New Year, New President!
Let’s welcome our 2017-2018 President Dawn Marie Lemonds of SI/Newport Harbor Area, California, USA! Watch this video to hear Dawn’s inspiring message to members as she begins her term as SIA president. Watch for an interview with Dawn in the next issue of Best for Women.
Torrid Foundation Chooses SIA/LiveYourDream.org as Charity
SIA, our Live Your Dream Awards and and our online volunteer community, LiveYourDream.org, have been selected as the first charity for the newly launched Torrid Foundation. The Torrid Foundation is the philanthropic arm of Torrid, LLC, a rapidly expanding women’s retail clothing company with more than 500 stores in North America. Torrid is raising funds for the foundation through direct donations, rounding up both online and in-store purchases, events and possible product proceeds. This opportunity came to SIA through LiveYourDream.org. To learn more about this important partnership, visit Torrid.com/give.
The start of a club year brings new possibilities and new opportunities! Why not consider attending the 45th Biennial Convention in Yokohama, Japan? This fabulous event will be a once- in-a-lifetime experience! Keep an eye on the SIA Convention page for the latest information and see the ad in the upcoming issue of Best for Women.
New SIA Staff
Meet SIA’s newest staff member, Sue Murray. Sue joined SIA as chief operating and financial officer. In this role, Sue provides direction, management and the vision necessary to ensure Soroptimist has the appropriate resources and systems in place to effectively support the organization’s growing collective impact, while ensuring its financial strength and operating efficiency. Region treasurers are advised to contact email@example.com about SIA Procedure F (Procedures Governing Regions, numbers 8 & 9) with regard to insurance and financial reporting. Learn more about Sue and help welcome her to SIA!
Nomination forms were sent in late July and are due to headquarters by September 15, 2017, for:
- SIA Board of Directors—Nominations are being accepted from clubs in regions nominating this year: Area 1—Brazil; Area 3—Japan Minami; Area 5—Korea; Area 9—Camino Real, Desert Coast and Golden West; Area 11—Southern; Area 12—South Atlantic; and Area 13—Rocky Mountain. Nomination information can be found on the SIA website.
- Fundraising Council—Nominations are being accepted from all clubs. Nomination forms are on the SIA website.
On September 15, 2017, clubs in good standing will be sent a ballot for SI president-elect. This is a once in every eight years opportunity for SIA clubs to help determine the leadership of Soroptimist International. To be in good standing, clubs must have fulfilled their 2017-2018 dues obligations before the ballot is sent on September 15, in accordance with SIA Procedure B. Procedures Governing Clubs, #5. If your club has not paid its dues, please do so immediately—ensuring that it is received by headquarters on or before September 14, so that your club will be eligible to participate in this ballot.
Bras for a Cause Trademark
SIA headquarters has obtained certain rights for SIA clubs to use the trademark “Bras for a Cause” in their local fundraising efforts. Click here to learn more.