Category Archives: September 2015 Soroptimist Summary

SIA

Come Sail Away!
The All Aboard the memberSHIP campaign is underway! Check out the campaign webpage for more details and to find all of the best recruitment resources!

Check out your cruise captain’s memberSHIP tidbits for this month:

  • Share what you love about being a Soroptimist on SIA’s Facebook page and get a chance to receive credit to the SIA or LYD.org store!
  • Customize the Find Your Inner Super Hero or Find Your Joy flyers with your club’s personal info and post them in your community!
  • Show that you are “on board” with one or more of these cool items from the logo store!

With more hands on deck, we’ll be able to further the Soroptimist mission by increasing our collective impact and helping even more women and girls to live their dreams. Let’s see how far we can sail together!

Board Summary
Read the summary to learn about significant actions taken by your SIA Board at its July meeting in Los Angeles.

Open Heart–Open Door
Are you interested in meeting Soroptimists from around the world? SI/Europe established the Open Heart–Open Door program, which offers Soroptimists the chance to create and strengthen bonds of friendship worldwide by opening their homes to Soroptimists from other countries. For more information, visit <http://bit.ly/open-heart-open-door>.

Friendship Grant
Would you like to meet Soroptimists in the Southwest Pacific? SI/New Zealand South Region is offering a Friendship Grant to a Soroptimist, two Soroptimists traveling together, or a Soroptimist accompanied by her spouse or traveling companion. The travel period is March 2016 and is offered for a maximum of 21 days. Return travel to New Zealand and travel between clubs is at your own expense. There is opportunity for you to extend travel to areas where there are no clubs but at your own expense. This Friendship Grant only applies to the South Island of New Zealand. Further details are available upon inquiry and help with travel plans will be offered to the successful applicant.

Inquiries and all correspondence concerning applications for the Friendship Grant should be addressed to the Friendship Grant coordinator, Maree Gentle, mareegentle@gmail.co.nz. The closing date is September 30, 2015.

Save the Date!
Mark your calendars for the 44th Biennial Convention, July 20-23, 2016, in sunny Orlando, Florida! You can also reserve your Dolphin Hotel room online now using a special discount code, and check out some of the convention details.

2015-2016 Art Contest
ArtContestPoster2015The 8th Annual Soroptimist Live Your Dream art contest is underway! In celebration of our new program, Dream It, Be It: Career Support for Girls, this year’s contest will highlight mentors and role models. Students, ages 4-18, are invited to draw a woman who serves as a mentor or role model—a teacher, athlete, musician, business owner, etc.—and share how this woman inspires or motivates them.

Clubs can find materials to promote this year’s contest in the public awareness section of SIA’s website, or direct participants to the art contest section of Soroptimist.org. The submission deadline is December 31, 2015. Finalists will be featured on the Soroptimist Facebook page throughout February, with winners announced on March 8, International Women’s Day.

Big Goal
As Soroptimist approaches our 100th birthday, we need your help to define our next century. How can we realize our dream of helping even more women and girls? We are counting on you to exercise your voice in shaping the future of SIA. Find out how.

Development

Designated Contributions
Did you know you can choose which Soroptimist program you want your gift to support? Individual donors can now choose to designate their gift to the Live Your Dream Awards, Dream It, Be It or Unrestricted Program Support, which will ensure all Soroptimist programs—including Club Grants and the Workplace Campaign to End Domestic Violence—have the funding they need to create lasting, sustainable impact. All gifts from individuals designated to any of these three funds will be recognized in the Laurel Society. Read more about this important change or log in and make a donation to the program of your choice!

New Club Giving Benefits
The new Club Giving benefits for the 2015-2016 club year are now available! Click here to see the benefits available to your club this year for all contributions received prior to May 31. Thank you for your club’s support of our global programs! Your gift helps a woman get the education she needs to build a better life for her family; helps a girl learn to overcome setbacks and pursue her dreams; and helps other Soroptimist clubs fund projects critical to women and girls in their local communities. Learn more about how Club Giving contributions are used.

LiveYourDream.org

Back to School Sale
Save up to 50 percent on a number of LiveYourDream.org sales items. Sales will help us reach more women through Live Your Dream: Education & Training Awards for Women.sale-50-percent-off-2015Each year, we award over $1.7 million in awards to more than 1,300 deserving women. And each year, we strive to award more money to more women. Please help us by shopping our Back to School Sale.

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Program

Soroptimist Club Grants for Women and Girls
SIA has awarded $177,000 to 43 clubs through the Soroptimist Club Grants for Women and Girls. SIA was able to fund 30 of these projects in the amount of $123,500 through the Soroptimist International President’s December 10th Appeal. These projects focused on education and leadership. To learn more about the funded projects, read the Soroptimist Club Grants for Women and Girls 2015-2016 Recipient Project Summary Report. The deadline to apply for the 2016-2017 Soroptimist Club Grants for Women and Girls is March 1, 2016.

Soroptimists Celebrating Success
SIA is excited to share the 2014-2015 Soroptimist Celebrating Success Awards federation and region finalists! The annual best practice awards recognize successful projects in four pillars that support the SIA Strategic Plan: program, membership, fundraising, and public awareness. Be sure to check out the newly added ‘Honorable Mention’ category!

Live Your Dream: Education & Training Awards for Women
LYDlogo_large2The 2015-2016 awards cycle is open! SIA encourages clubs to include at-large applications within club level judging. If your club cannot accommodate at-large applications, please communicate that to SIAHQ whenever your club receives them. The Live Your Dream Awards deadline is now November 15, 2015!

Supporting Women and Girls Following Disasters
Following a discussion addressing the Soroptimist Disaster Grants for Women and Girls, the SIA board of directors decided to provide disaster recovery grants focused on women and girls through the Soroptimist Club Grants for Women and Girls. Grant applications are due on March 1 of each year.