Category Archives: December/January 2016 Soroptimist Summary

SIA

2016 Convention
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.

Development

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!Giving-Tuesday

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!

Program

Live Your Dream Awards
The 2015-2016 Live Your Dream Awards cycle closed on November 15. Applicants submittedLYDlogo_large2 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.DIBI Logo

Soroptimist Club Grants
The 2014-2015 Soroptimist Club Grant impact report is now available. See how many women and girls were helped and read about three sample projects.

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 teddycaro150@gmail.com.

Public Awareness

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 clubweb@soroptimist.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!