Soroptimist International of the Americas
La Grande Oregon Club

A volunteer service organization for women in business, management and the professions.

Soroptimist 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."

Our 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.

Soroptimist 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.

The 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.

If you are a person who wishes to provide volunteer service in an atmosphere of support, friendship and fun, then joining Soroptimist may be right for you.

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