Monthly Archives: March 2015

SIA

2013-2014 Successes
In fiscal year 2013-2014, we served more women and girls; continued to grow member engagement; expanded our online brand recognition by engaging new people in our mission; and tended to our financial stability and the means to increase our collective impact on behalf of women and girls. Check out this infographic to see a summary of our success!AR2014-1

Annual Report Available
Expanding on the infographic, read our 2013-2014 Soroptimist Annual Report! Check out the hard work, dedication and impact of clubs and members around the world in the digital issue available here. To purchase a printed copy, visit MagCloud and choose the “Buy Print” option.

Elections Underway
Ballot materials for the SIA Board elections currently underway in the Philippines Region and Japan Chuo Region are accessible on the SIA website. Headquarters must receive ballots for Board elections on or before April 7.

SIA has sent all clubs the ballots to elect the 2015-2016 SIA president-elect. Visit the SIA website to view ballot information and candidate resumes in all languages, and watch videos of the candidates. Headquarters must receive ballots on or before April 21. Clubs have also been sent information to their club email address on how to cast a ballot if mail delivery is problematic in your area. Exercise your right to a voice…vote today!

International Women’s Day
March 8 is International Women’s Day, the day we celebrate the accomplishments of women around the world. How will your club commemorate this day? Show us and share with others by posting your club photos on the SIA Facebook page with the hashtag #IWD2015!

Live Your Dream Art Contest
Thank you to everyone who voted and participated in this year’s Live Your Dream Art Contest! We are excited to announce the artwork received more than 5,900 combined likes during voting! Make sure to visit the Live Your Dream Facebook page to check out the winners in each category. Stay tuned for special merchandise, which will feature the winning artwork!

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Thanks for the support, Ashley!
Ashley, a senior at Seneca Valley High School In Pennsylvania, recently raised $1,000 for LiveYourDream.org through a bowl-a-thon as part of her senior project on women’s empowerment. Ashley said, “I knew in my heart that there was no better organization for me to give my money to. LiveYourDream.org is an inspirational organization that strives to change the world, and I strive to help them do just that!”

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Thanks, Ashley—we are so thankful and inspired by your hard work! You can leave a message of thanks for Ashley here.

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Fundraising

Give Monthly to Empower Women and Girls
Monthly Giving provides a steady stream of revenue to federation-level programs like the Live Your Dream Awards that change lives around the world. A monthly gift of:

  • $25 could buy books a woman needs for her classes
  • $50 could help a woman increase her standard of living
  • $100 could help her afford tuition for a semester

We’ve had 34 new monthly donors sign up so far this year—will you be number 35? Click here to enroll!

Development

Couple looking for remaining money from the piggybankKnow Your Worth: A Monthly Financial Series for Women
In a relationship, it is true that opposites attract and couples will often have different views about money. Personal perspectives depend on individual life experiences and preferences. When a couple ends up on the opposite end of the money spectrum, tensions may arise. Fortunately, opposites also make a strong team by improving personal strengths and minimizing the weaknesses that cause money problems. Revamp your financial romance with “3 Ways to Manage Money When Opposites Attract.”

Program

Disaster Grants for Women and Girls
When disaster strikes, Soroptimist wants to ensure women and girls can rebuild their lives. In the past few years, Japan and the Philippines have suffered tragic disasters. Soroptimist responded with donations and by undertaking projects to help women and girls. Read the cumulative reports for the Philippines and Japan Soroptimist disaster response.

Soroptimists Celebrating Success Awards
The deadline for the Soroptimists Celebrating Success Awards is July 1. The updated application is available now. Federation awards will be announced during the recognition banquet in Los Angeles on June 13.

Live Your Dream Awards
Did your club-level recipient sign a media consent form? Remember, you must have your recipient’s permission before you share any information about her with the public.

Dream It, Be It: Career Support for Girls
Clubs have responded with excitement—and some questions—about the new Dream It, Be It curriculum. More information will be available during your region conferences. Or. email program@soroptimist.org with questions.
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Membership

Know Your Members?
Want to learn more about what your fellow members bring to the table? Interested in seeing what skills a potential member can offer when she joins? Consider using the Capacity Inventory tool to learn about the abilities and experiences within the group. Once completed, you can match up members who can work collaboratively on projects related to skill sets they share, and connect a potential member to committees and projects she’ll enjoy. Who knows what secret skill you’ll find hidden among your members after finishing this fun exercise!