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 Awards Luncheon is November 18, 2016 at Cedar's Floating Resturant.
This year's winners are:
Arts and Culture: Ali Shute
Business and Professional: Cheryl Hunter
Community Service: Linda Pederson
Education: Kathy Sells
Health: Dr. Leanne Rousseau
Public Service: Jessie Morrow
Senior: Tina Gospodnetich
Proceeds from our WOD event provide multiple Live Your Dream Awards for women returning to school to better circumstances.