Inspiring. Resilient. Hardworking. These are some of the words that describe Soroptimist’s 2017 Live Your Dream Awards recipients. These amazing women have overcome huge life challenges and are on a quest to create better lives for themselves, their families and their communities. Meet Aislinn, Sara and Rochelle.
Please watch and share the following recipient videos:
We are so excited about our 45th Biennial Convention in Yokohama, Japan, July 30-August 2, 2018. Check out the beautiful headquarters hotel, the InterContinental Yokohama Grand. Preparations are underway for a fabulous event! Details will be posted on the SIA Convention page as they become available, so be sure to check back often.
American Society of Association Executives Gala
On October 4, Executive Director Elizabeth Lucas, Senior Director of Program Services Lori Blair and other SIA staff members attended ASAE’s 18th Annual Summit Awards Dinner. Liz and Lori were on hand to personally accept the prestigious Power of A Summit Award for Dream It, Be It. The Live Your Dream Awards also were recognized as a Power of A gold winner. The grand gala, held at the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C, brought together association executives, government officials, and business and community leaders for an evening to celebrate the value of associations and their impact on society. Dream It, Be It was one of only six winners of the distinguished Summit Award. Read more about the award, and see Lori’s video about why Dream It, Be It makes a difference for girls. Pictured below: Senior Director of Program Services Lori Blair (front row, far left) and Executive Director Elizabeth Lucas (back row, second from left) at ASAE’s 18th Annual Summit Awards Dinner.
Looking for your next adventure?
Victoria Region, Australia, is offering a Grant of Friendship to an overseas Soroptimist who speaks fluent English to visit its region from April 15 to May 6 to coincide with the South West Pacific Conference of Clubs in May 2018. The application deadline is October 20.
Successes from Around the Globe This is the time of year when many clubs look for new ways to grow their ranks. Instead of reinventing the wheel, take a cue from the strategies of several clubs that were recognized in the area of membership during the latest round of Soroptimists Celebrating Success Awards. Contact the clubs to learn their secrets of success, or just to say “good job!”
Are you ready to help new members learn more about Soroptimist? Do current members in your club need a refresher? Start new members off on the right foot by providing an overview of our amazing global organization that empowers disadvantaged women and girls. Use the resources in the New Members area of our website as a guide to welcome members and assist with an effective orientation.
A Visionary Announcement
We are proud to formally debut a recognition program for members who have given gifts for five or more consecutive years. The 1921 Visionaries are members who have year after year shown their dedication to the women and girls who count on Soroptimist. At the start of each calendar year, Visionary members who have given gifts of any amount for five, 10, or 15 consecutive years will receive a special numbered pin and a personalized letter. When you recognize these members by their pins at your club and district meetings, region conferences, and convention, please thank them for their enduring commitment. We are incredibly grateful for them and you!
Active Laurel Society Members
Beginning September 1, 2018, for a Laurel Society member to be considered “active,” and therefore receive an invitation to the Laurel Society Event at convention, their cumulative giving must total $500 over a biennium—this decision was voted on and enacted by the Fundraising Council.
Once reaching Laurel Society status, you are always a member. However, to be considered an “active” member the minimum contribution must be met.
Live Your Dream Awards It’s Live Your Dream Awards season! While we celebrate the accomplishments of our award recipients throughout the year, this is the time of year we encourage women to apply for our life-changing award, as the application deadline is November 15. If your club still needs to find applicants, here are some tools to help raise awareness about the Live Your Dream Award in your local community!
Boost Your Career
Looking to boost your career but need some assistance to sift through the variety of resources and information out there? Check out this LiveYourDream.org blog of career-oriented websites for women looking for support in their professional lives!
There’s only one month left of our Soroptimist Super Sale. We’ve sold out of many items but still have plenty of necklaces, pins, bracelets and more. The best part? Nothing is over $9.99! Available while supplies last or until the sale ends on October 31.
New Year, New President!
Let’s welcome our 2017-2018 President Dawn Marie Lemonds of SI/Newport Harbor Area, California, USA! Watch this video to hear Dawn’s inspiring message to members as she begins her term as SIA president. Watch for an interview with Dawn in the next issue of Best for Women.
Torrid Foundation Chooses SIA/LiveYourDream.org as Charity SIA, our Live Your Dream Awards and and our online volunteer community, LiveYourDream.org, have been selected as the first charity for the newly launched Torrid Foundation. The Torrid Foundation is the philanthropic arm of Torrid, LLC, a rapidly expanding women’s retail clothing company with more than 500 stores in North America. Torrid is raising funds for the foundation through direct donations, rounding up both online and in-store purchases, events and possible product proceeds. This opportunity came to SIA through LiveYourDream.org. To learn more about this important partnership, visit Torrid.com/give.
The start of a club year brings new possibilities and new opportunities! Why not consider attending the 45th Biennial Convention in Yokohama, Japan? This fabulous event will be a once- in-a-lifetime experience! Keep an eye on the SIA Convention page for the latest information and see the ad in the upcoming issue of Best for Women.
New SIA Staff Meet SIA’s newest staff member, Sue Murray. Sue joined SIA as chief operating and financial officer. In this role, Sue provides direction, management and the vision necessary to ensure Soroptimist has the appropriate resources and systems in place to effectively support the organization’s growing collective impact, while ensuring its financial strength and operating efficiency. Region treasurers are advised to contact email@example.com about SIA Procedure F (Procedures Governing Regions, numbers 8 & 9) with regard to insurance and financial reporting. Learn more about Sue and help welcome her to SIA!
Nomination forms were sent in late July and are due to headquarters by September 15, 2017, for:
SIA Board of Directors—Nominations are being accepted from clubs in regions nominating this year: Area 1—Brazil; Area 3—Japan Minami; Area 5—Korea; Area 9—Camino Real, Desert Coast and Golden West; Area 11—Southern; Area 12—South Atlantic; and Area 13—Rocky Mountain. Nomination information can be found on the SIA website.
On September 15, 2017, clubs in good standing will be sent a ballot for SI president-elect. This is a once in every eight years opportunity for SIA clubs to help determine the leadership of Soroptimist International. To be in good standing, clubs must have fulfilled their 2017-2018 dues obligations before the ballot is sent on September 15, in accordance with SIA Procedure B. Procedures Governing Clubs, #5. If your club has not paid its dues, please do so immediately—ensuring that it is received by headquarters on or before September 14, so that your club will be eligible to participate in this ballot.
Bras for a Cause Trademark
SIA headquarters has obtained certain rights for SIA clubs to use the trademark “Bras for a Cause” in their local fundraising efforts. Click here to learn more.