Ballot to Fill President-Elect Vacancy
In response to Yoko Ichigatani’s resignation as SIA president-elect due to health reasons, 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 deadline was extended and is due back to headquarters on or before March 20. All ballot materials, including instructions on how to return your club’s ballot, are on the federation information page of the SIA website.
Join us in beautiful Toronto, Canada, to celebrate our achievements and honor our leadership! The 2017 SIA Recognition Banquet will be held at the Chelsea Hotel on June 24. Visit the SIA meetings page for information to start planning your trip.
We are sad to report that Mary Prunty, 1999-2000 federation president, passed away on January 6. A Soroptimist since 1979, Mary also served as 1992-1994 and 1994-1996 governor of Northeastern Region. A nursing professor, Mary retired from Northern Essex Community College as assistant dean of academic affairs after serving there in various functions for 38 years. She held a master of guidance and psychology degree from Assumption College and a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Fitchburg State College. She is survived by her two daughters. Click here for more information.
Live Your Dream Awards
Now that you have selected your club recipients, it’s time to share that information with your region chair and honor your recipients! We can help with the following resources:
Dream It, Be It
We are moving the curriculum materials to a password-protected webpage so we know which organizations are using them. All Soroptimist members will have easy access by entering your member username and password. Each member’s username is your six-digit member ID number. Each member’s initial password is your six-digit member number. You can update your member profile/change your password here and ask your club president for your member number.
Soroptimist Club Grants
The Soroptimist Club Grants for Women and Girls are funds given to Soroptimist clubs to start or continue projects in their communities that improve the lives of women and girls, in accordance with the mission of SIA. Interested in applying but not sure where to start? Read our Tips for Applying for a Soroptimist Club Grant. Ready to apply for a Soroptimist Club Grant? Fill out and submit a Soroptimist Club Grants for Women and Girls Application by March 1.
Thank you! ありがとう！ ¡Gracias! 謝謝！Obrigado! 고맙습니다!
We’re grateful in every language for the clubs, Laurel Society members, and Laurel Legacy members who contributed to Soroptimist or included the organization in their estate planning last fiscal year. Please visit our thank-you page to see the many clubs and individuals who are making a profound and global difference in the lives of women and girls.
We Are Platinum!
We’re eager to highlight our GuideStar Platinum Status. Our SIA profile has shifted to reflect SIA’s Bold Goal. It showcases how access to education through our Live Your Dream Awards and Dream It, Be It programs can effect change for women and girls around the world. We also highlight LiveYourDream.org and show how advocacy can uniquely position us to continue our work in gender violence, sex trafficking, empowerment—and access to education through online advocacy, social media campaigns and volunteer actions. We’re proud to have reached this milestone. Thank you for working with us to achieve this new status!
Funding Our Programs
Did you know that Soroptimist headquarters chartered its own club over a year ago? SI/Rittenhouse Square, PA, recently held a karaoke night benefiting its Live Your Dream Awards program. Pictured below are five club members at the event, which raised several hundred dollars. Want your fundraiser highlighted in a future Soroptimist Summary? Email Fundraising Assistant Shevaun Brannigan at Shevaun@soroptimist.org for potential inclusion!
Roll Out the Welcome Mat!
Thank you for working with your club’s membership team to recruit new members! Are you making them feel welcome and involving them 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 welcome members and guests to your club and encourage them to fully enjoy their member experience!
Now Available: Club Mentor Guide
We are so pleased to announce that seven new clubs have chartered during this fiscal year! To continue to help more women and girls, regions and chartering teams are working to establish additional clubs to strengthen our collective impact. As those new charters are signed and the celebrations are over, we have to think: what’s next for these new clubs? Your help is needed. Just as it is important to welcome and orient members, we must do the same for our new clubs to ensure they are fully welcomed into their region and our organization. Review our Club Mentor Guide, created as an easy checklist charter teams can use with important reminders and support throughout the year.
Are Certain Habits Holding You Back?
If we want to be our best selves, sometimes we need to take a good look in the mirror and get real. Maybe we find there are habits holding us back and it’s time to change. As members and clubs, we should do this type of reflection too. Could there be some bad habits in your club that are holding you back from helping more women and girls? Can you change a custom or routine in order to improve your club’s atmosphere? Just as we encourage women and girls to make positive changes in their lives, let’s do the same for the good of our clubs, our members and ourselves. Read more about it here!
Your Dream: 10 Ways Women Won in 2016
Just two months into the new year, we know women still face a number of challenges in 2017. However, let’s not forget these significant headline stories that recognize the many ways women won in 2016. Never forget that when women and girls unite, they can spark positive changes, achieve justice, build a better world, and inspire others to do the same!
Check out the NEW merchandise available in the Soroptimist store. These featured items would make a great addition to your Soropti-attire!