April 2018 Pillar Post

Pillar Posts ~ From Sierra Pacific Region Chairs

April 2018

(Please read as correspondence at your next business meeting & email to your club’s Committee Chairs.)

FUNDRAISING  by Barbara Giambastini, SPR Chair

SPR Pillar Posts April 20181

The Importance of Club Giving – “The most important thing that will help me achieve my dreams is someone that takes the journey with me.” – Live Your Dream Award Recipient.
It is your club’s 10% club giving that will allow us to extend opportunities to girls and women who are in areas that have been underserved. The deadline to SIA for recognition that club year is May 31st.  Please help us to help those who need someone to take the journey with them.


SPR Pillar Posts  April 20182.jpgTip of the Month: Leadership Skills; Public Speaking: When we are promoting Soroptimist and hosting events for new members we often come across having to do some public speaking. Here are some tips to do a successful job when it’s not your forte.

  • Embrace the energy from being nervous and use it as showing enthusiasm,
  • Share personal stories when public speaking (personal experience is easier to convey),
  • Keep it simple with your vocabulary, and it’s ok to make mistakes, admit it, own it, and move on.

*Challenges are on hiatus until the start of next year

PROGRAM PILLAR POST by Gail Dekreon, SPR Chair

SIA HEARD YOU! Soroptimist International of the Americas (SIA) has changed the SPR Pillar Posts  April 20183.jpgphrase we use to describe our target population; “disadvantaged women and girls”, a term used by the U.N. It is replaced with the phrase: women and girls who face obstacles such as poverty, violence, and teen pregnancy”.  SIA heard your objections that the original phrase was offensive and took them seriously. Thank you to all of our members who steadfastly brought this to our Federation Boards’ attention.


Sign-up sheets at all your events are hugely valuable not only to identify potential new members but can also be a “test” of which public awareness (PA) tool is most effective. SPR Pillar Posts April 20184After name and contact information, all you have to do is add one simple question to your sign-up sheet:

How did you hear about us? That “research” will clearly tell you which PA effort provides the best pay off. Make it easy by including a column where they can quickly check their answer, such as: ___newspaper; ___Facebook; ___Website; ___Word of mouth (friend/relative/neighbor);                                 Other, explain:_______.

Once you start collecting that data, you’ll know exactly where to put your efforts. Of course, all the available tools will increase the public’s awareness of your club’s mission and activities, but you’ll be able to determine which method drives them to act and show up at your mixers, fund-raisers and other special events.

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