SIA Board of Director elections are now underway in the following regions: Eastern Canada, Japan Higashi, Mexico/Centroamérica, Philippines, Japan Chuo, and Sierra Pacific. Ballots were sent to clubs in these regions on October 28, and must be returned to headquarters on or before January 5, 2017. Ballot information for each election can be found in the members section of the SIA website on the Federation Information page.
Big Goal Survey #2
If your club only meets once a month, you may only have two more chances to participate in the Big Goal exercise and survey. Your SIA Board of Directors needs to hear from all clubs to help shape the work of our second century. Please participate, ask your club president to schedule the discussion and exercise your voice in planning our organization’s future! Surveys are due at headquarters by December 30.
Live Your Dream Awards
The Live Your Dream Awards 2015-2016 Club Participation and Impact Report is now available, and highlights the program’s many successes last year. Check it out!
This year’s November 15 club deadline is approaching! If you’re still searching for eligible applicants, email firstname.lastname@example.org to request completed applications from the pool of at-large applicants. Don’t forget to:
- Make sure applicants meet all eligibility requirements.
- Use SIA’s resources to help select a club recipient.
- Honor your recipient with a cash award (there is no minimum amount for the cash award).
Dream It, Be It
It was an exciting year for Dream It, Be It! Learn about it in the 2015-2016 Impact and Club Engagement Report.
Moving forward, please use the new reporting materials. Participating clubs should:
- Submit a brief club transmittal form to their region Dream It, Be It chair, and
- Submit project and evaluation information via the online form within ONE MONTH of EACH Dream It, Be It
Don’t forget to stock up on Dream It, Be It sales items from the Soroptimist Store! Purchase pens, folders, bracelets, or stickers to help girls remember their Dream It, Be It experience.
Grants of Friendship
The following Soroptimist regions are offering Grants of Friendship:
- South East England Region (application deadline: November 30, 2016)
- Camino Real Region (application deadline: December 15, 2016)
- NEW! Yorkshire Region, United Kingdom (application deadline: January 16, 2017)
This is an exciting opportunity to meet Soroptimists from other parts of the world!
Commission on the Status of Women
The 61st session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) will take place at the United Nations headquarters in New York, March 13-24, 2017. Every year, Soroptimist sends a delegation of leaders and members interested in advocating for Soroptimist’s positions, learning more about the United Nations and networking with other women’s organizations. The delegation is made up of Soroptimists from around the world and is a unique experience to learn, network and advocate. If you are interested in attending at your own expense, click here to learn more and register your interest. Please note that space is very limited.
Special MemberSHIP Message from President RoseMary
Watch SIA President RoseMary Reid’s special message about this year’s All Aboard the MemberSHIP campaign!
Life is Better with Friends
Have you seen the new recruitment advertisement about the friendships we build within Soroptimist when we volunteer together? This professionally designed, customizable template is easy to download and customize with your club’s contact information. Then you can share it in your community to draw in new members who are looking for friendship, fellowship, and volunteer opportunities!
Designated Giving: A Year in Review
Donors now have the opportunity to designate their gifts! This means Soroptimists can direct their dollars to the program they’re most passionate about. Here are the fiscal year 15/16 results:
|Total Donations||# of Donors||Average Gift|
Dream It, Be It
|Live Your Dream Award||$143,042
(19% of all contributions)
|Unrestricted Program Support||$567,821
(76% of all contributions)
Our biggest take away from this data is that Soroptimists are some of the most generous volunteers on the planet! The majority of Soroptimists want their funds to go where they are needed most— unrestricted program support. We’re glad to know donors feel all our programs are valuable and worthy of support. If you have a favorite program, or want to support all of the important work done by Soroptimist—make a designated donation today!
SAVE THE DATE!
#GivingTuesday is November 29! This global day of giving, celebrated by over 40,000 organizations in 71 countries, is a perfect occasion for Soroptimists to support the dreams of countless women throughout our federation. We’re planning something really special, and can’t wait to let you in on the surprise. Please make Soroptimist your #GivingTuesday charity of choice on November 29. We’ll be in touch with more details!
Soroptimist Clubs and LiveYourDream.org
Powered by Soroptimist, the LiveYourDream.org online community offers an alternative way to deliver our mission; strengthen and grow the Soroptimist brand; and increase resources to improve the lives of women and girls.
Are you looking for a way to incorporate LiveYourDream.org into your club? Check out these club examples of how several of our clubs are using this strategy to communicate what we do as Soroptimists in a fresh and fun way.
YOUR DREAM: We Are With You
The LiveYourDream.org community received 3,000+ messages of encouragement submitted by survivors and supporters during the “Dear Survivor” campaign aimed at changing the conversation surrounding sexual violence. Read more about the book published with a number of these messages and find out how to download an excerpt from the book called “We Are With You: A Love Note to the Stanford Survivor and Every Woman.”
Progress to Date
Click on each of the following boxes to sign up, take action or follow LiveYourDream.org on social media.