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Governor’s Message

2020 Spring Conference


Seems just like yesterday that I was writing my first Governor’s note for my first Spring Conference as your Governor. Here we are today, with an agenda and plans for the second conference of the biennium!

This year we are going to “Get Happy in Happy Valley” and celebrate the 100th Anniversary of Women’s Suffrage. The board has planned a very exciting agenda that has something for everyone! SIA Centre County is our host and I know they have been working very hard to make your visit extra special. Many items are being sent to club presidents and we hope each item will be shared with the members. Presidents, please encourage your members to attend Spring Conference.

Some of the major highlights for Spring Conference 2020:

  • This year we welcome Federation Visitor, Pat McCay from Alabama who is a member of the SIA board for 2019-2020.
  • Please remember to bring items for the NAR Project: “We Support the Girls”.
  • Friday evening festivities will be very special with the Celebration of the 100th Anniversary of Women’s Suffrage.
  • We will once again have our First Time Attendee/Laurel Society Recognition reception Friday
  • This year we are going to change things up a bit by recognizing clubs with some awards on Friday evening.
  • There will be an update on the merger with the NER and the new transitional bylaws will need member support. Please have your members review the transitional bylaws. Delegates need guidance from your members in order to ask questions and know how to vote on behalf of your club.
  • A new biennium means a new NAR Board to vote for.
  • Region Merchandise will be on sale and we are going to try pre-orders this year.
  • Look for the “Beach House Raffle” tickets which will be mailed to the clubs.
  • I can’t wait to award the 2020 Governor’s Cup!

Flyers and information will be emailed and posted on the Home Page of the NAR web site. Look for Face Book post as we continue towards Spring Conference 2020.

Please join me as I install the new officers of the 2020-2022 NAR board. I will have my Farewell Address with my Governor’s State of the Union Address on Sunday morning.

Spring Conference is our time to shine. It is our time to acknowledge all the dedicated clubs that have given their best the past year to help women and girls reach their dreams. I look forward to seeing many friends I have made the past several years and meeting first time attendees.

Please make an effort to attend YOUR Spring Conference!

Governor Peggy




Important Documents

Welcome Letter Host Club

February 2020

Dear Soroptimist Friends.

Soroptimist International of Centre County cordially invites you to the 92nd annual NAR Spring Conference, May 1, 2 and 3, 2020 at the Ramada Hotel and Conference Center, 1450 S Atherton Street, State College, PA. ( https://www.ramadasc.com/ ). This year, we will celebrate the 100th anniversary of women’s right to vote and honor the remarkable women of the suffrage movement.

The Ramada Hotel and Conference Center is conveniently located in the heart of Happy Valley Pennsylvania just seven minutes from the Penn State University, with easy access to Highway 322.

The room rate per night is $99 plus 8.5% occupancy tax. Room reservations can be made by calling the hotel at 814-238-3001 and identifying the block of rooms held for Soroptimist International, Group Code: CG30SI . The deadline for reserving your room at this rate is March 30, 2020 . Don’t forget your bathing suit for the indoor pool!

If you are arriving early Friday, May 1, here are several options to consider:

Golf Outing – either 9-hole or 18-hole round at the Mt. View Country Club. Tee times will start at 10:45am. Please see separate registration form for this activity and more information.

Arboretum at Penn State – 395 acre campus site of botanical gardens, conservatory and greenhouses. Free admission & free parking is available. Open from dawn until dusk. ( https://arboretum.psu.edu/ )

Palmer Art Museum – Located on the Penn State campus, the Palmer is the largest art museum between Pittsburgh & Philadelphia with eleven galleries. Open from 10am to 4:30pm. Free admission. ( http://www.palmermuseum.psu.edu/ )

Happy Valley Vineyard & Winery – 576 S. Foxpointe Dr., State College. The tasting room is open from 11am – 8:00pm. Complimentary tasting of 5 wines ( http://www.thehappyvalleywinery.com/welcome )

Penn State Berkey Creamery – Love ice cream? Then this is the place to go! Located on the Penn State campus at the corner of Bigler & Curtin Roads. Parking is available in the East Deck Parking Garage located directly behind the Creamery. Open until 9:00pm. ( https://creamery.psu.edu/ )

Friday begins with the First-Time Attendees and Laurel Society Members reception at 5pm; all are welcome. The Conference will be called to order promptly at 6pm for Opening Ceremonies, followed by dinner. We encourage you to come dressed as your favorite Suffragist! Our after dinner entertainment will be fun with an opportunity for audience participation. We’ll keep you guessing what it is!

Saturday promises to be an exciting day with valuable speakers, informative workshops, our Awards Luncheon, and our evening banquet. Throughout the day, there will be time to shop and check out the amazing raffle baskets, and to stop by the Hospitality Room. Sunday we finalize the business session and conclude the conference.

Please be sure to get your registration in on time and your rooms booked. We look forward to seeing you the first weekend in May!


Joan Welker and Carol Walsh, Spring Conference Co-Chairs

Baskets & BingoLBI Tea Party

Cape May Fashion ShowPhoenixville Fashion ShowEmmaus Designer Bag Bingo & Raffle

Pottstown Bag the Winter BluesLeadership FlyerSocial Media Membership Campaign

Download the guide here.


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