2019 got off to a quick start with SICC having their first fund-raising event on Saturday, January 26th at the Murphys Diggins. “Paint & Sip” has been very popular – and the Diggins a perfect venue for having room to accommodate the many enthusiastic painters – this time choosing to paint either a rooster or a sunflower. We had several young girls (granddaughters and neighbors) in attendance and they seemed to be having a great time & finished their beautiful “masterpieces” right along with the others. Everyone in attendance completed their “works of art” and enjoyed generous snacks, desserts and wine. Thank you to everyone who attended and to the Chairs, Carol Jones Giannini and Paulette Stelte.
Friday, January 11, 2019, found SICC members and guests at the beautiful restored Victorian home of Ginger Takahashi in downtown Angels Camp. The event was labeled “Winter Soiree”. Some came decked out in Roaring Twenties attire, complete with hats and cigarette holders. What a sight to see! Ginger’s home has been lovingly restored to it’s former glory. Wow!! was the operative word! Finger food and raspberry champagne added to the ambiance for the evening. What fun! AND, how fortunate we were to be able to experience this treasured home!
Hostess, Ginger Takahaski, lead the tour of her beautifully restored Victorian home.
Murphy’s Holiday Parade, 12/7/18
Jolly reindeer were we! (you can barely see our antlers – but you can see President Patsy’s glowing red nose). Participants in the Murphys Holiday Parade on 12/7/18 –Chyrl, Barbara, Patsy, Carol Jones-Giannini & Carol Tyrrell. (not shown, Sheila Krpan, the organizer and Visibility Chair).
Annual Christmas Party at Murphys Hotel 12/5/18
10/9/18 Received via email from Serena Gillette (now Serena Hangs) to share with SICC the news that she has now earned her AS Degree in Early Childhood Education! SICC, in 2011, awarded Serena the Women’s Opportunity Award. Congratulations, Serena!
Subject: 2011 Women’s Opportunity AwardDate: October 9, 2018 at 4:20:06 PM PDTHello Everyone!I am just writing to give a huge thank you to all the members of the Soroptimist International of Calaveras County and everything you do! Your group awarded me in 2011 with the Women’s Opportunity Award and gave me a $1000 check to help further my education in the field of Early Childhood Education. I have been meaning to contact you and give you the update that I was finally able to earn my Associate in Science as an Early Childhood Teacher and am currently employed in the Teacher I position at the West Point Head Start preschool. I could not have achieved this goal without your help, so I wanted to truly thank you from my heart, for the support you gave me and my family to help me achieve such a huge goal for a full time working, single mom – it took nine years, but it was done! (Another update, I got remarried in January of last year, so still working but not single!) Any how, thank you again for all that you do for the women in our county, may God bless you all.Sincerely,Serena Hangs (formerly Serena Gillette)
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On Saturday, September 15, 2018, SICC hosted Paint & Sip –a chance to create your own “masterpiece” on canvas under the guidance of Patricia Fleming & assistant, Nona. The final product was called “Tuscan Landscape” and was very colorful with acres of lovely lavender blooming in the foreground. What fun!
At our July meeting (7/11/18), SICC was proud to induct our newest member, Kathy Duffy. Membership Chair, Carol Tyrrell, and Service Director, Chyrl Hillis, did the honors.
At the June 6th Business Meeting, new member Stacie Joyner was inducted.
Carol Tyrrell, Membership Chair, New Member, Stacy Joyner & incoming President, Patsy Gonzalez
KICK UP YOUR HEALS GATHERING (an afternoon of visiting with old friends or making new ones!) Held on Saturday, March 24 at the Diggins Clubhouse, Murphys
Murphy’s Irish Day Parade — Saturday, March 17, 2018
In back – left to right, Barb Draper, Sheila Krpan & Carol Tyrrell –In middle (with umbrella, Chyrl Hillis, Oma Paulette Stelte with granddaughter, Alice, & Alice’s cousin, Eve. In front Carol Jones-Giannini & Patsy Gonzalez.
On February 15, 2018, SICC joined Dignity Health Mark Twain Hospital and the Calaveras Chamber of Commerce at a Chamber mixer. We were celebrating Heart Health Month and promoted our Take Women to Heart project of offering free lipid panel testing during February.
January 20th, 2018 found a great group of women and girls at the Diggins Clubhouse in Murphys. “Sip & Paint” instructed by Patricia Fleming, was a chance to learn painting techniques and complete an ocean beach scene. There were many different finished projects.
SICC held their annual Christmas party on December 6, 2017 at the Murphys Hotel Gold Room…..a wonderful gift exchange, games and delicious food and conversation. The best EVER!
Photos directly below show SICC as we participated in the Murphys Parade on Friday, December 1, 2017.
On Wednesday, September 6th, 2017, we welcomed new member, Julie Eckhardt-Cantrall —Welcome Julie!
At our monthly meeting on Wednesday, August 1, 2017, two new members were inducted. Welcome to Sheila Kyrpan and Tyra Dragomanovich.
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Sierra Pacific Region District II Fall Meeting
October 1, 2016 – Modesto
SICC Attendees at District II Fall Meeting (l-r)
Patsy Gonzalez, Correspondence Secretary, Chyrl Hillis, Service Director,
President Karen Strand and Treasurer Billie Westernoff
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Sierra Pacific Region Conference, Modesto
May 20-22, 2016
What a great parade it was! Marching groups, pre-school groups, bag pipers all attired in their best green duds! SICC was promoting our upcoming Chili Cookoff at the same time –Mark your Calendars –Saturday, May 7, 2016.
Wednesday, February 3, 2016 –At our business meeting.
Members of Soroptimist International of Calaveras County were privileged to hear an informative and pertinent presentation by Dr. Courtney Virgilio, MD, FACC,FASE, Cardiologist & Board Certified Medical Director from Mark Twain Heart Center. Sandie Lema, representing the American Heart Association, also share some history about how women’s heart health came to the forefront.
Soroptimist Members Participating in the Angels Camp Christmas Parade on Saturday, November 28, 2015.
Pictured: Carol Tyrrell, Vickie Smith-Becker, Bev Stewart, Chyrl Hillis, President Karen Strand, Karen Varni, Paulette Stelte, Adela Hawkins. Not pictured Cindy Burns – who had run to her car to get her coat.
IT WAS COLD!!!
Sierra Pacific Region District II Meeting
Saturday, October 17, 2015
Black Oak Casino, Tuolumne, CA
Hosted by SI Twain Harte
On Monday, September 28, 2015, a group of six SICC members came with dust mops, brooms, vacuums, cleaning rags, paper towels and cleaning supplies to the home of Joanne and Dave Jeffords. Joanne is currently hospitalized awaiting two, upcoming cancer-related surgeries. These women cleaned the home at Shelter Lane, Murphys, from top to bottom – with a lot of help from Bella!
A total of 5 new members have been inducted In July and August for Fiscal Year 2015/16.
Newly inducted members: L-R, Pam Satterfield, Cindy Burns, Wendy Cookson, Patsy Gonzalez and Vicki Smith-Becker
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Visibility Committee Volunteers Help at the Duck Races
sponsored by the Calaveras Mentoring Foundation at Murphys Park
on Saturday, July 18, 2015
Newest Member, Donnasue Jacobi, inducted on September 3, 2014
Julia, Adela, Bev and Joanne at Gold Rush Days- Angels Camp-October 18, 2014