SIA

New Year, New President!
Let’s welcome our 2018-2019 President Elizabeth Di Geronimo of SI/Caracas, Venezuela! Watch this video to hear Elizabeth’s inspiring message to members as she begins her term as SIA president. Watch for an interview with Elizabeth in the next issue of Best for Women.

Our 45th Biennial Convention has ended! Thank you to the nearly 3,000 members who joined us in Yokohama, Japan, to celebrate our stars, explore our dreams and make wishes for our future! Please visit our convention webpage for presentations from convention and stay tuned for our convention recap!

Nominations for SIA Leadership Positions
Nomination forms were sent in late July and are due to headquarters by September 15 for:

SIA Board Meeting
Read the summary to learn about significant actions taken by your SIA Board at its July meeting in Yokohama, Japan.

Program

Live Your Dream Awards
We consistently witness the power of education in transforming women’s lives through our Live Your Dream Awards.

The Institute for Women’s Policy Research recently released a report underscoring what we see all the time—that higher education is a pathway out of poverty for single mothers. Their research shows that single mother poverty rates were an average of 33 percent lower at each additional level of education attained. Our Live Your Dream Awards serve a specific population of head-of-household women with dependents because this population faces greater barriers to economic empowerment. Check out the full report here!

Grant of Friendship
Looking for your next adventure? What about New Zealand?!

Aotearoa New Zealand South Region of Soroptimist South West Pacific is offering a Grant of Friendship for March 2019. Applications are due September 30. Click here for additional information.

Development

So Much to Celebrate
At the 2018 SIA Convention in Yokohama, the inspirational days could only be matched by the fabulous nights … especially the night of the Laurel Society celebration! This meaningful evening is our way of expressing our great appreciation to the Laurel Society members who make our Dream Programs a reality.

Because of our Laurel Society members we are able to make concrete change in women and girls’ lives—we couldn’t do it without YOU. In the spirit of our 2018 Convention, we want to share the following haiku of thanks: 

Without you, her dream
stops when she wakes. With your help,
she travels by cloud.

Fundraising Council News
SIA welcomes Lee Ann Cochran of SI/Columbus and Franklin County, OH (Midwestern Region), as our new Fundraising Council Chair as of September 1. Lee Ann joined Soroptimist after attending a club fundraising event, went on to become her club’s fundraising chair, then region fundraising chair, rising to become a member of the Fundraising Council, and now she is at its helm, What a journey!

Joining Lee Ann on the 2018-2019 Fundraising Council are returning members Tracy Scala, who served as chair for two years, and Kelly Fogarty, as well as new members Susan Gilbey and Dona Gaddis Wolf. If you know a Soroptimist who would make a great addition to the 2019-2020 Fundraising Council, nominations are due by September 15. We are so grateful to ALL of our volunteers!

Membership

Roll Out the Welcome Mat!
Are you making new members feel welcome and getting them involved with your club as soon as possible? Some say if a new member is not involved after 90 days, chances are they won’t come to your meetings and they will not renew their membership. Check out these steps to welcoming members and guests who visit your club!

Update Member Profiles!
Have the inboxes of your fellow club members been quiet lately? If they aren’t receiving regular important emails and alerts from Soroptimist headquarters, then their profile may need be updated. Make sure you and other club members are taking advantage of your membership by checking and updating your profile here.