SRWC 2017 November Newsletter

Sunriver Women’s Club
November 2017 Newsletter

President’s Message
As the SRWC President, I’m hosting a new member event this week. It’s an opportunity for new members to meet some other new members, to learn about our programs, and to, hopefully, “Jump on in!” As I’ve thought about this event and next month’s Winter Gala, I’m amazed at my own SRWC story this past year.

Last year my husband, one of our sons and his wife, and I attended the Winter Gala for the first time. We didn’t really know anyone, but we went, met new people at our table, had a fabulous time, and danced the night away! Now, a year later, I’m the President of the Club, I’ve met many fabulous women, and I’m hosting a new member event!

If you or a woman you know is looking to meet new people and get involved in our community (remember, the SRWC is for women throughout the area, not just Sunriver), “Jump on in!” and attend an event. See the information below on next month’s Winter Gala – not only is it a wonderfully fun evening and a great way to get in the holiday spirit, but it’s also the second biggest fund raiser for our philanthropy program. Put on your party duds and join us for a little “Reindeer Romp”.
-Debbie Dunham

SRWC Programs & Luncheon
November 14: Our luncheon will be held at The Grille Crosswater, at 11:30, $20 (cash or check only). Oregon Natural Desert Association Trail Coordinator, Renee Patrick will be our speaker. Menu choices for the lunch are:
• Meatloaf w/ Mashed Potatoes
• Salmon Caesar Salad
• Macaroni and Cheese
Dessert:  New York Cheese Cake
RSVP by Friday November 10 with your menu choice:

RENEE PATRICK: Backpacker – Pack Rafter – Adventurer​  is our guest speaker at the SRWC luncheon on November 14.
Renee Patrick brings extensive long-distance hiking experience and a love of the high desert to the role of the Oregon Desert Trail Coordinator of the Oregon Natural Desert Association. She has backpacked over 10,000 miles which includes the Appalachian Trail, the Pacific Crest Trail and the Continental Divide. Renee has also acted as the Continental Divide Trail’s first Trail Ambassador and guided wilderness therapy trips.
Renee’s goal as Oregon’s Desert Trail Coordinator is to establish a long-distance 750 mile trail through the eastern desert of Oregon.
When not sleeping on the ground and covering 30 miles a day, Renee can be found pack rafting, skiing, biking or hiking around Central Oregon. Her love of the high desert translates into a desire to get outside as much as possible and to inspire others to do the same.
Renee’s early days in the Peace Corps made her comfortable being dirty and she learned to go without electricity or running water. She fell in love with adventuring and recognized this was what she was meant to do.
Before coming to Bend, Rene worked at the Smithsonian and received her Master’s degree at Goldsmiths College in London

Winter Gala
“The Reindeer Romp,” will be held on December 11 at the Sunriver Resort Great Hall from 6-10:00 p.m. This elegant and fun-filled evening is our second largest fund-raiser of the year! Fabulous raffle prizes and silent auction baskets! Here are just a few of the Silent Auction baskets:
• A week in Puerto Vallarta
• A week in San Francisco
• 2 nights in Pacific City at the Inn at Cape Kiwanda
• Sunriver “Stay & Play” night and golf package
“The Bad Cats” will provide the dance music for the Gala. Have a great evening, good food and contribute to the SRWC Philanthropy fund which benefits non-profits in South Deschutes County. Make reservations by emailing or calling 458-206-9063. Reservations needed by December 1st – don’t miss out! ***And, now you can reserve and pay for your tickets on-line:

Want to become a Sponsor for the event? Platinum Level $1500, Gold Level $1000, Silver Level $500 and Bronze Level $250. Contact us at

Make this event a “Staycation”. Sunriver Resort is offering a special price of $109 for the night of December 11. Just tell them you are attending the SRWC Winter Gala when making your reservations to get this special price.

Birthday Lunch
If your birthday is in November, you will be contacted for this month’s celebration.

Dinner Club
Hawaiian themed dinners are underway in Sunriver. Spam is probably on the menu some place. The theme for January/February is Irish. The theme for the third dinner, March/April, is Singapore Street Food. Whatever that is?? We are going to find out.
For the Hawaiian dinner eight hostesses are opening their homes to share a meal with new and old friends. Over 60 people are involved. Many are missing dinners because they have already flown south or are traveling during this season.

Save the date: Sunday, March, 18, 2018, 4:00 p.m. Debbie and Brian Dunham are hosting the entire Dinner Club at their home for Singapore Street Food. Carol & Don Cassetty will help. The rest of us will bring food, recipes to follow. Watch for more details in early spring.

Its official….Stephanie Haas and Ruth Kinane are the Dinner Club coordinators. Marcia Schonlau has handed over the reins. Call them in the future, perhaps when your guests are unavailable. Contact for more information or to be included.
Stephanie Haas (541-633-0498) and Ruth Kinane (541-731-3823), Dinner Club Coordinators

Book Club
SRWC Book Club book selections are now on the SRWC website under Activities/Book Club.

Loose Cannons
Sunday, Nov. 12th the Winds Symphony will perform at Summit High at 2 p.m. No one has come forward to organize carpooling. The cost is free.
The Loose Cannons will have a table at the Winter Gala on December 11th. When you buy your ticket from the Women’s Club and select your menu item, tell them that you want to sit at the LC table. For further information contact Jessica Mortimer at or contact her at (602) 361-7164.

Winter Fun
December 7, 5:30 p.m.: Save the date for our annual planning meeting.  Location in Sunriver to be confirmed when you RSVP to  Please bring your calendar, ideas, and finger food to share; hot beverages will be provided.  Contact co-organizers Patty Klascius or Sheila Schmerber with any questions.

Coats for Kids
A HUGE thank you to all the members who brought items for Coats for Kids to the October luncheon or who gave me money to shop for needed items! Remember our drive to gear up all the children in lower Deschutes County for winter is just beginning! Please go shopping for boots, sweatpants, coats, hats, mittens and underwear for elementary age children and bring the items to the November luncheon. Monetary donations will also be accepted at the luncheon.  If you are unable to attend the luncheon, checks made payable to SRWC with a notation Coats for Kids can be mailed to SRWC, P.O.Box 3334, Sunriver, OR 97707. Items you purchased can also be dropped at my home. If you have any questions please call me Patty Pitera, 610-349-0687 or at Remember all your purchases and monetary donations are tax deductible. Let’s be sure every child can play in the snow this winter!

Philanthropy….Fundraising Events to Support Grant Awards
The 2017 Winter Gala will help meet the goal to support our community through the annual Philanthropy Grant program. Enjoy the festive atmosphere and opportunities to bid for silent auction items and raffle baskets….this support enables SRWC to fund grants for food, shelter, health, clothing or education for families, women, children and seniors of our community! Come ready to bid!
The SRWC hosts other events throughout the year to raise funding for the annual Philanthropy Grant program. The Art Fair (the largest fundraising activity), Winter Gala (the second largest), concession stand for Twilight Cinemas, selling tickets for 4th of July and Kid’s Day SR Village activities, cookbooks and other SRWC items help supply the funds for these grants. In addition, membership fees and individual donations are also included.
SRWC will be announcing the 2018 Philanthropy Grant applications this month. If any SRWC member knows of an organization that meets the criteria for the grants, please direct them to the SRWC website (www.sunriverwomensclub/philanthropy) or email Philanthropy Director, Shirley Olson at

Art Fair
It’s not too late to purchase Sunriver Art Fair merchandise!  We will be offering stemless wine glasses, commemorative posters, aprons and tee shirts for purchase at the monthly luncheons.  Don’t miss out!  And planning is underway for the 2018 Art Fair.  Send an email to to learn more about how to volunteer.

Open to all women in Sunriver and the surrounding communities. Active memberships are $25 and an Associate membership is $35. Applications are available on our website: For more information, contact

Welcome New Members
Sandy Stevens and Cindy Firestone — If you have an opportunity to meet these ladies, please take time to introduce yourself.

We Care
If you are aware of members who could use a word of support to lift their spirits, a note of sympathy or congratulations please send the information to our “We Care” Coordinator, Sandra,

Amazon Smile
If you use Amazon for any of your on-line shopping, please consider using Amazon Smile and select the Sunriver Women’s Club:
• Amazon donates 0.5% of the price of your eligible Amazon Smile purchases to the charitable organization of your choice.
• Amazon Smile is the same Amazon you know. Same products, same prices, same service.
• This also works with Amazon Prime.

Fred Meyer Rewards
Remember to link your Fred Meyer Rewards Card to the SRWC at (You can search for us by our name, “Sunriver Women’s Club” or by our non-profit number # 94516). Every time you use your Fred Meyer Rewards Card, you are helping SRWC earn a donation! You will still earn your Rewards Points, Fuel Points, and Rebates, like always. Rewards Cards are available when you check out and at the Customer Service desk of any Fred Meyer store.

SRWC Communications
We are a Happy Bunch!
For those of you who would like to see all the photos in the “Year in Review” slide show that played at the Welcome Event in September click this link.  Or copy and paste the link into your browser.

Sunriver Women’s Club – on the web, on Facebook and our Events Calendar!
Private Facebook:
Events Calendar:
Please take photos whenever possible and share them. Send them to Laura Dickinson so they can be included in the slide show and/or post them yourself on the SRWC (Private) Facebook page. Laura Dickinson’s e-mail is – send photos!

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