SRWC 2017 September Newsletter

President’s Message

“Volunteers do not necessarily have the time; they just have the heart.” –Elizabeth Andrew

I’ve known for a while that the SRWC members are a special group of women, but participating in the Art Fair showed me just how much “heart” we have amongst us.  I was blown away by Sandy Lassen, the Art Fair Chair, and Kathleen Meyer, her assistant and next year’s Chair, along with the entire committee that put together this fabulous event.  I was blown away even before I showed up for my first volunteer shift.  It was then that another gust of amazement hit when I saw all the women (and some men) checking into the volunteer center.  All in good spirits, laughing, talking, and eager to take on their duties.  Several times I heard people say something like, “I’m early; what can I do to help?”

What can I do to help?  What a wonderful question.  We used to do house cleanup and travel prep with our kids instructing them, “Today is a ‘What can I do to help?’ kind of day.”  They knew that meant ask the question, do the assigned task, and then come back and ask it again.  It was great to hear that question asked by our volunteers at the Art Fair.  Maybe that should have been my theme for the year.

Now, we all have another chance to help.  Tuesday, September 19th, 1:00 – 3:00 at the SHARC is our September Welcome Event.  You can help make this event a success by inviting a woman you know who isn’t part of SRWC to attend with you to learn about our wonderful social and charitable activities.  You can help by volunteering to help with set-up or take down (contact me directly at to volunteer).  You can help by signing up to help with an event at one of the activities tables so that you’re already on the books to show your “heart” during the upcoming year.

Just Jump on in! and ask yourself, “What can I do to help?”

-Debbie Dunham

SRWC Programs & Luncheon 

Tuesday September 19th, 1-3:00: our Annual Welcome Event at the SHARC. This event begins our annual membership drive for 2017-18. Come learn about our activities, friendship and opportunities while you enjoy a snack. Applications and activity sign-up sheets will be available. Active memberships are $25 and an Associate membership is $35.

Art Fair

The 8th Annual Sunriver Art Fair once again filled the Village at Sunriver with great art and entertainment this August and from all accounts it went well.  We are expecting to exceed last year’s revenue and hope to continue to earn as Art Fair merchandise is sold at other venues.  There are still lots of T-shirts, posters and wine glasses if you missed them, look for them at the Welcome Event.  We need to thank all the generous sponsors who made this event possible.  We can’t list them all in this limited space but they are all recognized on our website at, and we urge everyone to patronize and thank our sponsors for their valued support.  Without them there would be no Sunriver Art Fair.

A special thank you also to the many volunteers who took time from busy summer schedules to work at the Fair.  And especially my Cabinet who began last October to plan and produce this event: Assistant Director and Sponsor Co-Chair, Kathleen Meyer, and Sponsor Co-Chair Star Moore.  These ladies did an amazing job and left no stone unturned.  Lee Haroun did her usual smooth and charming job as Artist Liaison.  Laurel Brennan took on Publicity for the first time this year, and faced with a new supplier, produced striking ads and publications. These ladies also provided strong guidance and support as my Executive Team. Laura Dickinson continued to hone the website, making it better all the time and Sue Glines brought us into the 21st Century as we dipped our toe into social media, the preferred news source of younger generations. The Fair weekend was managed ably by veteran Sheila Schmerber, who makes setting up that huge event look easy. As she has in past years, Gina Rosbrook brought in a terrific line up of musicians on a slim budget. Magic! And Bonnie Mankoff kept her string of culinary successes going with outstanding artist hospitality.  The artists all mentioned it in their surveys. The Volunteer Center was efficiently managed by Nancy Foote who directed over 120 volunteers from SRWC who had been recruited by Nancy Capell and Ruby Price. Debbie Dunham and her family, jumped in to run a very popular Kids Art Center, and coordinated the Information Booths. Mary Bartholomey and Chris Bigham created beautiful and valuable gift baskets.  And of course, our SRWC Treasurers Lorna Nolte and Cindy McCabe kept us on track financially. And finally, a tip of the hat to Marcia Shoenlau who found hosts for so many of our artists.

So a HUGE thank you to all of you, however you served.  Without you this event does not happen.  This is my last year as Director and as I turn the responsibility over to a very able 2018 Director, Kathleen Meyer, I hope I left the Fair a bit better.  I know I have benefited immeasurably from the friendships formed and the memories of all the fun we’ve had.  I will be here in 2018 to support Kathleen as mentor and in any other way I can.  Thank you ALL for your support to make these past two years so much fun and the Art Fair a success. Sandra Lassen – Director.

September Birthday Lunch

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

Dinner Club

You are invited to a8end the organizational social for this year’s Sunriver Women’s Dinner Club. The Dinner Club is for people who enjoy sharing a meal and socializing with new and old friends. We meet in member’s homes three times a year to share a themed potluck dinner. At the end of the year we meet again as a group to re-acquaint. This can be an opportunity to be adventurous with new cuisines or gourmet ingredients or not. If this appeals to you, please consider joining in the fun. Singles are welcome to bring a guest.

Hostesses, who provide the entree, are needed. Let us know how many you can comfortably seat at your table and we’ll provide the names of your guests. Some hostesses have organized a progressive dinner where part of the meal is at one home and another part at a nearby home. There are many possibilities. Dinners are BYOB or beverage of your choice unless notified differently.

If you have questions or want to volunteer to hostess, contact

The first social event of the year is where we choose the themes and line up hostesses for the year’s dinners.

Date: Sunday, September 24th from 3-5 p.m.

Who: All SRWC members and their spouse/guest are welcome

What: Bring an appetizer to share and your choice of  beverage

Where: Debbie and Brian Dunham’s, 14 Golden Eagle, Sunriver

RSVP: or 541-731-3823 by September 23

Ruth Kinane (541-731-3823) and Marcia Schonlau (541-598-7707), coordinators

Book Club

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

Loose Cannons

Friday September 1 at 2 p.m.: Join us in La Pine at the La Pine Moose Lodge to listen to Dixieland Jazz. Contact Dottie Meilink at for carpooling.

Friday, September 1 from 5 to 7 p.m.: Join us at the North Pool for the Sunriver Homeowner’s pool party.  You can come as a guest for $5.  Bring an appetizer to share.  A light dinner will be served.  Contact Thea Ciccolo at  to let her know if you are going so we can save a chair for you.  You do have to register with the SROA office by Wednesday to reserve a spot.

Saturday, September 2 at 4 p.m.:  Join us in attending the Dixieland Jazz and dinner at the Moose Lodge in La Pine. Musicians are from all over the Northwest and it is free.  Donations are requested.  RSVP to Dottie Meilink at

Sunday, September 3:  Paulina Lake Lodge BQ and music at noon. Contact Dottie Meilink at .  Bring folding chairs and what you want to drink.

Friday, September 8: Al Fresco night at SHARC with free music from 5 to 7 p.m.  Drinks and food can be purchased there.  Music is by The Ablubestics.  Please RSVP to Sara Kurz so a seat can be saved for you .

Friday, September 29 to Sunday, Oct. 1: The Southern Oregon Music Festival in Medford, Oregon.  If you would like more information contact Dottie Meilink at

Lunch with Friends

Bring your lunch and a beverage, and join us for Lunch with Friends on Monday, September 11th.  We’ll meet at Mary McCallum park 11:30 to 1:00.  If you haven’t been before or are new to the area, then do come and meet other SRWC club members.  It’s free and a time for talk, laughs and friendship. Questions–Contact Valerie Wood at or Barb Wymetalek at

Hearty Soles

**Please RSVP to the Hike Leaders.  Do not reply to the Hearty Soles email list. **

Due to all the wildfires, please pay attention to any emails send regarding hike changes or contact the hike leaders.  They need to know if you are coming on the hikes.

 September 6:  Hike up Lava Butte to watch the sunset and the moon rise.  Meet at HTCC at 6:15 p.m.  Husbands/partners welcome.  Bring headlamps for the trip down.  RSVP to Marti Fobes at mafobes or Debbie Dunham at


September 13:  We will now be hiking around Paulina Lake.  It is a 7.5 mile loop with a 300 foot elevation gain. The trail skirts the Inter Lake Obsidian Flow and has views of Paulina Peak.  After the hike, we will eat lunch at Paulina Lodge.  Please bring water, snack, sunscreen, hiking poles, soap for Care and Share, $3 for driver and your senior pass.   Meet at HTCC at 7:30. Or as an alternative, you can drive up 97 towards Paulina; turn left at the brown sign that says Paulina Lake Rd/Newberry Crater Rd and left again at the parking lot across the road from the RV Park. Meet there at 8:00.  The HTCC group will meet you there.

RSVP to Pat Arnold at or Melodee Munckton at


October 3:  Tour de Sunriver bike ride.  Save the date!  More details provided soon.

Soft Soles

Soft Soles is a Hiking Group who travel to Central Oregon destinations, we hike trails rated easy of 3-6 miles. All Hikes meet at Holy Trinity Catholic Church at 9 a.m. to carpool. Remember to bring all your suggested hiking supplies; water, sunscreen, bug spray, poles, binoculars, camera, forest pass, snacks, hat. And, note- no dogs. Please also bring soap for Care & Share and $$ for the Driver.

Soft Soles “Walking in Circles” is a group of walkers who meet every Wednesday at 8 a.m. at the North Pool, walking exclusively the Sunriver bike paths.

Thursday September 7: Fall River, easy 5.6 miles.

Tuesday September 12: Squaw Creek Falls, 2 miles with lunch in Sisters.

Wednesday September 20: Lava Island Rapids to Big Eddy Rapids, 4.4 miles.

Monday September 25: Paulina Lake to Warm Springs, 2.5 miles with lunch in LaPine.

Please join us and take in the beauty that surrounds us in the company of friends who treasure this wonderland.

Winter Gala

“The Reindeer Romp,” will be held on December 11 at the Sunriver Resort Great Hall.  This elegant and fun-filled evening is our second largest fund-raiser of the year! Have a great evening and contribute to the SRWC Philanthropy fund which benefits non-profits in South Deschutes County. Make reservations at the Welcome Event or by emailing

“The Bad Cats” will provide the dance music for the Gala. You can see them on September 8 and 9th at the Northside Bar and Grill.

Do you have a creative idea for the silent auction or a raffle basket?  In the past, SRWC members have donated items and services.  Or, 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.


The new Philanthropy Committee will be participating in a review and training session in early October. The 2017 Grant Awardees will be revisited by committee members, the grant process will be reviewed, and the 2018 grant application will be edited for website submission. We anticipate another great year of support for our non-profit organizations. Remember that you can contribute directly to the SRWC Philanthropy effort when you renew your annual membership!

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.

Welcome New Members

If you have an opportunity to meet one of these ladies, please take time to introduce yourself.

Gini Beck, Roz Cochran, Becky Dunham, Karen Yoder, Carol Thomas, Diane Chamusco, Barbara Cowan.


Open to all women in Sunriver and the surrounding communities. Active memberships are $25 and an Associate membership is $35. The 2017-2018 applications are available on our website:

For more information, contact

SRWC Communications

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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