September 2022 Governor’s Message

Hello Soroptimist!

With the rich fall season approaching, as everything bursts with beauty and all the leaves give their grand finale may we appreciate every attribute it brings and offers. September is also the start of our monthly Soroptimist meetings and a new Club YEAR! We all have so many wonderful things happening this fall, we dont want you to miss any of it! Please be sure to submit your Event and Fundraiser Flyers to your District Directors for submission to our Website, and Social Media outlets!

Our Fall District Meetings are being held consecutive Saturdays from September 24th through October 22nd. Information has been sent, and if you missed it, be sure to reach out to your District Directors for more information. We hope to see you there, live and in person! COVID-19 has changed everything about our work. The unpredictability of the pandemic is constant, so as a reminder and to manage the risk to members and our entire organization, Clubs and Regions wishing to meet in person must follow SIA’s risk management plan. If they wish to hold any in-person activity with non-members or an event with many members, they must file a written declaration with SIA headquarters at least 45 days before the activity. While things have changed, one thing that remains constant is our commitment to serving women and girls.

Our Dream Big Campaign is under way, this is our global campaign to raise the funds necessary to build our organizational capacity to invest in the dreams of half a million women and girls. The DBC will ensure that we provide our members the support to grow the Live Your Dream, Dream it – Be it, and Big Goal Accelerator Projects. You can find more information at: https://www.dreambig.soroptimist.org/faq

And, speaking of Live Your Dream, the portal is active, and the deadline for submission is November 15th!

Important reminder: ALL Clubs must file the 990 with the IRS, this is to be filed annually. Any club that does not file for 3 consecutive years will have its federal tax status revoked by the IRS, which means donors will no longer be able to receive charitable deductions for their donations and that the club will be liable for federal income tax.

I wish you all a successful club year! Remember if you need any support your NAR Board is here to help!

Fondly,
Governor Patti

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It’s August 1 and Soroptimists know what that means.

That’s right! The Live Your Dream: Education & Training Awards for Women® is now open for applications! And this year’s application season marks the 50th anniversary of this life-transforming program. Isn’t that exciting?

Since 1972, Soroptimists have distributed more than $39 million in education grants through the Live Your Dream Awards and helped over 39,000 women make a better life for themselves and their families. By empowering women to change their lives, the award has paved the way for new generations of independent, educated, and financially secure women and families, who in turn give back to their communities and countries.

August 1 through November 15 marks the annual award application period, in which eligible women may apply for the award by submitting their application to a club near them (or by applying through the online application portal if located in the U.S. or Canada).

What Should Members Do?

1. Spread the word. Every member can help their club recruit applicants. SIA happily offers tools to help you publicize the award in your local community, including ideas for reaching out to local organizations who may know eligible women. Here is the link for women who want to learn more about applying: Apply for the Live Your Dream Awards.

2. Familiarize yourself with the program toolkit. Check out the full Live Your Dream Awards Club Resources on our website, which includes the application, recruiting and publicity tools, how to select and honor recipients, reporting instructions, and useful tips.


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3. Let us help. SIA staff are delighted to help you find the resources you need or to answer questions about the program. Just email us at [email protected] or give our office a call at +1-215-893-9000.

4. Celebrate! We’ve shared 10 Ways to Celebrate 50 Years of the Live Your Dream Awards to help inspire your celebrations during this special occasion.

We look forward to another successful and life-changing cycle of the Live Your Dream Awards. Deep gratitude to our amazing members and to everyone who supports this program—thank you for investing in the power of women’s dreams year after year!

Sincerely,
SIA Headquarters

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