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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.
The first Soroptimist Club was formed by a group of 80 women in Oakland, California on October 3, 1921. The first president was Violet Richardson Ward, who was committed to creating opportunities for girls and young women. The executive and professional women who formed the first Soroptimist Club represented such professions as medicine, printing and haberdashery. All the women joined together to "foster the ideal of service". The passion and commitment for volunteer service, particularly as it affected women and girls, has remained an inspiration for thousands of Soroptimist women all over the world.
Soroptimist International of Carson City was chartered on June 8, 1957. The Club's first president was Audrey Bell Vincent. Our Club's mission is to promote awareness, advocacy and action through volunteer service in our community and to society worldwide by advancing human rights and focusing on the status of women and children.
Through our fundraisers and scholarship endowments, our club donates thousands of dollars annually to improve the lives of women and girls in our community. Our Club supports these efforts through grants, scholarships, free mammograms, community service and various special projects.