2020-2022 Southern Region Governor
Michelle Strawser

Michelle StrawserWelcome to the Southern Region! We are currently in our 2020 * 2022 biennium and who knew we would be facing unprecedented circumstances, situations, and events? We certainly did not. What we did know is Soroptimists were built for times like these. We are a hundred-year-old organization, founded in 1921, and have overcame many obstacles and setbacks, as women and as an organization, during those hundred years.

As a fourth generation Soroptimist and a member of the Tampa, FL club since 2005 I have seen firsthand the impact our clubs have in their local communities. I have seen the global impact our organization has had and am constantly amazed at the level of service and commitment by our members. Our dream programs continue to be our focus and have outcomes statistically proving our sustainability as an organization. More importantly our dream programs have had positive outcomes for those women and girls who have participated.

I am honored and humbled to be leading our members and clubs through this challenging time. We have a dedicated board, and many leaders, in place to assist our clubs with achieving our mission of impacting the lives of women and girls through access to education.

Gandhi said, the future depends on what you do today; this rings so true this year especially. We have had to adapt, remain flexible, and prepare for the unknowns. We can honestly say we do not know what tomorrow holds, nor can we adequately prepare for things that use to be our normal. We can only focus on what we can do today. Let us prepare for the future by being present with our mission and our focus today.