SIA

2018 Convention
Plans are underway for SIA’s first convention in Japan since 1990! Don’t miss this fabulous opportunity to join us! For the most up-to-date information, please visit the SIA Convention webpage, and start making your plans now!

Recognition Banquet
The 2017 SIA Recognition Banquet in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, celebrated clubs and regions for their achievements and honored SIA leadership. The fun-filled event included an awards presentation, recognition of outgoing and incoming Fundraising Council and Board of Director members, and the installation of 2017-2018 President Dawn Marie Lemonds. Read the recap to see which clubs and regions were recognized. Also check the Facebook photo album to view photos from Toronto.

Board Summary
Read the summary to learn about significant actions taken by your SIA Board at its June meeting in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Thanks, Julieta!
SIA’s Spanish translator, Julieta Querol, was recently featured in and article in 92130 Magazine. The article highlights her business and how she helps change the lives of women and girls through her work with Soroptimist (Julieta provides services to SIA at a discounted rate). The article also showcases our Dream Programs. Julieta is passionate about our mission and is also a great translator! Read the full article here.

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Development

Club Giving for 2016-2017 = WOW!
If you’re a member of a club that participated in Club Giving, we want to extend our utmost thanks to you. The extraordinary final total of Club Giving in the 2016-2017 recognition period was more than $700,000, raised from nearly 1,000 clubs! Because of Soroptimists working together, our Dream Program recipients are keeping their electricity on and studying into the night—thanks for making the world a brighter place. For more details on how these contributions change lives, visit our program page.

Meet a Monthly Giver
We had a wonderful time speaking to Kate Espy of SI/Port Orchard, WA (Northwestern Region), about her Soroptimist journey beginning as a Ruby Award recipient. Read her profile, the latest in our series called “Meet a Monthly Giver.” Support our Dream Programs and join the monthly giving program today!

Program

Live Your Dream Awards
The online application is now open! Please be sure your Live Your Dream Awards club chair is updated in your club roster so online applications are sent to the correct person.

Soroptimist Celebrating Success Awards
Congratulations to the 2017 Soroptimists Celebrating Success Awards International finalists. This stellar club work is helping to advance our mission of helping disadvantaged women and girls to live their dreams!

Soroptimist Club Grants
Read about the outstanding club projects that were awarded club grant funds for 2017-2018! This work helps women and girls in local communities while supporting our mission.

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Membership

MemberSHIP Campaign: Our Cruise Continues!
Our All Aboard the MemberSHIP campaign is continuing to sail as we head into the third phase of the campaign: June 1, 2017-May 31, 2018. View our centralized resources created to make it easier than ever to recruit locally and find advice about keeping your club healthy so members will renew year after year. Thank you for giving us two successful years of recruitment and retention by participating in our campaign and congratulations to the latest campaign winners!

Success Stories
Speaking of winners, curious to know the secrets to the success of some of our top clubs that celebrated wins during the 2015-2016 All Aboard the MemberSHIP campaign? We were too! At the end of the first phase of the campaign, we asked the top club in each region to share the secrets of their success. Read this article to hear what they had to say.

Club Health: Time for a Check-Up
Does your club need a health check-up? The monotony of working on the same projects combined with outdated traditions and club members who “do it all” can lead to decreased member satisfaction and engagement. Ultimately, members may decide that renewing their membership is not a priority. Just as we personally evolve over time, our clubs should do the same. To get back the feeling of excitement and passion for service, check out this latest retention resource today!

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SI

The UN’s 2017 High Level Political Forum focused on “Eradicating poverty and promoting prosperity in a changing world.” Soroptimist International (SI) contributed the views of its members and presented examples of evidence from the grassroots of a leading non-governmental organization (NGO). Read the full report here.