Welcome to Soroptimist North Atlantic Region
As we begin the month of love, let us take time to remember that as Soroptimists we should reach out to our fellow mankind with love and kindness on a daily basis. Several of us are working as volunteers with SIA to do what they are calling “Member Care Calls”. What this means is we are given the information needed of a Soroptimist member within our federation and we are taking about 15 minutes of our time to reach out to them and make sure they are doing ok throughout this pandemic which just doesn’t seem to want to go away. It has been a real treat to be part of the team making these calls as I’ve had the opportunity to speak with some absolutely lovely ladies that I’ve never known before. Let us all remember to reach out to those we love and care about, our friends, neighbors, and relatives and just add a ray of sunshine to their day by letting them know someone cares.
I’m sure by now all of you are aware that we have had to cancel our in-person Spring Conference that we had so hoped to be able to hold. With guidance from SIA we have ALL been asked to suspend all in-person meetings and events until further notice from the SIA board. SIA held a webinar with the Governors and Governor Elects to explain the legal ramifications of holding in-person meetings at this time and how it could affect any legal suits that could come from someone saying they contacted COVID after attending a meeting or event held by Soroptimists. I ask that you PLEASE follow these guidelines and adhere to the request of SIA. None of us want to put our clubs, regions, or federation in a situation to have to fight a legal battle over something we CAN at least try to control. Currently, we are not to plan ANY future in-person events without the consent of SIA. So, if you are looking at an event you would like to plan this summer, I would ask that you reach out to SIA with the specifics and get their feedback prior to moving forward.
With all that said, your NAR Board has now moved to planning our Spring Conference to be held virtually. We are planning 3 sessions over two Saturdays, June 5th from 10 to noon, June 12th from 10 to noon and then a celebration of awards and accomplishments the evening of June 12th from 7 to 8:30-9:00. So please put these dates on your calendar and we hope you will join us via Zoom. More information will come out with the call to conference sometime in March. As there is some voting that will need to be done, we will once again be asking all clubs to submit the names and email addresses of your President and club delegates to your District Directors so that when we have the survey monkeys ready to send for voting they can be sent, and results returned in a timely fashion.
I know these are not ideal times but as we move forward with more and more people becoming eligible for and receiving the vaccine, perhaps our lives will soon become more normal again. We can only hope so. However, in the meantime, we continue to do what we can to help and support the women and girls in our communities that need us now more than ever. I praise the work you are all doing and urge you to continue to move forward as best you can.
Please keep me posted with the dates and times of your meetings so that I can make an attempt to attend and be there with you virtually. I wish you all a Happy Valentine’s Day and I look forward to our time together.
Diane M. Savidge
NAR Governor 2020-2022
“Kindness needs no means of transportation, you simply ignite it and let it spread through passing it along.”
“Move with kindness in your heart and your behavior will follow.”
News from Soroptimist International of the Americas®
The Road to Equality
While International Women’s Day is recognized around the world on March 8 “Every day is International Women’s Day when you’re a member of Soroptimist!” says President Penny. “And this year, we will continue to do what we do best—globally invest in and advocate for women and girls who need us most!”
PLEASE WATCH THE NAR FACEBOOK PAGE FOR DAILY POSTINGS ABOUT WOMEN DURING THE MONTH OF MARCH.
Our big dream is to help women and girls build a better life for themselves and their families and education is one of the best options we have to invest in their dreams for a brilliant future! Design by NAR co-administrator, Patti.
SIA Dream Big
As we celebrate our 100th anniversary we would love to hear from Soroptimists all around the world! We invite you to #DreamBig and share a selfie video with a personal message.
Retirement of Executive Director Liz
It is with sadness and sincere gratitude for her outstanding service that SIA Board of Directors report the resignation of Executive Director & CEO Elizabeth M. Lucas, CAE, effective August 31, 2021.
Says Liz: “I love Soroptimist and all it stands for. I sincerely thank you for the opportunities, experiences and knowledge I have gained during my time with the organization. It has been my pleasure to serve the board. I have greatly enjoyed the members and my work with SIA Headquarters staff. As I reflect on the last nine years, I am proud of all Soroptimist has accomplished. While it’s past has been bright, it’s future is brilliant.”