Category Archives: May 2015 Soroptimist Summary

SIA

Newly Elected and Appointed Federation Leaders
RoseMary Reid, 2015-2016 President-Elect
SIA Federation Secretary/Treasurer and SI/Peterborough, Ontario, Canada, member RoseMary Reid will serve as SIA’s 2015-2016 president-elect. Click here to learn more about RoseMary and what she will bring to her role as federation president-elect and president. Congratulations, RoseMary!

SIA Board of Directors
Congratulations to recently elected SIA Board members, who will serve from September 1, 2015, to August 31, 2017: Dana Martin, SI/Tri-Cities, Western Canada Region; Eriko Shinojima, SI/Takikawa, Japan Kita Region; Elizabeth Di Geronimo, SI/Miranda, Venezuela, America del Sur Region; Virginia “Gigie” Penalosa, SI/Mandaluyong, Philippines Region; Ryoko Yasukawa, SI/Takaoka, Japan Chuo Region; and Dona Gaddis Wolf, SI/Pittsburg, Founder Region.

SIA Fundraising Council
As a result of the recent SIA Bylaws ballot, the SIA Board of Directors is now responsible for appointing members to the SIA Fundraising Council. Congratulations to the following Soroptimists who have been appointed to serve from September 1, 2015, to August 31, 2017: Margaret Gilbey, SI/Toronto, Eastern Canada Region; Tracy Scala, SI/Farmington Valley, Northeastern Region; and Tamra Sipes, SI/Oak Harbor, Northwestern Region.

SIA Recognition Banquet
Join your Soroptimist friends on June 18 as we celebrate our achievements and honor SIA leadership in Los Angeles, California. This fun-filled event will include award presentations, recognition of outgoing and incoming board members, and the installation of 2015-2016 SIA President Susan “Sam” Buchenau! For additional banquet information, please visit the SIA meetings page.crowne-plaza-los-angeles-2531924221-2x1

Program

Dream It, Be It: Career Support for Girls
Five clubs have recently been awarded the Dream It, Be It Club Planning Prize. These clubs include:

SI/Yosakoi Kochi, Japan Nishi Region
SI/El Cerrito, Founder Region
SI/Seoul (Korea Region)
SI/Monroe County, Midwestern Region
SI/Calgary, Western Canada Region

The five clubs each won a USD$1,000 cash grant to put toward their local-level Dream It, Be It project in the 2015-2016 club year. The winning clubs were selected randomly from among our federation’s 500 clubs that reported plans to participate in Dream It, Be It. Our federation can be proud these five clubs and the other 495 clubs plan to participate in our new global program for girls.

As your club begins to plan or implement a Dream It, Be It project, remember to ask your region Dream It, Be It Chair or SIA program staff (at siahq@soroptimist.org) for help!

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Soroptimists Celebrating Success

Please remember that club entries for Soroptimists Celebrating Success are due to the region by July 1. Clubs now submit their entries to their Soroptimists Celebrating Success Award region chairs, and regions will select region-level recipients. The first-place recipient in program, membership, fundraising, and public awareness will then compete for the federation-level awards.

Live Your Dream: Education and Training Awards for Women
As a reminder, the club application deadline for the Live Your Dream Awards is now November 15. Consider planning your recruitment earlier than your club has in the past to meet the earlier deadline!

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Fundraising

19,000 Women and Girls Helped Because of You!
More than 19,000 women and girls received assistance through the Live Your Dream Award, Soroptimist Club Grants for Women & Girls and Disaster Grants last year thanks to your support. Your contributions are making dreams come true for women and girls around the world. To learn more about the impact of your contributions, take a look at our Annual Report and infographic.

Invest in Women and the World Benefits
Study after study has revealed that by investing in women and girls, their whole families, communities, and the world benefits. Soroptimist believes the best way to do this is through education. An educated mother is less likely to be dependent on an abusive partner, making her children less likely to perpetuate violence in their own families. [1] Our Live Your Dream Awards program makes this possible. Click here to make a gift to help break the cycle of violence and make real change for women and girls!
[1] http://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs239/en/, World Health Organization, 2014.

Membership

Secrets Revealed—What Potential Members Want!
Have you found yourself pondering: what do new members want and how can we make our club more attractive to potential members? Recruiting members can be a challenge when you are faced with the mysterious world of prospects. Check out this recruitment tip to learn more about what those who completed an Introduction Form had to say. Help your club stop the guesswork and build your recruitment strategy!