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Who are Soroptimists?

The word Soroptimist combines the Latin words soro “sister” and optima “best” which together are taken to mean “best for women.” 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.

Approximately 76,000 Soroptimists in over 120 countries and territories support community- based and global projects benefiting women and girls. The name “Soroptimist” not only means “best for women” but exemplifies what the organization strives to achieve. Soroptimists are women at their best, working to help women and girls be their best.

Soroptimist members belong to local clubs such as Soroptimist International of Glendale (SI Glendale). Clubs are grouped into regions and SI Glendale belongs to the Camino Real Region of Soroptimist International of the Americas (SIA). This club has a long history in the community. It was chartered on April 16, 1943 and will celebrate its 75th birthday in 2018. Currently SI Glendale has some 50 members.

Soroptmist International (SI)

SI is headquartered in Cambridge, England.  SI is the only women's service club that has consultative status with the Economic and Social Council at the United Nations and is a recognized authority on issues that impact women. SI is composed of a total of four federations: Soroptimist International of the Americas, Soroptimist International of Europe, Soroptimist International of Great Britain and Ireland, Soroptimist International of the Southwest Pacific. For more information, visit their website at: www.soroptimistinternational.org