The name, Soroptimist, means "best for women" and our endeavors are in support of this. Soroptimist is a global women's organization whose members volunteer to improve the lives of women and girls through programs leading to social and economic empowerment.
Annually, our club raises more than $10,000 to support these and other programs.
Live Your Dreams
The Soroptimist Live Your Dreams Awards assist women who provide the primary source of financial support for their families by giving them the resources they need to improve their education, skills and employment prospects. Local recipients of the Live Your Dreams scholarships have the opportunity to apply and be considered at the regional and national level as well.
Pear Blossom Festival Association
Providing scholarships for Rogue Valley senior girls, and encouraging achievement in academics, public speaking, college preparedness, and commitment and pride in the community.
Southern Oregon KidSpree with JC Penney provides back-to-school clothing and school supplies to qualifying children.
Every holiday season club members purchase items for senior citizen ladies in our region, providing much-needed clothing, hygeine, food and more. Members shop for, wrap and deliver gifts.
Dress for Success
Clothing items are collected throughout the year for this annual "sale." In the morning, women who are re-entering the workforce, going to school, or simply needing new, gently-used items can come and "fill up a bag" at no charge. In the afternoon, the event is a typical garage sale format, with proceeds going into our programs and scholarships.