Welcome to Soroptimist North Atlantic Region
As we welcome 2021, let’s take just a moment to reflect on the things of the past. 2020 is certainly a year we will all remember and yet also want to forget. It was a year of cancelled in person meetings, cancelled vacations and travel and a year of sadness, sorrow, heartache and stress for many. And yet it was also a year of new beginnings. We learned how to use new technology to hold our meetings virtually, we also learned how to hold on-line fundraisers and come up with new ideas of how to raise funds. And more importantly we learned how to keep in touch and reach out to one another for help when needed. And although we couldn’t be together in person, we still held onto the connections we have through this wonderful organization we call Soroptimist.
As we enter 2021, I look forward to a year of excitement and hope. Your NAR board and Spring Conference Committee are already working on a possible in-person Spring Conference to be held at the Hilton Scranton Conference Center in Scranton, PA the weekend of April 23rd, 24th and 25th. It is our sincere hope that by then, we will be able to physically be together once again and share a few laughs, hugs and most importantly some great information. A new SIA program, the “Dream Big Campaign” will be launched at Spring Conference so be sure to plan on attending. We will also begin planning for our Fall District Meetings. And of course, 2021 marks the 100th anniversary of Soroptimist so as we progress into the year, be sure to watch your club email for exciting events that will be occurring.
I ask that you please email me the dates and any links for your upcoming club meetings. I was a bit out of the loop during the end of 2020 due to some physical complications, but I am back on the road to recovery and would like to connect with your clubs to see what exciting things are happening in each of your worlds of Soroptimist.
I encourage you to connect with your District Directors and let them know of any and all upcoming events your club may have planned so that we can post it on our updated NAR website (www.soroptimistnar.org). I also encourage you to connect with your members and be sure that they are doing ok and ask if there is anything they need or anything you can do for them. A simple act of kindness can mean the world to someone who is experiencing a hard time.
I wish each and every one a safe, healthy, and happy New Year and I look forward to the hugs and laughter we can all share again soon.
Diane M. Savidge
NAR Governor 2020-2022