Convention Convention only comes along once every two years. It’s your opportunity to meet face-to-face with Soroptimist friends from throughout our 21 countries and territories. Make your plans NOW to join us for SIA’s 45th Biennial Convention in Yokohama, Japan, from July 30 to August 2. Join us to celebrate our stars, explore our dreams and make wishes for the future. We promise you a colorful and inspirational event.
Visit our meetings page to keep up to date with convention news and read five reasons why you don’t want to miss this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity!
Soroptimist Progress in Fiscal Year 2016-2017
We have made extraordinary progress in our work to help disadvantaged women and girls throughout our 21 countries and territories. On behalf of the women and girls we serve, thank you! Click here to view SIA’s accomplishments for FY16/17.
SIA Board Meeting Read the summary to learn about significant actions taken by your SIA Board at its November meeting in Philadelphia.
#MotivationMonday is here at SIA! Check out our Facebook page each Monday—we’ll be featuring clubs that go above and beyond to deliver outstanding Dream Programs. Start your week off with some inspiring ideas for Dream It, Be It or the Live Your Dream Awards!
Dream It, Be It Your club can win $1,000 for Dream It, Be It! Submit evaluation information for your Dream It, Be It project(s) to the online form on SIA’s website BEFORE JUNE 1, 2018 to be entered into a raffle to win US$1,000 for your 2018-2019 Dream It, Be It project.
Soroptimists Make A Difference
Have you seen the new recruitment advertisement about making a difference? This professionally designed, customizable template is 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 change the world with us!
Recruiting Our Friends and Family
Word of mouth recommendations from family and friends are said to be one of the most influential marketing tools. Let’s use this to our advantage! Many Soroptimists across SIA already know this and have shared how they involved their friends and family. Read what they had to say about the benefits of volunteering together.
Unproductive meetings are a huge turn-off for members and can result in low attendance at club meetings—or worse, lead to a member’s decision to not renew her membership. One way to help improve club meetings is to have a great agenda. Use this tip to create your next agenda so you can keep members’ attention and engage them in your club activities.
Less Than Three Months “The best thing to do with the best things in life is to give them away.” – Dorothy Day
And when you do, amazing things happen. Diane Thompson pledged a $50,000 matching gift in August 2017. By November, what we thought would be a two-year $50,000 North Atlantic Region “Up, Up, and Away Laurel Society Gift Challenge!” was matched by NAR members!
“My challenge started out as a small dream—use a distribution of stock and turn it into something meaningful. I pushed that little dream into the universe and it became a bigger dream—and never in my wildest dreams did I think we would accomplish this in less than three months.
I know that we will never truly understand the full impact of our gifts. So many of our recipients will remain anonymous to us. But, I want you to know that Soroptimists have left a profound impression on my life … words cannot express how much all of you have touched my heart.”
We thank you, Diane. “For it is in giving that we receive.” – St. Francis of Assisi
New Website on the Horizon With a new year comes a new look. Soroptimist has spent most of this past year redesigning our website to make it more impactful, vibrant, engaging and mobile-friendly. We can’t wait for you to see the beautiful new face of Soroptimist. The site will launch soon so stay tuned!
Recently a group of women-only singer-songwriters, the Song Suffragettes, released a cover of “Female,” also recorded by country superstar Keith Urban. The Song Suffragettes generously dedicated the song’s release and proceeds to raise awareness for LiveYourDream.org! Listen to the song below and check out this guest blog by Kalie Shorr of the Song Suffragettes, who shares her story of growing up in tough times, how she fell in love with country music, what inspires her work, and why she’s using her voice to empower women and girls.
New SI President Elect
Past SIA President Sharon Fisher was recently announced SI President Elect and began her role January 1. Says SI President Mariet Verhoef-Cohen, “It gives me great pleasure to announce Sharon Fisher, as the new SI President Elect. Sharon will bring a wealth of experience to Soroptimist International and I am looking forward to working together with her.” Read more here.
Soroptimist International’s monthly e-newsletter, Global Voice, is a great way to stay up-to-date on SI news from around the world. To sign up for these emails, click here and scroll down to “Global Voice Sign-Up.”