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Our History

OUR HISTORY

Soroptimist International 

Soroptimist International is a global volunteer organization working to improve the lives of women and girls through programs leading to social and economic empowerment. Founded in 1921, there are currently approximately 72,000 members in over 121 countries/territories. The word “soroptimist” was derived from the Latin word soro meaning “sister” and optima meaning “best”. Over the years it has been interpreted to mean “Best for Women”: women at their best working to help women become their best.

Soroptimist International of Poway

Soroptimist International of Poway (SIP) is a vibrant, dynamic organization for women, committed to improving the lives of women and girls in our local communities and throughout the world.

SIP was chartered in 1971 and is part of Desert Coast Region, Soroptimist International of Americas, Inc, which is one of the five federations of Soroptimist International. Our members are working moms and retired women; business owners and professional women; teachers and administrators; and committed community volunteers.  We share our time, talents, and financial resources by engaging in awareness, advocacy, and action to enrich our community and make a difference in the lives of women and girls.

 

SIP members work together, through fun and friendship, to:

  • Improve the lives of women and girls

  • Serve as a global voice for women

  • Provide outstanding leadership development opportunities for women

  • Support educational opportunities for women and girls.

  • Promote gender equality

On July 26, 2021, Soroptimist International of Poway celebrated their 50th Anniversary.  See the Anniversary Video below. 

Who We Are

WHO WE ARE

Terry Snow, President
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2024-2025 OFFICERS

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Dianne Smith,

President

Deidre Maw

President Elect

Adela Hoffman

Vice President

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Lauren Chin,

Treasurer

Ginny Mahigian, Secretary

Cynthia Elizondo,

Immediate Past  President

Linda England,

Director

JOIN FOR THE SERVICE; STAY FOR THE FRIENDSHIP
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Happy Members

“Being a Soroptimist is not just meeting and working with amazing women, but having them as friends.”

"I am honored to be part of a great group of women that are passionate about helping others!"

"Being a Soroptimist has been very rewarding; I love being able to make an impact on the lives of women who need help!"

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