Group prepares for wine tasting fundraiser

Interview with a Soroptimist
2012-04-13T08:14:00Z 2012-04-13T08:21:31Z Group prepares for wine tasting fundraiserBy BRUCE GIVEN — Free Press Correspondent Elko Daily Free Press

I am pleased to meet and interview First Vice President Denise Callaway of Elko’s Soroptimist chapter, who will become president in July. She is also the chairperson of the traditional Wine Tasting Event that has been held in Elko since 1975.

Given: How long have you lived in Elko and when did you join Soroptimist?

Callaway: Joe and I moved to Elko 8 years ago and I joined in 2009.

Given: Your organization today has how many members and are you planning on growing? What do you believe is the best method of recruitment and are there any requirements for membership?

Callaway: We have 23 members. For recruitment I would have a ROAR Party.

Given: I give up. What is a ROAR Party?

Callaway: ROAR stands for Retention, Orientation, Activation and Recruitment. It is a small gathering for recruiting new members and we have these once a year. This year it will be held May 16th at the Red Lion.

Given: Your organization does marvelous work for very worthy charities. I know one and it is called CADV. What others do you support?

Callaway: Yes, that stands for Committee Against Domestic Violence. We have many others such as the Red Cross, Community in Schools (CIS), Friends for Life, Magic School Bus, scholarships and many others.

Given: Magic School Bus gives supplies to needy students. It is a great cause. When was your chapter started? Where do you meet? Let’s see Wednesday, I think, because every time I call my wife at noon on Wednesday she says, “I’m at Soroptimists.”

Callaway: Our chapter is in its 52nd year. We currently meet once a week at Dos Amigos at noon, on the first three Wednesdays of the month.

Given: A very fun event occurs each year and in 2012 it will be held, as last year, at Great Basin College. You have been its successful chairperson for the last three years. Can you tell me something about the event?

Callaway: Soroptimist chooses a charity in town to donate funds to. This year it is CADV. Our theme is “All hands on deck.” At this event one will have the opportunity to try several different wines and spirits and taste a variety of different foods from some restaurants in our community. There will be an auction, live music and raffle prizes. There will be a contest between the restaurants for the “Best of the Best” trophy.

Given: Who all attended last year and is this year all booked up as far as the individual presentations?

Callaway: There were eight different food booths and eight wine tables. We still need a couple of restaurants to fill all the rooms with wine and food.

Given: If I wanted to present my wines and specialty dishes who would I connect to and what do I need to do to reserve a spot for this year, to be held on April 20th at the Great Basin College?

Callaway: Just call me or your wife Nancy at 397-3814 or 340-2783.

Given: But others contribute a significant amount of resources who do not attend the Wine Tasting Event, correct?

Callaway: Most of the contributors attend this event because it is so much fun, but there are corporate sponsors that make significant contributions to Soroptimist such as Newmont and Barrick. There are many wonderful businesses and persons throughout the community that help us be successful at this event, such as the wine is donated by Southern Wines and Spirits and Khoury’s Market in Spring Creek. John Ellison’s band, Road Hard will be playing at this event.

Given: You have an annual meeting held in Reno, I believe. What is the mission of these gatherings?

Callaway: The District 3 meeting is held in Reno, yes. We elect officers and work with our by-laws and other administrative related issues.

Given: There are many reasons for joining Soroptimist such as giving something back to the community, the social part of it, business networking, and some just join to join, etc. What was your reason?

Callaway: I joined primarily for the networking and the social part of it. But, through the years, the friendships, business advice and leadership skills that I have attained are priceless and dear to my heart.

Given: Husbands and boyfriends take part in some functions. Two years ago your husband and I worked security at one of our rodeos.

Callaway: Yes, that was Capriola’s Rodeo. Paula Wright, the owner along with her husband, is a Soroptimist also. We as members not only help women and children in our community, but when one of the members has an event we try and help them as well.

Given: What is the age range of the members and some of their occupations?

Callaway: We have members in their early 30s and a wonderful lady who was born when President Hoover was our leader. Her name is Betty Bear, a lifetime member. Our occupations run from business owners to housewives. Our only requirement is really just having a big heart.

Given: Some work harder than others but that is typical for most service organizations. There are many factors involved such as work, health, travel, family, etc., that is time limiting, correct?

Callaway: We appreciate everyone’s contributions regardless of how large or small. Everyone has personal limitations on their time and we fully understand this fact.

Given: Well, I wish you both continued success and I will see you at your popular Wine Tasting Event. Being the husband of a member I get in free, right?

Callaway: I’ll have a talk with Nancy about that.By BRUCE GIVEN

Free Press Correspondent

I am pleased to meet and interview First Vice President Denise Callaway of Elko’s Soroptimist chapter, who will become president in July. She is also the chairperson of the traditional Wine Tasting Event that has been held in Elko since 1975.

Given: How long have you lived in Elko and when did you join Soroptimist?

Callaway: Joe and I moved to Elko 8 years ago and I joined in 2009.

Given: Your organization today has how many members and are you planning on growing? What do you believe is the best method of recruitment and are there any requirements for membership?

Callaway: We have 23 members. For recruitment I would have a ROAR Party.

Given: I give up. What is a ROAR Party?

Callaway: ROAR stands for Retention, Orientation, Activation and Recruitment. It is a small gathering for recruiting new members and we have these once a year. This year it will be held May 16th at the Red Lion.

Given: Your organization does marvelous work for very worthy charities. I know one and it is called CADV. What others do you support?

Callaway: Yes, that stands for Committee Against Domestic Violence. We have many others such as the Red Cross, Community in Schools (CIS), Friends for Life, Magic School Bus, scholarships and many others.

Given: Magic School Bus gives supplies to needy students. It is a great cause. When was your chapter started? Where do you meet? Let’s see Wednesday, I think, because every time I call my wife at noon on Wednesday she says, “I’m at Soroptimists.”

Callaway: Our chapter is in its 52nd year. We currently meet once a week at Dos Amigos at noon, on the first three Wednesdays of the month.

Given: A very fun event occurs each year and in 2012 it will be held, as last year, at Great Basin College. You have been its successful chairperson for the last three years. Can you tell me something about the event?

Callaway: Soroptimist chooses a charity in town to donate funds to. This year it is CADV. Our theme is “All hands on deck.” At this event one will have the opportunity to try several different wines and spirits and taste a variety of different foods from some restaurants in our community. There will be an auction, live music and raffle prizes. There will be a contest between the restaurants for the “Best of the Best” trophy.

Given: Who all attended last year and is this year all booked up as far as the individual presentations?

Callaway: There were eight different food booths and eight wine tables. We still need a couple of restaurants to fill all the rooms with wine and food.

Given: If I wanted to present my wines and specialty dishes who would I connect to and what do I need to do to reserve a spot for this year, to be held on April 20th at the Great Basin College?

Callaway: Just call me or your wife Nancy at 397-3814 or 340-2783.

Given: But others contribute a significant amount of resources who do not attend the Wine Tasting Event, correct?

Callaway: Most of the contributors attend this event because it is so much fun, but there are corporate sponsors that make significant contributions to Soroptimist such as Newmont and Barrick. There are many wonderful businesses and persons throughout the community that help us be successful at this event, such as the wine is donated by Southern Wines and Spirits and Khoury’s Market in Spring Creek. John Ellison’s band, Road Hard will be playing at this event.

Given: You have an annual meeting held in Reno, I believe. What is the mission of these gatherings?

Callaway: The District 3 meeting is held in Reno, yes. We elect officers and work with our by-laws and other administrative related issues.

Given: There are many reasons for joining Soroptimist such as giving something back to the community, the social part of it, business networking, and some just join to join, etc. What was your reason?

Callaway: I joined primarily for the networking and the social part of it. But, through the years, the friendships, business advice and leadership skills that I have attained are priceless and dear to my heart.

Given: Husbands and boyfriends take part in some functions. Two years ago your husband and I worked security at one of our rodeos.

Callaway: Yes, that was Capriola’s Rodeo. Paula Wright, the owner along with her husband, is a Soroptimist also. We as members not only help women and children in our community, but when one of the members has an event we try and help them as well.

Given: What is the age range of the members and some of their occupations?

Callaway: We have members in their early 30s and a wonderful lady who was born when President Hoover was our leader. Her name is Betty Bear, a lifetime member. Our occupations run from business owners to housewives. Our only requirement is really just having a big heart.

Given: Some work harder than others but that is typical for most service organizations. There are many factors involved such as work, health, travel, family, etc., that is time limiting, correct?

Callaway: We appreciate everyone’s contributions regardless of how large or small. Everyone has personal limitations on their time and we fully understand this fact.

Given: Well, I wish you both continued success and I will see you at your popular Wine Tasting Event. Being the husband of a member I get in free, right?

Callaway: I’ll have a talk with Nancy about that.

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