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  • 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 president@sunriverwomensclub.org

    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 president@sunriverwomensclub.org. 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 president@sunriverwomensclub.org.

    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

  • Saturday, January 01, 2022 6:09 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    Happy New Year! It is 2022 and let the celebration of 50 years of the Sunriver Women’s Club start. Tickets to “Celebrate 50” are temporarily unavailable.  Check back soo for updates.
     
    Are you celebrating an event of “50” in 2022? This could include a 50th wedding anniversary, 50th birthday of a child, your family owning a home in Sunriver for 50 years or 50-something. Let me know and we will list your 50th celebration in the newsletter.
     
    The December luncheon was a holiday celebration with Santa! I think all of the women who attended the December luncheon are on Santa’s “nice” list as he passed out a small gift to each of the attendees with the help from his elf, Kathy Garofalo. Thank you to Santa and Kathy for making the luncheon a fun event.
     
    The SRWC COVID-19 policy is still being enforced for all indoor SRWC-sponsored events, including carpooling for any activities. 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 president@sunriverwomensclub.org.
     
    I want to personally wish each of you a Happy New Year!
     
    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


  • Wednesday, December 01, 2021 8:36 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Happy Holidays! It is hard to believe that 2021 is coming to a close. I am looking forward to 2022 and the celebration of 50 years for the Sunriver Women’s Club.

    The November luncheon was fun with a great program on The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI). If you would like more information on this program, I still have brochures from the luncheon. The next luncheon is Wednesday, December 15 and it will be a fun time! Laura Sherar, Programs Director, and her assistants have come up with a great way to celebrate the holiday season. You can register starting December 1.

    Tickets have gone on sale for “Celebrate 50”. Co-Chairs Kathleen Meyer and Linda Rico and their committee are working hard to bring a fun event to kick off the celebration of 50 years and Power of 50 for Education. Tickets are on sale from November 23 through January 16.

    To keep our members and community safe and healthy, the SRWC Board has updated the policy for COVID-19. There is an article, with the policy, further in this newsletter and I encourage you to read it. 

    I want to personally wish each of you Happy Holidays and a Happy New Year!

    As always, keep reading for further details on all our events and fundraising opportunities. Thank you for “Steppin’ Up for Friends, Fun and Philanthropy”!!!

    --Nancy Fischer

  • Monday, November 01, 2021 6:07 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Happy Thanksgiving! As I write this, we are having a series of rainy days. We so desperately need rain. However, what I would really like is snow and it is just around the corner. Snow reminds me that Winter Wear for Kids is kicking off in November. All the details can be found in this newsletter.

    The first in-person monthly luncheon was a great time. Gina Rosbrook was amazing as she entertained us with songs we could sing along with. Gina, thank you! At the luncheon we had a record number of 11 new members. As I looked around the room, it was so rewarding to see our members engaging in conversation and just having a fun time. The next luncheon is November 16 and I look forward to seeing you there. Due to the pandemic, we have reduced the number of attendees so register early. You can register starting November 1.

    Did you know the SRWC is turning 50 in 2022? Check your calendars and save Thursday, January 27, 2022, for our “Celebrate 50” event. It’s the SRWC event you will not want to miss.

    As always, keep reading for further details on all our events and fundraising opportunities. Thank you for “Steppin’ Up for Friends, Fun and Philanthropy”!!!

    --Nancy Fischer

  • Friday, October 01, 2021 3:11 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The leaves are changing color and the SRWC is making changes also. We have updated our logo, which you can see on our website and email communications. Another change is that we held our first full in-person event since February 2020 and it was so nice to see everyone, even with masks on!

    It was windy and a little cool, but the Welcome Event was a success. We had 62 people in attendance, 4 Past Presidents and many new, prospective, and long-time members. I want to personally thank Past Presidents Lana Benish, Carol Cassetty, Martha Deuchler, and Nancy Farnham for attending the Welcome Event. It was nice to see you all and recognize each of you for your contributions to the SRWC.

    October kicks off our luncheon season with an in-person lunch at Crosswater. All the details are in this newsletter. I am looking forward to the wonderful programs Laura Sherar, Programs Director, along with her team, Ann Juttelstad and Allyson Thompson, have put together for us.

    Have you always wanted to know a little more about our members? We have a new article in the newsletter, “Know Your Members”. Each month there will be an article on a member. You might find out you grew up in the same town or you have hobbies in common or have traveled to the same areas of the world. If you have a member in mind that you would like to learn more about, please submit her name to Communications at communications@sunriverwomensclub.org.

    As always, keep reading for further details on all our events and fundraising opportunities. Thank you for “Steppin’ Up for Friends, Fun and Philanthropy”!

    --Nancy Fischer


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