To improve the lives of women and girls, in local communities and throughout the world.
How do members/clubs support the Soroptimist mission?
Soroptimist members belong to local clubs, which determine the focus of volunteer work in their communities. Club projects can 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 offered from the federation.
Being a Soroptimist Means Many Things:
- It means you care about making a difference in the lives of women and girls – in your community, your country and throughout the world.
- It means you are willing to give of your time and talent to raise funds and provide service to others in your community.
- It means you are a person of action – not someone who waits for others to improve the lives of those less fortunate.
What benefits do members receive?
In addition to intangible rewards such as lifelong friendships and personal fulfillment, members also receive the following benefits:
- Opportunity to participate in Soroptimist’s life-changing scholarship and grant programs
- Subscription to our award-winning Best for Women magazine
- Subscription to our email newsletter, the “Soroptimist Summary”
- Access to numerous documents and tools available on the SIA website
- Leadership development and networking opportunities at club meetings, region conferences, the biennial convention and other meetings
- Opportunity to provide feedback, offer suggestions and voice opinions through the Soroptimist Snapshot online surveys and other market research activities
- Knowledge & Personal Growth – Through your club’s efforts to make a difference in your community – you will learn more about your community – you will learn how to lead and how to follow.
- Networking – Share your business and /or professional expertise with others and learn about theirs in return.
Becoming a Member of Soroptimist of St. Helena
After receiving volunteer applications, prospective applicants will be contacted by the chapter’s Recruitment & Retention committee chairperson who will help shepherd them through the membership process. Prospective applicants are invited to attend one of our regularly scheduled member meetings at no charge. Applicants are usually interviewed by at least one chapter member. Once membership has been mutually agreed upon, the applicant’s name will be put before the board of directors for official nomination. New members receive a pin and name badge upon their induction before the club.
New members pay a one-time initiation fee of $160. Payment plans are available upon request. Annual membership dues of $140 are charged thereafter. Dues, including those paid by new members, go to support administrative and program costs for Soroptimist International at the local, national and federation level. There are no term limits to membership, which can be deactivated/reactivated on an as-needed basis.
The St. Helena chapter of Soroptimist International meets for lunch on the first, second and third Thursdays of each month at a local restaurant. Though attendance is elective, members are encouraged to attend a minimum of two meetings monthly. Each lunch costs $18. Dues and lunch/dinner meeting assessments are based on a club calendar year that begins July 1 and runs through June 30, (roughly 28 meetings per year) with a two-month break for summer during July and August.
The club has one major fundraiser a year—an annual crab feed in February—in which all members participate. Chairmanship of service projects and standing club committees rotate on an annual basis. Members are asked to do what they can, when they can.
Interested in Joining?
P.O. Box 1007
St. Helena, CA 94574
Attn. Volunteer Coordinator