Big Goal As Soroptimist approaches our 100th birthday, we need your club’s help to define our next century. How can we realize our dream of helping even more women and girls? We are counting on your club to exercise their voice in shaping the future of SIA. Find out how.
Don’t forget to promote this year’s Live Your Dream art contest! Clubs can find materials 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. Voting will occur on the Soroptimist Facebook page in February. Winners will receive prizes featuring their winning artwork.
A special thank you from SI/Ishinomaki–Sant–Juan
In 2011 a devastating tsunami hit the coast of Tohoku, Japan, during which members of SI/Ishinomaki-Sant-Juan lost businesses, homes and family. The club has spent the last five years rebuilding and recovering from this disaster, and has gained 14 new members who wanted to repay the direct support they had received from Soroptimist. Members express their gratitude in the comments below:
“We helped each other and the bonds between members grew stronger. We received a lot of support from the members of Soroptimist. They delivered warm meals every day. I thank the members of Soroptimist all over the world. I am glad to be a Soroptimist.”
“It was a painful experience. I am so thankful for the warm support of Soroptimist. Now I support the others.”
“We can’t recover everything. But we will reconstruct our city someday. We will make an effort to improve the life of women and girls in this city.”
Many thanks to Soroptimists everywhere who supported our members in Japan in the aftermath of this terrible natural disaster. Read the full report here.
During 2014-2015, SIA collectively gave more than $1.77 million to support the education and career goals of 1,293 women. Read more about club participation and the impact of the Live Your Dream Awards.
The online submission process for Live Your Dream Award applications is open! Applicants may upload application materials to the SIA website. Applications will be sent directly to clubs to be included in local-level judging. If no Soroptimist club is nearby, applications will be included in at-large judging at SIA headquarters.
In 2014-2015, 1,014 clubs (78 percent) participated in the Live Your Dream Awards. If your club didn’t honor a woman with a cash award this year, consider doing so! We have heard from many recipients that receiving the award served as a “turning point” in their lives—and knowing an entire organization of women is behind them is just as important as the cash award. Learn more about how your club can participate.
During 2014-2015, 500 clubs (38%) made plans to participate in Dream It, Be It, 19,610 volunteer hours were contributed to planning, and $127,810 was spent in support of local Dream It, Be ItRead more about club participation and a progress report of Dream It, Be It.
Check out the new easy-to-follow press release templates to publicize your club’s DIBI workshops and conferences.
Want to be a part of Dream It, Be It but your club doesn’t have the capacity to participate? Support a participating club’s Dream It, Be It project! SIA has recently created another way to engage with Dream It, Be It by providing financial support, in-kind donations, speakers or administrative support, and/or providing additional opportunities for girls.
#62MillionGirls The First Lady of the United States, Michelle Obama, recently announced a new campaign to raise awareness of the fact that 62 million girls around the world are not in school. We are thrilled to see the White House’s new focus on girls’ education and proud of the work Soroptimists are doing to help girls around the world stay in school through Dream It, Be It.
Sustainable Development Goals World leaders gathered at the United Nations on September 25 to unanimously adopt the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The SDGs succeed the Millenium Development Goals and are meant to continue rallying the international community to achieve a common vision and foster a sense of global commonwealth. The fourth and fifth goals include quality education and gender equality, both of which directly align with Soroptimist’s mission to improve the lives of women and girls through programs leading to social and economic empowerment.
You can be a lifeline to a woman in need. By becoming a monthly donor, you can be a lifeline to a woman in need. Monthly gifts provide federation-wide programs like the Live Your Dream Awards with a steady stream of funding. A gift of $25 a month to the Live Your Dream Awards could help a woman afford text books for a year’s worth of classes. Become a monthly donor today!
With more hands on deck, we’ll be able to further the Soroptimist mission, increase our collective impact, and help even more women and girls to live their dreams. Let’s see how far we can sail together!
Map out your travels to a successful year! With your club aboard the memberSHIP this year, ensure your travels are successful by using the Club Strategic Plan Template. Use this outline to model and plan your club’s course of action in order to reach your goals!
October Action Campaign: ACT NOW!
Without legal aid, it can be harder for women to get protective orders, leave their abusive partners, and escape the cycle of violence. Research shows that domestic violence victims lack adequate access to affordable legal services. In fact, it’s the second most requested service after safe housing. But funding cuts have forced many domestic violence programs to reduce or eliminate their legal aid services. Sign the petition to tell Congress to provide domestic violence survivors with free or reduced-cost legal aid for protective order proceedings and other related legal matters.
Your Dream: Do you suffer from ”should” thoughts?
As Soroptimists we inspire women and girls to live their dreams, but we can’t forget to aspire to live our own dreams. In order to help others, we must take care of ourselves. We deserve it!
Sometimes, we weigh ourselves down with “should” thoughts like, “I should spend more time exercising” or “I should be further along in my career.” Check out this month’s “Your Dream” section of LiveYourDream.org to learn how to shut off nagging “should” thoughts for good!