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                 Continuing the Journey

January 2012Vol 3, Issue 5

President Ginger


Happy New Year Everyone!


2011 was quite a year for SILA. Our ranks grew by seven! Under the leadership of President Jeri we welcomed new members...Jennifer, Diane, Ann, Jessica, and Bev.  I then had the honor of inducting Daphyne and Teresa!  Retired/Life member, Annie, changed her status back to regular member. And, although DeAnna has not been able to join us for meetings, she has elected to remain a regular member.


Of course when you begin to talk/write about the "best" of anything, you must throw in the "worst"' for balance, so let's get that out of the way first. We had our share of surgeries, illnesses, condolences, property loss (etc.) and we are thankful that our sisters were able to draw upon their inner strength to make it through. They were and still remain on our prayer lists but I wanted to acknowledge them in this little way without listing names.   

Below, you will find our "Best of SILA 2011" in pictures. Thanks to all of the photographers for capturing the special moments and activities!


Just for fun, I would like to include:

* Best service projects - 1736 and DWC

* SI historical wonder - Barbara

* Most traveled - Carole (how many continents?)

* Most miles walked - Teresa and Jessica (our marathon/half-marathoners)

* Best Sister Producers - Emily and her sister 

* Musician Extraordinaire - Stephanie

* 24 most intriguing SI members of the year - DeAnna, Annie, Emily, Jeri, Janet, Daphyne, Joyce, Bev, Joan, Karen, Barbara, Jessica, Dona, Sheila, Teresa, Julie, Carole, Ann, Pam, Diane, Stephanie, Jennifer, Leslie, and Betsy


And now, as we turn our attention to 2012, the question is: "How can we do even better than we did in 2011?". The answer is pretty simple.  Stay on course . . . We have identified our destination (commemorating SILA's 90th through our various activities), outlined our goals (in our SI portfolio), identified our projects (Youth Forum, service projects, gala anniversary celebration, WOA/VRA/Ruby/Fellowship awards), and set our sites (successful completion of all). If we just "stay on course" this will be our best year yet. 


Happy 90th Anniversary SILA!


President Ginger

In This Issue
Holiday Joy Shared
Sisterhood Luncheon
Remembering SILA 2011
Member News - Correction
Quick Links

2011-2012 Board


President: Ginger Cole
1st VP (Programs): Carole Oglesby 2nd VP (W&M): Pamela Smith
Secretary: Joyce Jacob
Treasurer: Janet Elliott
Directors 2010-11: Karen  Johnson and Dona Lawrie
Directors 2011-13: Barbara Jury and Joan Johnson
Contact Information


For more information about SILA or this Newsletter, please contact:


President Ginger Cole at or 323-276-0766
Editor Janet Elliott at or 310-809-2438; Co-Editor Ann Read at or 626-919-9202

Holiday Joy Shared

Christmas at 1736

On Saturday, December 17, SILA members once again shared the joy of the holidays by arranging for the children at the 1736 Domestic Violence Shelter to "shop" for gifts for their mothers, wrap the gifts in colorful paper and bows and put them in a large bag for the children to give to their moms on Christmas. With the help of the staff at 1736, including our own new member, Daphyne Howell, the club knew exactly what sizes were needed and how many moms were currently at the shelter.  Special thanks to Jeri Durham for doing most of the shopping and arranging to include a framed photo of each child by the Christmas tree - sure to be the gift each mom will treasure the most. It's hard to know who enjoyed the activitity the most - the children or SILA members!

 Sisterhood Luncheon


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To continue the holiday spirit, SILA members met after the 1736 event at the original El Cholo Restaurant for a "sisterhood luncheon". Strictly a social event, there was a good turnout to enjoy traditional Mexican food, margaritas, and good cheer.


 Remembering 2011


SILA meetings




new members


Downtown Women's Center


Awards Luncheon




Member News


Correction: It was Stephanie Klopfleisch's husband, Randy, not Stephanie, who had surgery, and it was knee replacement, not hip.  It's hard to get good reporters! 


Happy New Year