Category Archives: October 2017

SIA

Inspiring. Resilient. Hardworking. These are some of the words that describe Soroptimist’s 2017 Live Your Dream Awards recipients. These amazing women have overcome huge life challenges and are on a quest to create better lives for themselves, their families and their communities. Meet Aislinn, Sara and Rochelle.

Please watch and share the following recipient videos:

Convention
We are so excited about our 45th Biennial Convention in Yokohama, Japan, July 30-August 2, 2018. Check out the beautiful headquarters hotel, the InterContinental Yokohama Grand. Preparations are underway for a fabulous event! Details will be posted on the SIA Convention page as they become available, so be sure to check back often.

Program

American Society of Association Executives Gala
On October 4, Executive Director Elizabeth Lucas, Senior Director of Program Services Lori Blair and other SIA staff members attended ASAE’s 18th Annual Summit Awards Dinner. Liz and Lori were on hand to personally accept the prestigious Power of A Summit Award for Dream It, Be It. The Live Your Dream Awards also were recognized as a Power of A gold winner. The grand gala, held at the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C, brought together association executives, government officials, and business and community leaders for an evening to celebrate the value of associations and their impact on society. Dream It, Be It was one of only six winners of the distinguished Summit Award. Read more about the award, and see Lori’s video about why Dream It, Be It makes a difference for girls. Pictured below: Senior Director of Program Services Lori Blair (front row, far left) and Executive Director Elizabeth Lucas (back row, second from left) at ASAE’s 18th Annual Summit Awards Dinner.

Sustainable Development Goals
Do you know about the UN’s 17 sustainable development goals? Find out what they are, and how our Dream Programs directly support them!

Looking for your next adventure? 
Victoria Region, Australia, is offering a Grant of Friendship to an overseas Soroptimist who speaks fluent English to visit its region from April 15 to May 6 to coincide with the South West Pacific Conference of Clubs in May 2018. The application deadline is October 20.

SIA’s Rocky Mountain Region is offering a Grant of Friendship to a fluent English speaker for April/May 2018 to coincide with its region spring conference. The application deadline is December 15. Click here to learn more about these exciting opportunities.

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Membership

Successes from Around the Globe
This is the time of year when many clubs look for new ways to grow their ranks. Instead of reinventing the wheel, take a cue from the strategies of several clubs that were recognized in the area of membership during the latest round of Soroptimists Celebrating Success Awards. Contact the clubs to learn their secrets of success, or just to say “good job!”

Welcome Members
Are you ready to help new members learn more about Soroptimist? Do current members in your club need a refresher? Start new members off on the right foot by providing an overview of our amazing global organization that empowers disadvantaged women and girls. Use the resources in the New Members area of our website as a guide to welcome members and assist with an effective orientation.

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Development

A Visionary Announcement
We are proud to formally debut a recognition program for members who have given gifts for five or more consecutive years. The 1921 Visionaries are members who have year after year shown their dedication to the women and girls who count on Soroptimist. At the start of each calendar year, Visionary members who have given gifts of any amount for five, 10, or 15 consecutive years will receive a special numbered pin and a personalized letter. When you recognize these members by their pins at your club and district meetings, region conferences, and convention, please thank them for their enduring commitment. We are incredibly grateful for them and you!

Active Laurel Society Members
Beginning September 1, 2018, for a Laurel Society member to be considered “active,” and therefore receive an invitation to the Laurel Society Event at convention, their cumulative giving must total $500 over a biennium—this decision was voted on and enacted by the Fundraising Council.

  • Once reaching Laurel Society status, you are always a member.  However, to be considered an “active” member the minimum contribution must be met.
  • This new minimum equates to just $21 a month.
  • We are sharing this news one year in advance of it being instituted.

We are encouraged that members are making SIA their cause of choice, and coming together in support of our Dream Programs. Thank you for all your collective work.

Public Awareness

Live Your Dream Awards
It’s Live Your Dream Awards season! While we celebrate the accomplishments of our award recipients throughout the year, this is the time of year we encourage women to apply for our life-changing award, as the application deadline is November 15. If your club still needs to find applicants, here are some tools to help raise awareness about the Live Your Dream Award in your local community!

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