Congratulations to Dawn Marie Lemonds, SIA’s New President-elect
Our election to fill the 2016-2017 president-elect vacancy is complete. We congratulate President-elect Dawn Marie Lemonds on taking up this leadership position. Dawn Marie began her new position immediately, and will become SIA president on September 1, 2017. To complete our leadership team in 2017-2018, we are currently conducting a mail ballot for the 2017-2018 president-elect. Ballots were sent from headquarters on March 24. Ballot information is available in all six SIA languages here. Please make sure your club votes for SIA’s next president-elect.
SIA’s New Annual Report
View SIA’s new annual report to read a summary of the hard work, dedication and impact from our clubs and members around the world! It’s proof that when we join together and focus on addressing need, our collective impact grows!
2017 Recognition Banquet
Make your plans now to attend the 2017 Recognition Banquet in Toronto, Canada!
Join Soroptimist friends from across the globe to celebrate SIA President RoseMary Reid and welcome President-elect Dawn Marie Lemonds. Registration is now open! Go to the SIA Meetings/Convention page for everything you need to plan your trip.
Board Meeting Summary
The SIA Board held its first meeting of the new fiscal year on January 26-29, 2017 in Philadelphia. Please read a summary of the important decisions made during the meeting.
Using SIA’s Logo Exclusively
To help with SIA’s branding efforts, your SIA Board is requesting all regions, club, and members use the SIA “S” logo exclusively. SIA will be communicating to ensure this important branding initiative is implemented. Click here to learn more.
Leading up to International Women’s Day on March 8, SI/Santa Clarita Valley, CA (Camino Real Region), made a BOLD challenge to SIA in honor of the 2017 theme, #beBOLDforchange. If SIA raised $10,000 by March 8, SI/Santa Clarita Valley promised to match every penny. You answered the call with a tremendous response, flooding our mailbox and making online contributions by the dozens.
Our final total, including the generous match was an outstanding $20,785. Thank you to SI/Santa Clarita Valley (pictured below), every donor and every Soroptimist who helped spread the word. We are GRATEFUL. Thank you so much for being BOLD!
Make Dreams Come True—Monthly!
If SI/Santa Clarita Valley’s extraordinary generosity inspires you to go above and beyond for our common cause of helping disadvantaged women and girls achieve their dreams, consider becoming a monthly giver. A gift of any amount made monthly has wonderful benefits. Being a monthly giver reduces processing costs, and enables SIA to anticipate what resources we will have to change lives. Plus, you’ll receive the satisfaction of knowing every month that you have made a difference!
You can sign up online, or at your region conference. If you sign up for at least $50 a month at your region conference, you may receive a limited edition Soroptimist pendant—be sure to ask your region fundraising chair about this special opportunity.
Live Your Dream Awards
Now is the perfect time to start recruiting applicants! Your club does not need to wait until the 2017-2018 club year to start sharing Live Your Dream Awards applications and flyers around town. Use these helpful resources to ensure your club has eligible applicants by November:
Dream It, Be It
Don’t forget to enter your evaluation information after your club’s Dream It, Be It project! Evaluation information is due one month after the project.
Girls Can Be Brilliant
For some of us, it’s hard to imagine that in 2017 gender stereotypes still exist, but the sad truth is—they do. In fact, a study published this past January in Science found girls as young as 6 years old already believe they aren’t as smart as boys. We can change that perception through our Dream It Be It program, which helps girls grow up to be strong, successful, and happy by connecting them with professional role models, career education and the resources they want and need to thrive. Read the latest LiveYourDream.org blog about the experiences of Ashleen Knutsen, who studied mechanical engineering and is pledging to help girls believe they can be brilliant.
Soroptimists Make an Impact!
Have you seen our new recruitment advertisement about leading the way? Soroptimist is in search of passionate, motivating, and collaborative members who aren’t afraid to step up and make a difference by implementing our Dream Programs. Use this professionally designed, customizable template as part of your recruiting strategy today! It’s easy to download and add your club’s contact information. Then you can share it in your community to draw in new members who are looking to make an extraordinary impact!
Develop Your Leadership Skills!
We are pleased to share a new section on our website for region and club leaders dedicated to leadership development! We’ve cataloged the top resources and organized them for you on one page in all of our languages on the Developing Your Leadership Skills page. Visit this site to find information on general leadership topics, conflict resolution, meetings, and creating a healthy club atmosphere.
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