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OUR HISTORY

Soroptimist International 

Soroptimist International is a global volunteer organization of professional and businesswomen 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

  • Help women achieve economic and political equality

  • Serve as a global voice for women

  • Provide outstanding leadership development opportunities for women

  • Support educational opportunities for women and girls.

OUR SERVICE PROJECTS

 
 

ANNUAL

HATS & HEELS EVENT

Learn more about our 2021 Virtual Hats & Heels Cocktail Hour Event
 

WHO WE ARE

Terry Snow, President

2020 - 2021 OFFICERS

Linda Garbo, President-Elect 
Terry Snow, President
Diane Heinz, Vice President  
Lauren Chin, Treasurer
Ginny Mahigian, Secretary
Linda England, Director
Julie Bendinelli, 
Immediate Past President
JOIN FOR THE SERVICE; STAY FOR THE FRIENDSHIP

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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