About Us

The first Soroptimist Club was formed in Oakland, California in 1921.  It was chartered with eighty women interested in volunteer service.  At that time, they were prohibited from joining all-male service organizations. On November 28, 1936, Soroptimist International of Modesto was chartered and began a long history of service to the community of Modesto, California.

Today, we are part of a worldwide organization with 95,000 members and 3,000 clubs located in 125 countries and territories.  Soroptimist International has been recognized as Non-governmental organization (NGO) by the United Nations since 1984.  As a NGO, the organization has consultative status with the Economic and Social Council at the United Nations and is recognized as an authority on matters that women value most.  We have volunteers working in four UN Centers located in New York City, Paris, Vienna and Geneva. Our governing Federation is Soroptimist International of the Americas.  There are about 40,000 members within our Federation.

Soroptimist Vision

Be the voluntary organization chosen by  women committed to improving the lives of women and girls through programs leading to social and economic empowerment.  We will share our time, talents and financial resources to enrich our communities.

Together, we will:

  • improve the lives of women and girls
  • help women achieve social, economic and political equality
  • serve as a global voice for women
  • provide outstanding leadership development opportunities for women
  • enhance world peace and understanding

Mission & Core Purpose
To improve the lives of women and girls throught programs leading to social and economic empowerment.

Core Values
Soroptimist International of the Americas is committed to:

  • international goodwill and understanding
  • volunteer action
  • leadership development
  • fellowship and diversity