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  • Monday, December 05, 2022 9:52 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Thanksgiving for me was extra special this year. Some of you know my husband John and I were involved in a head-on crash on Hwy 58 the Sunday before Thanksgiving. The driver of the other vehicle was impaired and her 5 year old daughter was killed. We are very lucky to be here and are doing well healing from our broken bones. The outreach from the Women’s Club members and the greater Sunriver Community has been heartwarming. It reminds me of the many reasons we join together as a community.

    My message for our membership is to find multiple ways to connect with each other. It is more than just signing up to be a member of the Sunriver Women’s Club. Join an activity, participate in a book club, help with a committee, an event or serve on the Board. All these things will provide opportunities for greater and deeper connections with each other. The weekly newsletter regularly highlights information about the various opportunities.

    As I am very thankful for my family and community, I wish all of you health and peace this Holiday season. Don’t forget your year-end giving to help us change lives in south Deschutes county.

    Debbie Baker, President

    Sunriver Women’s Club a Place to Connect

  • Tuesday, November 08, 2022 9:00 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Our luncheon in October was a smashing success, although no pumpkins were sacrificed. Thanks go to Brigitte Bourret as the new Programs Director, she did a great job! This was the first time since early 2020 that we were able to fill the room. There was energy as we came together in person with old and new friends. We are also scheduling monthly Coffee Meet & Greets as well as Happy Hours for informal gatherings. Be sure to check the calendar for upcoming opportunities to connect.

    As we are wrapping up celebrating 50 years of SRWC, the Power of 50 for Education fund has about $41,000. We believe our goal of $50,000 will be met by the end of the year. This will be transformational for south Deschutes County at a time when educational lapses have affected so many. What excites me most is our $50,000 will not be the only support. It is seed money for other service providers working through a collaborative to deliver a sustainable educational impact. We have been committed to south Deschutes County for more than 20 years. With this significant project, other existing and new providers are seeing what a difference we can make together. Cheryl Storm, as the Chair of Power of 50 for Education is able to answer any questions about the initiative. Check out her update below.

    The Sunriver Women’s Club really is the catalyst for this unprecedented expansion of educational services in our community and I am so proud of us!

    Debbie Baker, President

    Sunriver Women’s Club a Place to Connect

  • Monday, October 17, 2022 2:05 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    We had a successful Welcome Back event, seeing old friends and new ones as we started a new membership year.

    As the season changes, so do our activities.

    For example, we are looking forward to monthly luncheons with interesting speakers, upcoming Mistletoe & Merriment holiday party, monthly gatherings for Birthday Lunches, continuing with Happy Hours and connecting for Coffee.

    Thank you to Bev and Liz for so many great summer hikes.

    Full-time and part-time members can always find something fun all year round.

    Hope to see you soon!

    Debbie Baker, President

    Sunriver Women’s Club a Place to Connect

  • Wednesday, August 31, 2022 12:36 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Has your summer included activities with Sunriver Women's Club friends? Perhaps, you have been hiking mountain trails, discussing great summer reads or volunteering at the Art Fair. Do you have friends or new neighbors who would also enjoy these activities?

    Invite them to join you for the Welcome Back event 4 to 6 pm Tuesday, Sept. 6 at the SHARC. This event kicks off our membership renewal month! Welcome Back is a wonderful time for members and prospective members to visit, reconnect with old friends, meet new ones, learn about the many social activities and volunteering opportunities the club offers. Come connect, have fun and let us help you fully realize the benefits of SRWC membership.

    While members enjoy a variety of activities and social connections, we are also committed to making a difference in our community through philanthropic grants. The club is proud of the long history of committing all net proceeds of fundraisers to grant programs serving South Deschutes County. Our track record of giving to nonprofit organizations who serve this high-needs area is amazing.

    The details of our donations can be found on the SRWC website. Membership dues cover operating costs of the organization. Operating costs include things such as liability insurance, CPA fees, state filing fees, storage unit, supplies, equipment, etc. Currently, there are needs for a new laptop to manage finances, updated software for the treasurer and communications team and we must shop for a new liability insurance policy after the Art Fair coverage was cancelled.

    As inflation has hit us all, these operating costs have risen beyond the current year’s operating budget forcing the utilization of reserves.

    After careful deliberations and based on our commitment to protect philanthropy funds, we believe a modest increase in the annual dues is necessary. If members join or renew by Sept. 30 dues will be $50 for 2022/23. Effective Oct. 1, annual dues will be $55 per year. You may renew at the Welcome Back event or online. Contact Membership Director Kathy Garofalo at 925-408-0180 to request a paper form to mail in. We look forward to seeing you at the SHARC on Sept. 6.

    Debbie Baker
    Sunriver Women’s Club: A Place to Connect

  • Monday, August 01, 2022 2:49 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    August is everything Art Fair

    The Sunriver Art Fair is one of the biggest fundraisers for the Sunriver Women’s Club,
    and every dollar of profit supports our Community Grant Program. The people in South Deschutes County are resilient, however, at the same time many of our neighbors have great needs. The women’s club works alongside nonprofits to improve the lives of all our community members. Throughout the year, we will highlight various nonprofits by sharing the important work they do. 

    It truly takes a village to host the annual Art Fair. There are a few big jobs and many small ones. Thank you to everyone who has signed up to volunteer. Many hands make light work. It is also a wonderful way to meet members that you haven't met at other events. 

    I chatted with long-time member Pat Arnold at the Community Picnic. I told her of the many new members in the club and how we are looking for ways to engage all members, offering a variety of ways to meet or re-acquaint with others. She told me how she values her friends and how she met people by serving on a women’s club committee.

    Find ways to connect with fellow members 
    This year's theme is about connecting with one another. I met Carol Dockum, a new friend, at our first Happy Hour, and she hiked with us the following week. I also met Kristi Walhood on the same hike. After we finished, our hiking group shared a beverage on the deck at Mt. Bachelor Lodge as we watched zipliners and mountain bike riders. There are countless ways to connect with members in the women’s club. Each of our 280 members have incredible, varied backgrounds with interesting stories to share.

    I encourage everyone to take a step to become involved in an aspect that brings you joy; it helps create a sense of community. A few ways to connect with fellow members include going on a hike, joining a book club, serving on a committee, helping with an event and attending the welcome event on Sept. 6, monthly informal Happy Hours and monthly luncheons. Hope to see you around!

    Debbie Baker, President
    Sunriver Women’s Club a Place to Connect: Sharing Fun, Talents and Philanthropy

  • Tuesday, July 12, 2022 7:24 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Do you think about the milestones in your life and ask, where did the time go?

    Well, the Sunriver Women’s Club has been around for 50 years, and that is something to celebrate.

    And boy did we!

    The Celebrate 50 party on June 2 was Awesome with amazing food, an amazing band, amazing raffles and an amazing presentation of our Power of 50 project.

    Thank you to co-chairs Kathleen Meyer and Linda Rico as well as their whole team. We had an inspiring slideshow of club history showcasing the women that came before us making this organization work. Today, we are building on the foundation set before us with deep gratitude. Someone said, “they looked like they had so much fun."

    Thank you to the powerful women who began this organization and served, thank you to those still serving and to those new members who have joined to carry us forward for another 50 years! We have made a difference in each other’s lives and those of our South Deschutes County neighbors.

    In an effort to offer multiple ways for our members to connect, we are hosting informal Happy Hours, beginning with 4 pm Friday, July 15 and 4 pm Friday, Aug. 1 at Mary McCallum Park. Come and connect with old friends while meeting new friends. 

    I welcome your questions and comments. Please feel free to reach out to me at

    Debbie Baker

  • Sunday, June 19, 2022 12:20 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The new board was installed at the luncheon on May 17th. I am honored to serve as your new president. Thank you to Nancy Fischer for her passion and serving three years as President. The theme for the coming year is Sunriver Women’s Club a Place to Connect; Sharing Fun, Talents & Philanthropy. There are many ways to connect in our organization which can provide a sense of community; connection is so important to our wellbeing. Most of us left former communities and family when we moved to Sunriver. For me it was my family, coworkers who were also my friends and my weekly running buddies. When you spend 4 hours on a training run, a strong bond is developed and no secrets left untold. The Sunriver Women’s Club offers social activities, service on committees, small and big volunteer opportunities. In addition to the social aspect of our club, the impact to the lives of our neighbors in south Deschutes County through our grants is powerful and amazing!
    A survey was recently sent to all members. Our desire is to ensure there is value to members in ways that enrich each other’s lives as well as how we give outside the organization. Results will help guide the priorities throughout the year. Please take a few minutes and tell us what you think. You can find the survey here.
    There is so much information in this “hot off the presses” Newsletter, don’t miss any of the latest. Key upcoming events are hikes throughout the summer, the Community Picnic on July 20th and the Annual Art Fair August 12 -14, 2022.
    I welcome your thoughts at Come and connect.

  • Sunday, June 19, 2022 12:19 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    As I write my last President’s Message, I realize what an honor it has been to be President of the Sunriver Women’s Club for the past three years.
    When I started my first year as President in May 2019, I had no clue what a challenge the SRWC would face over the next three years. March 2020 changed everything for the world and the SRWC. The SRWC stepped up and started the COVID-19 Nonprofit Emergency Fund, which raised over $48,000. We switched monthly luncheons, book clubs, and meetings to Zoom and our members were able to continue hiking and winter fun activities. In 2021, we were able to hold our fundraisers again with our wine and art event going virtual and the Sunriver Art Fair holding both a virtual and slightly smaller in-person event. The pandemic made us rethink how we could hold the Community Picnic and we started a new format of “Bring Your Own Picnic” which was popular and will continue to be the format of the Community Picnic. In 2022, I am looking forward to Art Meets Wine in the High Desert, Celebrate 50, Community Picnic, and Sunriver Art Fair. All of them will be successful events.
    Did you attend the Celebration of Giving luncheon? What an amazing job Kris Besson, Valerie Stensland, Kathy Ketchum, and the members of the Philanthropy Committee did in putting the presentation together. Lunch, catered by Marcello’s, was excellent. Thank you to Laura Sherar for organizing the luncheon.
    May 9-14 is Art Meets Wine in the High Desert with virtual wine tastings, a wine pairing/cooking class, online auction, and the in-person event on May 14. Wine tasting is one of my favorite hobbies and I will definitely be participating.
    Our May monthly luncheon will be at Crosswater on May 17. The program will be a preview of artists for the 2022 Sunriver Art Fair and installation of the 2022-2023 Board of Directors.
    I would like to personally thank the 2021-2022 Board of Directors and Board Assistants. I could not have done this last year without you. It has been my pleasure to work with each of you. I also want to thank all the individuals who have “stepped up” to co-chair or chair a fundraiser or activity, work on a committee, lead a book club, hike or winter fun activity, volunteer for a shift, or make a monetary or in-kind donation. There are so many of you, but you know who you are…thank you!!! It takes a village to keep the SRWC going.
    I also want to personally thank the 2022-2023 Board of Directors and Board Assistants for “steppin up”. Some of you are continuing as a Board member and some of you are new to the Board…thank you!!!
    As always, keep reading for further details on all our events and fundraising opportunities.
    Thank you for “50 Years of Steppin’ Up for Friends, Fun and Philanthropy”!!!
    --Nancy Fischer
      The SRWC Pandemic President!

  • Wednesday, March 02, 2022 5:18 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    As I write this, Mother Nature is reminding us that winter is not over and rolled in with very cold temperatures and snow in late February. No complaining as we need the precipitation.
    Our first fundraiser of the year is one of my favorite events…Art Meets Wine in the High Desert. You will notice this event has a new name this year and I love it! The team of Brooke Copeland, Kendra Schreiner and Kate North are putting together a combination event of virtual wine tastings and an in-person event. The virtual events will start on May 9 with the in-person event on May 14. This gives many of you the opportunity to support our philanthropy program while enjoying wine and bidding on art. I hope you plan to join us and invite your friends. They are also looking for volunteers. Go to Your Gift of Time on our website where all the volunteer opportunities are listed.   
    With so many homes being sold in Sunriver and the local area, do you have a new neighbor that would be interested in the SRWC? Invite them to join the SRWC. We love new members.
    Speaking of new members, I loved the number of new members that attended our February luncheon. What a treat for a long-time member like myself to see so many new faces. The program, as always, was fun and our speaker was an amazing woman. Our March luncheon will be sweet with Randi Holms from Holms Toffee as our speaker. Do you think we will get to sample? Remember, luncheon reservations always open on the first of the month. Masks will be required until you are seated at your table.
    As always, keep reading for further details on all our events and fundraising opportunities.
    Thank you for “50 Years of Steppin’ Up for Friends, Fun and Philanthropy”!!!
    --Nancy Fischer         

  • Tuesday, February 01, 2022 9:03 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Happy Valentine’s Day! The new date for “Celebrate 50” is Thursday, June 2. It was a frustrating decision to make, but it was the right decision to reschedule “Celebrate 50”. We need to keep our members and their guests safe during this pandemic. Tickets are on sale for the June 2 event, but space is limited, so purchase your tickets now. The Celebrate 50 committee is working hard to make this a fun event for all, both singles and couples. Plan to join us to celebrate 50 years of the SRWC.

    Due to traveling, I was home isolating so I missed the January luncheon. I think this was one of a small number of luncheons I have missed over the last 10 years. Thank you to Laurel Brennan for making the announcements. Thank you to Laura Sherar for putting together a fun slideshow with lots of photos of current and past members participating in all the fun things that SRWC members do. Did you see yourself in the slideshow?

    The SRWC COVID-19 policy will continue to be enforced for all indoor SRWC-sponsored events, including carpooling for any activities, until the Board feels comfortable to rescind it. Masks are required to be worn indoors until you are seated for a meal or drinks. I want to thank everyone for their cooperation as we look forward to the end of this pandemic. If you have any concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me at

    It takes a village to keep the SRWC up and running with our fundraising events, board of directors, board assistants, and other volunteer positions. Are you interested? This is a great way to meet members and make friends. We have some key positions within the SRWC that need to be filled:  Art Fair Publicity and Marketing, Board and Board Assistant positions and other positions. If you would like to volunteer for any of these positions, please contact Nancy Fischer and she will have further information for you. 

    As always, keep reading for further details on all our events and fundraising opportunities.

    Thank you for “50 Years of Steppin’ Up for Friends, Fun and Philanthropy”!!!

    --Nancy Fischer

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The Sunriver Women's Club (SRWC) is a  501C (3) nonprofit community service organization that welcomes members from Sunriver and the surrounding communities. 

The essence of the SRWC is to be a caring partner to our neighbors, nonprofits in south Deschutes County, local businesses and visitors.

The majority of our members are from Sunriver, La Pine and Bend-everyone is welcome.  Members participate in social and philanthropic activities.  The membership year runs from October 1 through September 30, but you may join in any month. Click on JOIN US to start your membership process.

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