Welcome to Soroptimist North Atlantic Region
As 2020 marches on, many of us will be glad to see it come to an end. This year has been very frustrating, challenging, and unforgiving for many of us but during this month of November, let us concentrate on the things we also must be thankful for.
Your NAR board was thankful to be able to have our first in person board meeting during October and while we made sure to social distance and wear our masks, it was very rewarding to be able to be together in person. We put together some very informative Leadership sessions which we are presenting to our members via Zoom. The first sessions based on leadership roles were presented on October 22nd and 23rd and both sessions were well attended. The next set of sessions will be on Membership, November 2nd and 5th and the last set of sessions will be on using Microsoft Office (via your club email account) and these will be presented the week of November 16th. So, I encourage all club President’s to continue checking your email as well as the club email account for all future links to these sessions.
We are also in the process of working with our webmaster to launch an all new updated NAR webpage and we are hoping to make it go live sometime in mid-November. This will be a much more up to date and SIA logo compliant website so be sure to keep checking for all the new features. I encourage you to send your District Directors details of all your upcoming events so we can share them on the website. I also encourage all clubs to send your District Directors links to any of your club webpages and Facebook pages, as there will be links to these posted on the new website so that we can all share our information.
The NAR Conference committee is currently working on putting together a Spring Conference in hopes that we will all be able to gather and enjoy each other’s comradery again soon. The projected dates are, April 23rd to the 25th, 2021. Be sure to watch for more info as we get closer.
As we approach this season of giving, I encourage you to reach out to those less fortunate. As the weather turns cooler, there are many that will be in need of warm clothing, food supplies and shelter. Perhaps you might consider collecting things for your local food bank or homeless shelters. These places are always in need of gloves, scarves, hats, and coats as well as food supplies.
The North Atlantic Region Board wishes everyone a wonderful Thanksgiving season. Although it might be a bit different this year, remember you can always connect with family and friends via modern technology. Please take care and remember all the blessings each and everyone of us has been given.
Diane M. Savidge
NAR Governor 2020-2022