Soroptimist International Midwestern Region
Soroptimist International of the Americas
SI 44TH Biennial Convention
July 20—23, 2016
The Program Focus on issues of clean water, violence against women and girls, and education are central to SI.
The Program Focus of Soroptimist of the Americas
and MidWestern Region
Teen Dating Violence, Human Trafficking
Violence Against Women & Education Opportunities to
Live Your Dreams
Soroptimist International of Zanesville members annually volunteer to revitalize and renovate rooms at Transitions,
the local women's shelter. These renovations provide a more pleasant, safe, and home-like ambiance for women and children.
Soroptimist of Zanesville awards three Educational Grants for women and girls in March of each year.
Live Your Dream Award ( formerly WOA) is Soroptimist ‘s major service project to assist women who provide the primary source of financial support for
their family by giving them resources they need to improve their education, skills, and employment prospects. See SIMWR.org for full details.
At-large applications are automatically forwarded to your club Live Your Dream Award Chair or your club president.
The Midwestern Region’s special Virginia Wagner Educational Grant honors the effort and scholarship of a women attending a
college or university to earn a bachelors, masters or doctoral degree in her chosen field. This educational Grant was established
in 1972 and later named in honor of Dr. Virginia M. Wagner, past Midwestern Region Governor, to commemorate her interest in higher
education for women.
The Violet Richardson Award recognizes and honors young women between the ages of 14 and 17 years who make the community and
world a better place through volunteer efforts such as working to eliminate discrimination, awareness of environmental issues
and teen dating violence.
Fundraising projects for Educational Grants include: annual Gift Wrapping at local mall and annual Style Show and Silent Auction.
S.T.A.R.S. (Sensitivity, Tolerance, Attitude, Responsibility and
Self-Esteem) is a program to elevate the self-esteem and awareness of
adolescent girls through 17 sessions over 3 days. The girls learn life
skills through hands-on activities while meeting new friends and learning to
feel comfortable and confident at attempting new tasks. The goal of the
program is teach the girls to value themselves, obtain education, job skills
and to attain financial independence.