Thursday, August 15th, was the Chehalem Valley chapter’s Officer Installation Dinner. The theme this year was Italy. The tables had beautiful, creative Italian-themed centerpieces. We had a wonderful slide show of pictures that Sally Dallas took on her photo tours of Tuscany. The peaceful background music was courtesy of Sally Dallas and Karen Jones.
Special Guests and New Friends
Our guests included several members of the McMinnville chapter, some of whom are also district officers, and spouses of our members. It was a nice size group – 24 attendees – large enough to represent well, but small enough for us to have a chance to meet and get to know each other. Dinner included lasagna, salad, specialty cheeses, wine and cakes from a local bakery.
Passing the Torch
Jackie Lane, our outgoing President, spoke of the community spirit of the people of Italy; how they spend leisurely dinners with family and friends and later take long strolls to enjoy time with their neighbors. This same sense of community is at the heart of our Soroptimist values to support and empower girls and women. Jackie then passed the torch of leadership to Maggie Perkin, our new President. Jackie presented Maggie with a copy of the book “Dare to Lead” by Brene Brown. We thank Jackie for all her hard work and look forward to Maggie being at the helm.
Maggie’s first order of business was to welcome two new members to the organization – Megan Anderson and Mary Galloway. It’s always exciting to see a chapter grow!
Our New Board
Marti Crook, Regional Governor, installed the new Board of Directors. They are: Maggie Perkin – President, Debbie Liew – Treasurer, Sally Rice – Communications Officer, Sally Dallas – Secretary, Carol McCausland and Megan Anderson – co-Presidents Elect, Mary Galloway – Member at Large.
Debbie Liew gave an update on our major fundraiser – Soup’s On! Local home and professional chefs bring their favorite soups for tasting and judging. There is an auction featuring an apron loaded with gift cards and many themed baskets. If you have a favorite soup recipe, we encourage you to enter. It is not unheard of for the home chefs to beat the professional chefs in the tasting competitions! If you are not an accomplished cook/chef, we invite you to join us in tasting the delicious soups and bidding on the wonderful prizes. The proceeds support our mission of empowering girls and women. Please visit sicv.org and click on the Soup’s On! Tab to learn more.
If you would like to be part of the Soroptimist community, have fun and help support girls and women to become their best, we would love you to be our guest. We meet the first Thursday of the month at First Federal Savings and Loan, Community Room , 121 N Edwards, Newberg, 6:00 – 7:30 pm. Our next meeting is in September. See you then!
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