What is Soroptimist International?
Soroptimist International is a worldwide organization for women in management and the professions; working through service projects to improve all aspects of the community.
The word Soroptimist was coined from two Latin words, “soror” and “optima” which loosely translates as “best for women”.
The organization was started in Oakland, California, in 1921.
Today Soroptimist International headquarters are located in Cambridge, England and is comprised of four federations with approximately 100,000 members in about 120 countries.
Who is a Soroptimist?
Soroptimists are women of all ages, cultures and ethnic groups. They are working moms and single women; small business owners and corporate executives; attorneys, teachers and physicians. Soroptimists are leaders across all professional disciplines that also serve as role models for younger women at the beginning of their careers.
The common thread that connects all Soroptimists is their desire to make a difference for others through volunteer service.
Soroptimist International of Hamilton-Burlington
Our Purpose: We are committed to do what we can to improve the lives of women and girls in our community and around the world.
Soroptimist International of Hamilton-Burlington was chartered on November 3, 1979. We are one of several clubs within Eastern Canada Region and part of Soroptimist International of the Americas, the largest of the four federations within Soroptimist International.
We work in committees to create programs, provide grants and organize fundraisers with the goal of helping women and girls in our local community of Hamilton and Burlington. We achieve this by supporting the McMaster Children’s Hospital, City Kidz, Out of the Cold Program, Literacy, Hamilton Public Library, and Keep Hamilton/Burlington Blooming. We also help internationally alongside the Stephen Lewis Foundation, Umoyo Girls School in Africa We are interested in equality in the workplace, putting an end to domestic violence, stopping human trafficking and preserving our environment.
Meetings for our club are held on the second Wednesday of each month.
If you are interested in becoming a member of the Soroptimist International of Hamilton-Burlington, information is available by emailing: firstname.lastname@example.org