Happy 40th Soroptimist International of Truckee Donner
TRUCKEE, Calif. and#8212; On a cold and dry November evening, Soroptimist International of Truckee Donner gathered at The Dragonfly restaurant to celebrate its 40 years of service. With 60 attendees filling the room, Chef and owner Billy McCullough and staff did an amazing job of serving appetizers and taking dinner orders. Among those present for the occasion were Vice Mayor (at the time) Joan Jones, District Supervisor (at the time) Ted Owens, Sierra Nevada Region Governor Kay Whitaker, Sierra Nevada District 7 Director Karen Leavitt. Additional guests included other Region friends and former SI/Truckee Donner Presidents Marilyn Dedmon, Stephanie Marsh, Cindy Burk, Brenda LeBlanc.
President Lil Schaller was all smiles the entire evening and after introductions and thank yous, she said and#8220;It’s a great time to be a Soroptimist!and#8221; The applause was deafening.
Both Joan and Ted read Proclamations from the Town of Truckee (at the time Mayor Richard Anderson) and Nevada County Supervisors. They were both well received and presented to President Lil who was happy to receive them on behalf of the club and said, and#8220;We are honored to be recognized in this way and are most appreciative of everyone’s interest and effort at both the Town and the County.and#8221;
The evening continued with a rolling slide show of the past 40 years of community service, much conversation, many more memories and, of course, cake. The club boasts a current membership of 58 which includes part-time and retired member Jo Boyet who belongs to SI/West Sacramento. Jo summers here in Truckee and has been a Soroptimist since 1978.
Soroptimist International of Truckee Donner was chartered by Soroptimist International of North Lake Tahoe (since disbanded) on November 5, 1971. Charter Members included women from business and professional classifications as follows:
Charlotte Harris; Grace Robertson; Melba Giovannoni; Margaret Walker; Minona Emery; Dorothy Owens; Bess Reid; Ruth Melin; Florence Waters; Virginia Everett; Nola M. Smith; Anne K. Durant; Dorothy E. Stice; Doris L. Wright; Claudia Loynd; Patricia Geary; Leonore Vind; Lucille Stone; JoAnn Affeldt.
Soroptimist is an international organization for business and professional women who work to improve the lives of women and girls, in local communities and throughout the world. Almost 95,000 Soroptimists in about 120 countries and territories contribute time and financial support to communityand#8211;based and international projects that benefit women and girls.- The name, Soroptimist, means and#8220;best for women.and#8221; Soroptimists are women at their best, working to help other women to be their best.-
Soroptimist fundraise through an annual Winetasting (June 2, 2012), Soroptishop in November and Holiday See’s and Sweet’s Candy Sales. Local support includes, and is not limited to, the S.T.E.P.P. program, Women’s Opportunity Award, Violet Richardson Award, Youth Appreciation Luncheon, Queen of Hearts membership, Relay For Life Team, Adopt-A-Highway clean-up, memorial fund scholarships, education scholarships to Truckee High School and Sierra High, Woman of Distinction, SIA President’s Appeal, Sierra Senior Services, Community Christmas Toy Drive, International Women’s Day, Tahoe Forest Hospital’s Teen Closet and much more.
Soroptimist International of Truckee Donner is a volunteer service organization dedicated to creating opportunities that improve the quality of life in the community and throughout the world with an emphasis on women and girls.
For more information about Soroptimist International of Truckee Donner, please contact President Lil Schaller at 530-550-5007.
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