2018-2020 Southern Region Governor
Going the Distance Together for the Dreams of Women and Girls is the theme of the 2018-2020 Biennium of Soroptimist International of the Americas’ Southern Region. This theme pays homage to our past when, in 1921, in Oakland, California, a group of women created a volunteer service organization to help other women “be their best”. Our theme recognizes that Soroptimist International of the Americas and Southern Region have come a long way as we approach our 100th birthdays respectively. Through the distance of years and the endurance and perseverance of our founders and members, our SIA organization has grown to approximately 120,000 members and supporters in 21 countries. Southern Region has over 400 hundred members and encompasses 5 states, Puerto Rico and the Bahamas. SIA and Southern Region have offered financial support and varied, sustainable programming to thousands of deserving recipients over the years.
Together, we have forged an alliance of members to continue our journey into the future to support the dreams of women and girls. Our future travels continue to include the process of empowering women and girls socially and economically through access to education. In fact, our Soroptimist International of the Americas’ Big Goal for 2021-2031 is to Invest in the Dreams of Half a Million Women and Girls through Access to Education because research indicates that education is the one consistent factor that can make the most impact in improving quality of life.
Dreams can occur on many levels for women and girls. While access to education is our ultimate dream, Southern Region clubs endeavor to fulfill wishes through a variety of service programs in their communities. Through seminars that inform about Human Trafficking and Violence Against Women to projects that provide support through gifts of food, clothing, shelter, and even teaching everyday skill sets, our Southern Region members touch the lives and ultimately the dreams of the women and girls we serve locally and around the world.
Southern Region members are passionate about and committed to our Soroptimist mission. I am honored to serve this Region as Governor and to be a part of the Southern Region Soroptimist team that is “Going the Distance Together for the Dreams of Women and Girls”!