Enhancing the lives of women and children in our community and the world."           


Join us every Thursday at the 

Senior Center  7:30 - 8:30 AM 

Contact us at:  sitahoesierra@gmail.com        Visit us at:   www.sitahoesierra.org    
Our Programs
May 2 SITS Board Meeting

May 4 - Business meeting

May 11Briana Neben Victims to Victories

May 18Scholarship Awards Breakfast

May 25Casey Robertson AirMedCare 

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Here's a few of our ladies sharing what our club does. 

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Board of Directors


Shelly Martinez


President Elect

Mary McKee


Vice President

Teddi Breaux


Rec. Secretary

Doris Groelz


Corr. Secretary

Shirley Barr


Gen. Fund Treas.

Jeanne Prestella


Ser. Fund Treas.

Diane Imbach


Director 1-Year

Nancy Muller


Director 2-Year

Karen Johnson


Delegate 1-Year

Barbara Jones


Delegate 2-Year

Trudy Mills



Kathy Southern


Imm. Past President

Lydia Rogers
Norma Poole
Irene Morris
Dilys Evans
Lucille Holmlund
Kathy Southern
Joanne Shope
Irene Radford
Terry Kunibe
Doris Groelz
Wendy David
Pat Papp
Lydia Rogers 
Trudy Mills
Cookie Rork
Diane Imbach

Greetings to all!
    Teddi  opened our meeting this morning and  read the invocation. Sunshine goes to President Shelly who is recovering from some minor surgery.  We continue to send rays of sunshine to Maria who expects to be back at home in South Lake Tahoe in June.  

Today we welcomed Richard Solbrig and Paul Hughes from STPUD, our local governmental agency that cares for our water and sewer needs.  You may think "How Boring" but you would be very wrong. First they are a governmental agency and not a city or county agency. Did you realize that the Tahoe basin is mandated to pump all of our waste water out of the Tahoe basin rather than allowing it to go into our streams and lakes? STPUD pumps our partially treated water over the mountain to Alpine County where it is used on pastures.  The force of the water entering Alpine is captured to generate power. Wonder why do we still have water when there is a major power outage?  There are stand by generators at the Waste water treatment centers.  How about all the water meters and new fire hydrants?  California mandates all homes have the meters.  They are working with the Fire Department to provide adequate placement of the hydrants.  Don't for get water saving landscaping? There may be funds available to take out lawns. Check out all the rebates they have that include removing lawns and other water saving evaluations available. Click here to check them out.
I have given you a few links for more  information on some of the things mentioned here.  There are many more topics cover on their web site.  Click here to go to their home page.

Last Saturday was Elegant Evening, our only fund raiser for the year.  Below is a sampling of photos from the evening. A special thanks to Soroptimister John Valverde for all the photos. Click here to see more photos. 

 SITS Announcements
Junior S - May 5th - Friday - 2pm - STMS for basket put together for Mother's Day. Please let Nancy or Jackie know if you can make it.

Tahoe Choir is pleased to announce its Spring 2017 Concert: 
A Celebration of Broadway & Musical Theatre - Old & New - 1930s to Present. There will be 3 performances in the Duke Theatre: Friday, May 5 and Saturday, May 6 at 7:30 PM and Sunday, May 7 at 3 PM. Ticket prices are $12 for adults, $10 for students and seniors, with free admission for children under    

May 10th - 10.30am - Jnr S are going through mock interviews. Nancy and Jackie need a few ladies to be the interviewers for the girls. Nothing to prepare just read the already prepped questions.

May 18- Annual Scholarship Breakfast.  SITS will be honoring scholarship recipients as well most improved students. Sign-up for breakfast items will be sent around at the next several meetings.
May 20th - 17th Annual Snapshot Day 9-12 - Meet 8.45 at LTCC in the student dining area. See Carolyn or sign up here - 
  Who:  Sponsored by the League to Save Lake Tahoe, local agencies, and YOU, the approximately 100 volunteers who make it happen! 
What:  The 2017 Annual Snapshot Day is the one day volunteer-based event that takes a picture of one moment in time of our watershed.  Volunteer monitoring teams of 2-3 will go out to various monitoring sites to:
  • Perform a stream walk (visual assessment), take photos
  • Collect field data, grab samples
  • Field test streams for dissolved oxygen, conductivity, pH, and temperature 
  • Collect water samples to be measured for turbidity, nutrients and fecal coliform bacteria 
Lunch will be served after field work in the LTCC Student Dining Area -  please sign up!

Where: Meet at  8:45 a.m. on  Saturday 5/20 in the Student Dining Area in the main building at LTCC.  Wear shoes or sandals that you won't mind getting wet or dirty, hat, sunblock, bring water.

A HUGE shout out and thank you to Jansport who GAVE us 62 backpacks for our give away in August! Thank you!!!

MEMBERS :  Please go to signup.com and register for the committees you'd like to join.

AmazonSmile: Almost everyone shops via Amazon these days and if you use our portal, you can help to make your purchase go to the benefit of women and youth!  Simply use AmazonSmile.com and access our club here to do ALL your purchasing online.  It doesn't cost you a thing and you will be donating back to our club, Soroptimist International of Tahoe Sierra.  Pass it on!

A special fund has been established with Soroptimist International of Tahoe Sierra in the name of John Nemes .  John was a long-time elementary school teacher in the Lake Tahoe Unified School District who passed away recently. More than anything, John encouraged children to read by not only teaching reading but by giving away many books. We are hoping to have funds enough to expand our Summer Reading Program to two books (instead of one) to send home with all children in grades K - 3 on the South Shore. If you would like to contribute please send checks to: SITS, P.O. Box 18727, South Lake Tahoe, CA, 96151.
Junior S

Junior S is an opportunity for our middle school young ladies to learn leadership skills and how to best serve their community.  Advisor, Karin Holmes and club mentors, Jackie Nelson and Nancy Muller meet with these gals on Wednesday and Thursday of
each week.  If you'd like to be inspired, simply join them!  

The girls are working diligently to put in writing ideas for their resumes, thanks to Lisa's guidance.  She is friendly and funny - and the girls have really responded to her energy & humor!  It's fun to watch!  T
heir mock job interviews will  be  Thursday                    5/11  @  11:30 am  
Elegant Evening Business Tables for 2017!
You too can be a business partner by purchasing your table for our Elegant Evening on April 22, 2017. Simply go here

Piermont Industries
Robinson Construction

Non-SITS Information
People First of Lake Tahoe - a wonderful organisation! A dedicated 
Self-Help and Self-Advocacy Group Directed by People with Intellectual  Disabilities.
.. but here is a taste of some of the fun things they are doing over the next few months!
      May 18th - Magic Carpet Golf 
      June 15th - Bijou Park Clean up
      July 22nd - Tahoe Paradise Park BBQ
For details on all of the above please call Gordon Bonar on (530) 208 8851 (9am-7pm)   ..

NEW   April 29th 3 PM, South Lake Tahoe Library. 

Gary Noy, a Sierra College historian and Sierra Nevada native son, will be presenting an illustrated lecture on historical material from his newest book,
Gold Rush Stories.

Free and open to all

EARTH DAY is this Saturday April 29th at Bijou Community  Park. From South Tahoe Now, "Bring your friends and family to learn about ways to counteract global climate change through recycling and composting, alternative energy, water conservation, sustainability, and reducing our ecological footprint. Enjoy local live music and dance, swing through the Kid Zone to make some recycle-themed arts and crafts, or get your face painted, and be sure to support the wide array of educational booths and local vendors. Food and local crafts will be available for purchase, and don't forget to buy some raffle tickets for our huge Earth Day raffle!"
May 5th - Cinco De Mayo celebration with Tahoe Youth 
and Family - full details here
The Family Resource Center has a contract with El Dorado County Mental Health to provide mental health prevention and early intervention (PEI) services to the Latino and low- income communities of the South Lake Tahoe area. We offer depression groups for men and for women, parenting classes, socialization classes, couples relationship classes, advocacy, translations, and individual counseling by appointment with bilingual peer counselors. Help them raise funds they need to continue their efforts!

NEW May 4th Big Day of Giving 2017 Donate to CASA Eldorado and double the value of your dollar. 

Mr. Gary Lardy h as generously offered to provide a dollar-for-dollar mat ch, up to $
10,000, to anyone who donates to CASA El Dorado starting right now an
d running through midnight, May 4th! Mr. Gary Lardy has generously offered to provide a dollar-for-dollar match up to $10,000 who donates to CASA El Dorado  starting right now
through Midnight M ay 4th.

May 6th LTCC is having a free and wonderful communications workshop being offered with a very respected facilitator, Fred Roberts... Full details here

Lake Tahoe Humane Society & SPCA  is celebrating their 50th Anniversary on May 13th.  Location to be announced.   Call 530-542-2857 for  info .
Yoga retreat! 
Fabulous 3 day experience with the best of our local yogis!

Habitat for Humanity: Do you know a homeowner who needs a little help with the following and is unable to do the work or pay someone else to do it for them?  Habitat for Humanity has a program called A Brush with Kindness for qualified homeowners for  minor exterior repair,  exterior paint  and yard cleanup and basic landscaping                                    
For more information call Carolyn at  530-541-4654.

May 27  10 AM to 2 PM  St Theresa Church Parking lot. - Prevent Identity Thief - FUND RAISER -    Bring  all your documents and old papers for shredding and help benefit the youth of the parish.                                    Suggested donation $5 to $10/box.

Do you believe in kids learning the world of Ag ?
Caitlynn Gleich, daughter of member Ruth Loehr,  is showing a  rabbit and a turkey at this years NJLS (Nevada Junior Livestock  Show) in Reno.She is taking donations (add on) that go toward the  final sale price of my animal. The money that I get from both  animals will contribute to furthering my education. I f you would like to donate please click this link to  print out an Add On form and return it to Ruth Loehr. Before returning Add-On Form be sure to attach method of payment.  If you have any questions feel free to email me at  caitlynngleich13@gmail.com or my mom, SITS member Ruth Loehr at  ruthie555@msn.com or  rloehr@chp.ca.gov or call at: (661)733-7561

Presentation open to the community! " I Can't Hear You Because I'm Shouting" Respectful Dialogue Even When We Disagree.  Saturday, May 6, 2017 9:00 AM to 2:30. Sponsored by Lake Tahoe Community Presbyterian Church.  Call to register at 775-392-1715 or at www.tahoepres.org

Lake Tahoe Community College, 24th Annual Intensive Spanish Summer Institue.  July 31 - Aug.7, 2017.  Details at www.ltcc.edu/issi

Barton Wellness Lecture Series  Click here for more series information
The Sugar Pine Foundation is planting trees again this spring.   See how you can be involved in this worthwhile program. 
Upcoming planting dates:
     Planting in the Little Valley Fire near Reno with Salesforce
     Date: Sat, April 29, 10am - 2pm
    Where: Meet at Bower's Mansion Regional Park. The road is             rugged, so 4WD high clearance vehicles are required.

    Planting at Waddle Ranch near Truckee with Hyatt and Tahoe           Expedition Academy
    Date:  Tue, May 9, 10am - 1pm
    Where:   Meet at the Northstar parking lot by the first roundabout.

    Planting in the Emerald Fire near South Lake Tahoe
    Date:  Sat, May 13, 10am - 12pm
   Where:  Park at the Emerald Bay Rd pullout across from Cascade       Rd.
Click here to read all about Earth Day and the planting program.
CHP Officer Ruth Loehr is looking for some mature volunteers  for the  Senior Volunteer Program at the local CHP.  Call her at 530-577-1001 to find out more.  Teen recruits are also being sought for the CHP Explorer program.  This is a fabulous opportunity for teens age 15-19 to get some experience and introduction to the job.  Call Ruth at 530-577-1001 or email her at rloehr@chp.ca.gov   
Here's a cool trip planning link for your excursions around South Lake Tahoe
Click below for Community Event Information

Organizations that benefit you and our community!


Jodi Olfert       April 2
Marilyn Pawling     April 22
Julie Nelson     April 24
Nancy Muller    April 27
 Thought of the day
The Thought for the Day
    It always seems impossible until it's done.
   Nelson Mandela


Improve a life, improve the world.


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