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Contains information of interest to individual Members, including Membership Statement, New Members' Pack, how to apply for a Memorial Fund Award, Grants of Friendship/Invitations, and Membership Matters.

Contains all the information you need for the running of a Club, eg Membership Forms, Annual Returns, Club Governance, How to Start a New Club.

Contains information related to running a Region/National Association/Network, eg the purpose of Regions/National Associations/Networks, and Region/NA/Network governance documents

Contains documentation to help you communicate your activities, eg Template Press Releases, SIGBI Brand Guidelines and Logos, good examples of Club Promotional Material, How To Guides.

Contains information related to Programme Activities, eg a page for each Programme Area, Commission on the Status of Women, SIGBI Programme Database.

Contains documentation related to the running of the Federation, eg SIGBI Governance, Vision 2021.

Club/Region/NA/Network Websites

Soroptimist Club Website Guide

If you have a Soroptimist website for your Club – this Club Editor User Guide should give you all the information you need to manage the website. If you have any problems email sally@sigbi.org.

Why have a Website?

Why have a Website? …………….. because your “customers” expect you to have one.

Having a website is seen as important and necessary as having a phone number.

A website enables you to reach potential and current members, and outside organisations 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.  Your website can educate, inform and generate new interest. A website makes it easy to be contacted. Media professionals check websites as validation for an organisation before they print a story – if you don’t have a website they may decide not to print. Outside organisations search the internet to find out more about us. Websites link easily with Social Media such as Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Youtube etc. To get the most from Social Media networks simply include your website address to draw readers attention to additional information on your website. Websites are affordable and cost effective. Annually the cost of having a website may be less than the cost of a one-time print ad. The information on your site can save you time and money; for example, you can save time by reducing phone call inquiries such as “where and when do you meet” and save money by reducing printed promotional literature. Do other nearby Clubs have websites? – if they do then you need one too. People searching the internet for a Club to visit or join may not come to you if you don’t have a website.

Why have a SIGBI Hosted Website?

Any Region/National Association/Network or Club that wishes to can have a website (referred to below simply as Club Websites) that is hosted by SIGBI, and follows the same format as other Club Websites.  Although clubs can design their own website if they wish, there are certain advantages to having a SIGBI website, namely:

  • The Website is automatically listed in the “Our Clubs” section of the SIGBI website www.sigbi.org.
  • The template is already set up so there is no wait time between deciding to have a website and being able to publish it to the World Wide Web community
  • No need to register and pay for a separate domain name
  • The template includes as default a link back to the SIGBI main site, in-built facility to include a Contact Us form and a search facility
  • Clubs can nominate a member to act as Website Administrator, who will then be able to make all updates themselves, without having to request updates via a third party, which will incur costs and possibly delays
  • Full support is available via Federation Office, and is only a phone call or an email away.  Responses will be made to any request the same day it is received, and issues will be dealt with as quickly as possible.
  • Bespoke User Guide is available on line
  • Club Websites present a uniformed design, which instantly identifies them as a Club within Soroptimist International Great Britain and Ireland (SIGBI)
  • New logos/straplines are created by SIGBI and automatically applied across Club Websites
  • New technology updates and improved features/facilities are automatically applied to all Club Websites
  • Search Engine Optimisation already exists within the SIGBI Website, and your website will quickly become top of the search results after it has been created
  • No hidden costs – the annual subscription is all you need to pay

If you wish to set up a Club Website that is hosted by SIGBI, then it costs £40 plus VAT (clubs outside the UK do not pay VAT) per year.  Simply send a cheque for this amount to Federation Office or telephone us with your credit card details, stating who your website administrator will be and giving her email address.  She will receive a username and password, and access to all the training materials, which will give her all the information she needs to create the Club Website.

If a Club decides to create their own website, independently of SIGBI, then a link can be created from the SIGBI Website, provided that the website conforms to the Guidelines and Protocols document.  The club website administrator should also complete the Agreement for linking non-SIGBI hosted websites.  We will look at the website and highlight any changes that need to be made before the link is made.  This service is free of charge.

Communications Report: SIGBI Websites Review

SIGBI has a strategic objective to “Raise the profile of SIGBI Limited by increasing the public’s awareness of our work and achievements”.  One of the ways to do this is for all clubs to have a website presence where the work and achievements of Clubs can be promoted.  at the time of the review (Jan-Mar 2012), only 200 out of a possible 369 Clubs had a website registered with Soroptimist International Great Britain and Ireland, SIGBI.  Also it was acknowledged that some Clubs were not getting the full benefit from their websites.

The report is available below to download and includes Conclusions and recommendations along with the results of the review and survey from which the conclusions were drawn:

 Checklist for a Good Soroptimist Website:

  • Is the Home Page attractive? Would it make someone want to find out more?
  • Is the content up-to-date, interesting and informative to both members and non-members? Could it make someone want to find out about joining the Club
  • Is there a Contact facility so that someone can easily contact the Club to find out more?
  • Has the new logo been applied?

 Examples of good websites using the SIGBI website hosting:

Examples of good independent websites (ie not using the SIGBI website):