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Important Message from SIA – Please read

IMPORTANT INFORMATION – PLEASE READ:

Soroptimist International of the Americas North Atlantic Region

MESSAGE FROM HEADQUARTERS.

CANCELLATION 100 YEAR CELEBRATION IN SAN FRANCISCO.

As we have been eagerly awaiting, in October 2021, our organization will celebrate our 100th anniversary and we have been planning a worldwide celebratory event worthy of this remarkable milestone. Together with the Local Arrangements Committee members Pam Parker, Bobbi Enderlin, Tana Elizondo, and Vicki Watson, we were planning the event for October 1 – 3, 2021 at the Fairmont San Francisco Hotel to celebrate our bright past and our brilliant future.

When the SIA board of directors met in July 2020, we reviewed our plans for the 100th Anniversary Celebration Event. Our conversation was guided by the health and safety of our members and the mission and values of Soroptimist. Given the global nature of the event, our member demographics and the reality of physical distancing, the travel and hospitality industries and the uncertain duration of these conditions, we directed staff to speak with the Fairmont San Francisco Hotel about options.

Our conclusion was that while we do not know what our world will look like in October 2021, we do not feel comfortable planning and marketing a celebratory event in the midst of a global pandemic and global recession. And while we know how important it is to celebrate our past accomplishments and plan for our future, we feel the event we envisioned is no longer possible. After reviewing our options, we directed staff to negotiate the termination of the Fairmont San Francisco contract and thus cancel our responsibility as executive producers of the Soroptimist worldwide 100th Anniversary Celebration Event in October 2021.

The negotiations between SIA and the Fairmont San Francisco Hotel have concluded successfully, and we can confirm the Soroptimist 100th Anniversary Celebration Event contract has been terminated.

While we will not be together at the Fairmont, we most certainly still plan to celebrate. Alternate ideas will be researched for celebrating our 100th Anniversary another way and options presented to the 2020-2021 SIA Board of Directors in January. I commend our talented, dedicated, and creative SIA staff and volunteers who have worked tirelessly to create a celebration befitting our 100th Anniversary. We look forward to the restructured but equally remarkable celebration plans that are underway and will be shared.