Important Information from the SIA Board After carefully considering the ramifications of SIA’s declining membership trend and preparing a 10-year financial projection, your SIA Board is proposing a federation dues increase. Please click here to read the Board’s letter. This letter will also be printed in the upcoming issue of Best for Women, which is printed and delivered to each member in her own language. For more information about this important issue, please read the Dues Increase FAQ and Keeping an Eye on Our Financial Future, which have been translated into all SIA languages and is also available here.
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For the first time in SIA convention history we will offer various workshops presented by SIA members! Choose from a selection of 32 unique workshops in five education tracks: Leadership Development; Membership; Program; Fundraising; Public Awareness; and Personal Development. View the complete list of workshops.
The American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) chose Soroptimist’s LiveYourDream.org program as one of four grant-winning projects through its Foundation Innovation Grant Program (IGP). LiveYourDream.org was selected from approximately 40 applicants, and was officially recognized during ASAE’s March Great Ideas Conference in Orlando, FL. Read more about the innovation grant here.
SIA was selected as a winner in the 35th Annual Telly Awards for our video “Soroptimist Empowers Women & Girls!” The Telly Awards honor the very best film and video productions, groundbreaking online video content, and outstanding local, regional, and cable TV commercials and programs. SIA’s video uses words and images to demonstrate our mission and vision in an exciting and visual way. Please enjoy (and share!) this beautiful video. Learn more about the award here.
Annual Report The 2012-2013 Soroptimist Annual Report is now available! Check out the hard work, dedication and impact of clubs and members around the world in the digital issue available here. To purchase a printed copy, visit MagCloud and choose the “Buy Print” option.
Board Summary Read the summary to learn about significant actions taken by your SIA Board at its recent meeting in Philadelphia.
I know you hear me, but are you really listening?
Whether we realize it or not, we all give away our innermost thoughts through everyday conversation and non-verbal actions. Listen for clues when recruiting new members—what they say may be a hint as to why they want to become a Soroptimist. For example, are they looking to join for fun, or to make new friends, or are they searching for an opportunity to volunteer and do a good deed? Check out this tip to see how you can emphasize what your club can offer to meet their needs!
Women’s Opportunity Awards
Did you see President Cheri’s video announcing the changes to our signature program? Learn more at region conferences. The changes will go live on May 15, when the program will formally be called Live Your Dream: Education & Training Awards for Women.
Twenty-eight women joined our group of at-large award recipients this year! Thank you to the members and LiveYourDream.org supporters who helped select these recipients, who do not live in an area with a Soroptimist club. And thank you to the regions for including these recipients in their region-level judging. Together we are reaching more women with this life-changing award. Read a wonderful letter from one of this year’s at-large recipients.
Did your club recipient sign a media consent form? Remember, you must have your recipient’s permission before you share her information with the public.
New Girl Program
Are you holding a project-planning meeting for the 2014-2015 club year? Don’t forget to save time to start planning for the new girl program. The club planning toolkit, along with the name and design, will be announced at convention in Vancouver.
UN CSW Meeting In March, Soroptimists from around the world joined other non-governmental organizations (NGOs) at the United Nations Headquarters in New York City to be the voice of civil society during the 58th session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW58). Click here to read a full report from SIA past president and SI programme director, Sharon Fisher.
International (Future) Women’s Day
In celebration of International Women’s Day on March 8, Soroptimists from 10 different countries and territories throughout our federation helped us raise almost $7,000 to support girls’ educational and career goals. Thank you for everything you do to make the world a better place for women and girls.
Diamonds are a Girl’s Best Friend!
Get ready for the not-to-be-missed Laurel Society event at the 43rd Soroptimist Convention in Vancouver! Attendance is by invitation only to new Laurel Society members and active Laurel Society members who have contributed at least $250 since September 1, 2012. Invitations will be mailed soon, but there is still time to send your gift to ensure your name is on the invite list!
Have you visited Your Dream section at LiveYourDream.org? Check out this month’s featured InspiREAD: Let’s Hear it from the Girls! Eden Roth, a sophomore at Springfield High School in Pennsylvania, shares her views on gender equality, education and her desire to change the world. Eden is the daughter of Darlene Friedman, SIA’s senior director of membership marketing.
Live Your Dream Art Contest, Taiwan Entries
We were disheartened to learn that all of the Live Your Dream art contest submissions from Taiwan Region were lost in the mail and returned to Taiwan without making it to SIA headquarters before the December 31 deadline. Because the children worked so hard on their art, we decided to hold a mini-contest to pick finalists in each of the four categories. Stay tuned for voting information on SIA’s Facebook page!
New Two-Pocket Folder!
Get the SIA and Live Your Dream message across with this sturdy 9″ x 12″ pocket folder. Features include a great new full-color design and two handy inside pockets to keep your papers organized. $20.00 for a pack of 10.