The story you're about to hear is true ... only the names have been changed
I'd like to introduce you to the newest 70-year old club in town, the Prineville Center Foundation. WHAT?!!!, you say. Who is that?, you ask, and what do they do? Let's start with some history to help tell the story.
If you have lived in Prineville for any amount of time in the last 70 years, you have probably heard of the Prineville Soroptimists. They were officially chartered in June 1951 as a 501(c)3 charitable organization, and they spent the next 70 years giving to and supporting all aspects of our community.
Some of their projects included landscaping the grounds of the new Pioneer Memorial Hospital. They made it possible for local children to be transported to the Opportunity School in Redmond. They supported orphan children in other countries, and they provided scholarships to local graduating seniors.
They opened a gathering place for senior citizens to come and socialize with friends, they provided information about local resources seniors might need, and provided transportation for seniors. In order to help support it all, they opened a thrift store. They eventually purchased and fully paid for the Morse Building, which today you know as the Neat Repeat, and the old bowling alley that is now the Prineville Senior Center. The Soroptimist legacy in Prineville is all of this and so much more.
After the purchase of the Neat Repeat and Senior Center buildings, the Soroptimist Club, a 501(c)3, realized the need to form a separate 501(c)3 corporation for their business interests. The Soroptimist International Charitable Trust was formed and a board elected to oversee the operation of both. According to the bylaws of both of the corporations, the directors who served on the Charitable Trust Board had to be members of the Soroptimist Club. Directors were elected annually by the club to serve a two-year term on the board. Aside from this, the club had no involvement with the operation of the Senior Center or the Neat Repeat.
Fast forward to 2021; it's time for a big change! The Prineville Soroptimists, after much consideration, decided that being part of what is now a very large international Soroptimist organization is not the most effective way to serve our local community. We voted to separate from the Soroptimist organization and voted to change the club name to Prineville Center Foundation and the Charitable Trust also changed its name to the Prineville Senior Center Charitable Trust. We are still two separate 501(c)3 corporations and both applied for name changes with the IRS.
The Prineville Center Foundation will continue many of the same projects we have done in the past as the Prineville Soroptimists. We will still award scholarships to graduating seniors and hopefully expand our scholarship program to include adult vocational scholarships. We will continue to support local charities when requests are received and according to our ability.
We value and want to maintain our partnership with the Friday Stitchers, local quilters who provide us approximately 100 quilts each year. The quilts are donated to local organizations that work with children who have experienced crisis situations. In the past, those organizations have included MountainStar, CASA, the Pregnancy Resource Center, Rimrock Trails, and our local law enforcement both police and sheriff departments. In addition, the club members will continue to serve as directors on the Prineville Senior Center Charitable Trust Board.
How do we raise the money we give away? Right now, we are getting ready for this year's Christmas Flag project. We rent Christmas flags to local businesses every year. We deliver them right after Thanksgiving and pick them up after Jan. 1.
In the future, we plan to host a winter and spring craft bazaar. The bazaars are fun for us and the community, and they provide a place for talented artists and other vendors to share their products with the community.
In August, we host an annual golf tournament at Meadow Lakes Golf Course. This is the activity that raises most of the scholarship money we award. In addition to these activities, we're working on some new ideas for the future, but before we can take on any more projects, we need more volunteer members to join in. Are you thinking about joining us?
We want to say thank you to the Prineville business community and citizens for the support you have provided over the past 70 years. We look forward to your continued support and the partnerships we have. We want to invite anyone looking for a fun, busy group to join, where you can share your time and talents for the benefit of Prineville and Crook County, to visit one of our foundation meetings. You are always welcome.
Our meeting room is in back of the Senior Center. The entrance is on First Street across from the Catholic Church annex. Our 11:45 a.m. meetings are on the first, third, and fourth Tuesdays of each month, and we meet at 6 p.m. on the second Tuesday of each month.
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