NEW HOURS FOR THRIFT SHOP
The THRIFT SHOP is now open Monday and Tuesday 9:00 to 3:00 and the 1st and 3rd Saturdays 9:00 to 1:00.
2018 SOROPTIMIST SCHOLARSHIP WINNERS
Thirteen scholarship recipients attended our Soroptimist complimentary luncheon along with 27 members and guests on May 9, 2018 at "The Place" in Joseph, Oregon. They received their awards and shared their educational and career plans with the 40 people in attendance. The awards totaled $24,000. It was a pleasure for our members to meet and greet these thirteen outstanding local students.
Joseph High School - $2,000 Scholarships:
Alexis Sykora attending Pacific University studying Physical Therapy.
Madison Bailey attending Boise State University studying Bio-Chemisty / Medical.
Ann Story attending University of San Diego studying Phychology / Business Admin.
Courtney Bailey attending Oregon State University studying Environmental Studies.
Wallowa High School - $2000 Scholarship:
Teagan Miller attending University of Montana studying Ecology.
Enterprise High School - $2000 Scholarships:
Riley Gray attending Brigham Young University studying Ecology.
Gracie Carlson attending George Fox University studying Mathematics.
Eliza Irish attending Pacific University studying Physical Therapy / Pediatrics.
Cole Farwell attending Washington State University studying Engineering.
Reece Christman attending University of Idaho studying Sociology.
Sebastian Hobbs attending MIT studying Chemical Engineering.
$1000 Technical School Scholarships:
Salena Renfro attending Chemeketa Community College studying Social Work.
Brycen Locke attending Northwest Lineman College studying Electrical Line Work.
2018 SHRED DAY
In May we partnerned with Community Bank to have a paper shredding truck come and dispose of unwanted documents. In the Enterprise Community Bank parking lot 103 people took advantage of the service. The truck was filled before 2:00. Donations came to $462.33 Thanks to Leah Johnson and Sara Tippett at Community Bank.
Soroptimist members Janet Pulsifer and Cherlyn Underwood are shown helping out at Shred Day.
2018 LIVE YOUR DREAM AWARD - $2,000 WINNER IS KETURAH JOHNS
Keturah is a 23 year old single mom striving to earn a Bachelor's degree in Nursing. She received received $2,000 from our chapter and was then selected at the NW Regional Conference to receive an additional $1,500. Keturah lives in Anatone, WA and attends Walla Walla Community College at the Clarkston site. She was an excellent candidate and we are thrilled with her success. Her life has not been easy. Her parents died at an early age and she struggled with numerous issues. When her son, Layton was born with a serious congenital disease, she spent months with him in the hospital. Her exposure to the nursing staff and their care for Layton motivated her to enroll in nursing. Despite her many difficulties in her life, Keturah makes it very clear that "My past does not define me. I am so lucky to be here." We have no doubt that Keturah will live her dream.
2018 FELLOWSHIP AWARD $2,000 WINNER IS ERICA BAILEY
This award is presented to a local woman who is continuing her education in a post graduate program.
Erica received her Associate of Arts in 2005 at Walla Walla Community College. She spent a summer abroad in Valencia, Spain. Erica received her BHS degree (Summa Cum Laude) in 2016 at Pacific University where she will also obtain her Doctorate of Optometry degree and graduate by 2020. Her goal is to return to Wallowa County and serve her hometown community. We wish her well.
2018 RUBY AWARD WINNER IS JANIE TIPPETT.
Janie has been an exceptional mentor to the women of Wallowa County for over forty years. Through her writing, photography, agricultural and traditional homemaking skills, she had infused her positive attitude and kindness through our valley.
WE ARE THE CHAMPION CLUB !!
An essay written by member Dolores Bridges and submitted to our parent organization, Soroptimist International of the Americas, won us this year's Northwest Regional Achievement Award. Our local organization competed against 81 other northwest Soroptimist Clubs for the honor. Click here to read the essay.
$1000 TO KATHY JENKINS
Kathy has been losing her vision and Soroptmist gave her partial funding for Insight Glasses. There is a steep learning curve in using the glasses. The glasses can sync with her computer and has zoom capabilities. The glasses is not a cure-all but it has improved her life. Among other things, she has not fallen since she got her glasses.
$600 TO WALLOWA COUNTY FARMERS MARKET
Soroptimist is supporting a Community Co-Op Booth to be shared by growers who cannot afford the cost of a booth at the Farmers Market this summer in Joseph.
$1500 TO WALLOWA COUNTY YOUTH SERVICES DEPARTMENT
Soroptmists is supporting this program jointly sponsored through Building Healthy Families and Safe Harbors. The money is to buy backpacks for the kids in their Summer Outing Program.
$1000 TO AMY ZAHN
In September, 2017 we gave Amy funds to assist with travel expenses to Portland as she pursues her Doctorate in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. She will complete her degree in 2019.
$400 TO KAESIE MELVILLE
Kaesie is a 13 year old 4-H student from Enterprise. She was one of 18 students across Oregon chosen to attend this educational, science based program in Hawaii. These funds will assist in her being able to make the trip.
$1000 TO THE ENTERPRISE CHEERLEADERS
These funds will assist with expenses to send 8 - 10 cheerleaders and 2 coaches to a summer camp for cheerleaders held at Washington State University.
$1000 TO MICHAEL BEAUDOIN
These funds will help this young man to pursue a nursing degree.
$500 TO THE AMERICAN RED CROSS
To provide aid to fire victims in the Cascade Locks fire disaster.
$1,000 TO THE JOSEPH CITY LIBRARY
To support their efforts to remodel / expand the library.
$500 TO WALLOWA LAND TRUST
This money helped bring in the musical group ‘GoodCo’ to the area. It was a fund raiser for the WLT, but our participation was solely to support a concert and instruction for school age children in the area.
TO TRACIE MIZE
A refurbished laptop was provided.
$1000 to SAFE HARBORS
These funds are intended to help the organization expand its women’s empowerment classes, but are not limited to that program.
$949 TO ELIZABETH MORGAN
These funds are to help Elizabeth reach her dream of obtaining her high school diploma in an online school.
$100 TO ROTARY
To help sponsor the “Letter Bee” event. Excess funds they collect will go to help support the Building Healthy Families Summer Lunch Program in the Enterprise City Park.
$500 TO WE CARE
To help pay conference fees for 2 members of the Wallowa County Care Givers to attend the Wild Horse Casino symposium on aging in rural Oregon
$800 TO ENTERPRISE FCCLA
To send 8 students who have qualified to attend the summer National Leadership Conference.
$400 TO JOSEPH FCCLA
To send 4 students who have qualified to attend the summer National Leadership Conference.