SRWC 2017 December Newsletter

Sunriver Women’s Club

December 2017 Newsletter


President’s Message

In my blog, Debbie Does 50! (I’ll need a new name next year), I wrote about rediscovering the Christmas magic I’d let slide a bit when we moved here two years ago.  I realized I’d let the hassle of two homes and a full schedule take away my lifelong joy in decorating our home and having it feel magical.  I remedied that by making a trek to a couple of thrift stores and loading up on Christmas décor since our 20 crates of Christmas ornaments, Santas, trees, etc. are still back at our other house.  As I shopped, I felt a great sense of joy at the thought of once again creating a little Christmas magic in our home.

During this holiday season, regardless of what holidays you celebrate or how extensive the celebration, I hope you each find a way to feel a little magic and joy.  If nothing else, take a walk in this beautiful area we live in and revel in the beauty of what’s right outside your door.  Another way to feel holiday joy is in giving to others.  There are many ways to give this time of year and today, Giving Tuesday, is a chance to start out your holiday season with a charitable heart.  SRWC philanthropy program supports programs providing basic needs in our community.  Jump on In! and use the Romping Reindeer link below to support people right here in south Deschutes County.

Merry Christmas – Happy Holidays!

-Debbie Dunham

SRWC Programs & Luncheon

No Luncheon scheduled for December.

Carina Miller from Warm Springs will be the honored speaker at the next Sunriver Women’s Club Luncheon on January 16,  please see attachment.

Winter Gala 

Don’t miss the Reindeer Romp at the Great Hall on December 11, from 6-10 p.m.!

Reservations due by December 1.

The Winter Gala is our second largest fund-raiser of the year! Great food, fabulous raffle prizes and silent auction baskets and dancing to the Bad Cats!

Make reservations by emailing or calling 458-206-9063.

Or, make your reservations and pay for your tickets on-line:

Support SRWC Fundraising and Give Locally starting on Giving Tuesday!

Become a Romping Reindeer!

Sign-up now for the event or become a Romping Reindeer by making a donation. Help our neighbors have basic necessities.

Funds from last year’s Winter Gala contributed to programs that fed seniors and families, provided child and afterschool care, clothed school children and repaired safety issues in low-income homes along with other needs.  Fifteen programs benefited from the generosity of SRWC members.

Donate at Romping Reindeer to help our South Deschutes neighbors in need of the basics of living and see the Reindeer Romp. Let’s increase the SRWC’s philanthropy giving for food, shelter, clothing, health, education, and child development and care in 2018!

Here is the link again if you need it –

Birthday Lunch

The December Birthday Luncheon is being organized by Bonnie Mankoff.  Watch for your invitation.

Loose Cannons

December 8 from 5 to 8pm: Come to “Sip & Shop” at the Sunriver Brewing Co, on 56840 Venture Lane, not at the restaurant in The Village.

This is for a fund-raiser for Fences for Fido which is a non-profit organization that builds fences and provides insulated shelters for dogs kept on chains. There will be various vendor tables to purchase things.

December 11:  Join the Loose Cannons table at the Women’s Club dinner dance being held at the Great Hall at 6pm.  It is a chance to dress up, have a night out and support our cause. 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.: Last reminder for our winter season’s schedule-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 group organizer Patty Klascius with any further questions.

Coats for Kids

A huge thank you for all the generous donations to Coats for Kids! We have already collected over 75 items and a great deal of money. Our drive will continue through the February luncheon so watch for those special holiday sales on coats, snow pants, hats, gloves, boots and sweatpants. I will be loading up my car for the first school drop off next week. Please call me at 610-349-0687 to arrange drop-off or pick up of items or I will be collecting at the SRWC holiday functions on December 13 and 14 and at the January luncheon. Remember you can always make a monetary donation – make checks payable to SRWC with a notation Coats for Kids and mail to SRWC, P.O. Box 3334, Sunriver, OR 97707. Thank you for spreading holiday cheer and making every child’s holiday special!

Philanthropy….Grant Applications Available on SRWC Website

SRWC has made the 2018 Philanthropy Grant applications available on the SRWC website ( Successful grant recipients are nonprofit agencies or organizations that serve South Deschutes County and focus on meeting basic needs of food, shelter, health, clothing, education or child care and development for families, women, children and seniors. If any SRWC member knows of an organization that meets the criteria for the grants, please direct them to the SRWC website or email Philanthropy Director, Shirley Olson at

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.

Contact for more information or to be included.

Stephanie Haas (541-633-0498) and Ruth Kinane (541-731-3823), Dinner Club Coordinators

Lunch with Friends

Need a midwinter boost?  Join us Monday, January 8, when Lunch with Friends will meet in the Crescent Room at the SHARC from 11:30 am to 1:00 pm. Bring a brown bag lunch and beverage.  If you’ve attended previous LWF get-togethers, come again and bring a friend.  If you haven’t been before or are new to the area, then do join us to meet other SRWC club members.  It’s free and a time for laughter and friendship.

We appreciate your letting us know if you plan to attend, but it’s not required.  If you need transportation, please let us know and we’ll be happy to give you a ride. Contact Valerie Wood at or Barb Wymetalek at

Book Club

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

Currently there are five book clubs sponsored by the SRWC. Please let us know if you would like to join the wait list for an anticipated additional group. Gloria Rasmussen & Susan Huseonica

Art Fair

Planning is underway for the 2018 Art Fair, and you are invited to join in the fun! We have immediate openings on the team for several positions, including Assistant Director, Assistant Marketing & Publicity Chair, Sponsorship Co-Chair and Assistant Communications Chair.  Join the team and meet new people, make lifelong friends and make a positive contribution in the community!    Send an email to to learn more about volunteer opportunities during the planning phase as well as during the event.


If you haven’t yet renewed your membership for 2017-2018 the time is now! Communications will be removing the emails of members who have not renewed, and you will no longer receive Club emails or announcements.

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

Carol Lemley, Ann Houston Kelley and Ginny Welander — 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!


**Please note our Facebook page is no longer private:

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 Facebook page. Laura Dickinson’s e-mail is – send photos!

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