SIA Leadership Elections

Yoko Ichigatani Update
As you know, Yoko Ichigatani resigned from her position as SIA president-elect in order to concentrate on recovering from a traumatic head injury she suffered during a home invasion and robbery. Recently SIA received good news about Yoko’s health status. She had a successful second surgery, which will require at least six months of rehabilitation. She is making progress and demonstrating incredible resilience and resolve. “From now on, I am working hard on my rehabilitation program so that I will be able to come back to you, my dear Soroptimist friends as soon as possible,” stated Yoko. “I am looking forward to the day when I can have an opportunity to say thank you to everyone in person.” We continue to keep Yoko and her family in our thoughts.

Ballot to fill President-Elect Vacancy
In response to Yoko’s resignation, SIA sent an emergency mail ballot on Wednesday, December 14, to all clubs in good standing to fill the vacancy for 2016-2017 president-elect. The ballot is due back to SIA headquarters on or before February 9.  All ballot materials, including instructions on how to return your club’s ballot, are on the federation information page of the SIA website. wheel_2016-2017_pres-elect-vacancy

Electoral Area Ballots for SIA Board

Clubs in Eastern Canada, Japan Higashi, Mexico/Centroamerica, Philippines, Japan Chuo and Sierra Pacific regions are participating in elections to select 2017-2019 SIA board members. Ballots are due back to headquarters for voting on or before January 5. All ballot materials are on the federation information page of the SIA website.




Big Goal Discussion
Time is running out if your club has not yet participated in the Big Goal conversation to plan our next century! Survey responses are due December 30. If your president has not scheduled the conversations, pick up the phone and call her today. We want to include the input of every club. Please help us reach more women and girls!

Live Your Dream Awards
Now that the deadline has passed and it’s time to select recipients … we can help! Check out the following resources:

New Dream It, Be It Resources Available!

Global Impact
It has been an exciting year for our Dream Programs! Check the impact reports to see our 2015-2016 success.



Video: A Powerful & Effective Recruitment Tool
Has your Soroptimist club used our organizational video as part of your recruitment strategy? A professional, streamlined video that communicates our mission can be a great way to spread the word online or during events. Take a look and share on your club’s social media pages today!

Members: Your Club’s Valuable Assets
Do you know what each member of your club brings to the table? Use our capacity inventory to find out! This is an indispensable tool for clubs because it helps members to learn about each other’s strengths and assets. Why not uncover a great pool of already-existing resources that you can mobilize to approach problems and projects?


A Club that Gives 110%
SI/Greater Santa Clarita Valley, CA (Camino Real Region), matched every #GivingTuesday contribution up to $10,000, providing an incentive to more than 130 donors to make a larger gift. The entire SIA leadership and staff offers its utmost thanks to SI/Greater Santa Clarita Valley for the work it does in its local community, as well as its vision to look beyond borders and help women and girls with the most need. The club’s commitment is unparalleled, and so is our gratitude.


See what happens when we work together? Talk to your club about making at least a 10% Club Giving contribution today!

Did You Donate on #GivingTuesday?
Thank you! We couldn’t be more grateful. If you want your gift to be even greater, see if your employer will match your contribution! Matched gifts also count toward your total contributions for recognition in the Laurel Society—it’s an easy way to double the difference.

If you didn’t make a #GivingTuesday contribution, it’s not too late to give a year-end gift. Women and girls around the world are making plans to live their dreams in 2017—we can help make those dreams realities!


How Is Your Club Using
Followed by word of mouth and internet searches, is the third most popular response prospective members give when completing an Introduction Form for membership! Is your club using for recruitment, retention, or engaging non-members? If so, please share your successful strategies with

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YOUR DREAM: Meaningful Work
Confucius said, “Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.” Read about Darlene Friedman, one of the original founders of, as she reflects on why her job is so important to so many women and girls.