SIA headquarters wishes you and yours all the best this holiday season. We look forward to working with you in the new year to help women and girls live their dreams!
Mail Ballot Deadlines
All Laws and Resolutions ballots must be received at headquarters on or before January 6, 2015. Ballot materials are available in all languages on the Federation Information page of the SIA website.
Ballots for the Board of Directors elections in Western Canada, Japan Kita, America del Sur and Founder regions must be received at headquarters on or before January 5, 2015. Ballot materials for all regions participating in the Board elections are available on the SIA website.
Please contact headquarters if you have any questions or concerns on how to return your ballot so your club’s voice may be counted.
New Club Email System
As announced in October, headquarters moved all club addresses to Microsoft’s cloud-based Office 365 system on December 15. The new system will make administering the club email system easier for clubs and headquarters.
Beginning in late October, all clubs were sent three messages: one with export/import instructions to move address books and other materials from the old system into the new system. A second message in late November included the new login information and general instructions on how to use the new system. A final reminder message was sent the week of December 8 with the new login information and instructions.
If you have any questions about the new club email account system, please contact headquarters at email@example.com.
New Club Brochure
A new, visually appealing club brochure is now available! The tri-fold pamphlet serves as an informative resource that can be customized with club contact information and printed. Click below to access the brochure in your respective language (Japanese coming soon!).
Wow! We are amazed by your generosity. On #GivingTuesday, Soroptimists came together to raise nearly $22,000 for women and girls—completely blowing our initial goal of $5,000 out of the water. You are incredible!
Whether you made a donation, took some time to volunteer, or gave a smile to someone who needed it on #GivingTuesday, thank you for making a difference.
Transform Your Legacy
By making a simple, transformational gift through your will or estate, you can change the lives of women and girls and at the same time create a legacy that lasts long beyond your lifetime. Your gift won’t cost you anything now and ensures good stewardship of your assets. To learn more, please visit soroptimist.plannedgiving.org.
Live Your Dream Awards
There’s still time! If your club wants to participate in our life-changing program but did not receive any eligible applications, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org TODAY!
Dream It, Be It: Career Support for Girls
Have you heard the great news? If you start planning your Dream It, Be It participation this year and report to your region chair by February 15, your club will be eligible to win one of five $1,000 grants to support your local-level work! Click here to learn more!
Look for a special email announcing the release of the Dream It, Be It curriculum in mid-January.
Soroptimist Club Grants for Women and Girls
The deadline for proposals for Soroptimist Club Grants is March 12. Remember donations to the SI December 10th Appeal will support club grants addressing education and leadership!
Best of Luck Nancy!
Recently, SIA headquarters staff gathered to honor Membership Coordinator Nancy Nardone on her retirement after nearly 31 years.
“You have all played an important part in making Soroptimist a happier and productive place.… I have a myriad of experiences—too many to mention— that have impacted my life in some very memorable and meaningful ways,” said Nancy.
On behalf of all the members and staff, we say THANK YOU Nancy! You will be missed and remembered for your years of hard work and dedication.
Allison Sylvester is SIA’s new membership assistant. Many of you have connected with Allison in her previous role as one of SIA’s membership services associates, where she fielded member calls and emails. You can reach her at email@example.com.
Following-up and following through
Did you know it only takes 3 seconds to make a good impression? In our fast-paced world, people expect information NOW and they want instant gratification. That is why it’s so important to quickly contact and welcome potential members when they express interest in joining your club. Check out this recruitment tip about following-up and following through to help with membership recruitment!
Thank you for promoting the art contest this year! We have received some incredible artwork from children around the world. Voting will begin in February.
Registration is now open for SI’s 20th Convention in Istanbul, Turkey, July 9-12, 2015. This unique occasion to meet Soroptimists from other federations only comes around once every four years. The convention will feature renowned speakers from around the world; workshops on advocacy at the local, national and international levels; building impactful and sustainable projects; learning how to communicate through social media; as well as the opportunity for all four federations to collaborate, share and develop fresh ideas for empowering women! To register, see the convention program, and book travel arrangements, visit the convention website at: http://www.si-istanbul2015.org/.
Living the Future Expo
Soroptimist clubs in Milan, Italy, are organizing a special program for Soroptimists called “Living the future- Soroptimist for Expo” in Milan on June 8-11, 2015. Visit the expo website for additional information and details.