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Soroptimist International Loomis Basin News

July - August 2020

Club Officers Installed July 22

  • Thank you to Sharon and her board for their leadership this past unprecedented year.
  • Congratulations to our new board members listed below.
  • The Installation was held at the Loomis Library Park.
  • Connie Pool, District 4 Director, SNR honored our club by attending.
  • Club members are collaborating "to find a way" to invest in dreams this year despite COVID.
  • During introductions, everyone mentioned how much the friendships and being part of this club, mission and community meant to them. There was such wonderful energy during this heartfelt moment!
  • Thank you to everyone who participated and kind wishes from those who couldn't attend. 
  • We want to give club member Jackie DeMartini, who is also a Soroptimist International of the Americas Board Memberspecial recognition for conducting the officer installation (and at the last minute supplying forks and napkins). 
  • We appreciate Jenny, Rae & Shari Lynn for planning and setting up this event.
  • See the installation program on our blog post

Casual Meet-ups Support Local Businesses

Our club members have been meeting up informally to support local businesses over the summer as part of the Loomis Chamber of Commerce #WeLoveLoomis efforts. Club member, Toni Zachary, designed the chamber's campaign logo. 

Club delivers meals to Seniors

Club member and chef/caterer, Peggy Word, with help from club members and in partnership with the Loomis Chamber of Commerce, cooked and packaged three meals for over 60 seniors on August  6. Club members delivered meals and a smile to those who could not pick up their meals. Our club founded the Loomis L.I.F.E. Center for seniors and has supported it since its inception. 

Mask Donations Help Community and Raise Funds

The sewers and helpers in the club who were sewing Days for Girls kits switched to making masks to donate to the community when the COVID pandemic began. Then, when the community was reopening, the club placed masks at restaurants and other businesses so that customers could select masks and make donations. With the positive response, the club soon began offering custom masks. This turned out to be an amazing fundraiser for the club. Over 1000 masks were made! A big thank you goes to Rae, Cyndie & Shari Lynn for their leadership of this unexpected project and fundraiser as well as to all those who cut, ironed, sewed and delivered masks. 
Order Masks

Members Attended the Annual Planning Retreat 

  • The purpose was to start the strategic planning for the year, review the budget and sign up for committees.
  • It was held August 8, 2020 and attended by 20 members
  • It was our first hybrid in-person and zoom meeting
  • A packet of post-event materials was sent to members by email
  • Thanks to Shari Lynn for hosting us and Jenny for running the zoom group.

Jackie DeMartini named to SIA Board

Jackie DeMartini of Newcastle, Calif., and SI Loomis Basin member, is serving a one-year term as secretary/treasurer of the Board of Directors for Soroptimist International of the Americas, Inc.® (SIA), a global women’s volunteer organization that provides women and girls with access to the education and training they need to achieve economic empowerment. Read more about Jackie


  • Aug. 26 – Casual Meet-up 5:30 pm - Cancelled due to smoke
  • Aug. 31 - 4-5 PM Board Meeting (any member can attend)
  • Sept 2 – 5:30 Social & Mtg. 6-7 PM Business Meeting – location TBD zoom &/or outdoors
  • Sept. 16 – 5:30 Social & Mtg. 6-7 PM Club Meeting - location TBD zoom &/or outdoors and deadline to order club t-shirts
  • Sept. 26 -- 10 am SNR District 4 Meeting by zoom everyone invited
  • Oct. 17 – Tostado BINGO
Our theme for 2020-21 is "We'll find a way!" 


Loomis Basin Club 
Sierra Nevada Region 
Soroptimist International of the Americas 

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Karen Fraser-Middleton, President
Rae DeGabriel, President-Elect
Shari Lynn Goodwin, Treasurer
Sharon O’Donnell, Secretary
Cyndie Whitefoot, Two-Year Delegate
Sheila Lee, One-Year Delegate
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P. O. Box 1141, Loomis CA 95650

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