Soroptimist was formed in 1921 in Oakland, California, at a time when women were not permitted to join service organizations. Our name, loosely translated from the Latin, means best for women. Today, we have about 120,000 members and supporters in 21 countries and territories. We are one of four federations that make up Soroptimist International, which has clubs in more than 120 countries throughout the world.
Soroptimists participate in organization-wide programs that include:
Live Your Dream Award – education grants given to women who have overcome incredible challenges and are on a path to a new life;
Dream It, Be It: Career Support for Girls – girls who come from difficult circumstances receive guidance, training, and resources to prepare them for success.
With these programs and local club scholarships and programs, the lives of women and girls are changed.
Soroptimist International, at the local level, is a Women's Service club. We meet weekly, to socialize, organize our events & programs, and to learn more about our community. The focus of Soroptimist is to improve the lives of women and girls. The members of Soroptimist in the Rogue Valley further this goal through a variety of hands-on service projects. From one-day events, to long-term involvement, every member finds a way to help women and girls that suits her personality, talents and schedule.
In the Rogue Valley, the various clubs work together to find and award scholarships to women working to improve their lives with the Live Your Dream Award.