SRWC 2018 January Newsletter

Sunriver Women’s Club

January 2018 Newsletter

President’s Message

A new year and new opportunities to get more involved in your community.

The SRWC functions as it does and provides great community benefits because of the women who jump in and volunteer to coordinate events and activities.  Right now we have two critical positions that need to be filled.

Winter Gala Coordinator(s):  Don’t look at this one and think it’s too much to take on.  Ann Juttelstad and Laura Sherar did a fantastic job this year creating a magical evening!  Behind the scenes, they have also created a plan – to be passed on to the next coordinator(s) – that should make planning the 2018 event easier than ever.  There are volunteers ready to take on various aspects of the event, but we need a leader or two!  The Winter Gala is our second biggest fundraiser of the year.  Please consider jumping in and making a difference.

Mid-Soles Hiking Group:  We have the Hearty Soles (hiking), we have the Soft Soles (walking).  Now we’re adding a mid-range group that will do moderate hikes – shorter and less intense than the Hearty Soles, but a little more challenging than the Soft Soles’ walks.  In order to get this new group up and running, we need a coordinator.  The coordinator does not have to plan every hike, simply be the contact point and coordinate the group for suggestions and volunteers for hikes throughout the hiking season.


Martin Luther King, Jr., said, “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is:  What are you doing for others?”  Make 2018 the year you “Jump on in” and get more involved.  You can contact me directly at to let me know how you’d like to help SRWC in 2018.

-Debbie Dunham


Wine tasting, appetizers, and music!

Saturday, January 13th, 4:00 — 6:00 p.m.

Home of Debbie & Brian Dunham in Sunriver

Cost:  $30/person includes wine tastings, appetizers, and music performed by Matthew Price.  ALL PROCEEDS GO TO SRWC PHILANTHROPY PROGRAMS.

Questions & RSVP:


This is a last minute fundraising idea.  Carol and Don Cassetty have donated cases of wine from the San Francisco competition they volunteer with and Ruby Price’s son Matt has volunteered his skills as a musician. Please join us for what will surely be a wonderful event!


SRWC Programs & Luncheon

January 16, 11:30 at The Grille at Crosswater: Carina Miller from Warm Springs will be the honored speaker at the next Sunriver Women’s Club Luncheon, please see attachment.

The Luncheon is $20 and menu options are:

  • Meat Lasagna
  • Romaine Wedge Salad w/ Bacon & Chicken
  • Pasta Ricotta Shell

Dessert: Carrot Cake w/ Caramel

R.S.V.P. by Friday January 12 with your menu choice to: 


Winter Gala 

On December 11th everyone arrived at the Great Hall ready for a good time and that’s what happened; great friends, food, music!  Reindeers were seen romping thru the Great Hall — oh, that may have been an energetic Raffle ticket seller or someone on the dance floor!  Thanks to everyone that attended, volunteered, donated items, services or money.  You made this a very successful event and will contribute nicely to our Philanthropy fund, supporting grants in 2018.

Photos of the event have been posted on line at


Nominating Committee

Whether you’ve decided to “Jump on in” or are still just getting your feet wet, we’d like to talk to you and get to know you better. Almost a third of our SRWC membership is new in the last five years; it would be fitting for the Board of Directors to also reflect that. The way to infuse the Board with novel ideas, new involvement and fresh ways of thinking is to add new Directors and Assistants to the established team.


The Nominating Committee is organizing a proposed slate of officers for the 2018 Board and there are still a couple of areas where we could use your experience or enthusiasm.  If you would like to explore the opportunities, contact Stephanie Nelson at 541-593-4663 or  The service year runs from mid-May to mid-May. Elections are held at the Annual Meeting in April; the proposed slate is announced in March. Come share your voice!


Birthday Lunch

Sandra Lassen is organizing a no host luncheon for the members who have January birthdays. Watch for your invitation.


Loose Cannons

Saturday January 20, 2 p.m.: The first 2018 Loose Cannon event will be attending a Central Oregon Symphony Spotlight Recital, the Bend Cello Collective, at Wille Hall on C.O.C.C. campus.  We’ll have lunch nearby before the concert.  Meet at the North Store on Cottonwood at 11:30 a.m. to carpool.  Please RSVP by Thursday, January 18th if you are going.  Admittance is free, no tickets required.  Contact Christie Johnson at:

Thursday February 1: Game Night Event, hosted by Stephanie Nelson, Sandra Kendle and Ally Thompson to be held at Stephanie Nelson’s home at 31 Vine Maple Lane at 5:30 p.m.  Soups & bread or Texas toast will be served.  Please bring what you want to drink and “munchies” to share.  This is limited to a maximum of 14 people.  You must RSVP by Tuesday, Jan. 30th to Sandra Kendle at:


Winter Fun

Ice skating every Friday at 11 a.m. at Sunriver Village ice skating rink.  No leader. Optional lunch or coffee in Village afterwards.  Contact Patty Klascius to get SRWC season ice skating pass info.

Tuesday January 9:  A beginner Snowshoe or X-C ski on the Woodland Golf Course, with a soup luncheon afterwards at Val Wood’s house.  Leaders: Val Wood , Sandi Merrigan, and Sheila Schmerber

Tuesday January 23:  Snowshoe to Swampy Lake shelter.  Bring lunch. Leaders: Laura Sherar  and Carolyn Spaniol

Tuesday January 30:  Moonlight Snowshoe.  Leaders:   Gina Rosbrook and Laura Sherar  Guests, spouses and significant others are welcome.


Coats for Kids

January means great sales on all winter wear items so there is still time to SHOP! Coats, snow pants, hats, gloves, boots and sweat pants are all needed. The final collection of winter wear items for the children in Deschutes County will be at the January luncheon. I will be shopping one last time after the luncheon so remember you can always make a monetary donation – make checks payable to SRWC with a notation Coats for Kids and mail to SRWC, PO Box 3334, Sunriver, OR 97707 or give directly at the luncheon. If you have any questions or would like to drop off items at my home call me at 610-349-0687. Thank you so much for all your generous support for this special program!


Philanthropy….Grant Applications Available on SRWC Website

LAST CALL FOR PHILANTHROPY GRANT APPLICATIONS! SRWC 2018 Philanthropy Grant applications are available on the SRWC website (www.sunriverwomensclub) and the deadline for submission is January 31, 2018. 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. Information regarding the grant criteria and the application is available on the SRWC website or email Philanthropy Director, Shirley Olson at

In addition, SRWC is holding an open meeting for information and/or assistance in completing the grant application on Wednesday, January 10, 2018, 1:00pm, at the Sunriver Area Chamber of Commerce offices in Sunriver Business Park. RSVP’s are requested if an organization wishes to attend the meeting.


Dinner Club

The theme for January/February is Irish. Hostesses will have their guest lists very soon and will be contacting their dinner groups.

Save the date:   Sunday March 18, 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

The Sunriver Art Fair was listed for the second year in a row as the Favorite Small Town Art Fair by, a very influential site for art fairs across the country!  Thank you everyone for voting for us online!  It’s a great honor to be listed.


The Marketing & Publicity team is already printing our advertising cards for the 2018 Art Fair and we need volunteers to help distribute them to local establishments.  It’s an easy way to volunteer, requires no experience and helps get the word out!  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 it’s not too late!

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

Cathy Detrick, Amy Varner, Helen Heeren

— 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

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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