We are so excited about our 45th Biennial Convention in Yokohama, Japan, July 30-August 2, 2018. Here are five reasons why you MUST attend. Visit https://www.soroptimist.org/members/meetings/meetings.html to get all the info as it becomes available! And please be sure to use hashtag #SIAConv2018 when sharing any convention news.
A message from your SIA president
SIA President Dawn Marie Lemonds addresses the unprecedented number of devastating natural and man-made disasters within our federation and throughout the world. Read the message here.
New SIA Staff
Meet SIA’s two newest staff members. Iesha Brown joins SIA as senior director of membership and leadership development. In this role, Iesha will oversee membership development and member benefits, and will implement strategic membership and leadership development. Learn more about Iesha! Andrew Ballinghoff joins SIA as operations assistant. Andrew will manage product inventories including processing orders, shipping and fulfillment. Learn more about Andrew!
The mail ballot for SI president 2020-2021 is due at headquarters on Thursday, November 16. You can find the ballot materials on the SIA website.
Ballots for SIA Board positions were mailed on October 31 to clubs in the following regions: Brazil (Electoral Area 1), Japan Minami (Electoral Area 3), Korea (Electoral Area 5), Camino Real, Desert Coast and Golden West (Electoral Area 9), Southern (Electoral Area 11), South Atlantic (Electoral Area 12), and Rocky Mountain (Electoral Area 13). Ballot information for each electoral area can be found on the SIA website. Ballots are due back to headquarters on January 4.
Changes coming to SIA website login
SIA will be upgrading our software for our membership database system on December 11. All members and clubs who login to the website on or after December 11 to add new members, make donations, interact with SIA member directories, or any of our tools that are behind the login, will need to change their passwords to at least seven characters, including one letter and one number. These changes are in accordance with requirements for Payment Card Industry (PCI) compliance on websites that interact with credit card companies. We regret any inconvenience this may cause you.
A reminder to clubs: have you paid your PO Box recently? Crucial information is regularly sent to clubs through the mail—we want to make sure you get all the news you need!
Give A Greater Gift—AGAIN!
For the second consecutive #GivingTuesday, SI/Greater Santa Clarita Valley, CA (Camino Real Region), will be doubling the difference your gift makes in the lives of women and girls, up to $10,000! But you don’t have to wait until November 28. Starting NOW, if you make a donation to the official SIA #GivingTuesday page, SI/Greater Santa Clarita Valley, CA, will make it go twice as far to help disadvantaged women and girls!*
* Gifts made through the Official SIA #GivingTuesday page absolutely count toward an individual’s recognition in the Laurel Society (or a club’s recognition in Club Giving) at the value of the individual’s gift.
SIA Takes Stock: Kelly Fogarty
Congratulations to the newest member of the Inner Circle—two-time Fundraising Council member Kelly Fogarty of SI/Manhattan Beach, CA (Camino Real Region). Pictured with Fundraising Council Chair Tracy Scala (left), Kelly received her pin at the September Fundraising Council meeting following an immensely generous stock contribution. Read more about Kelly’s gift here, including her advice on sharing stock proceeds with SIA.
Live Your Dream Awards
Our Board of Directors put out the call for increased collective impact, and our clubs, regions, and headquarters have started to answer that call! Learn about our exciting global impact of the 2016-2017 Live Your Dream Awards in this impact report for members and this impact infographic.
The Live Your Dream Awards application deadline is November 15. Your club can build on our exciting collective impact by:
- Honoring more than one woman with a Live Your Dream Award
- Increasing funding provided to your Live Your Dream Award recipient
- Increasing additional support to your 2017-2018 Live Your Dream Award recipient and/or past recipients
- Reallocating funds from other projects to increase funding or support for Live Your Dream Awards recipients
Dream It, Be It
Our Board of Directors also made a call for increased collective impact through our Dream It, Be It program. Learn about the program’s 2016-2017 global impact in this impact report for members and this impact infographic.
Your club can build on our exciting collective impact by:
- Hosting a small Dream It, Be It project with a few girls
- Building on your previous Dream It, Be It project to include more girls
- Ensuring your club’s Dream It, Be It project uses the program curriculum and serves our target audience of girls in secondary school
- Supporting another club’s Dream It, Be It project with funding, administrative help, or curriculum facilitation
- Hosting more than one Dream It, Be It project in a club year
- Ensuring girls complete the evaluation form at the conclusion of your project and submitting the collective results on SIA’s online form
Commission on the Status of Women
The 62nd session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) will take place at United Nations Headquarters in New York, March 12-23, 2018. Every year, Soroptimist sends a delegation of leaders and members interested in advocating for the Soroptimist position, learning more about the UN, 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.
Grant of Friendship
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.
Talking About My Generation
Have you seen the resources available on our All Aboard the MembersSHIP campaign website dedicated to recruiting and retaining women based on their generational attributes? Materials include a snapshot of Baby Boomers, Generation X, and Millennials as well as how to best communicate and market Soroptimist to each group. Not only can you learn something new about each generation, but you can use these to pieces to assist with your membership efforts today!
Success in 2017-2018!
If you are searching for a way to help provide a positive club experience while helping SIA build its collective impact, look no further! View the SIA Club Road Map, our simple guide designed to make it easier for clubs to accomplish our goals. Also check out information about the Certificate of Appreciation, which annually recognizes club accomplishments in program, membership, public awareness and fundraising. Here’s to a year of great experiences—fulfilling our mission and strengthening Soroptimist’s global brand!
Get in the Network
Do you follow the SIA Facebook page? From convention news, program and recruitment tips to spotlights on clubs, members and donors—the SIA Facebook page is great place to stay current on all Soroptimist news. Follow us and be sure to spread the word by sharing our posts on your club Facebook page as well!
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Women, Water and Leadership
The Soroptimist International President’s Appeal for the 2017-2019 biennium will unite Soroptimists across the globe, increasing awareness of the vital role of women as equal partners at all levels of the water sector. The President’s Appeal will support projects that educate, empower and enable women. Soroptimists are invited to support Women, Water & Leadership by joining with the SI membership around the world for a common goal. Donations are accepted at SIA headquarters earmarked: Women, Water and Leadership.
Leadership Development Webinars
SI is pleased to offer two exciting webinars—The Sustainable Development Goals 5 and 6, and The President’s Appeal 2017-2019, Women Water and Leadership. The webinars are offered as part of the SI Leadership Development program. Click here to register.