PONCA CITY, OK—Terri Buesing, President of Soroptimist International of Ponca City (SIPC), and Kathy Tippin, Treasurer/Delegate, attended the South Central Region Conference held recently in Amarillo, Texas , where they received the regional Soroptimist Celebrating Success award for raising public awareness at the Ponca City club. .
The Public Outreach category recognizes clubs for their efforts to raise awareness of Soroptimist International of the Americas (SIA) mission to improve the lives of women and girls and the work of clubs that supports the mission. SIPC was the South Central Region recipient for this category.
This was the first in-person spring annual conference for the South Central region since 2019 due to Covid. On the first afternoon, a workshop was held on the great Soroptimist goal of investing in the dreams of half a million women and girls through access to education by 2031, i.e. 4 times the number reached over the past decade. In order to achieve the Big Goal, the goal of the SIA Dream Big campaign is to raise $15 million by 2031 to fund the elements of the Big Goal.
The five key elements of the Soroptimist Big Goal are: To increase the number of participants in the Live Your Dream (rewards for female heads of households who return to school) and Dream It Be It (inspire teenage girls) programs.
Grow and retain membership using technology and sharing stories.
Increase public awareness by promoting dream programs and invest in translating these programs into other languages/cultures served by Soroptimist.
Fundraising for the Dream Big campaign through August 2023, to fund these efforts.
Invest in girls’ access to education.
On Friday night, the South Central Area Conference hosted the Amarillo Sod Poodles Minor League Baseball Game and Tailgate Party at Hodgetown Ball Park in downtown Amarillo.
The business session was held the following morning with Governor Grace Boswell, SI Kansas City, MO presiding and reports from the three district directors.
The highlight of the conference was the midday lunch. At that time, the four Live Your Dream Awards regions were announced. They came from clubs in Joplin, Hays, Kansas City and Independence. Recipients received a combined cash award from the region and the SIA. The other prizes awarded were:
Lucy Keller Dreams in Action – Club Service Project Award – The winner for our District (District 2) was the Joplin Club for LovinGrace where they coordinated to have their DIBI program with the organization that works with young women who are in a life transition.
Norma Caldwell Communicate and Grow Award for Newsletter – won by SI Kansas City.
Maxine Pease Membership and Growth Award – Awarded to District 2 for the highest percentage growth in the club.
Soroptimist Celebrating Success Awards – Awarded in four categories…program, fundraising, membership, public awareness. SIPC won the Public Awareness Award.
Lou Kirby Award for Best Woman of the Year – The recipient was Janett Toile, El Dorado. The past two recipients, including Ponca City’s Cindy Wigley, who was honored at the 2021 virtual conference, were also mentioned at the in-person Spring 2022 conference.
Members who passed away in the past year were commemorated at the Region’s Memorial Celebration of Life. This included SIPC member Dorothy Dewan, who died about a month before the spring conference. The region makes a donation to SIA in honor of members of the region who have passed away in the past year.
New officers for the Centre-South region for the 2022-2024 biennium have been elected. They include President Angela Standish, Governor-elect Leigh Hedgpeth, Secretary Rosemary Robinson, Treasurer Marcia Boutz, Congresswoman Terri Falis-Cochran, District I Director Kimberly Doty, District II Director Ruth Parman and District Director III Marlena Hernández.
The afternoon concluded with a workshop on diversity inclusion led by Angela Allen, Head of Diversity and Inclusion at West Texas A&M University.
The final dinner of the evening featured musical entertainment by Sweet Adelines’ Palo Duro Choir. After the meal, the 2022-2024 officers were installed, the Laurel Society winners were announced, and the silent auction winners were announced. On Sunday morning, a brief business meeting took place. The fall region meeting will be held October 21-23 at the Oklahoma City Embassy Suites at Will Rogers Airport. Future spring conferences will be as follows: 2023-Kansas City Northland, 2024 – Vandalia, 2025 Grand Prairie, 2026-Kansas City and 2027 Rockwall.
Soroptimist International of Ponca City is part of Soroptimist International of the Americas (SIA), headquartered in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The club joins Soroptimists in more than 120 countries and territories around the world who offer programs that improve the lives of women. A 501(c)(3) organization, Soroptimist relies on charitable donations to support its programs. Soroptimist improves the lives of women and girls through programs that lead to social and economic empowerment.
Soroptimist International of Ponca City meets the first and third Wednesdays of the month at noon at the Hospice/Carolyn Renfro Center in the southeast corner. For more information about how you can join Soroptimist and improve the lives of women and girls, call SIPC President Terri Buesing at 580-763-7052.