La Grande Oregon Club
A volunteer service organization for women in business, management and the professions.
International strives to be a global voice for women through awareness,
advocacy and action with almost 95,000 members in nearly 120 countries.
The organization, which was founded in 1921 in Oakland, California, is
committed to serving local, national and international communities, and
participating actively in decision-making at all levels of society.
The word Soroptimist is coined from the Latin words soror and optima, and loosely translated as "best for women."
Northwestern Region covers the states of Washington, Oregon, Alaska,
Montana and the Idaho panhandle, with nearly 3,900 members strong in
over 114 clubs. The mission of Northwestern Region is to provide its
members with leadership training and education empowering them to
promote and implement region identifying projects and to advance human
rights and the status of women locally and globally.
International members focus on "Making a Difference for Women." They do
this by undertaking club projects such as providing women with basic
literacy and income-generating skills; funding career development
programs for teen mothers; helping minority women obtain routine
medical care; and raising community awareness about domestic violence.
gift of Soroptimist membership provides a variety of benefits including
personal fulfillment, friendships all over the world, networking,
leadership development, and an avenue to serve as a mentor reaching out
to women at the beginning of their professional lives.
are a person who wishes to provide volunteer service in an atmosphere
of support, friendship and fun, then joining Soroptimist may be right