Desert Coast-Buchenau-Foliage-091508Susan “Sam” Buchenau 2014-2015 President-Elect
SIA Fundraising Council chair and SI/Valley de Oro, California, member Susan “Sam” Buchenau will serve as SIA’s 2014-2015 president-elect. Click here to learn more about Sam and what she will bring to her role as federation president-elect and president. Congratulations, Sam!

Convention News
Check out this list to stay up-to-date on convention news and plan your girls get-away to Vancouver!

  • The Call to Convention, which includes proposed amendments, registration, schedule information and more, will be arriving in club president mailboxes shortly! Call materials are also available on the SIA Convention webpage.Soroptimist final
  • The early registration deadline is midnight on May 21. After this date, the fees will increase by 25%, so register early to save and be automatically entered in the early registration contest!
  • Make your reservations now to secure your room at one of the two convention hotels. The reservation deadline is June 20 but rooms at the discounted SIA rates are selling quickly. (The Pan Pacific hotel is already sold out on July 26!) Rooms are still available July 20-25 at the Pan Pacific and July 22-27 at the Fairmont Waterfront, so make your reservations today!
  • Let’s get social! Join the SIA convention community on SIA’s Facebook convention event page and follow us on Twitter by searching #SIAVancouver.



Time for your annual check-up?
As the end of the club year nears, why not conduct an annual club health check up using the Sample Club Assessment? See what’s working and what’s not in order to keep the interest of current members and attract new ones. We’ve recently updated this resource that helps to identify strengths, weaknesses, and establish priorities. Check it out today!


Soroptimist Live Your Dream Award (formerly the Women’s Opportunity Awards)
Has your club given an award to a very deserving and appreciative woman? Do you want to continue to help these women? Consider these ideas to increase the impact of the award on the women who receive it.

Soroptimists Celebrating Success Awards
Have you heard the news? The Soroptimists Celebrating Success Awards now have a region-level judging AND a new deadline. Submit your entry by July 1!


Club Giving—We can’t do it without you!
So many generous clubs have made a Club Giving donation this year and we know how hard every member works to raise those funds. Thank you for your commitment to help women and girls through Club Giving. If your club has not made their contribution yet, the deadline is May 31, 2014 for recognition this year. Click here to log in with your club ID and make your gift today!

Amazon Smile
When you make your next purchase using you can support Soroptimist at the same time! Simply start at and select Soroptimist International of the Americas as your charity of choice. Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of your purchase to support Soroptimist programs that empower women and girls around the world.

Live Your Dream

New InspiREAD
Check out our newly featured InspiREAD: Anne Ream is a sexual assault survivor and past recipient of the Soroptimist Making a Difference for Women Award (now the Ruby Award: For Women Helping Women). Here she shares excerpts from her new book, Lived Through This: Listening to the Stories of Sexual Violence Survivors. SIA and Live Your Dream applaud Anne for her tireless work on behalf of sexual violence survivors.

Taiwan Region Art Contest
TR_2014imagerWhen we learned 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, we decided to hold a mini-contest just for them. The finalists in each of the four categories received more than 1,150 combined likes during voting! Make sure to visit the Soroptimist Facebook page to check out the winners in each category.