Introducing the Live Your Dream Collection by ThirdLove
In celebration of Valentine’s Day, ThirdLove and will join forces to raise funds for Soroptimist programs with a special Valentine’s Day Live Your Dream collection. From February 2 through February 8, ThirdLove will donate 10 percent of sales from this collection to the Soroptimist Live Your Dream Award program. We are grateful to ThirdLove for joining us in helping women disrupt the cycle of poverty, improve their self-esteem and serve as role models for their children. You can be part of this exciting movement by shopping the collection today!

Convention planning
Our 2018 convention planning is in full swing and registration and hotel reservations will open any day! Check out for the schedule, special events and general travel information. Also, President Dawn Marie would personally like to invite you to convention!

Convention sponsorship opportunities
We anticipate even more women participating in our international convention given the exciting location. To ensure our success, we are reaching out to previous convention sponsors and supporters with new, engaging opportunities for participation in Yokohama. This is your opportunity to showcase your club, region or small business to over 3,000 women from 21 countries and territories. Information on sponsorship opportunities can be found here or on the convention website.

New SIA Board members elected
Congratulations to the following Soroptimists, who have been elected to serve on the SIA Board of Directors from September 1, 2018 to August 31, 2020:
Electoral Area 1, Brazil Region—Jane Carol Brauner Azevedo, SI/Brasília
Electoral Area 3, Japan Minami Region—Hisako Mishima, SI/Kitakyushu
Electoral Area 5, Korea Region— Ohran Choe, SI/Daegu
Electoral Area 9, Camino Real, Desert Coast, and Golden West Regions—Penny Babb, SI/Happy Valley of the Sun
Electoral Area 11, Southern Region—Patricia McKay, SI/Huntsville
Electoral Area 12, South Atlantic Region—Robin Davis, SI/Alexandria
Electoral Area 13, Rocky Mountain Region—Margo Hartman, SI/Scotts Bluff County

They will join the continuing members of the SIA Board for 2018-2019: Elizabeth DiGeronimo 2018-2019 President; Julieta Armendariz de Lopez, Bonnie Domonchuk, Minda Garcia, Sherry Pearson, Michiko Shoji and Toshiko Ryomoto.

New SIA website password requirements
SIA headquarters upgraded the software for our membership database system on January 9. In order to login to the website to interact with any of our tools behind the login—including making donations, adding new members, or interacting with SIA member directories—new login procedures are now in place.  All members and clubs must change their passwords to include at least seven characters, including one letter and one number. This change is in accordance with requirements for PCI compliance on websites that accept credit card transactions. We regret any inconvenience this change may cause you. If you have any questions or problems with the login process, please contact our membership services associates at or 215-893-9000.

New SIA Staff
Meet SIA’s newest staff member, Linda M. Still, CMP. Linda joins SIA as meetings director. In this role, Linda will be responsible for designing and overseeing innovative meeting and event experiences that engage Soroptimist members and achieve organizational goals. Learn more about Linda!

In Memoriam
We are sad to report that Marilynn Hofstetter, 1980-1982 SIA president and 1987-1989 SI president, passed away on January 12. Marilynn, who joined Soroptimist in 1954, also served as former Pacific Region governor and secretary, and district director. Throughout her life, she was a champion of women and a role model to many. She was Whittier’s first woman and Democratic mayor (1968-1970), and served on the City Council from 1960-1972, where she helped raise awareness of the impact on women of the laws and policies of the city. She was one of three women in her class to graduate from from Boalt Law School at University of California Berkeley. She is survived by a nephew, niece and several cousins.


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