first Soroptimist club was formed in 1921 by a group of 80 women in Oakland, Alameda
County, California. The name "Soroptimist" is a coined word which came
from two Latin words that mean the "best for women." Our first President
was Violet Richardson Ward. Since then our organization has grown internationally
with clubs world-wide.
today continue the work begun by the founding members. The main goal of Soroptimist
clubs is to fulfill their Mission Statement which is; "Soroptimist improves the lives of women and girls through programs leading to social and economic empowerment." Projects
are carefully chosen in each community to address challenges unique to today's
women and girls. Sample club projects worldwide include: providing minority women
with routine medical care; mentoring young women to give volunteer service to
their schools and community; funding and volunteering at domestic violence shelters,
sponsoring career development programs for teen mothers; tutoring women in literacy
and basic job skills.
clubs also participate in programs developed by Soroptimist International of the
Americas. The major service project of Soroptimist International of the Americas
is the "Women's Opportunity Award," which provides cash grants for head
of household women seeking to improve their economic situation through additional
education and training. A sampling of other service programs include the "Violet
Richardson Award," which honors teen aged girls who participate in volunteerism,
and the "Making a Difference for Women Award," which honors a woman
who's work makes a positive difference in the lives of women and girls in her
Soroptimist is a recognized
authority on matters that women world-wide, value most. To meet this goal, Soroptimist
uses it's international voice as we advocate on behalf of women's issues by using
our official status with the United Nations.
you join Soroptimist soon? Membership will provide you with an enriching atmosphere
to develop lasting friendships, while we experience satisfaction as we improve
our communities and the lives of women and girls.
us at : firstname.lastname@example.org