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Meet your 2017-2018 SIA Leadership!
Elections for the upcoming year are now complete. Dawn Marie Lemonds, SI/Newport Harbor Area, CA (Desert Coast Region), will serve as 2017-2018 president, and Elizabeth Di Geronimo Annicchiarico, SI/Miranda, Venezuela (America del Sur Region), will serve as president-elect.

Congratulations to the newly elected 2017-2019 board members: Julieta Armendariz de Lopez, SI/La Mesa, Mexico (Mexico/Centroamerica Region); Bonnie Domonchuk, SI/Cambridge, Ontario (Eastern Canada Region); Minda Garcia, SI/Founder Manila (Philippines Region); Sherry Pearson, SI/Los Banos, CA (Sierra Pacific Region); Michiko Shoji, SI/Atsugi, Japan (Japan Higashi Region); and Toshiko Ryomoto, SI/Osaka-Kita, Japan (Japan Chuo Region). They will join continuing 2016-2018 board members Nobuko Fujii, SI/Imabari, Japan (Japan Nishi Region); Karen Cromer Johnson, SI/Twin Cities, MN (North Central Region); Kathy King, SI/Klamath Falls, OR (Northwestern Region); Heidi McNamar, SI/Greater Hartford, CT (Northeastern Region); Mariza Schuster Bueno, SI/Rio Negro, Brazil (Brazil Region); and “Tina” Wei-Kang Pan, SI/Taipei, Taiwan (Taiwan Region).

The SIA Board recently completed its appointments to the Fundraising Council. Congratulations to the newly appointed 2017-2019 members: Ohran Choe, SI/Daegu, Korea (Korea Region); Kelly Fogarty, SI/Manhattan Beach, CA (Camino Real Region); and Tracy Scala, SI/Farmington Valley, CT (Northeastern Region).  They join continuing 2016-2018 members Lee Ann Cochran, SI/Columbus and Franklin County, OH (Midwestern Region), and Paloma Papa, SI/Taguig, Philippines (Philippines Region). The SIA Board has appointed Tracy Scala as the 2017-2018 Fundraising Council chair.

Recognition Banquet
Tickets are still available for the SIA Recognition Banquet! Don’t miss the fun! Join us in beautiful Toronto, Canada, on June 24 to celebrate our accomplishments and our outgoing and incoming leadership. Visit the SIA Meetings/Convention page to plan your trip today!

 

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Development

Gratitude
We’re still totaling the final Club Giving numbers, but we know one thing for sure—Soroptimists are working together and making SIA their charity of choice! Thank you to every Soroptimist who participated in your club’s fundraisers. Thank you to every club that increased SIA’s collective impact by making a Club Giving contribution! And special thanks to those clubs that gave at least 10 percent of their locally raised funds! Dreams are coming true, thanks to Soroptimists.

A Presidential Invitation
Kim Kurowski. Suzanne Stone. These SIA club presidents of SI/Greater Santa Clarita Valley, CA (Camino Real Region), and SI/Valencia, CA (Camino Real Region), have something extraordinary in common. Their clubs made generous MATCHING contributions of $10,000 to incentivize other clubs and members to give on #GivingTuesday and International Women’s Day. As a result, we vastly exceeded our fundraising goals and that means a tremendous impact for the disadvantaged women and girls we help through our Dream Programs.

Your donation could make double the difference too! If your club wants to help women and girls by offering a match, contact Shevaun Brannigan, SIA’s annual fund coordinator, at shevaun@soroptimist.org or 215.893.9000 x120. We’d love to hear from you!

Program

Live Your Dream Awards
2016-2017 Judging Panel
SIA thanks these six incredible women who served as judges at SIA’s headquarters office in Philadelphia for our Live Your Dream Awards! They had the hard task of picking our top three federation-level recipients. Pictured from left to right:
Angela Marchesani, M.A., Director of Program Operations, Women’s Resource Center; Sara Goldrick-Rab, Professor of Higher Education Policy and Sociology, Temple University; Tracey Thomasey, Director of Social Work, Support Center for Child Advocates; Samia Bristow, Healthy Families America Program Director, Maternity Care Coalition; Carey Morgan, Executive Director, New Century Trust; Brenda Gorski, Domestic Violence Program Coordinator, Nationalities Service Center.

The Live Your Dream Awards online application opens July 1! Update your club roster now with the 2017-2018 club chair to make sure applications are sent to the correct member.

Dream It, Be It
Is your club looking for a group of girls with which to work on Dream It, Be It? Check out this project proposal—a brief, easy-to-understand description of the program for your club to share with potential partners!

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Membership

Motivation Matters
Motivation is the energizing factor that keeps club members enthusiastic about working together to accomplish our mission. It’s an important quality to have! Additionally, when you can inspire members to work together, it increases engagement and promotes a harmonious, happy club atmosphere! Read the latest leadership tip to find out more.

What’s In It For You?
We are drawing near to the end of this club year and some members may be on the fence about renewing for another year. If you are wondering: “What do I get in return for my dues and fees?” take a moment to revisit the benefits and value of Soroptimist membership to see exactly “what’s in it for you.” You can also share this information with prospective members and use this recruitment tip about dues and fees, which offers advice for having the conversation about the financial commitment to membership.

LiveYourDream.org Member Resources
If you are looking for ways to engage prospects and current members, check out the LiveYourDream.org Member Resources that serve as a comprehensive guidebook for Soroptimist members. Use this resource for information about LiveYourDream.org’s features, frequently asked questions, tips to raise awareness, and even some examples of how our very own clubs are using LiveYourDream.org to extend their network!

Public Awareness

Logo Policy
As we prepare for our 100th anniversary in 2021, we must work to revitalize our brand image—an important step in building our global recognition. Toward that end, your SIA Board decided at its January 2017 meeting that SIA will no longer use the SI emblem. Having a consistent visual identity is essential to successful branding efforts, which affects SIA’s ability to increase our recognition, recruit members and fundraise outside our organization. Clubs have a transition period through December 31, 2019 to ensure the emblem is removed from all materials, except for emblem pins. Read the Logo FAQ for more information.

Trademarked Logos
The Soroptimist logo is a registered trademark and should not be altered in any way. Clubs should download and use the proper logo with the registered trademark symbol from the logos page of the Soroptimist website.

LiveYourDream.org
20 Reasons Why I Love Girl Power
Carletta S. Hurt is a teacher, counselor, and youth advocate working on a book called 20 Reasons Why I Love Girl Power. The book is designed to recognize the power in girls and why we must take time to celebrate, encourage, and uplift them. Read this blog post at LiveYourDream.org to find out more about the book and what inspires Carletta to help girls.

Carletta S. Hurt with young scholars Kaya and Raina.

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