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Governor’s Message

December 2021

The last month of 2021 has arrived and while many of us have endured some trials and tribulations throughout this past year we still have much to be thankful for. In this magical month of the year let us reach out to those less fortunate than us and remember that as Soroptimists we can and will work to help put a smile on the faces of many women and girls as we continue our work toward encouraging them to live their dreams.

I want to apologize for not getting out a November Governor’s message but as many of you know, my mother passed the very beginning of the month and things just got very hectic with all the arrangements etc. None the less, I do hope everyone had a fabulous Thanksgiving and that you were able to spend some time with family and friends.

It was so nice to be able to hold two very informative and fun in-person Fall District Meetings this year and for those who were unable to attend, please know that all the power-points have been posted to the NAR website for you to review. COVID has certainly put fear in many of us and for good reason, but I do hope that we can all soon be together comfortably and enjoy the friendships we have fostered over the years as Soroptimists.

I want to remind you that there are some especially important deadlines this month:

  1.  The NAR Candidate forms are due to Nominations Chair Peggy Gentile VanMeter by December 15th ([email protected]). The applications can be found on the NAR website, and I do hope that you or someone you know is willing to run for office and hold a position on the NAR board. It is an experience like non other and one that you will never be sorry to have held. Help us to have a full slate of officers as we look toward the 2022-2024 biennium.

  2. Applications for the Peace Begins at Home Grants are due to NAR Co-Administrative Officer, Patti Yuengling ([email protected]) by December 31st.  The application is on the NAR website under forms and documents. While we have not collected a lot of funds to use toward this program, due to not holding in-person meetings and having basket raffles to collect funds, we do have some money and we would like to help with your projects in any way we can.

As a reminder, we are planning for a fabulous Spring Conference to be held April 22, 23, and 24th, 2022 at the Hilton Scranton and Conference Center in Scranton, PA. Be sure to mark your calendars now as you won’t want to miss this. More information will be coming after the beginning of the year.

While we have endured some very trying times these past two years, we have still been able to reach out and help many women and girls through our fabulous work in Soroptimist. Let’s continue to work together to strengthen our numbers and to reach out and touch the lives of those in need.

I want to take a moment to wish each and every one of you an incredibly happy holiday season. Regardless of what holiday you celebrate this month, take time to relax and enjoy the special moments that this season provides, and I hope you can find some time to spend with family and friends as we celebrate some of the most magical times of the year. As we move toward a new year, may you find laughter, excitement, good health, happiness, and love.

Happy Holidays and Best Wishes for a Happy New Year.


Diane M Savidge

Diane M. Savidge
NAR Governor 2020-2022

Nominations for 2022-2024 NAR Board

Time Sensitive: Nominations due by Midnight, December 15, 2021

Nominations Flyer

Blank Candidate Application Form ( PDF | Word )

Proposed BylawsView Word Document

Peace Begins at Home Grant Program

Application Due – December 31st

Download Application

Impact Form Report Due December 15th

Download Report Form

Ethel F. Lord Fellowship

Application Due – February 16, 2022

Download Application

2021 Fall District Meeting Information/Presentations


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