Soroptimist is an international volunteer organization for business and professional women who work to improve the lives of women and girls
Soroptimist is an international organization for business and professional women who work to improve the lives of women and girls, in local communities and throughout the world. Almost 95,000 Soroptimists in about 120 countries and territories contribute time and financial support to community–based and international projects that benefit women and girls.
The name, Soroptimist, means "best for women," and that's what the organization strives to achieve. Soroptimists are women at their best, working to help other women to be their best.
Soroptimist members belong to local clubs, which determine the focus of volunteer work to their communities. Club projects range from renovating domestic violence shelters and providing mammograms to low-income women, to sponsoring self-esteem workshops for teenage girls.
In addition, Soroptimists participate in organization-wide programs including the Soroptimist Women's Opportunity Awards, Soroptimist Club Grants for Women and Girls, the Soroptimist Workplace Campaign to End Domestic Violence, the Soroptimist Ruby Award: For Women Helping Women, the Soroptimist Violet Richardson Award and Soroptimists STOP Trafficking.
Clubs also participate in the Live Your Dream campaign, which encourages all women to live their dreams while helping others to do the same.
Women of Distinction Nominations are Open
We honor women whose achievements in their respective fields of work and interest and dedication to community service set them apart. Categories are:
Arts & Culture- Recognizes women who excels in the creation or support of arts and culture
Business & Professional -Recognizes women working in the private sector, i.e owners, executives, support staff in business fields
Community Service- Recognizes women, whether paid staff or volunteer who offer their communities a service through a non-profit charitable organization
Education- Recognizes women who work in public or private schools in any professional, instructional or support staff capacity
Health- Recognizes women who work in medical, mental health care, or social services
Public Service- Recognizes women who work in the public sector, i.e. law enforcement, elected officials, city, county, state or federal government
Senior-Recognizes women who are 62 years and over who have made significant contributions in any of the categories