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  • Sunday, November 01, 2020 9:57 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Happy Thanksgiving! It’s time for me to make my pumpkin muffins and my favorite, Pumpkin Cheesecake Bars. If you would love the recipe for either, let me know!

    Thank you to Deon at Sunriver Books & Music for a wonderful program for our October luncheon. The box lunches from Café Sintra were delicious. On Zoom, we started members in break-out rooms so there was time for conversation in a smaller group before joining everyone in the main room for announcements and the program. Some members even stayed on at the end for a little more conversation.

    Our November luncheon program will be Matt from Savory Spice Shop. Find out how to spice up your holiday cooking. Café Sintra will be offering box lunches prior to the luncheon. Keep reading to find out all the details!!

    I would like to thank Gwen Gamble for “steppin’ up” as Program Director and “Steppin’ Up for Local”. I know those of you that were on Zoom for the October luncheon saw what a great job she is doing.

    Lunch with Friends has been rescheduled!! Lunch with Friends will be held Monday, November 9 @ 12 noon. You will need to RSVP to Nancy Fischer to receive the Zoom link.

    Are you a new member? On November 20 @ 10 am, we will be having a coffee/tea via Zoom. Each new member will receive an email with the Zoom link.

    Winter Wear for Kids has kicked off! This year we are asking for exact items. Please keep reading to find out all the details on what to buy and where to drop off.

    As always, thank you for “Steppin’ Up During this Difficult Time”! Also, if you would like to discuss the SRWC or need anything, please reach out to me at (925) 708-4587 or

    Stay safe and healthy!


  • Monday, October 05, 2020 12:17 PM | Anonymous member

         It’s Fall…my favorite season!! I love everything about Fall from the leaves changing color to Fall decorations to sweater weather and candy corn!

         Thank you to Wild Poppy Florist for a wonderful program during our “Mad Hatter Tea Party” Welcome Event and Marcello’s for a great program during our “It’s 5 o’clock Somewhere Happy Hour” Welcome Event. I found both programs fun and informative and I hope our members attending via Zoom did too.

         Our monthly virtual luncheons kick off in October. Sunriver Books & Music is the program for the October 20th luncheon. Find out what the best reads are as Deon takes us on a tour of her bookstore. Café Sintra will be offering box lunches prior to the luncheon. Keep reading to find out all the details!!

         Are you on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter? Please follow the Sunriver Art Fair and the Sunriver Women’s Club and make sure you like, comment and share. Looking for some great holiday gifts, go to where you can find links to the artists’ website and start shopping away!

         It’s Membership time! You can renew online or download the membership form and mail a check. The new membership year began October 1, but you can join or renew anytime. This year, for the first time, there is no “directory deadline”. As you join or renew, your information is immediately uploaded or updated in our online directory. Also, anytime during the year, you can log in and update your information. Do not forget to sign up for social clubs or volunteer opportunities that interest you.

         Our members and community continue to be so generous during this difficult time. I have had several members or community members state that they are not sure what fund they would like to donate to. We have resolved this problem by creating the “Donation to Where it is Most Needed”. This fund allows our Philanthropy Director and her committee to recommend to the Board when this fund should be utilized for philanthropic purposes.

         As always, thank you for “Steppin’ Up During this Difficult Time”! Also, if you would like to discuss the SRWC or need anything, please reach out to me at (925) 708-4587 or

    Stay safe and healthy!

  • Tuesday, September 01, 2020 8:26 AM | Anonymous member
    Exciting things have been happening for the SRWC! I’m going to give a little tidbit of each item and then you will need to read further for all the details! 

         With the SHARC event rooms closed and Governor Brown’s mandates, we have had to rethink our Welcome Event—two virtual events on two different days, September 15 and 16. Members will have to choose which themed event they will want to “zoom in on”. What are the themes??? Keep reading to find out and details on how to RSVP and get your Zoom link. 

         I have been personally overwhelmed by the generosity of a Sunriver couple that wishes to remain anonymous. Due to their kindness, the SRWC has received a large donation. Keep reading to find out what the SRWC received; you will be overwhelmed also. My heartfelt thanks to this generous couple for thinking of the SRWC. 
         Amy Varner has resigned from her position as Programs Director. I would like to thank Amy for her time on the Board and the wonderful programs she arranged for the SRWC. 

         We have a new Director! Thank you to our Nominating Committee, chaired by Shirley Olson, who immediately went to work and found an amazing replacement. Please join me in welcoming Gwen Gamble to the SRWC Board as Programs Director. Thank you to Gwen for “steppin’ up”. 

         It’s membership time! You can renew online or download the membership form and mail a check. The new membership year begins October 1 and we would love to see everyone renew their membership by that date. 

         We have awarded $6,000 from the COVID-19 Nonprofit Fund, which brings us to a total of $31,000 that has been awarded. I have received so many comments from members and community members stating how proud they are of the SRWC for creating this fund. Thank you to everyone for “steppin’ up” to make the COVID-19 Nonprofit Fund possible. 

         Thank you for “Steppin’ Up During this Difficult Time”! 

         As always, if you need anything, please reach out to me at (925) 708-4587 or
  • Friday, August 07, 2020 8:35 PM | Anonymous member

         The SRWC is going virtual! We will start in August with a virtual Lunch with Friends and the August birthday lunch, the Welcome Event will be virtual in September and virtual monthly luncheons will start in October. The SRWC Zoom account is going to be extremely busy! Look for further details in this newsletter and upcoming newsletters on how to “zoom in” and join a virtual event. See you on Zoom!!
         August = Sunriver Art Fair; unfortunately, not in 2020!!! If you are going to miss shopping the Sunriver Art Fair (like I will!!), head to their website where you will find a link to the artists and their websites. You can purchase items directly from the artists.
         I would like to again thank our members, local organizations, community members and friends of members for their generosity in donating to our COVID-19 Nonprofit Fund. We are now over $32,000! One of my greatest experiences during this fundraiser has been talking to a non-member, who was new to the community and had not heard of the SRWC or the COVID-19 Nonprofit Fund. When I told her about what the SRWC was doing to help nonprofits in south Deschutes County, she was overwhelmed, had tears in her eyes and was going to go home and donate immediately to this fund. I also encouraged her to join the SRWC!

         Keep reading for more information on upcoming virtual events, what the book clubs are reading and other fun information.

         Thank you for “Steppin’ Up During this Difficult Time”!

         As always, if you need anything, please reach out to me at (925) 708-4587 or
    Stay safe and healthy!

  • Friday, August 07, 2020 8:32 PM | Anonymous member

    Happy Summer! I love the weather in Sunriver. In the last three days, we had our first 90-degree day and two days later we never got above 60 degrees. Whatever the weather, I hope all of you enjoy your summer.

         The Hearty Soles are hiking with new guidelines in place. One hike was so popular that it was hiked three different days with a total of 24 hikers. Thank you to Carolyn Spaniol and Melodee Munckton for getting Hearty Soles hiking.

         What started as a goal of $5,000, has grown to close to $30,000. The COVID-19 Nonprofit Emergency Fund has been extremely successful and has been a lifesaver for nonprofits in south Deschutes County. I would like to thank our members and community members for their continued support of this fund. Our Philanthropy team has been working hard vetting nonprofits in south Deschutes County and will continue until we have disbursed the last dollar from this fund.

         Thank you to all who are “Steppin’ Up During this Difficult Time”!

         As always, if you need anything, please reach out to me at (925) 708-4587 or

    Stay safe and healthy!


  • Monday, June 22, 2020 9:42 AM | Anonymous member

         Happy Almost Summer! As I write this it is a sunny, warm day in Sunriver. My hanging baskets are blooming and I am ready to plant my “deck garden”. There is nothing like summer in Sunriver.

         Our new normal has become social distancing, wearing a mask, and washing our hands. Some of our social clubs are getting back together under the guidelines implemented by Deschutes County, the State and SRWC policy. Book clubs have been meeting via Zoom and the Hearty Soles will start hiking with new guidelines in place.

         This will be a noticeably quiet summer for the SRWC with the cancellation of the Incoming/Outgoing Board and Committee Chairs luncheon, Community Picnic, and Sunriver Art Fair. I love all our SRWC events and I am going to personally miss each one. It was heart breaking to cancel the Sunriver Art Fair. Kathleen Meyer and her team have been working so hard since October 2019 to put on another “top 10” art fair. My heart also goes out to the artists who will miss, yet another, means of income.

         The good news through all of this is that we have a very generous community from our members to community members to local organizations that have “stepped up” and donated to the COVID-19 Nonprofit Emergency Fund, which is over $25,000 and is still growing. Our Philanthropy team has been working hard vetting nonprofits in south Deschutes County and will continue until we have disbursed the last dollar from this fund.

         Starting June 1, you can renew your SRWC membership online with dues remaining the same at $40; membership year is from October 1 – September 30. We have changed our accounting reporting so that dues cover our operating expenses, which allows net proceeds from all fundraisers go directly to our general philanthropy fund.

         The Board and Board Assistants started their new term on May 19 and we will have our first Board meeting on June 18 via Zoom. Yes, even with events being cancelled, the Board continues to meet as SRWC business never stops. We have many returning Board members and assistants, but also some amazing women have “stepped up” to new positions and I personally thank each of you.

         As always, if you need anything, please reach out to me at (925) 708-4587 or

    Stay safe and healthy!

  • Monday, June 22, 2020 9:32 AM | Anonymous member

         Happy Spring! My daffodils are blooming and our sprinklers have been turned on, which tells me it is Spring. However, this is not the Spring that any of us anticipated; social distancing, face masks, Zoom meetings and take-out food are the “new normal”. I hope that all our members, their families, friends and extended families have continued to stay healthy.

         Our “Celebration of Giving” luncheon scheduled for May 19 has been cancelled. This was formerly our “Giving Luncheon” but the Board wanted to take it in a new direction where we celebrate not only our sponsors, but our amazing volunteers, philanthropy recipients and community members that make the SRWC the outstanding organization that it is. I was looking forward to introducing our 2020-2021 Board of Directors, Board Assistants, Committee Chairs and Activity Chairs.

         What started as a conversation as to what the SRWC could do during this pandemic, turned into the COVID-19 Nonprofit Emergency Fund, which has raised over $15,000 and continues to raise money for nonprofits in south Deschutes County.
    Thank you to our members, community members and local organizations who have graciously donated.

         As always, our members are “steppin’ up during this difficult time” by making face masks, checking on and picking up groceries for friends and neighbors, dropping off treats for friends, supporting local restaurants with take-out orders, practicing social distancing and wearing face masks.

         Please continue to read this newsletter for details on all SRWC events. For the most current information, please check our website or email blasts.

         As always, if you need anything, please reach out to me at (925) 708-4587 or

    Stay safe and healthy!

  • Wednesday, April 01, 2020 8:04 AM | Anonymous

    As I write this message, I hope that all our members, their families, friends and extended families are healthy. I am inspired how the SRWC has stepped up during this difficult time.

        A call went out to our members with a request to sew emergency masks for St. Charles Hospice and our members “stepped up”. Approximately 60+ masks will go to St. Charles Hospice. Thank you, Marilyn Daggett, for getting this project started.

        After receiving emails from members on how the SRWC could help during this difficult time, the Board approved the COVID-19 Nonprofit Emergency Fund. Our initial goal is $5,000 and SRWC members are responding generously. Please read more about this Emergency Fund in the article below. Thank you to Cheryl Storm, Debbie Baker, Kris Besson, Shirley Olson, Ann Juttelstad, Linda Rico and Corinne Gentner for their hard work on this project.

        We also asked our members to help in a variety of ways during this difficult time. Our members responded as I have heard of members picking up groceries for others, administering Facebook groups to help the southern Deschutes County community, inviting members to go for a walk (practicing social distancing), checking on other members by sending emails or making phone calls and ordering takeout from our local restaurants and the latest—sewing emergency masks and donating to the COVID-19 Emergency Fund. I’m always so proud of our members. Because of all this, I have changed our motto for this year to:
    “SRWC Steppin’ Up During this Difficult Time”

        All of us, including the SRWC, have been affected by the coronavirus. However, the most important thing is that everyone stays healthy, practices social distancing, washes hands and stays in place. My mom always told me when I was having a difficult time, “this too shall pass”.

        All April events have been canceled. Under our Bylaws, we must hold our Annual Meeting in April to vote on the proposed slate of officers. This year we will hold our Annual Meeting via email. Look for an email around April 5 with the proposed slate of officers and instructions on how to vote plus a “Year in Review” of the SRWC.

         As always, if you need anything, please personally reach out to me at (925) 708-4587 or

    Stay safe and healthy!

    Annual Meeting:,

  • Thursday, March 19, 2020 6:41 AM | Anonymous

     To protect the health and safety of our members, the SRWC is relooking at all events for March and April. Please note that as time progresses, we may alter the schedule below. Also, at this time, we do not know how this will effect our events in May.  Please look to further email blasts for any updates to our events.  

    March 23 - New Member Event - postponed
    March 30 - Hearty Soles Planning Meeting - postponed
    April 16 - Board Meeting - rescheduled to April 23, possibly virtual meeting
    April 21 - Annual Meeting and Luncheon - pending

    Art Fair meetings - Kathleen Meyer coordinating  
    Book Clubs - up to individual book clubs, we recommend canceling
    Dinner Club - Richard Asadoorian coordinating; we recommend canceling.
    Knitting Club - Pat Arnold coordinating; we recommend canceling . 
    Winter Gala Planning Meeting - postponed

    How Can SRWC Members Help During This Difficult Time??:

          I have received several emails from members asking how the SRWC can help in the greater Sunriver community. Some requests were to publish names of those infected with COVID-19 to how we can reach out to help the community. Please note that under HIPPA regulations and to protect the privacy of our members, the SRWC cannot publish names of those infected. However, we can reach out to our neighbors, friends and members in a variety of ways:  

    1) If you are going to the grocery store or pharmacy, call and ask if they need anything. You can leave the items you pick up on their front porch.

    2) Personally send an email or call a neighbor, friend or member and ask how they are doing. Some of us (especially those that live alone) may be feeling isolated, anxious or depressed.

    3) If healthy, take a friend for a walk and practice “social distancing”.  

    4) Don’t just reach out to your immediate circle of friends, reach out to members that you may have recently met or may not have met. Send an email or call just asking how they are doing? You may brighten someone’s day!!!!

     5) And finally, but also important; if possible, support our local restaurants by ordering “food to go”.  

    If you need anything, please personally reach out to me at

    Please stay safe and healthy during this difficult time. 


    Nancy Fischer,  President
    Sunriver Women’s Club

    SRWC - “Steppin’ Up for Friends, Fun and Philanthropy!”

    “Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.” —Helen Keller

  • Sunday, March 01, 2020 10:24 AM | Anonymous

    Happy March!  Our monthly luncheon will be March 17th at the La Pine Senior Center. It’s St. Patrick’s Day, which means corned beef on the menu. Bingo starts at 12:45 pm and I can already hear SRWC members yelling “BINGO”.

         Volunteering is one of ways that you can contribute to the SRWC. We have almost 300 members and it takes very close to 100% participation to put on all our fundraising and social events from the Art Fair to the Art Auction & Wine Event to the Winter Gala to Kid’s Day and Twilight Cinemas. We also need volunteers to lead hikes, lead winter fun activities and Loose Cannon events, volunteer at the Community Picnic, host a birthday lunch and run a book club. For the SRWC, it takes a village (or our members) to make all our events successful. If you attended the Volunteer Open House for the Art Fair and Art Auction & Wine Event, you may have already signed up to volunteer. However, we also need volunteers for other events, i.e., the Community Picnic. Please contact me directly at and I will personally make sure you are hooked up with the right committee. You can also go directly to our website where there is a listing of SRWC gmail addresses where you can contact the event chair personally. Thank you in advance!

         Power of 100+ voting started in February and continued until early March. On March 8, at Past SRWC President Debbie Dunham’s house, there will be a kick-off event to announce the winner of our next Power of 100+ grant. All members are encouraged to attend and bring a friend or two. We would love to make this a community fundraiser! Power of 100+ = 100+ people who donate $100 each = $10,000+!

          The New Member event is scheduled for Monday, March 23 at my house. If you are a new member for the 2019-2020 membership year, you will be receiving an email from me. If you do not, please contact me at

         We asked and our members provided...the winter wear program has been extremely successful this year. Thank you to all who donated to the program.

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

    --Nancy Fischer

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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