New Year, New President!
Let’s welcome our 2016-2017 President RoseMary Reid of SI/York Region, Ontario, Canada! Watch this video to hear RoseMary’s inspiring message to members as she begins her term as SIA president. Watch for an interview with RoseMary in the next issue of Best for Women.
Big Goal Exercise
Has your club scheduled Big Goal exercise #2? We have asked club presidents to schedule Big Goal exercise #2 so we can gather information on achieving our next big goal—invest in the dreams of women and girls through access to education. The survey will close on December 30 so make sure your club has the conversation! Ask your president to schedule it for one of your September, October or November 2016 club meetings. See more information about the Big Goal exercise #2 and the results from exercise #1 here.
We extend a great big heartfelt THANK YOU to everyone who joined us in Orlando, July 20-23 for a fabulous convention! Half of the attendee’s have already provided evaluations. Ninety-one percent rated the overall convention experience very good to excellent. Visit the SIA convention page for highlights, Power Point presentations and handouts, award winners, recognition and more! Our conventions just keep getting better so start making plans now to attend the 45th Biennial Convention in Yokohama, Japan in 2018.
Nominations for SIA Board and Fundraising Council
September 15 is the deadline for nominations for the SIA Board from clubs in the following regions/electoral areas: Eastern Canada Region (Electoral Area 2); Japan Higashi Region (Electoral Area 4); Mexico/Centro America Region (Electoral Area 6); Philippines Region (Electoral Area 7); Japan Chuo Region (Electoral Area 8); and Sierra Pacific Region (Electoral Area 10). Nomination forms have been mailed to each club and are available on the SIA website.
Nominations also are being accepted until September 15 from all clubs for three positions on the Fundraising Council for the 2017-2019 term. Nomination forms have been mailed to each club and are available on the SIA website.
Live Your Dream Awards
As your club recruits applicants, be sure to target women who meet ALL of the eligibility requirements. A club cannot be considered participating if it selects a woman who is not eligible. As a reminder, a woman is eligible if she:
- Provides the primary financial support for herself and her dependents. Dependents can include children, spouse, partner, siblings and/or parents.
- Has financial need.
- Is enrolled in or has been accepted to a vocational/skills training program or an undergraduate degree program.
- Is motivated to achieve her education and career goals.
- Resides in one of Soroptimist International of the Americas’ member countries/territories.
- Has not previously been the recipient of a Soroptimist Live Your Dream Award (or the Women’s Opportunity Award, as it was previously called).
- Does not have a graduate degree (master’s, law, medical, etc., degree).
- Is not a Soroptimist member, a Soroptimist International of the Americas employee, or immediate family of either.
- Has a Social Security number or Tax ID number (US only).
Club-level deadline: November 15!
Read the inspiring stories of the 2015-2016 federation recipients. And watch a video clip of recipient Terriea Wadud from convention.
Dream It, Be It
Watch this short video highlighting the impact of our new girl program over the last club year.
What’s in It for You
Did you know your SIA membership dues of $70 USD has a $165, or a 235.7% return on investment? That is the dollar amount it would cost each member for all the services and benefits SIA provides. Check out more about the benefits and value of your Soroptimist membership today!
Starting New Members Off Right
In a recent survey, 98 percent of new members who attended an orientation session strongly agreed it was a good use of their time. If your club is not welcoming and orienting each and every new member to the values, programs and outcomes of our wonderful organization, it’s time to do so! Start a welcoming and orientation program right away. As part of the orientation process, be sure new members visit the new members area of www.soroptimist.org.
Keeping It in the Family
Recruiting from within our own networks can be a very powerful experience. So why not tap into those closest to you—your very own family! Customize the Family First flyer and have fun posting it around the house or send it in the mail to your relatives. Be creative and get the ones you love involved with the organization you love!
The Laurel Legacy
In the limited edition publication, Fairy Tale Future, award-winning artist Roger Roth paid tribute to Laurel Legacy members—those Soroptimists who include SIA in their estate planning. Debuted at the 2016 convention in Orlando, this booklet featured Laurel Legacy members’ answers to the question, “When you think of the future of women and girls, what do you dream of?” Terri Pettengill of SI/Stuart, FL said, “[if all girls were allowed access to education] so many girls would accomplish great things in science, medicine, technology or the arts.” Generations of girls around the world who would otherwise not have access to education will flourish in their futures, thanks to Laurel Legacy members like Terri. For more information on planning a future planned gift, visit the planned giving website.
Art Contest Discontinued
Starting with the 2016-2017 club year, SIA will no longer administer the Live Your Dream art contest or provide contest materials. Participation rates have steadily decreased each year. Rather, we encourage clubs to focus on conducting our Dream Programs (Live Your Dream Awards and Dream It, Be It), financially supporting our Dream Programs through Club Giving, recruiting new members and raising awareness of your club’s impact on women and girls. Thank you to all the clubs that participated over the last eight years. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
New SIA Website!
Over the next club year we will work with a design firm to rebrand SIA’s website. The main focus of the new site will be to feature our Dream Programs and highlight the impact we have on women and girls around the world.
Scheduled to launch toward the end of the 2016-2017 club year, the site will have a responsive design. This means that it will automatically adjust to the screen size and format of the device you use, whether it’s a mobile phone, tablet, laptop or full-size computer. The new design will also serve to better link both the Soroptimist and LiveYourDream.org brands. Stay tuned for some sneak peeks throughout the coming months!
Updated Member Resources!
Find resources to use LiveYourDream.org as part of your club’s membership strategies in the LiveYourDream.org Member Resources on SIA’s website.
Your Dream: Living a Meaningful Life
Finding your purpose takes hard work, dedication, self-awareness, the vulnerability to fail and the resilience to learn from mistakes. Our hope is that every young woman and girl can have a trusted mentor who helps her embrace, develop and apply her gifts! Read more about encouraging girls to claim their bold, inspired futures.
Featured items—Shop these new items introduced at SIA’s recent convention in Orlando.