Category Archives: March 2016 Soroptimist Summary

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Are you joining us in Orlando, July 20-23, to help write the Soroptimist Story? Why not create some magical memories of your own and bring a friend, children or grandchildren to experience Walt Disney World? Special perks available to Soroptimist members and their guests include:

Visit the SIA Convention page for all the information you need to plan your trip!

Flag Ceremony
Would your club like to be featured during the flag ceremony at convention? This moving display recognizes each of SIA’s countries and territories, along with club photos and facts about each nation during the opening ceremony at convention. Please send high resolution photos of your club projects to program@soroptimist.org. We would love to feature clubs from each of SIA’s 20 countries and territories!

Big Goal
Thank you to the more than 600 clubs that participated in the Big Goal Survey. Results are being compiled and analyzed. SIA will share them with you next month. Stay tuned!

Election News

Your headquarters sent all clubs the ballot to elect the 2016-2017 SIA president-elect. Visit the SIA website to view ballot information and candidate resumes in all languages, and watch videos of the candidates. Headquarters must receive ballots on or before May 5. Headquarters also emailed clubs information, sent to your club email address, on how to cast a ballot if mail delivery is problematic in your area. Don’t miss this opportunity to exercise your right to a voice. Check your SIA club email and be sure to vote in time for the ballot to arrive at headquarters on or before May 5, 2016!

Art Contest
Have you voted for this year’s Art Contest finalists? So far, we have received more than 6,000 combined likes! Voting will close and winners will be announced on March 8. Make sure to visit the Soroptimist Facebook page and “like” your favorite artwork in each category.

Program

Live Your Dream Awards
Now that your club has selected a Live Your Dream Award recipient, don’t forget to notify ALL other applicants of their application status. Use the sample non-recipient letter to inform applicants by mail or email.LYDlogo_large2
Dream It, Be It

What does it take to participate in Dream It, Be It? Check out this brief step-by-step Participation Summary, which walks you through 15 steps to starting your own project.DIBI Logo
Participating in SIA Programs

Want to learn how other clubs support their Live Your Dream Award recipients? Or how they dive into their Dream It, Be It projects? Attend a program workshop at convention to hear about members’ exciting and impactful experiences!

Membership

Special MemberSHIP Message from President Sam!
SIA President Sam Buchenau has a special message for everyone about this year’s recruitment campaign—All Aboard the MemberSHIP. Watch it here!

Recruitment Tip: Tap Your Friends and Family!
Have you ever thought about asking your family and friends to join Soroptimist? Chances are the people already in your circle share many of the same values you do, and would be a great match for our mission of improving the lives of women and girls. Check out this tip, which explains more about sharing the meaningful experience of volunteering alongside those you love!

Club Brochures Help Spread the Word!
Take advantage of our beautifully designed, customizable club brochure! This professional template is easy to fill in with information about your club and your latest programs. Share it with prospective members and distribute copies throughout your community to spread the word!

Development

Will You Join Us?
We look forward to celebrating our incredible Laurel Society members during the “It’s a Small World” Laurel Society event at the upcoming convention. We hope you will join us for an evening of fun! Attendance is by invitation only to new Laurel Society members and active Laurel Society members who have contributed at least $360 over the biennium (since September 1, 2014). If you already qualify to attend, you will see the Laurel Society event when you register. If not, there is still plenty of time to make a donation and join us in Orlando!

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Did you know that Amazon will make a donation to Soroptimist when you make a purchase? Simply start at http://smile.amazon.com/ and select SIA as your charity. Amazon will then donate 0.5% of all purchases you make back to Soroptimist to support federation programs that help women and girls around the world!

 

Public Awareness

New Website Templates
Does your club need a fresh new look? SIA provides free Drupal 7 templates to help clubs easily build their own websites. Using these templates is a great way for clubs to build an online presence, promote SIA’s mission, and contribute to positive and cohesive branding efforts. Visit www.soroptimist.org/clubweb (login: siaclub, password: club!web) for more details.website-templates

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The Importance of “Me Time”
Mother, wife, daughter, caregiver, taxi cab, financial wizard, employee, etc. etc. These are just a few of the terms to describe women and the various directions we are pulled in on a day-to-day basis. Consider finding some “me time” to treat yourself … the benefits will trickle down to everything else in your life!

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Featured Sales Items

Check out all of the NEW merchandise available in the Soroptimist store. These featured items would make a great addition to your Soropti-attire! And don’t forget to spread the word about Soroptimist with the beautiful new handout cards, available in all languages.

#122 NEW “S” logo silver necklace – $45
#200 NEW “S” logo bangle bracelet with star -$20
#165-#170 NEW Soroptimist handout cards (50 pack) – available in all languages – $4

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