Why She Gives: Michele Memmott
Are you familiar with the 1921 Visionaries—Soroptimist’s recognition program for members who give for at least five consecutive years or greater? At each five-year milestone, members receive a beautiful engraved pin that represents their dedication to courageous women and girls around the world.
To begin your journey on becoming a 1921 Visionary, be sure to give a gift by December 31st. Some of our dedicated Soroptimist members have been giving for nearly two decades!
Michele Memmott is a dedicated 1921 Visionary who has been giving for 11 consecutive years. We asked her why she believes in the importance of investing in the dreams of women and girls through Soroptimist. Here is her answer:
“I joined Soroptimist following 20 years in leadership in local and regional PTA. As a next step in my career as a volunteer I wanted to look outside my local environs. I looked up “international women” and up came Soroptimist International of the Americas with a club established in 1953 right here in my small town! The club at the time was talking about international projects focused on women and girls—and I had found my new home!
I have extended my skills and learning about issues affecting women through involvement and travel for SIA. My service to this organization has been supported by a devoted SIA staff member every step of the way. For those reasons, I decided to make SIA my “Cause of Choice” and began regular donations in 2004, finally participating in the Soroptimist Monthly Giving Program (Soroptimist Stargazers) in 2011. Along the way, I also celebrated two big birthdays - one involving a 6 and a zero and another involving a 7 and a zero. For each event, I requested that my friends donate to SIA in my name—and with a little help from my friends, I have attained the status of Ambassador in the Laurel Society.
I have also happily included SIA in my estate planning—becoming a Laurel Legacy member in 2013. I have three daughters—Maggie, Mandy and Megan—all of whom came to be active members of Soroptimist—not because I asked, suggested, or paid their dues for them. They came to Soroptimist service by my example. I hope this tradition of service, especially to the Soroptimist mission, will continue through them and through my commitment to Laurel Legacy.”