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Soroptimists donate $40,000 to college

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Jim Grant / Tahoe Daily Tribune/ Soroptimist International of South Lake Tahoe members recently presented a $40,000 donation to Lake Tahoe Community College for the new art gallery. From left are Virgina Glenn, Roberta Mason, LTCC President Guy Lease, May Torres, LTCC Art Department Chair David Foster, Susan Middleton, LTCC Foundation Director Ann Luerken, Peggy Jenner and Karen Kurtzman.
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Soroptimist International of South Lake Tahoe members decided several years ago they wanted to save a portion of the money raised by the club to fund a “very special long-term project.” A committee was formed in the fall of 2004 that began formulating a process, while the club continued to accrue funds for the project. The committee developed a step-by-step process and a set of selection criteria.

The criteria were presented to the club and a list of 14 potential projects were selected. It was decided that rather than trim the list, all the agencies would be asked to prepare proposals for the committee to consider. From the initial 14 possible projects, six full proposals were received. These were presented to club members, so they could fully understand each project. Members then voted by written ballot. The decision was very difficult as all the proposed projects were excellent and much needed by the community.

The final selection was submitted by Lake Tahoe Community College, who proposed an educational component for the new art gallery. The gallery will include computers, software and teacher training, and will be called the SISLT Discovery Center. Lake Tahoe Community College Foundation has pledged to match the Soroptimist International of South Lake Tahoe $40,000 donation, thus doubling the impact of the Soroptimist grant. This pledge became a significant factor in determining the selection of this proposal.

The donation was presented to Guy Lease, LTCC president, during a recent luncheon meeting of the Soroptimist club.


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