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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Stay safe and healthy!