Join us in Orlando to celebrate our Soroptimist Story, July 20-23. Registration will open in January, so keep an eye out for the email announcement! To view the latest convention information, make your hotel reservations at the Walt Disney World Dolphin resort and sign up to volunteer, visit http://www.soroptimist.org/members/meetings/meetings.html.
Big Goal Survey
Thank you to all clubs that participated in our Big Goal survey. Stay tuned for more information about the Big Goal in the new year!
Greetings from President Sam
2015-2016 SIA President Sam Buchenau shares ways clubs and members can get the most out of their Soroptimist membership this year.
Insurance—Evaluating the Risk Recently U.S. and Canadian clubs have found their events are requiring additional insurance riders for situations like attendance over 500 people, and serving or consuming alcohol. Click here to see what is changing on the insurance front.
Thank You for Your Generosity!
Thanks to your generous support on Giving Tuesday, Soroptimist raised nearly $14,000 for its federation programs! Your gifts will help women who are struggling to meet the financial needs of taking care of their families while also attending school; encourage girls to stay in school and learn to overcome any setbacks that come their way; and help entire families increase their standard of living. On behalf of the women and girls we serve, we are so grateful!
Honor Someone Special
A gift to Soroptimist is a meaningful way to honor someone special in your life. Tribute gifts can be a perfect birthday, wedding, or holiday gift for the person who has everything. When you make your gift, we will send a special letter to the recipient to let them know you have made a gift in their honor. Click here to make a tribute gift today!
Live Your Dream Awards The 2015-2016 Live Your Dream Awards cycle closed on November 15. Applicants submitted 1,938 applications through the online application system, including 1,667 applications that were sent to clubs to be included in local judging. Now it’s time to select your club’s recipient! Check out SIA’s resource for guidance on reviewing applications, conducting judging, and contacting applicants.
Dream It, Be It The Dream It, Be It evaluation form is now available. Clubs conducting projects should ask girls to complete the evaluation form at the end of the conference or workshops. Evaluation responses can be entered into SIAs online form during April and May, and are due by June 1.
Friendship Link Request Our fellow Soroptimists from SI/Mayuge, Uganda (from the SI/Great Britain and Ireland federation), are looking to connect with a club in our federation for a Friendship Link! If your club is interested and would like more information about this opportunity, please contact SI/Mayuge member Teddy Carol at email@example.com.
New Club Website Templates!
In January, Soroptimist will launch three new website template designs in Drupal 7, which is an upgrade from the current Drupal 6 website templates. If your club is currently using Drupal 6, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to ensure your club is on the list for receiving the free upgrade information, as it will only be available until May 4, 2016. Watch your inbox in early January for an email announcing the website template launch!
Recruitment Spotlight: Generation X Generation X (born 1965-1981) has told us the number one reason they are interested in joining Soroptimist is to help improve the lives of women and girls. When recruiting, showcase how your club does that—through the Live Your Dream Awards, Dream It Be It, and other women- and girl-focused projects your club conducts within the community! Find more tips for Communicating and Marketing Soroptimist to Generation X so your club can effectively attract these goal-oriented problem solvers!
Recruitment Handout Cards
Have you seen the new customizable recruitment cards? These wallet-sized cards are a great way to quickly share your club’s contact information with anyone you meet who expresses interest in Soroptimist! You can find customizable online templates here, or purchase a pack of cards from the Soroptimist Store!
New Club Help
Building a new Soroptimist club is essential for maintaining the vibrancy of our organization. Mentoring a new Soroptimist club can be a very rewarding experience and can also provide your own club with a renewed sense of purpose. View the New Club Building Guide to see how easy it is to help organize a new club, so we can grow our legacy of helping women and girls!
When people are part of a team, they work toward a common goal. By being part of Soroptimist, members have a goal of ensuring our mission is being fulfilled. Help foster teamwork within your club to help empower our members, engage them, and increase our collective impact!
In the coming weeks, LiveYourDream.org will launch a beautifully sophisticated new logo, as well as an interactive, user-friendly and visually engaging new website! Your SIA Board committed to investing in technology to help meet our impact, engagement, recognition and philanthropy goals through LiveYourDream.org. SIA has been working with a digital/web design firm for over a year to develop an upgraded interactive platform to deepen engagement with supporters, leading them to take action, donate and build public awareness for Soroptimist’s mission and programs. Stay tuned for more details and the unveiling of the new website!
Your Dream: Why Women Need Life Insurance
In an economy where every penny counts, life insurance may seem like a luxury but it is not! It’s always good to prepare yourself for unforeseen occurrences. While women may be gaining ground in the labor force, they remain a distant second when it comes to protecting their loved ones with life insurance coverage. Learn more today about why women need life insurance AND what you can do about it!