Category Archives: September 2017


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/ as Charity
SIA, our Live Your Dream Awards and and our online volunteer community,, 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 To learn more about this important partnership, visit

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 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!

Nominations Due
Nomination forms were sent in late July and are due to headquarters by September 15, 2017, for:

Mail Ballot
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.










Support and Recognition for Dream Programs
Each year, clubs are recognized for their outstanding work through Soroptimists Celebrating Success Awards and have the opportunity to apply for funding through the Soroptimist Club Grants for Women and Girls. Clubs are encouraged to request recognition and financial support for their local-level Live Your Dream Awards and Dream It, Be It projects. Soroptimist Club Grant proposals are due on March 1. Soroptimists Celebrating Success Award entries are due on July 1.

Live Your Dream Awards
Please join SIA headquarters in congratulating Western Canada Region for increasing their total funding provided to women by over $60,000! Governor Rita MacKenzie, Program Chair Carell Wingrave, and Live Your Dream Awards Region Chair Anna Der emphasized the importance of collective impact within the region. Western Canada Region clubs responded by doubling the number of women honored with awards and significantly increasing funding. “We must all work together closely to achieve success,” says Anna. A special thank you to Western Canada Region for their commitment to providing disadvantaged women with the resources to live their dreams!



Volunteering … It’s good for you!
Research shows that individuals who spend significant time dedicated to volunteer activities may experience improved mental and physical health outcomes such as lower mortality rates and higher life satisfaction! So yes … volunteering is good for you! Check out this resource for more information about the benefits of joining Soroptimist.

Mentoring for the Future
All good leaders know there is a time when they will step back from their duties and pass the baton to their successor. Great leaders, however, recognize the importance of preparing their successor over the course of their own leadership term in order to ensure a successful transition and leave their club or region in good hands. Read this leadership tip for a few simple guidelines on mentoring.


North Atlantic Region launches Up, Up and Away Laurel Society Gift Challenge
Diane Thompson, past North Atlantic Region governor and member of SI/Butler County, PA, is helping NAR Soroptimists SOAR to new heights. Diane has offered a $50,000 pledge to match contributions made by Soroptimists in her region—of this $50,000, $38,515.50 has been contributed in less than a month. Diane is also giving away her Laurel Society recognition! Diane’s incredible offer is due to her 36-years of being a passionate Soroptimist and her belief that the Dream Programs are truly making a difference in the lives of the women and girls we serve.


SI Welcomes New President, Director of Advocacy
Mariet Verhoef-Cohen was recently inaugurated as SI president. Mariet is the first Dutch president in the organizations history and will assume her role on January 1. To learn more about Mariet, click here.

Congratulations to Bev Bucur, past SIA board director and SI/Illiania, Illinois (Midwestern Region), member to her new role as Soroptimist International director of advocacy. Read more about Bev and her SI responsibilities.

Board Meetings
SI recently held the final board meeting of the 2015-2017 biennium and the first board meeting of the 2017-2019 biennium in Rotterdam, Netherlands. Read the summary here.