Machiko Yamada, 2007-2008 federation president, passed away in late May 2015. In addition to serving our organization as SIA president, she also served as 2004-2006 SIA board director, and 2002-2004 governor of Japan Nishi Region. She was a member of SI/Tokuyama and chartered SI/Kudamatsu, and served as officers in both clubs. A graduate of Doshisha University, Machiko worked with her husband to operate more than 20 gas stations, as well as overseeing the sales of jewelry and women’s items at two company-run stores, and a leisure facility/golf course. Please read an interview with Machiko when she first became SIA president. Machiko will be remembered as a dedicated, loyal and respected Soroptimist leader who recognized the struggles of women and supported the federation’s efforts on behalf of women and girls. She will be greatly missed.
See you in Los Angeles on June 13 for the SIA Recognition Banquet! Pre-registration is closed but you can still register on site. If you would like to attend, please contact Eva Matyskiela at email@example.com to reserve a ticket to purchase at the door ($85). For more information, check out the meetings/conventions page of the SIA website.
Volunteer Protection Act of 1997 Amendments
SIA recently joined as a co-sponsor of legislation to make amendments to the U.S. Volunteer Protection Act of 1997. The purpose of the bill is to protect volunteers from civil liability when acting for nonprofit organizations or government entities. To read more about the Volunteer Protection Act of 1997 and the proposed amendments click here.
Increasing Your Impact
A planned gift allows you to continue your support of Soroptimist beyond your lifetime. By amplifying your impact with a gift through your estate or financial plans, you can help change the lives of women and girls around the world for years to come. To learn more about the types of planned gifts you can make, please visit soroptimist.plannedgiving.org.
Your Support in Action
At the SIA convention in Vancouver, our generous members donated more than $23,000 to support the launch of Dream It, Be It: Career Support for Girls. These contributions helped cover more than half the total cost of translating all the English materials for this program into the other the five languages of the federation—Japanese, Portuguese, Korean, Chinese and Spanish—which totaled more than $40,000. Thank you to our donors for ensuring that girls in SIA’s 20 countries and territories have access to this program. Learn more about this exciting new program!
2011-2013 SI December 10th President’s Appeal
At the SI convention in Montreal in 2011, then SI President Alice Wells asked all Soroptimists to support Birthing in the Pacific—a project addressing maternal mortality in Papua New Guinea. Read the most recent report of activities for this successful project.
Guilty as Charged
When recruiting new members, have you heard them say, “I don’t think I have the time”? The truth is they may have the time, but they don’t want to feel guilty if they can’t attend every event and meeting. Check out the latest recruitment tip about implementing a “No Guilt Club” that accepts members at varied levels of engagement and recognizes each member gives what she can. Not only is a flexible club more appealing to prospects, it also helps retain current members who run into the occasional scheduling conflict!