Founded in 1921, Soroptimist provides an opportunity for business and professional women to volunteer in their communities. Almost 100,000 Soroptimists in 120 countries and territories contribute time and support to community–based and international projects benefiting women and girls. Soroptimist clubs participate in organizational programs on the local level to meet the unique needs of their communities.
The word “soroptimist” is a coined latin phrase meaning "best for women" and that's what the organization strives to achieve. Soroptimists are women at their best, working to help women and girls to be their best.
Soroptimists are women of all ages, cultures, and ethnic groups. Members represent a wide array of professions including medical, legal, banking and investment, educational, private and corporate business, and governmental, to name a few. Soroptimists are leaders in their communities who believe that by joining with other women, they can make their local community and the world a better place for women and girls.
What do Soroptimists do?
Membership in Soroptimist means belonging to the wider organization at the international, national, regional, and local level. All clubs participate in several cornerstone programs but the local club’s focus in the community determines what projects will be supported by its membership. Please refer to two sections—Programs and Events and Scholarships and Awards—of this website for more detailed explanations.
How can I learn more about the local club?
Soroptimist International of Gig Harbor (SIGH) was chartered in 2007and is one of the youngest Soroptimist clubs in the Puget Sound area. Attending monthly meetings is the best way to learn all about the club. Currently, meetings are on the fourth Thursday evening of every month. Meetings include a business portion followed by a guest speaker, special event, or presentation. Light dinner is provided and the meeting is open to all members and guests. If you are interested in attending one of these meetings as a guest, please feel free to contact us at email@example.com for additional details and location.
Does it cost to join?
Yes. Membership in SIGH is established through completion and submission of written application and payment of annual dues. For the first year of membership, the dues are slightly higher because joining fees apply; however, dues for subsequent years are a bit less. How much dues will be is determined annually by Soroptimist International of America. In addition, the local club adds fees that allow the club to provide services to its members. Also, each member pays a $15.00 monthly meeting fee, payable quarterly or at the monthly meeting. Specific questions about dues may be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org or you may wish to attend a club meeting to speak to someone in person.
How does the club support its community programs?
To fund scholarships, awards, and community projects, SIGH conducts fundraising activities throughout the year to raise money for budgeted programs and projects. These are club-wide events and all members are expected to volunteer their time to make these events successful.
Is the local club accepting new members at this time?
Yes! At its core, Soroptimist is a service organization and always welcomes new members. The club thrives on new ideas, dedication to service, willingness to be involved, camaraderie and friendship, and networking. Please consider attending a business meeting to find out more and if being a member would be a good fit for you.
Okay. I’m curious. How do I contact you?
We can be reached at email@example.com or by calling our dedicated number 1-877-435-4474. An E-mail or a call is all it takes to set you on the path of learning more about one of the greatest service organizations there is!