Live Your Dream

It’s that time again! Clubs can find materials to promote this year’s contest in the Live Your Dream Guidebook section of SIA’s website. Or direct participants directly to the art contest section of The Soroptimist Live Your Dream Art Contest is a creative and fun way for children to celebrate the accomplishments of women around the world. Start promoting the contest in your local community! The entry deadline is December 31.

What should I say about Live Your Dream when talking to people in my community?
Live Your Dream is a fantastic way to involve everyone in your life with Soroptimist’s mission to improve the lives of women and girls. The Live Your Dream Guidebook herpes blog contains talking points to help you spread the word about Live Your Dream. Use the elevator speech to briefly and quickly explain Live Your Dream in under a minute! Also, always keep some sign-up cards on hand so you can direct people to the website!

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Best for Women
augustmag3Have you read the final 2013 issue of Best for Women magazine? This digital issue includes a print-on-demand option and features the same great content as past issues. In order to contain costs and provide more meaningful communications to our members, starting this fall Best for Women will have a new look as it transforms into a six-panel newsletter. This new piece will be delivered twice a year to each member in her own language! It will include information valuable to members: president’s message, executive director’s column, Women’s Opportunity Awards recipient stories, and great club projects. We look forward to providing a new and informative newsletter to all of our members, in all of our federation languages!

Did you know when a woman is being abused at home by an intimate LBPhotoSept13partner, that abuse often follows her to work? On September 10 at 2 p.m. EST, Loir Blair, SIA’s senior director of program services, will serve as a guest on the VoiceAmerica online radio show to discuss domestic violence as a workplace concern. Prior to the show, SIA will post a direct link to the interview on the SIA Facebook and Twitter pages so you can listen in. Like us on social media so you don’t miss out! If you can’t listen to the show live, you can still listen to the recording later. The Soroptimist Workplace Campaign to End Domestic Violence is an ongoing effort to raise awareness about this issue. Clubs can find resources to participate in the campaign in the program section of

SIA Board Nominations
In late July, SIA mailed board nomination forms to clubs in the following regions:  Brazil, Japan Minami, Korea, Camino Real, Desert Coast, Golden West, Midwestern, North Atlantic and Northwestern. Copies of the forms for electoral areas participating in this year’s board elections are available on the SIA website. Nominations are due at headquarters on September 15.

Fundraising Council Nominations
SIA mailed Fundraising Council nomination forms to all clubs in late July. Copies of the nomination form are available in all languages on the SIA website. Please note: Fundraising Council nominations have a new deadline date. All nominations are due at headquarters on September 15.

Club Calendar
The updated club calendar is available on the SIA website. Please refer to it for all SIA events and deadlines as you plan your upcoming club year!


Women’s Opportunity Awards
WOAbrochureLooking for new ways to support your club’s Women’s Opportunity Award recipient? Check out Beyond a Cash Award to Build Collective Impact for ideas.

Thank you to the clubs that participated in this year’s Women’s Opportunity Awards program! The women whose lives are changed through this award thank you, too. For ways to help improve the program for both clubs and their recipients, see the new Women’s Opportunity Award resources.

Program Resources
Need resources and information to administer a federation program or a new club-level project? Visit the program section of the SIA website for tips and inspiration to help women and girls live their dreams.

SI December 10th Appeal
Thank you for your support of the SI Birthing in the Pacific December 10th project. Read more about the funding support for the project.


Get a jump on the new club year!
Thank you to all of our incredible donors who made generous contributions over the last year to help fund our global programs like the Women’s Opportunity Awards. Consider making a gift today to get 2014 off to a great start!

Did you know?
When you log in to the member’s site with your member number, you can see a history of your past contributions. Log in today to see which level you’ve attained in the Laurel Society and how close you are to reaching the next one!


Membership Procedures
Reminder: clubs with fewer than 15 members can continue in service as a Soroptimist club without forfeiting their charters! Learn more about the procedures here.

Supporting Live Your Dream
Need a few tips on ways you and your club can promote and engage with Live Your Dream? View the latest Membership Moment video to learn how your actions help women and girls live their dreams!

Soroptimist International

Board of Directors Meeting
MYDC0027.JPGIn August, Soroptimist International held its annual board meeting in Cambridge, England. During the meeting, SI became an incorporated organization. In the photo, left to right, SISWP President Siew Yong Gnanalingam, SIGBI President Pat Black, SI President Alice Wells, SIE President Kathy Kaaf and then SIA President Raquel Arreola Ruiz display the signed document. Click here to read a summary of the meeting.

New SI Leadership
SI recently welcomed Ann Garvie as its new president. Ann, who has been a Soroptimist since 1979, is a member of SI/Glasgow City, Scotland, and will serve a two-year term. Read more about Ann and her SI responsibilities. SI also welcomed Caroline Leach as its new assistant program director. Caroline, who has been a Soroptimist since 1990, is a member of SI/Riverside, California, USA. Read more about Caroline here.