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The Club Laurel Society Award

The Laurel Society is a lifetime honorary recognition program of Soroptimist International of the Americas (SIA) that honors dedication to the organization and its mission. Our club members believe that those members who have served the club in various positions and by numerous means either in leadership or support roles should be recognized for their dedicated service to SIPV.

SIPV Recognition

Each year our club will determine the newest inductee(s) to the society. Nominations are kept secret as well as the name of the chosen honoree. The Laurel Society honoree will be inducted during the Annual Retreat each June.

SIPV will make a $1,000 donation to the Laurel Society in the honoree's name. The honoree is given a Laurel Society pin, a toast by club members, and a bouquet of roses--one rose representing each member of the club. The new Laurel Society member's pin is engraved with the club's name and the year awarded. In those instances where more than one individual is selected for this honor, a separate yet identical presentation occurs in the fall.

What is the Laurel Society and why was it established? The Laurel Society was established by Soroptimist International of the Americas (SIA) in 1994 to honor individuals who have made SIA their charity of choice, supporting the Soroptimist mission. The Laurel Society was created to show appreciation and recognition to donors for major gifts that would ensure continued funding for Soroptimist programs.

How to become a member of the Laurel Society? Laurel Society membership begins with a $1,000 contribution. Members that provide ongoing finanical support beyond their initial membership attain additional recognition level and receive Laurel Society pins with different stone colors. All Laurel Society donors are acknowledged with a special commemorative pin representing their recognition level. In addition, members receive exclusive invitations and recognition with other Laurel Society members at all SIA functions. Individuals can make a personal contribution to Soroptimist to become a member of the Laurel Society. An individual can also be honored with Laurel Society membership by her family, club, or friends as recognition for exemplary service, leadership recognition, or special life events.

How are Laurel Society contributions used? Laurel Society contributions are used to fund Soroptimist programs and awards: Live Your Dream Awards, Dream It, Be It Awards, Soroptimist club grants for women and girls, and campaigns to stop trafficking and end domestic violence. (See Soroptimist International of the Americas (SIA) Annual Report.)

What meaning does the Laurel Society pin hold? The Laurel Society pin was designed to include leaves from the Soroptimist members. The laurel leaves are symbolic of victory and typify friendship and success. Members of the Laurel Society are emissaries of the Soroptimist mission to improve the lives of women and girls. Soroptimists and friends of Soroptimist who are committed to the mission, who have extended international friendship, and who have dedicated their lives, career, and club endeavors are ideal candidates for recognition in the Laurel Society.

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