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 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.