Governor Elect

 

2016-2018 Southern Region Governor Elect
Michelle Strawser

Welcome to Soroptimist International of the America’s Southern Region! I am a 4th generation Soroptimist and service is my passion. I followed in the path of my Great Grandmother, Grandmother, and Mother and joined the Soroptimist International of Tampa club in 2005. 

I am a firm believer that Empowered Women, Empower Women! Our Southern Region has shown me that time and time again. The women, and men, in our Region have empowered me to be a leader in our organization and for their guidance, direction, and support I am forever grateful. They also empower other women with their efforts to impact our communities by improving the lives of women and girls. 

Our two signature programs, Live Your Dream Award: Education Grants for Women (LYD) and Dream It, Be It (DIBI), reach women and girls of all ages. We assist women, who are head of household and mothers to go back and further their education.  The DIBI program reaches teen girls from the ages of 13 to 18 and focuses on career development and life skills. It is more of a preventative program and has been my main focus since Soroptimist International unveiled the curriculum in 2015! I am genuinely excited speaking about and hosting a DIBI session or full day seminar. The program will leave a lasting impact in communities around the world. Watching the growth and impact of this signature program makes me even more proud to be a Soroptimist. 

As we go the distance together for the dreams of women and girls I encourage everyone to get involved in a service project in their community. Muhammad Ali said, “service is the rent you pay for your place here on Earth” and I couldn’t agree more. Get excited  and remember your “WHY” while being a Soroptimist. 

 Michelle