Governor’s Message Archive

Happy “To Be Thankful Month”!

Well I am very happy to report that both FDM’s were very successful.  The board has reviewed all the evaluations and it seems the topics were well received.  Most members were very pleased with the venues, the food, the content, and mostly the friendliness of our members.  Thank you to each member who took the time to attend and  learn more about Soroptimist.  Our Laurel Society membership is still growing which makes all of us truly grateful for the graciousness of our anonymous donor. Photos from both events are on the photo page, but they are also on the NAR Face Book page. Presentations used are on the SIA website.

Please plan ahead!  We hope by giving you these dates early your clubs will consider not planning club events on these dates so members have a chance to attend NAR events.  I hope everyone has already marked their calendars for Spring Conference 2019, May 2-May 5th. Our SOAR Leadership Seminar will be in August, and tentative date is August 17th, 2019.  Please mark your calendars for 2019 FDM’s. Host for Districts 1/2 will be SI Rancocas, October 18/19 and host for  Districts 3/4 will be SI Fayette, November 8/9. Again, tentative dates depending on availability for hotels.

Keep those newsletters coming.  Also, I would like names and addresses of your new members since September.  Keep your Face Book post going, I try to repost on the NAR Face Book page.

It seems unreal that in a week many of us will be traveling for our Thanksgiving weekend or we will be preparing for our tables filled with family and friends.  Let us take time to remember those who are not fortunate to have a place at a table for Thanksgiving dinner.  Perhaps you will donate to a local food bank, a church or community center to help make a Thanksgiving Dinner a reality for someone.

I wish each of you a very Happy Thanksgiving and safe travels.  I am thankful for all you do to support Soroptimist, and mostly I am thankful for our friendships.

Governor Peggy

Peggy Gentile-VanMeter

It is such an honor to be the NAR Governor for 2018-2020. I promise to always have an open mind and to listen to your ideas, comments and suggestions. The Board is anticipating a very productive term and we are always working to give you the best meetings and conferences.

Our SIA Convention in Japan was indeed a very exciting experience for me as well as our NAR Treasurer, Karen. I will be posting news from Headquarters as well as ideas and strategies that have been suggested by SIA.

SOAR Leadership Seminar will no doubt be another exciting event and items will be posted here as well as on Face Book. As we move from Summer into Fall I look forward to seeing many of you at our Fall District Meetings!

Governor Peggy

PS: Remember to utilize Facebook, this website (please send items to your District Directors for posting), and please send your news letters to your directors and to me. If you have not already done so, please consider setting up a Club website and a club Face Book page. Please be sure to check your club email at the club email address that each club has been given.

Governor Tammy

Words can not describe the awesome feeling as Diane Thompson made her “Big Announcement” at our SOAR Leadership Seminar.  The outpouring of donations to the Laurel Society that are being matched is over $30,000.00. There is still time for members to take advantage of such a generous gift.  The North Atlantic Region has placed ourselves in a first of its’ kind recognition.  THANK YOU!

I hope to see many of you at our Fall District Meetings.  Once again we are combining districts so that more members can be together. We have designed this meeting based on YOUR recommendations made on evaluations. Please consider attending these very informative and fun Fall District Meetings!

Looking forward to seeing everyone.

—Governor Tammy

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