I invite you to attend our 37th Annual Founder Region Conference to be held at the San Ramon Marriott, May 3, 4 and 5. Conference is a time to make new Soroptimist friends, catch up with long standing Soroptimist friends and be inspired. Just about the time we lose enthusiasm for club activities (and sometimes we do) Conference rejuvenates us.
This is an exciting time for our organization. Together, Soroptimist International of the Americas (SIA) Leadership, SIA staff, you and I, are Shaping the Future of Soroptimist through Increased Collective Impact. Talk about increased collective impact, Founder Region began to embrace that concept last year by combining Leadership with Conference. We will continue with this same practice by having Leadership workshops on Friday afternoon, and bright and early on Saturday before our business session begins. We are very lucky to have Soroptimist International of the Americas President-elect Cheri Fleming as our Official Visitor and as a workshop presenter.
Additionally, you are welcome to attend the Founder Region board meeting at 9:00 am on Thursday, May 2, as a silent observer. The only pre-requisite is to complete the Silent Observer form included in the Call and send it to Secretary Charlene by the established deadline.
If you are arriving on Thursday, make plans to attend our very casual pizza party in the evening. This is sure to be a fun event. Rides will be available for those of you who don’t have transportation.
Friday’s morning and lunch program will focus on the topic of “Issues Facing Women in the Military”. The Legislative Advocacy committee has been working for several months to be able to share this valuable information. Leadership workshops begin after lunch and include an update from the 2011 Soroptimist International of the Americas Violet Richardson Award recipient Allyson Ahlstrom. Friday evening we will conduct the Annual Founder Region Business Meeting and share in the wonder of the accomplishments of our Fellowship recipients.
Saturday our official business begins with presentations, nominating committee election, bylaws, the official visitors report, and sharing the light of your Soroptimist service. Saturday afternoon we will all participate in a Soroptimist Civility workshop presented by Dr. Valarie Brown-Klingelhoefer and Dr. Michelle Donohue-Mendoza. As evening falls we will share our passion for Live Your Dream and Increased Collective Impact with Soroptimist Dream Factor.
Sunday we conclude conference by remembering members who have passed away over the past year, celebrating our program recipients, conducting our annual fundraising project the “Share the Light: Be a Soroptimist Firework!” basket raffle and my favorite part, reciting the “Soroptimist Pledge” together.
Please review the Call to Conference and share it with your members.
I encourage you to come to Conference and Share the Light of Soroptimist Service!