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Thank you to all the members who attended SIA's 44th Biennial Convention in Orlando! Below are some of the highlights. Or click to view the convention photo album on SIA's Facebook page.

Convention Highlights

Headquarters Report: Direction of SIA (.ppt slides)
SIA Executive Director & CEO Elizabeth Lucas' presentation on moving our organization forward and shaping our future

Finance Report (.ppt slides)
SIA's financial story, including FY14/15 financial results and our financial strategy to serve even more women and girls

Lessons from Geese (.ppt slides)
2015-2016 SIA President-Elect RoseMary Reid's inspiration for the day ("HONK!")

Our Big Goal (.ppt slides)
In 2021 Soroptimist will celebrate its 100th birthday. Today, we are looking to our future and making plans to ensure the transformative work we have done for women and girls continues for another 100 years.

Watch how your club can help SIA work toward the next Big Goal...


Dream Programs (.ppt slides)
See the progress of the Live Your Dream Awards and Dream It, Be It programs.

2015-2016 Live Your Dream Award recipient Terria Wadud...


Debut of the new Dream It, Be It video...


2015-2016 SIA President Sam's Farewell Address (.ppt slides)
Outgoing president Sam Buchenau gave her final speech as 2015-2016 SIA President during the Recognition Banquet.

Watch Sam's address...


2015-2016 SIA President-Elect RoseMary Reid's Installation Address (.ppt slides)
Incoming president RoseMary Reid gave her installation address, and will serve as the 2016-2017 SIA President starting September 1, 2016.

Hear what RoseMary wishes for clubs to achieve during her tenure as SIA president...


Workshop PowerPoints and Handouts
Materials from convention workshops

Club and Region Award Winners

MemberSHIP Campaign
SIA's membership campaign was a great success. See which clubs and regions had the most success recruiting new members.

Membership Award
This award is given to the club with the greatest net growth in regular members between June 1, 2015 and May 31, 2016.

Soroptimists Celebrating Success
The Soroptimists Celebrating Success Awards recognize clubs for outstanding projects in the areas of fundraising, membership, program and public awareness.

Shaping the Future
The Shaping the Future Awards recognize region with outstanding work in fundraising, membership, program and public awareness.

Dream Programs
Our Dream Programs – the Live Your Dream Award and Dream It, Be It – ensure that women and girls have the resources to live their dreams. SIA recognizes every region for supporting these important programs.

Club Giving and Founders Pennies
Club Giving and Founders Pennies support thousands of women and girls in our 20 countries and territories through Soroptimist programs.

Laurel Legacy Recognition
Laurel Legacy members share their dreams for the future of the world's women and girls.

Laurel Society Inner Circle Members
SIA's Laurel Society Inner Circle members have all donated at least $25,000, with the highest level of Inner Circle members contributing more than $100,000 to Soroptimist in their lifetime.


Convention Patrons

Save the date: Yokohama, July 30-August 2, 2018

Visit the Yokohama visitor's website for more information about this exciting city!

45th Biennial convention
July 30-August 2, 2018
Pacifico Yokohama
Yokohama, Japan


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