Club President's Message

A monthly message from the current club president:

May 2019                             

 A Note from Dee:

Hi to all:

I hope you are enjoying the warmer weather and beautiful greening up for Spring.  Our May meeting should be fun – always rewarding to give out our scholarships and the other awards, recognizing all the good work people are doing!  So much goes on in our community, it’s hard to keep up with it all - SICC certainly counts in that mix!

I saw a recent article that reported on one of the Humphrey Fellows, Zull-Kifuly Moumouni, who’s been volunteering with Mid-State Literacy Council to teach English classes. He plans to develop an education program teaching English in his home country, Benin, which is an African nation near Nigeria.  I am constantly impressed with the reach of the connections we make through SICC and our affiliated organizations – it’s quite amazing and brings home the point about making positive change, one person at a time. We should all be proud of the work we do and the funding we provide which continues to help make the ripple effect possible and these connections happen.

Please put the following on your calendars - it’s a fun line up!    Cheers to Art Sip & Paint Night, June 19th, the Greek Restaurant Fundraiser, our summer picnic on July 15th and our Soroptimist Golf Classic on Sept. 9th.

It’s the time of year when we need to evaluate our dues and decide the amount for the next year.  There has been an increase from SI for the first time in many years and for the insurance coverage we receive from the national organization, with a combined increase of five dollars.  In addition, with our move coming up to new meeting space (regardless of the venue), we will be asked to cover a monthly room fee of fifty dollars.  The Board has discussed this at length and feel that the fair way to cover this is to spread it among all the members and just assess it with the dues.

The dues proposed for 2019-2020 are $125/member. We will not have a chance to formally discuss this at the May meeting with all of our guests present but will at the June meeting and vote. However, if you have concerns or questions, please feel free to reach out to me before that. Our dues need to be paid before the end of June, so please some prepared to the June meeting or shortly thereafter, to get your check to Georgiana or Mary V. If anyone has creative ideas for covering/subsidizing the dues, I’m certainly open to hearing them but we don’t want to rob our hard-earned service dollars.

We will provide additional details soon on the meeting place options – Brenda has been diligently working on this to find the most cost-effective options.  Meanwhile, we will check out the Mt. View Wyndham Hotel option for our May and June meetings.

The quote below sums up so much of what we do, I wanted to share it, even though we’ve all seen it many times:

“I alone cannot change the world, but we can cast a stone across the water to create many ripples.”  Mother Teresa

All the best,

Dee