Greetings to Founder Region members,
It seems like only yesterday we were beginning our new club year, and already we’ve seen five months fly by.
To those of you that attended your District Meeting in October, thank you for taking the time out of your day to spend it with your region leadership and other Soroptimist members. We hope you found the meeting to be of value and that the information presented was educational, informative, and gave you a great “take-away” feeling from the day, one that inspires you even more to be a Soroptimist shining star. We appreciate your attendance and participation, and also your comments on what we can do to make our district meetings better next time around. We truly thank all members of the host clubs for the district meetings – you pulled out all the stops and did an extraordinary job. Thank you to SI/Vallejo, SI/Marin County, SI/Mendocino, SI/Noyo Sunrise, SI/Fort Bragg, SI/Fremont, SI/Pittsburg, SI/Waikiki, SI/Central Oahu and SI/Honolulu. We’ve received so many comments that these district meetings were the best and we thank you for being such a big part of our success.
I hope that the District Director’s presentation of the “Five R’s” - Reach, Recruit, Retain, Respect and Regard - was meaningful, informative, fun-filled and that it left you with thoughts on how you can help make your club membership stronger, more empowered and healthier.
Those of you who donated purses and purchased purses – a huge thank you! It was fun and well received AND we raised $1,430 for Founder Region. Start putting purses away for Conference – we’ll be doing this again! It is a win-win-win-win-win!
Your Region Board members are at the beginning stages of planning an amazing Spring Conference in May 2017. Your Legislative Advocacy Region Committee is already working on a full day of advocacy and education for you on Friday during Conference weekend. Your host clubs, SI/Calistoga, SI/St. Helena and SI/St. Helena Sunrise held their first planning meeting with Conference Chair Linda Glantz and to see and feel the excitement in the early planning session was awesome. Make sure to save this special weekend – May 5, 6 and 7, 2017 – at the San Ramon Marriott. We promise to throw in some island spirit.
By the time of this reading, most of your District Directors will have held their second Presidents’ Roundtable meetings with club presidents and other members. The roundtable meetings are valuable, not only for the club presidents but for members as well. This is when your District Director has an opportunity to share information from the Region Board and from SIA Headquarters and also offers the opportunity for club presidents to share with each other.
Please be sure to take a look at all of the information in this November 2016 mailing. As always, if there is anything your region board members can do for you or your club, please let us know. We look forward to the rest of our biennium together and we always enjoy coming to visit your club, whether it is a club meeting, awards ceremony, fundraiser, installation of officers or other events. We are here to serve you and to help your clubs be successful “shining star” Soroptimist clubs as well as to help you improve the lives of women and girls through programs leading to social and economic empowerment.