Welcome to Soroptimist North Atlantic Region
Dear Soroptimist Friends,
Soroptimist International of the North Atlantic Region cordially invites you to the 93rd annual NAR Spring Conference, to be held virtually via Zoom, Saturday, June 5th from 10:00am to approx. 12:15pm and Saturday, June 12th, from 10:00am to 12:00pm and again from 6:30pm to approx. 8:00pm. We made the choice to split this over two weekends so as not to hold anyone longer than two hours at a time and make this a positive experience for all.
Saturday, June 5th will begin promptly at 10:00 am with the opening ceremonies and will include a virtual presentation of all the flags of our newly merged region. You will hear messages from our SIA President, Penny Babb, and SIA CEO Elizabeth Lucas, followed by an introduction of the NAR board. We welcome clubs to submit a few pictures as well as a brief description of any projects/programs you have had successfully over the past year and these will be shown as a virtual presentation of “Toot Your Own Horn”. We will hear from our Federation Visitor, Stephanie Smith who will provide us with us a short program followed by a question-and-answer session. After that each of our region Pillar Program chairs will be giving an update on their programs and how we can and have been successful. You will hear information on Fundraising, Membership, Program, and Public Awareness.
We will reconvene on Saturday, June 12th promptly at 10:00am with reports for our region treasurers followed by a very informational presentation of a whole new program being initiated by SIA, known as the Dream Big Campaign. This message will be delivered by our very own Past Region Governor, Diane Thompson who is also the chair of the new campaign. Following Diane’s message, we will be announcing our Live Your Dream Award winners and we hope to have them with us to share a little about their dreams for the future. At this time, we will adjourn until later in the evening when we will reconvene promptly at 6:30pm for a remembrance and celebration of our past year. The evening will conclude with the announcement of this year’s winner of the Governor’s Cup.
While I know this is not how we had hoped to be meeting this year, we promise to try to make this conference as enjoyable and informative as possible under the circumstances. Also, remember that this is an opportunity for those who may not normally be able to attend a Spring Conference in person to actually be able to attend all or at least hopefully part of this conference from the comfort of their own homes. Your region board has worked extremely hard to put together what we feel is an excellent virtual conference.
We look forward to seeing many of your smiling faces and we do hope that we can all soon be back together in-person.
Diane M. Savidge
NAR Governor 2020-2022
News from Soroptimist International of the Americas®
The Road to Equality
While International Women’s Day is recognized around the world on March 8 “Every day is International Women’s Day when you’re a member of Soroptimist!” says President Penny. “And this year, we will continue to do what we do best—globally invest in and advocate for women and girls who need us most!”
PLEASE WATCH THE NAR FACEBOOK PAGE FOR DAILY POSTINGS ABOUT WOMEN DURING THE MONTH OF MARCH.
Our big dream is to help women and girls build a better life for themselves and their families and education is one of the best options we have to invest in their dreams for a brilliant future! Design by NAR co-administrator, Patti.
SIA Dream Big
As we celebrate our 100th anniversary we would love to hear from Soroptimists all around the world! We invite you to #DreamBig and share a selfie video with a personal message.
Retirement of Executive Director Liz
It is with sadness and sincere gratitude for her outstanding service that SIA Board of Directors report the resignation of Executive Director & CEO Elizabeth M. Lucas, CAE, effective August 31, 2021.
Says Liz: “I love Soroptimist and all it stands for. I sincerely thank you for the opportunities, experiences and knowledge I have gained during my time with the organization. It has been my pleasure to serve the board. I have greatly enjoyed the members and my work with SIA Headquarters staff. As I reflect on the last nine years, I am proud of all Soroptimist has accomplished. While it’s past has been bright, it’s future is brilliant.”