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Soroptimist service grants awarded

Nancy Oliver Hayden, Tribune Community Editor

Thirty-one organizations have additional funds to meet their needs due to the generosity of Soroptimist International of South Lake Tahoe.

The service club for business and professional women on Jan. 30 presented checks for $50,000 at the Soroptimist International of South Lake Tahoe 2001-2002 Community Service Grants luncheon in Harrah’s Lake Tahoe Special Events Center.

The fifth annual event was opened by President Sue Yang, who welcomed 280 Soroptimist members, city and county officials, grant recipients and supportive community members.

The Honorable Brooke Laine, mayor of the city of South Lake Tahoe and past president of SISLT, presented a proclamation from Douglas County, El Dorado County and the city of South Lake Tahoe recognizing the contributions to the community by Soroptimist International of South Lake Tahoe.

Pam Lusby, a member of SISLT who conducted the program as mistress of ceremonies, said, “You are all here to share in the fruits of our harvest. We are proud to give $50,000 to our community and throughout the world by providing service. We are even prouder that over the past five years we will have given a quarter of a million dollars.”

“As with any harvest it doesn’t just happen. It’s preceded by lots of hard work. Thanks to the dedicated, year-around hard work that each and every Soroptimist so willingly gives we’ve been about to prosper and grow. Our fund-raisers would not have been as successful without the support of the community.”

“This year we received $147,000 in requests. Although we’d like to be able to fulfill every request that we receive, it’s not financially possible. When the applications are received from the public they are given to various service committees. Each committee pours over the applications they receive and makes a recommendation. Every application then goes to the allocation committee for final evaluation and available funds,” Lusby said.

Lusby introduced the board members of the recently formed Soroptimist International of South Lake Tahoe Foundation.” They are Chandler Monroe, president; Linda Mendizabal, secretary; Ginger Mitchell, treasurer; Chandler Monroe, Brooke Laine and Cheryl Chambers, three-year directors; Ginger Mitchell, Ann Swallow and Linda Stevenson, two-year directors; and Linda Mendizabal, Deb Howard and Catherine DiCamillo, one-year directors.

Earlene Miller, chair of the allocations committee, along with the other committee members, Deb Howard, Peg Kortes, Peggy Jenner and Wendy Shehadi, introduced the recipients and presented grants to representatives from the 31 organizations.

The current funding allocation process was instituted during the 1996-97 fiscal year to ensure the club’s limited funds would be channeled to areas of most need, while conforming to the mission statement.

Applications for the 2002-2003 funding will be available in July.


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