SDR Archive

Sierra Nevada Region holds a Soroptimist Development Retreat every year to assist in the training and improvement of Soroptimists with breakout sessions and keynote speakers. See below for past SDR events.

2022 Soroptimist Development Retreat

The 2022 Soroptimist Development retreat was held July 30 and 31st at the Atlantis. Follow these links for the presentation and breakout downloads available for all to review:

2021 Soroptimist Development Retreat

The 2021 Soroptimist Development Retreat is scheduled for July 10th, 2021 via Zoom meeting.

Pre-recorded Sessions

Dream It Be ItCoord. Felicia QuinlanPowerpoint
Live Your DreamCoord. Sue ChambersPowerpoint
Creative Approaches to FundraisingFed. Chair Pamela Hardt-EnglishAudio PDF
Maximizing your Presence Through
Social Media
Fed. Chair Tracey EdwardsVideo
Inspiring New Members to be ParticipantsEmily ZiserPowerpoint
Learn the Language of Soroptimist
It’s not a secret!
Gov. Elect Lisa FitzgeraldPowerpoint
What is the Parliamentarian’s Role in the ClubParliamentarian Terrel LockePowerpoint
How to Incorporate S.O.L.T into Your Club MeetingsCoord. Linda McDonielsPowerpoint
How to Use a Club Newsletter to
Share Information and
Celebrate Your Club
Coord. Sheryl LongsworthPowerpoint
Stop Human Trafficking IntroCoord. Linda LucenaVideo
Stop Human TraffickingSheryl LongsworthPowerpoint
My Sister’s HouseVideo
Legislative AdvocacyCoord. Eda Chen and
Coord. Lisa Adda
Roadmap To SuccessWilli BaerIntro Video
Main Video

2020 Soroptimist Development Retreat

The 2020 Soroptimist Development Retreat was held virtually due to Covid-19 restrictions. You can still review the material here: 2020 SNR SDR

2019 Sierra Nevada Region
and Sierra Pacific Region
Soroptimist Development Retreat

Call for the 4th Annual Board Meeting of the Sierra Nevada Region is out. Click for Call and Agenda:

On behalf of your Sierra Nevada Region and Sierra Pacific Region Board of Directors and our Soroptimist Development Retreat (SDR) coordinators, you are invited (and encouraged) to attend SDR on July 27 and 28, 2019 at the Atlantis Casino Resort Spa in Reno!

Lane Parks, SNR Governor;
Gail Dekreon, SPR Governor

Jackie Sillman and Loretta Forniciari, SDR Coordinators

Get the PROGRAM here. We also had a great line up of Sponsors. Here is the outline of events:



  • 7:00 Yoga & QiGong
  • 9:00 Dreaming of a More Diverse Club
  • 9:00 Don’t Just Dream It, Step Up For Leadership
  • 9:00 Stars, Dreams and Wishes – Dream It Be It (Part One Repeat)
  • 9:00 Let’s Recruit Those Who Wish to Live Their Dreams (Part Two)
  • 9:00 You’ve Got This! Presidents/President Elects (Repeat)
  • 10:15 Coaching for Success
  • 10:15 Planning to Achieve the Dream
  • 10:15 Wishes, Dreams and the Plan – Dream It Be It (Part Two Repeat)
  • 10:15 Marvelous Meetings, Let’s Change It Up!
  • 11:45 Lunch – Keynote Speaker – Kate Doscher
    California Interpersonal Skills – Say What You Mean and Say It Well!

2018 Sierra Nevada Region Soroptimist Development Retreat
Girls with Dreams become Women with Vision

Governor Lane welcomed us and spoke about the history of the Soroptimist Development Retreat, the new SNR Board of Directors performed a skit about Soroptimist through the decades and SIA President Dawn Marie Lemonds gave us a wonderful talk about Heroines in the Making. Our Keynote Speaker, Carolyn Carver, spoke about Communicating Across Generations on Saturday, and followed that up on Sunday with a presentation about Embracing Change. Learn more about Carolyn at her website. The weekend was fun, inspiring and very educational!

Gotta see what you missed? Get your Program, Cut The Deck Flyer and Thank You Sponsors handouts.

The following breakout sessions were held at the 2018 SDR:

JULY 7, 2018

  • 2:45 – “Technically Speaking” Social Media for Novice
  • 4:00 – Engaging New Members!

JULY 8, 2018