Bylaw Proposals Pass
The results of the 2014 bylaw proposals are in.  All bylaw proposals passed with the required two-thirds approval by clubs. The Teller’s Report gives the complete details. The bylaw changes are effective immediately except for the dues increase, which is effective with the 2015-2016 club year.

The bylaw changes mean the membership changes are in effect now (updated forms are now available). Access the updated forms in EnglishPortuguese; and Spanish.

The approved graduated dues increase will be effective with the 2016-2016 club year. The annual dues billing, which will be sent in May, will reflect the first dues increase to $68 for 2015-2016 club year.

Over the next few months, headquarters will be updating the affected resources, materials, and forms. Please look for further updates here in the Soroptimist Summary, in Best for Women, and on the SIA website, which will have more information about the implementation of these bylaw changes.

Thank you for carefully considering the background materials provided by your Board of Directors to assist our clubs in making informed decisions, and helping Soroptimist to Shape Our Future. The Board of Directors you elected to steward the organization we all care so much about appreciates those clubs that participated in the voting process. It is an important membership right, and all clubs should strive to express their voice in this way.

SIA Board of Directors
Congratulations to the newly elected 2015-2017 SIA Board directors: Dana Martin, SI/Tri-Cities, British Columbia (Western Canada Region); Eriko Shinojima, SI/Takikawa, Japan (Japan Kita Region); Elizabeth Di Geronimo, SI/Miranda, Venezuela (America del Sur); and Dona Gaddis Wolf, SI/Pittsburg, California (Founder Region). Elections in Japan Chuo Region and the Philippines Region are pending. Newly elected SIA Board members will begin their term on September 1, 2015 and serve through August 31, 2017.

PA Excellence Award
For the second year in a row, SIA has received the U.S. Commerce & Trade Research Institute (USCTRI)’s 2015 Pennsylvania Excellence Award, given to organizations that consistently demonstrate a high regard for upholding business ethics and company values. Read more about this significant achievement here.

Executive Summary Barriers & Solutions Exercise
A Barriers and Solutions Exercise was rolled out to the SIA membership in 2014. Its purpose – to determine the top barriers and possible solutions clubs, regions and the federation face in increasing our collective impact. The overall top barriers members identified are Membership, Public Awareness, Financial and Culture. The overall top solutions members mentioned include Membership, Public Awareness, Financial and Communication. For more information and next steps click here.

SIA Board of Directors Meeting
The January/February 2015 Federation Board meeting opened with a warm welcome by President Poco to all attendees: Board Directors, Fundraising Council members, staff Senior Directors and translators. This was followed by a review of what it means to be a high performing board and what an effective board culture is about. Read more here.


Dream It, Be It Curriculum Launched
The curriculum for Dream It, Be It: Career Support for Girls is now available! SIA’s newest program will help girls grow to be strong, successful, happy adults. Soroptimist clubs will work in partnership with girls in small groups or a conference setting to provide them with the DIBI Logoinformation and resources they want and need to be successful. Access additional resources here.

Dream It, Be It Sales Items
Check out these fun new sales items! Each product will help spread the word about our new girl program and help girls organize their career goals. You can also order T-shirts from the SIA CaféPress store.

Live Your Dream Award Applicants
Overwhelmed by thought of selecting just one recipient from a pool of many deserving women? Worried about how to find judges? Not sure how to contact applicants who did and did not receive an award? Fear not! Everything you need is here and will help you through the process.


Help With Conflict
At home, work, and yes, even in our clubs, we must deal with conflict. With so many diverse and talented members, differences will occur. One of the ways to effectively handle conflict is by having peer mediators for clubs or within a region. Read more about the Rocky Mountain Region’s Club Solutions Team to see how this type of group is used to help clubs find solutions!

Tribute to Leadership AwardMartini Glass Drink Cocktail TGIF
Alice Wells, SI/Kachinas, Arizona (Golden West Region), charter club member and past SI and SIA president, was recently selected as a recipient of the Arizona YWCA Metropolitan Phoenix 2015 Tribute to Leadership Award, in the area of public service. The YWCA’s Tribute to Leadership is a special evening set aside to recognize outstanding individuals in the community who embody the YWCA’s mission: to eliminate discrimination and empower women. Congratulations, Alice!


Investing in Women and Girls
Women Moving Millions recently released a report explaining how the world’s greatest problems can be solved—by investing in projects that focus on empowering women and girls. Currently, only 7 percent of all philanthropic dollars are directed toward such projects. Imagine how we could work to solve global problems by collectively directing our donations to SIA programs! To read more, visit

Vote for Art Contest Winners!
Thank you to all the clubs that promoted the art contest this year. With your help, we received more than 3,600artcontest entries from children around the world! Now visit the Live Your Dream Facebook page to help pick the winners. Like last year, vote by “liking” the picture of your favorite artwork in each category. SIA will post one category per week throughout February, and announce the winners once the fourth week of voting is over. Receives High Praise, the leading financial media company for women, recently named one of six charities every woman needs to know. Read more about this exciting honor here.



SI Convention 2015—Istanbul Awaits You!
“Exciting, stimulating and thought-provoking in every dimension,” are the words SI President Ann Garvie used to describe the program for the 20th SI Convention to be held in Istanbul, Turkey, July 9-12, 2015. Soroptimists from all four federations are invited to share the unique experience of an international convention, which offers the opportunity to forge and refresh global friendships. Participants will learn about outstanding Soroptimist Projects of Excellence and gain a better understanding of Turkish culture. Bustling and abounding with magnificent historic buildings, Istanbul is a city of rich cultural heritage, which will be put on show in the accompanying program. In addition, post-convention tours will offer wonderful opportunities to visit other parts of Turkey, such as Cappadocia and Ephesus. To register before the February 28 early-bird deadline or to learn more, visit