meeting, Laura Mohun provided helpful information to members about using the SITD website and ClubRunner app.
She emphasized that after a member retrieves her login credentials, the member can access the SITD website and administration page. The administration page is a member's only page where you can edit your profile, email other members, and contribute content to the website.
Laura also asked that everyone upload a profile picture to make it easier to recognize other members.
Truckee Roundhouse Laser Grant Recognition
Shirley, Lauren and Pam represented SITD with the other donors who helped purchase the $23,000 laser equipment for Truckee Roundhouse Community Makerspace. They are holding the laser printed coaster and bread boards that were printed as a thank you.
Days For Girls Presentation
Lynette Powell gave a brief overview of Days For Girls (DFG). She thanked the SITD for the grant at our August business meeting. Lynette mentioned ways our club members can get involved;  such as sewing or surging the feminine hygiene pieces we make, cutting, washing and ironing fabric. If you are interested, please contact our local DfG team at
Reno Tahoe International Art Show - Sept 14-17
For a second year, Reno Tahoe International Art Show returns to the Reno - Sparks Convention Center Sept. 14-17. 
Shirley Phelan will once again be exhibiting new art in Booth 406. She hopes you will come see the show and stop by to say hello.
The Show is unique to the region, showcasing local talent alongside independent artists, national and international galleries and special features such as the First Nations, Indigenous Peoples Pavilion, Neon Exhibit and Short Film Programming curated by Reno Tahoe's Cordillera International Film Festival.
Also unique to the area is the RTIA Show's 'Post Playa Art' presenting large-scale sculpture from Black Rock Desert's Burning Man.
Tahoe Music Alive
Submitted by SITD Member, Sue Sage.
Made it Happen! August 2023
Our August "Made It Happen" award went to Nancy Davis. She had to finalize our 2023-2024 budget, along with preparing our 2022-2023 P&L statement. In addition, she submitted all of our dues and club roster to SNR in time, so we didn’t have to pay a penalty.
“Nancy is such an asset to our club and continues to provide consistent financial expertise to keep our club running smoothly!" commented Cathy Leibow, SITD's President.
Thought for the Day
Presented by Teri Dean Boelk
“You can’t calm the storm,
so stop trying.
What you can do is calm yourself.
The storm will pass.”
– Timber Hawkeye
Cleanup - Sept 18th
September Hospitality
Business Meeting
Upcoming Events
SITD September Board Meeting
Dickson Realty Office
Sep 07, 2023
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
SITD 2023 September Business Meeting
Truckee Airport
Sep 14, 2023
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
SITD Highway Clean-Up
Meet at Wild Cherries
Sep 18, 2023
8:00 AM – 11:00 AM
SITD 2023 October Board Meeting
Dickson Realty Office
Oct 05, 2023
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
SITD 2023 October Business Meeting
Truckee Airport
Oct 12, 2023
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
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September 13
Nancy Wallis
September 13
Lynette Hipkins
September 18
Carla Embertson
September 21
Lisa Swartz
September 23
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September 23
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Leslie Dugger
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32 years
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August 18, 2022
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September 1, 2019
4 years
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September 1, 2017
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