We challenge you to find a volunteer opportunity that offers as many ways to help women and girls, locally as well as globally, than as membership in Soroptimist International of St. Helena. As a member of our club, you will be able to positively affect change in the lives of females of all ages. There are a variety of ways we make this happen, including mentorship, program fundraising and development, as well as grant and scholarship gifting. Our members also partake in non-partisan public awareness campaigns and grassroots activism centered on issues most impacting women and girls everywhere, including income parity, educational empowerment, domestic abuse and human trafficking.
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