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Club Committees

Our club is committee-driven

Soroptimist International of Tahoe Sierra is a committee-driven organization. Members are asked to join a Service and a Technical Committee of choice upon gaining membership. All monies donated to the club are allocated to the service fund. Donated funds go back directly into the community and global projects that are the Soroptimist mission of  what is “best for women and children.”

Service Committees – What we do

Awards Committee: Our goal is to provide recognition and financial support for youth and women who are working to better their lives and those in their community.

  • Violet Richardson Award: This award is to recognize and honor young women ages 14 – 17  for their volunteer action in their community or in school.  There are no restrictions on the type of activity.
  • Live Your Dream Award:  (Formally, Women’s Opportunity Award)For women who are heads of households, returning to school or work and need financial support or assistance. This is a signature project that begins at the local club level, allowing winners to advance to regional and federation levels.
  • Ruby Award: Recognition of a community member for Women helping Women through their professional or personal activities.These women have identified and focused on a need in their communities which has significantly contributed to the improvement of women and girls’ lives.

Education & Economic Development Committee: Our goal is to provide educational and financial opportunities to better the lives of women and youth in our community.

  • Financial and material support to CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates), Tahoe Youth & Family Services, BATS (Bringing Art to Schools) PE clothes purchasing for students in need, Preppie Kindergarten Program, Kindergarten Adventure Night, the Lake Tahoe Education Foundation and Club Literario.
  • We provide volunteer hours towards several projects:
    • School Backpack Attack : Backpacks and school supplies to local children in need and distributed through Live Violence Free and CASA.
    • The Drug Store Project : Volunteer and financial support for a substance abuse education program for all 6th grade youth in our community.
    • The Summer Reading Program :Every student enrolled in the Lake Tahoe Unified School District’s elementary schools, Zephyr Cove Elementary, and George Whittell School, grades pre-K through eighth, receives a book to read over the summer vacation and to add to their home library.
    • Bringing Arts to Schools (BATS) : Members volunteer in the classrooms with the BATS program at Tahoe Valley Elementary School.

Elegant Evening Committee:  Each year our club conducts one major fundraiser by which we fund all of our service projects. Elegant Evening is an event held in the spring and provides guests with a full evening of food, dancing and friendship. All members are involved in the procurement of items for the auctions but also as participants in the evening’s event. We raise funds while providing a sense of community for all.

Grants : Our Elegant Evening fundraiser efforts then provides work in our community and the world.  It is the purpose of this committee to establish a time line and process the applications of the SITS Community Grants.  The efforts of this committee are to assist projects not already funded from one of the club’s committees.

Healthy Women / Healthy World Committee:  Our purpose is to promote programs to implement Soroptimist goals to physical, mental, and emotional health. We provide action to improve our environment, to conserve our natural resources, and to plan projects within the community relating to parks and nature. Some of our specific projects are:

One Voice Committee: Our goal is to support anti-trafficking efforts in alignment with Soroptimist International of the Americas, Federation and Region goals.

  • We specifically support the following endeavors
    • Zawadisha Fund: The Zawadisha Fund is a Lake Tahoe based non-profit specializing in intelligent micro-lending for women in East Africa. Their mission is to empower, entrust and expand opportunities for women. Zawadisha accomplishes this through small businesses loans, education, savings matches, and preventative healthcare.
      Learn more and sign up for their newsletter at www.zawadisha.org. Stay connected on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/Zawadisha and follow Zawadisha on Twitter at https://twitter.com/Zawadisha.
    • Kellermann Foundation: An organization working towards the sustainable development, health, education, and spiritual outreach for the benefit of the Batwa pygmies and adjacent communities.
    • The Dolphin Project: Zawadisha is honored to partner with the grassroots and social justice organization Dolphin Anti-Rape & AIDS Control Outreach to provide life-saving violence prevention and HIV/AIDS education to our loan participants and their children. Winnie Anyango founded Dolphin in 1998 in recognition that violence against women is a matter of life or death, as rape and the transmission of HIV are intrinsically linked. Dolphin has empowered more than 1 million individuals in the greater Nairobi area.
    • Heifer International: a global nonprofit with the goal of ending poverty and hunger in a sustainable fashion.  Established in 1944, Heifer International gives out gifts of livestock, seeds, and trees and includes extensive training to those in need.
    • Anti-human trafficking efforts through Soroptimist International.
    • Disaster Relief:  Monies are provided to schools affected by natural disasters.

Project Middle School Committee: We focus our support at South Tahoe Middle School in a variety of ways throughout the academic year. We want our support to match our mission of giving youth the skills needed to become productive adults.

  • “Junior S Club” – a middle school club as a precursor to Soroptimist where youth learn ways in which to serve their community and the world. This club is a precursor to the Soroptimist S Club at the high school.
  • Financial support for all-school “Teen Truth” Assemblies where topics include: Bully Free Zones, Body Image, and other character development for our youth.
  • Financial support and assistance for Girls’ Empowerment programs.
  • Principal Projects:  Financial support directly to the principal for special projects determined by their staff.

Scholarships  & Youth Enrichment Committee: Our goal is to support the accomplishments of youth, to enrich their lives and their opportunities. We work with the schools in conducting:

  • The Writing Festival which gives our students an opportunity to shine. Language Arts students at South Tahoe Middle School are asked to write an essay. Essays are scored by committee members. Winners are recognized at our Awards Celebration.
  • Scholarships:  Our club supports a variety of scholarships for academic and also exceptional effort.
  1. Academic Scholarship for Seniors at STHS, George Whittell , Mt. Tallac, and the Young Parents Program submit applications in the Spring.  Applications are supplied to students by schools at their sites and are evaluated by committee members based on grades, activities, community service and financial need.
  2. Efforts are recognized through our “Most Improved Student” at the middle and high school levels in addition to the Rothschild Scholarship awarded through the Joy Rothschild endowment.

Technical Committees – How we get it done

In order for “effective service” to occur, you must have mechanisms in place. It is through our Technical Committees that the business of Soroptimist occurs. Our members use their time and talents to get the job done. Our Technical Committees include:

  • Public Relations: Updates the club calendar and works with local media to increase the public’s awareness of SITS projects, programs, and events.
  • Attendance/Roster: Sets up entry table at weekly meetings, greets members, collects and maintains records of dues and attendance, and updates our club’s roster.
  • Hospitality/Breakfast/AV:  Assists with setting up weekly breakfast items, supplies, and coordinates special celebrations held to carry out our programs.  Assists with set up of AV equipment for meetings.
  • Communications:  Produces and distributes the weekly e-newsletter, maintenance of our club’s website, and oversees the club’s email account.
  • Finance:  Maintains and monitors the club’s budgets and expenditures. Our club maintains both a Service and General budget.
  • Recruitment/Retention:  Builds and retains club membership through public awareness and social gatherings.  Maintains the supply of business cards, banners, signs and posters for promotion of our club.
  • Historian/Records:  Keeps and maintains any information, pictures, articles, and programs that enhance the history of SITS.  Assists with the completion of the President’s Book.
  • Programs:  Assists the President Elect in procuring speakers for our weekly club meetings.  Contacts the speakers to remind them of their date and gathers background information in order to introduce them to our members.
  • Cultural/Social:  Plans socials that will promote friendship and contribute to the camaraderie and general good feeling of our members.
  • Publicity : Increases public awareness of SITS projects, program and events.  Posts on the SITS Facebook, updates local media calendars, coordinates efforts to promote club activities in all media outlets, and works with the Elegant Evening Chairs in the promotion of our event. .

 

In our club there is something for everyone.  We challenge our ladies not only to use their talents, but to venture into new committees each year for their personal growth.

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