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Big Goal Survey

Dear Soroptimist Leaders,

Ever since we met together in July, we have been asking for your support to encourage clubs to participate in our next Big Goal exercise and survey. We have explained how important it is for us to hear from each and every one of our clubs as we continue planning for our next century. It is critical that we build these plans as a team so we all have a say in what we do and how we do it.

In mid-November, only 11 percent of our clubs had participated. With our first Big Goal Survey in 2015-2016, twice as many clubs had participated by this time. We know that many clubs may have participated in the exercise and not yet submitted their survey responses. We also know that the majority of our response last year came in the last four weeks. However, we also have to be vigilant in our efforts to encourage participation.

We are hoping that the success of our first big goal exercise and survey would propel even greater success for this second exercise and survey. And we are not giving up on surpassing our 48 percent participation in the first exercise. We are readying our last reminder blast email to club presidents which will go out in early December. We are also posting reminders in the Soroptimist Summary and on SIA’s Facebook page.

But we know we cannot reach those numbers without your support. Please contact your club presidents and encourage them to participate. Engage in a conversation in case there is a reason they are not participating. Post on your region’s Facebook page. Put an advertisement on your website. Come up with new creative and compelling strategies. Together, we can build a strong, stable and successful Soroptimist future!

If you hear any concerns or from clubs that need additional information or support, please contact Senior Director of Programs Lori at SIAHQ at lori@soroptimist.org.

Sincerely,
RoseMary Reid
President, Soroptimist International of the Americas

“By working together, we can and will make more dreams come true for more women and girls.”

P.S. I would be remiss not to congratulate and thank Korea region for their outstanding response rate. They currently have 90 percent club participation. Are there any other countries that think they can reach that response rate? I encourage you to try!

The State of Women’s Rights in NAR States

2017 Spring Conference

2013 Spring Conference

Marie Kennedy’s Key Note Address

Donna Butchko’s Workshop

SI Suburban Essex Club Banner
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Just send an email to Paul at http://www.mybannerstand.com/
and mention that SISE told you about them. Paul will be happy to give you the price to get your club name on the banner. See a close up of the banner by clicking on the link below.

Save the Date: “Engaging the Survivor Community in Advocacy, Healing, and Criminal Justice”

A Symposium led by survivors, March 9-10. Download the flyer.

Member Celebration

The Gifts of Grace & Gratitude

We are are so proud of our very own Soroptimist member, Martha C. Venditto who has a published story, “A New Beginning” in the book, “The Gifts of Grace & Gratitude”.

This is a collection of inspirational stories of women who transformed their lives. Martha Venditto is an author, advocate, mother and grandmother, and former executive. Martha has been involved in various non-profit organizations, many of which benefit woman and g

Martha Venditto

irls.  She currently serves on the Salvation Army Advisory Board and is a member of the  Dr. Theodore A. Atlas Foundation and Kiwanis. Martha is the founder of S.E.L.F. — Stand Empowered Live Free, a non-profit organization that assists people going through divorce. Martha is currently the District 1 Director for Soroptimist International North Atlantic Region.

Congratulations Martha!  We are so proud of you!


In Memory Of

Vickie Ann GrossoVickie Ann Grosso Professor of nursing, associate dean and faculty dean at Essex County College Vickie Ann Grosso passed away on April 25, 2017, quietly and comfortably, with her family present. Vickie was a nurse for most of her adult life, graduating with a BSN from Rutgers University; she received a MSN from NYU and PhD from Kennedy Western University. As a graduate from Rutgers, she worked as a pediatric nurse at Jersey City Medical Center and Barnert Hospital for many years. She then transitioned as an educator of nursing, first at UMDNJ as an assistant professor for two years. She moved from the medical school to Essex County College, as a nursing professor where she served the students and the college as a faculty member, chairperson of the nursing program, associate dean of nursing and allied health, and as the dean of faculty in her 27-year educational career. Throughout her career, she was a member of many professional organizations and was the recipient of prestigious awards from Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers and Who’s Who in American Nursing from The Society of Nursing Professionals. Vickie Ann GrossoVickie also was active member of Soroptimist International of Suburban Essex Club for more than 20 years. Vickie is survived by her husband, Larry; her children, Matthew, Michael, Jessica, Nicole and Benjamin; her grandchildren, Frank, Alex, Danny, Julieanna, Madison and Kaya; her parents, Richard and Dolores Grosso, and her brother, Richard. The family will receive friends on Sunday, April 30, 2017, at Quattlebaum Funeral Home, 5411 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach, Fla. from 4 to 8 p.m. A graveside service will be held on Monday, May 1, 2017, at Our Lady Queen of Peace Cemetery, 10941 Southern Blvd. Royal

Palm Beach, Fla., at 10 a.m. Friends are asked to meet at the cemetery at 9:45 a.m. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Vickie Ann’s name may be made to Soroptimist International of Suburban Essex.

Published in Star-Ledger on Apr. 29, 2017

 


Summer 2017 Governor’s Message:

Dear Soroptimist Sisters,

Thank you to everyone who helped plan and organize a terrific Spring Conference!  A special thank you to past Governor Butsy McElroy and Pottstown chair President Heather Wanner.  It was a pleasure having our Federation visitor, Karen Johnson attend our conference and giving a very energetic presentation about Soroptimist goals.  Also a special thank you to Shea Rhodes for her dynamic presentation on Human Trafficking.  Without the support and dedication of our membership, a successful event such as this would not be possible.

As always, The Best for Women & Girls.

—Governor Tammy



A new sign for SI Seaford, District II:

Staten Island Membership Award

Governor Tammy and Governor-Elect Peggy
at the Governor/Governor-elect round table held in Toronto