Registration is now open for SIA’s 44th Biennial Convention in sunny Orlando, Florida! Join us as we “Celebrate Our Story” and begin writing the next chapter of our future. Here’s a sneak peek of some of the great events you don’t want to miss!
- Education—General sessions, keynote speakers and workshops.
- Fellowship—Meet Soroptimists from around the world, hear their stories, share yours, and make new friends.
- Recognition—Soroptimists Celebrating Success Awards, Shaping the Future Awards, Dream Programs participation, MemberSHIP Campaign awards, honoring leaders, and much more.
- Service—Help local girls through a convention-wide service project.
- Fun—Movie night, dance party and Disney perks!
Visit the SIA Convention page to register, make hotel reservations and plan your trip!
2014-2015 Big Dreams, Bold Goals
SIA kept its momentum going during the 2014-2015 fiscal year. Together, we realized many important successes as we continued to Shape Our Future for Increased Collective Impact. Thanks to the dedication and hard work of members like you, we worked to achieve bold goals and made big dreams come true for women and girls around the world. Check out this infographic and reflect on all we accomplished in the last year.
Vote for Art Contest Winners!
Thank you to all the clubs that promoted the Art Contest this year. With your help, we received more than 1,900 entries from children around the world! Now visit the Soroptimist Facebook page to help pick the winners. Like last year, vote by “liking” the your favorite artwork in each category. SIA will post one category per week throughout February, and announce the winners once the fourth week of voting is over.
Volunteer Protection Act of 2015
Work with Lions Clubs International to urge members of the U.S. Congress to co-sponsor the Local Volunteer Organization Protection Act. Nonprofit organizations like Soroptimist are involved in a wide range of activities, many of which expose the organization, its officers and volunteers to potential liability. Although their intent is to serve the public interest, these organizations and their volunteers may inadvertently cause harm to others and are thus susceptible to typical tort claims. Read more about VOPA and use your voice as a Soroptimist to urge Congress to co-sponsor the bill.
SIA Board Meeting
The SIA Board held its first meeting of the new fiscal year November 12-15, 2015 in Philadelphia. Please read a summary of the important decisions that occurred during that meeting.
Live Your Dream Awards
Reminder: The Club Transmittal Form is due to your region chair by February 15. Now that your club has selected a recipient, support her beyond the cash award!
Dream It, Be It
Reminder: The Club Transmittal Form is due to your region chair by February 15. Is your club small in size or not interested in working so closely with girls? Consider supporting another club that is participating!
Soroptimist Club Grants
Does your club need financial assistance for a great project supporting women or girls? Apply for a Soroptimist Club Grant by March 1. Check out the Tips for Applying for some assistance!
Updates to the Laurel Society
There are now three new levels of the Inner Circle at $50,000, $75,000 and $100,000 to recognize donors that have continued giving beyond the $25,000 level. Inner Circle members will now receive a new pin once they reach one of these new levels. The Inner Circle pins have also been redesigned to better reflect the incredible contributions our Inner Circle members have made to Soroptimist and the women and girls we are able to serve because of their support. Thank you so much to our 15 Inner Circle members for their incredible commitment to the Soroptimist mission!
Connie Baehr Annie Chin Siu
Tes Choa Joan Stallard
Cheri Fleming Cathy Standiford
Minda Garcia Leticia Uy
Pina Pileggi Linabelle Villarica
Janet Schempf Anita Walker
Mary Shelby Alice Wells
Recruitment Spotlight: Baby Boomers
Need ideas to engage potential members who are Baby Boomers? The All Aboard the MemberSHIP Campaign has several resources that will help! Learn more about Baby Boomers and how to best communicate and market Soroptimist to them today!
Don’t Leave Prospective Members Hanging!
Following up with leads is one of the most important actions you can take when recruiting new members! Our world moves quickly and we only have one chance make a good impression. There are various sources that say we make a judgment in as little as three seconds! That is why it’s so important to follow-up with any prospects – and to do so in a timely manner. Learn more about following-up and following-through to help win over potential new members here.
Get Out The Welcoming Mat
Now that you’ve recruited members, make sure they know we value them from Day One. Welcoming new members should be fun and inspirational! By doing so, you’ll inspire them to become active, long-term members. Pass along this video from SIA 2015-2016 President Sam to welcome new members and jumpstart your welcome wagon!
New Website Templates
Have you seen SIA’s new club website templates? Visit www.soroptimist.org/clubweb (login: siaclub, password: club!web) to view them now! Using one of the three updated Drupal 7 designs is a great way for clubs to build an online presence, promote the SIA mission, and adhere to SIA’s visual branding efforts. Clubs already using the templates in Drupal 6 before the recent update to Drupal 7 are eligible for free assistance with upgrading to the new platform. Click on the above link for details.