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Winter News From Whitefish Soroptimist

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Soroptimist International of Whitefish | Box 1843 | Whitefish, MT

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President’s Message


We Soroptimists have been hard at work this Fall season.  Our efforts have been multipronged, all in the effort to more effectively and efficiently conduct our business- the business of empowering women and girls in our local and global community.

We are focusing on our Dream Programs: Live Your Dream and Dream It Be It, to increase our collective power and reach as a global organization. The more we all work toward the same goals, the more individuals we can impact.

We are working to solidify and streamline our day-to-day committee processes for better efficiency and continuity. We are working towards bringing our documents online for our members to more easily access.

We also spent some time looking into the future and exploring our options on how Soroptimist International of Whitefish will grow and continue to enhance our community and the larger world. In so doing, we conducted a SWOT analysis with the help of outside counsel, Rachel Ezell, and expect the results to help us focus and define our direction for the coming years.

Yes, we’ve been working hard, but we also like to play and have a good time together!  Our Events Committee has been pulling out all the stops providing us with fun and interactive social meetings!  After all this hard work, a time for relaxing and celebrating the holiday season with friends and family is much deserved.

Happy Holidays to all!

Jennifer Fugatt, President

Soroptimist International, Whitefish


Smile Of Hope

The enrollment period is underway for Soroptimist International of Whitefish’s Smile of Hope dental program for women.

Applications for the current round of funding are due by Jan. 31, 2019.

Smile of Hope offers 10 scholarships of up to $2,000 each year for dental work performed by one of the program’s dental partners. Participating dentists include Drs. Leslie Anthony, Ron Davis, Thomas Thurston, Neal Buffington, Robert Larson, Laura Radditz, Josh Merrill, Tere Nelson, Michael Bowman and Gary Dalen, and denturist Carl Brisendine.

The program goal is to improve women’s lives by giving qualifying, low-income women Sonicare toothbrushes, education for improved dental hygiene and provide needed dental care to improve their health and self-esteem and to improve their lives and livelihoods.

Applications and program education are available throughout the community at Shepherd’s Hand Free Clinic, local food banks, community dinners, the Soroptimist Thrift Haus, at participating dental offices, and online at

For more information call Smile of Hope committee chairwoman Joanie Sorensen at 862-3669.

Photo Gallery

A HUGE thank you to the very creative Events Committee for always coming up with wonderful ideas and fun projects for our club.

Our New Members: Allison Thomas, Sheri Glaspey, Kate Hughes

Meet Fellow Soroptimist Member 

Name: Jennifer George

Family: Husband Rick, four daughters, three grandchildren

Occupation: Owner of Domestic Services by Jennifer, LLC

Background: My passions include babysitting grandkids, teaching Sunday School and leading Youth Group at Whitefish United Methodist Church.

Q: How did you get involved in Soroptimists?
I was invited to join the club by Annie McLaughlin.

Q: What offices and committee assignments have you held?
My offices held with SI of Whitefish are: Thrift Haus Committee chair, President Elect, President, and now Co-Thrift Haus Chair with Kathy B.

Q: Why is the Soroptimist mission statement important in our society?
As the mother of daughters the mission of Soroptimist International helping women and girls is important to me.

Why are you a Soroptimist?
I am passionate about the traffic awareness campaign, the Expanding Your Horizons conference, and am a board member of the new Flathead Steam Alliance, which is now the umbrella group that produces the annual EYH event. My membership is very important to me, and I value the friendships I’ve made with members in the Bigfork and Whitefish clubs.

Human Trafficking Committee
#Orange The World

One of the missions if the Human Trafficking Committee is to raise community awareness of the human rights violations impacting women and girls who live under the threat of violence as victims of human trafficking.

The 16 Days of Activism against Gender-based Violence is an international awareness-raising campaign which takes place every year from November 25 through December 10, International Human Rights Day.

For the past three years our committee has participated in this program by placing life-sized cutouts with pertinent information in front of local businesses and organizations.

This year our ladies highlighted qualities victims experience under the power and control of abusers.

The Human Trafficking Committee is very grateful for the businesses which have supported us from the beginning:

Bonsai Brewing Project • Buffalo Cafe • Coffee Traders • Great Northern Brewery • Stumptown Market Place • Third Street Market • Wasabi Sushi Bar • Whitefish High School • Whitefish Public Library
We are also grateful for our first time supporters:
Jersey Boys Pizzeria • Safeway  • Soba Cycles

Attorney General Fox thanked Truckers Against Trafficking, Street Grace, the Montana Broadcasters Association, Watkins Shepard Trucking, the Montana Motor Carriers Association, the Town Pump Foundation, Freedom 58 Project, and Soroptimists International of Helena and Whitefish for their assistance in public outreach on human trafficking awareness over the years in his recent news release:
Montana Receives ‘A’ for Child Sex Trafficking Prevention Efforts.

Read this news release online at:

Thank you again for helping us advocate for a world without violence against woman and children.

News from the Thrift Haus

Kathy B. and Jen G. are pleased to report everything at the Thrift Haus is great.

Our volunteers are doing an amazing job of sorting and getting donations out.
We cannot thank everyone enough for your hard work!

We have some exciting things in store for 2019, stay tuned…

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year from the Thrift Haus Committee!

The View From Here:

Thank you all who participated in the recent Soroptimist SWOT Analysis.
It turned out to be a fun and informative evening of collaboration with the members that attended in person & the on-line responses.

Rachel gently led us through the process of connecting the dots between our strengths & weaknesses (internal) and our opportunities & threats (external).

She is working on compiling the results for us to consider & these results will be shared with everyone.

There is still more work to accomplish in the coming months as a Club to decide what our future looks like to each of us. Please stay connected and understand this is a fluid process.

If we change things it is because we are working on a better way to communicate these ideas to you! Thank you for your patience.

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!
Bonnie Baker

Soroptimist Pledge

I pledge allegiance to Soroptimist
And to the ideals for which it stands;
The sincerity of friendship,
The joy of achievement,
The dignity of service,
The integrity of profession,
The love of country.
I will put forth my greatest effort
To promote, uphold and defend these ideals
For a larger fellowship in home,
in society, in business,
For country and for God.

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