What is a Soroptimist?
The name Soroptimist is
formed from the two Latin words "soror" and "optima",
interpreted as "the best for women". Soroptimist
International was founded in 1921 in Oakland,
California. From a small beginning, the world's largest
classified service organization for executive and
professional business women has grown with over 100,000
members in over 100 countries around the globe.
Soroptimists are women of
all ages, cultures and ethnic groups. They are
working moms and single women, small business owners and
corporate executives. Soroptimists are leaders
across all professional disciplines and also serve as
role models for younger women at the beginning of their
careers. The common thread that connects all
Soroptimists is their desire to improve the lives of
women and girls in local communities and throughout the
History of the Organization
Founded in 1921, the Soroptimist organization is a global force of executive, business and professional women providing service to their local communities and to the world, particularly advancing the status of women. With approximately 100,000 members in 112 countries, Soroptimist International is composed of four independent federations, SI of Great Britain and Ireland, SI of Europe, SI of the Southwest Pacific and SI of the Americas.
of Cloverdale chartered on May 3, 1981. We currently
have sixteen members
and provide service in our community on an ongoing basis
such as sponsoring a Ponytail League Team, providing
youth citizenship scholarships and women's opportunity
awards and establishing a dental hygiene prensentation
at Jefferson Elementary School.
What Soroptimists Do
The Soroptimist Mission is to improve the lives of women and girls, in local communitites and throughout the world. In order to accomplish this goal, the organization administers several international programs.
Women's Opportunity Awards, the major project of Soroptimist International of the Americas, assists women by giving them the resources they need to improve their education, skills and job prospects. This program aids women who, as heads of their households, must enter or return to the work force in order to support themselves and their families. The program begins at the club level (in Cloverdale the award is $1500) with club recipients becoming eligible for the region level awards. Currently the program culminates with three $10,000 federation level awards.
Other Soroptimist programs include:
Soroptimists STOP Trafficking, a project that raises awareness about the sexual trafficking of women and girls, and seeks to encourage citizens, law makers and service providers to focus on this global problem.
Soroptimist Live Your Dream Campaign, which aims to inspire women to live their dreams, and encourages them to pass their good fortune on to others.
Soroptimist Workplace Campaign to End Domestic Violence, an awareness campaign that targets domestic violence as a workplace concern.
Soroptimist Violet Richardson Award, a program that recognizes volunteer efforts by girls in their communities. This program begins at the club level by recognizing young women who make the community and world a better place through their volunteer efforts. In Cloverdale the award is $500 for the recipient and $100 for her designated charity. Club recipients are eligible to receive an additional $1000 for regional-level awards with $1000 being contributed to the region-level winner's volunteer organization. One winner is chosen from among the region-level recipients to receive a finalist award, which includes a contribution of $2500 to the winner's volunteer organization.
Soroptimist Ruby Award: for Women Helping Women, a recognition program for women who help other women and girls.
Soroptimist Club Grants for Women and Girls, cash grants for innovative Soroptimist club projects.
Soroptimist Disaster Grants, providing funds for programs that assist women and girls after a man made or natural disaster.
Major Fundraising Projects
Soroptimist International of Cloverdale meets the second and fourth Thursday of each month (September thru June) at Vino di Amore, 105 No Cloverdale Boulevard. The first meeting of the month is the Business Meeting and the second meeting is the program and education meeting. Guests are welcome to attend both meetings.
The initial annual membership dues
are $122. Each year thereafter, the annual dues
are $112, due in May of each year. Members are
responsible for fines ($50 annually), a monthly
assessment of $5 and a $2 weekly drawing.
The Time Commitment
Soroptimist International of Cloverdale meets for business and to hear speakers. Regular attendance at bi-weekly meetings is an important requirement.
We have fundraisers such as selling See's Candies and putting on a Saint Patrick's Day Corned Beef Dinner and Beer Tasting. Active participation in all club activities is expected of each member.
Additionally, each member serves on two committees from the following:
Why Join Soroptimist
For More Information
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