July/August Soroptimist Summary


45th Biennial Convention in Yokohama, Japan

Our 45th biennial convention is right around the corner! Still want to come but haven’t registered? We have good news! Come and register on site. We are excited about welcoming more than 2,500 members from around the world. For more information, check out our convention website. 

Want to communicate about your planning, packing and travels to Yokohama? Use our convention hashtag (#SIAConv2018) to share your adventures!  

SIA Website

As you probably know by now, our new SIA website is live! We have completely redesigned it to more accurately portray our vital brand, and to support a superior member experience. To help you navigate the new site, here is a short video. Take a look around and share with friends—we can’t wait to hear your feedback!

In Memoriam

We are sad to report that Marjorie Conley, 1984-1988 SIA treasurer, passed away on July 4. Marjorie, who joined Soroptimist in 1959, also served as Founder Region treasurer and governor and SIA foundation director and secretary/treasurer. Before World War II, she joined the Civil Air Patrol. As a 1st Lieutenant, she was a pilot, sometimes towed targets for the U.S. Navy and parachuted as part of her service. She also started a successful construction company with her husband and ran the company’s operations for over 50 years. Click here for more information.


Live Your Dream Awards

Applications are now being accepted! Learn about the new application portal for US & Canada clubs and start recruiting applicants now.

Dream It, Be It

Want a quick summary of what’s covered in the seven-session curriculum? Check out this 2-page overview!


Record-Breaking News!

To members of the 1,011 clubs that participated in 17/18 Club Giving, you have our congratulations and gratitude—you collectively raised more than $750,000. WOW! Clubs gave 6 percent more than last year, and every contribution helps make our Dream Programs possible. Special thanks to clubs that gave both 10 percent of their locally raised funds AND increased their giving over the prior year. Here’s a sneak peek at what your club’s certificate will look like with two seals!


In February 2018, Soroptimist and LiveYourDream.org were selected to partner with ThirdLove, a leading women's lingerie retailer, for an online Valentine's Day promotion. We are happy to announce that through this collaboration, ThirdLove donated $15,000 to our Dream Programs! We are proud to stand with this dynamic partner in empowering women and girls. Our LiveYourDream.org platform is creating awareness of our brand to ThirdLove and other national partners.


Recognizing Our Members

We all want to feel valued and recognized for our contributions—it boosts our spirit and purpose. The good news? It’s easy to make your fellow members feel good and at the same time thank them for the difference they are making in the lives of women and girls throughout SIA. Review the latest leadership tip about appreciation to boost morale and energize members today!

Soroptimist: Defined

Let potential members know exactly what Soroptimist is! Use this recruitment ad featuring a dictionary definition. Share our mission with your community by downloading this ad and customizing it with your club’s contact information.  


Making Dreams Come True

Life is full of challenges at any age. Take a moment and read about Harper, an amazing high school student with big dreams. She took control of her future, worked hard, and never took no for an answer. The result? She made her education dream a reality!


SI President’s Appeal Update

SI President Mariet Verhoef-Cohen’s President Appeal is Women, Water & Leadership, which supports projects that educate, empower and enable women and girls with respect to water management resources and water-related careers. To date, SIA members and clubs have donated over $60,000 to the appeal. Learn more here.

Annual General Meeting

Soroptimist International's Annual General Meeting will be held in Budapest, Hungary, September 7-9, 2018. All federation members are invited to attend the approximately one- hour Annual General Meeting portion as silent observers. There is also the opportunity to attend festivities in celebration of the charter of SI Danubius. Click here for additional information.

SI Treasurer

Soroptimist International invites applications for the volunteer role of SI treasurer for the 2020-2021 biennium. Interested Soroptimists should consult the call for nominations and recruitment pack, and email their application to Lisa Mangiafico, lisa@soroptimist.org, by September 15, 2018.


84th Federation Conference, Liverpool, October 25-27, 2018

This year’s conference, “Empower Today—Enable Tomorrow,” will be held at the BT Convention Centre at ACC Liverpool, UK. The closing date for registration is September 30, 2018. To learn about speakers, accommodations and to register online, please visit https://sigbi.org/liverpool2018/.

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