SIA

Convention
We are excited to announce registration for SIA’s 45th Biennial Convention in Yokohama, Japan, (#SIAConv2018) is officially open! Creating unforgettable memories, experiencing a new culture, and sharing laughter with friends from around the world are all on the agenda. Visit http://bit.ly/convention-registration-english to register now! In addition, you will be prompted to secure your hotel reservations during the registration process. For all other convention news, visit our website.

2018-2019 SIA President-elect
The mail ballot for 2018-2019 SIA president-elect was sent to all clubs in good standing on March 2.  All ballots must be received at SIA headquarters on or before Thursday, May 3. Copies of the ballot information are available in all languages on the Federation Information page of the SIA website and you can view the candidate videos here. Instructions on alternate methods of returning ballots have been sent to all clubs and club presidents by email.

In Memoriam
Joyce M. Blake, past SIA president (1984-1986) and governor of Western Canada Region, passed away on February 17. Joyce traveled the world promoting women’s issues on behalf of Soroptimist. Her proudest moment was becoming a Member of the Order of Canada, awarded in part for her work with Soroptimist. Joyce had a long and distinguished career with the University of Regina in Saskatchewan, Canada. Click here for more information.

Development

International Women’s Day 2018
Every day is International Women’s Day when you’re a member of Soroptimist!

So on March 8th, we’ll continue doing what we do best—globally advocating for the women who need us most. Will you join us by making a gift to the Live Your Dream Awards? SI/Valencia, CA, will match gifts up to $5,000!* Hurry—visit http://bit.ly/IWDSIA to make your gift while the match opportunity lasts!

*Your Laurel Society recognition will be at the value of your individual donation.

Program

Don’t forget! All of the women who applied for a Live Your Dream Award are waiting to hear about the status of their application. Make sure to notify both your recipient and non-recipients so women aren’t left to wait and wonder.

See these sample letters for ideas on how to craft your message:

Looking for partners for your Dream It, Be It project? Share this one page informational sheet specifically designed for partners.

Membership

All Aboard!
Our All Aboard the MemberSHIP campaign may be nearing the end of its journey but there is still time to take advantage of all the excellent resources available on the campaign webpage at: http://bit.ly/siamembership! Check out these five easy steps for tips to make sure your club sails to success.

Speak with Confidence!
Because public speaking is often cited as people’s number one fear, it is so important to improve upon and practice our speaking skills. Review the latest leadership tip to help build your confidence and put you more at ease when you step in front of an audience.

SI

SI is looking for prominent panelists to be participate in its July 2019 convention in Kuala Lampur, Malaysia, on the following topics:

  • Water & Food Security
  • Technology & Innovation
  • Violence, Trafficking & Exploitation
  • Women’s Healthcare & Inter-generational Wellness
  • Youth Social Activism
  • Climate Action Plan

Send all suggestions and contact information by April 15 to program@soroptimist.org.