Welcome to the Soroptimist International of Elk Grove Website.
Please take the time to look around to see who we are and how we serve our community. Hopefully you will discover that you would like to be a part of what we do and will want to join us. Leave your comments below.
A message from the President…
Welcome to our club! We would be thrilled to have you as a member of Soroptimist International of Elk Grove (SIEG); we are a global women’s organization whose members work to improve the lives and women and girls through programs leading to social and economic empowerment. Soroptimist programs focus on providing women and girls with access to education, which is one of the most effective ways to end social problems disproportionately affecting women and girls.
Soroptimist International (SI) has consultative status with the United Nations’ Economic and Social Council, which oversees U.N. activities and policies promoting human rights. It is in this forum that Soroptimist representatives can advocate for the Soroptimist mission of improving the lives of women and girls. Our past efforts have been, in conjunction with other SI clubs, to purchase solar cookers for women of Darfur, Sudan.
As part of our mission to assist women and girls’ economic empowerment through education, we award a yearly scholarship. We provide a girl with a $1,000 scholarship through the Elk Grove Regional Scholarship Foundation, Our SIEG “Live Your Dream Award” is given to assist women annually who provide the primary source of financial support for their families. Our Violet Richardson Award is given to teen girls who contribute to their community through their volunteer work; a donation to their charitable organization is also given.
Our newest global program is “Dream it, Be It: Career Support for Girls.” Dream it Be It focuses on girls in secondary school who face obstacles to their future success. We are still in the planning stages of how our club will embrace this program. The idea is “…to provide girls with access to professional role models, career education and the resources to live their dreams.
All of our awards, and the programs we support, are financed through fundraisers that club members arrange. Our major fundraiser is our See’s Candies Store and Holiday Boutique. (We may have met you there!) We have been doing this fundraiser for over 28 years and it takes a village – or at least all of our members. We will open it the Saturday after Thanksgiving, although much time is spent in the previous weeks getting our Store ready. This entails decorating the Christmas trees and walls, putting together the shelves and stocking the delicious See’s Candy! It is usually located at the Elk Park Village Shopping Center. Some members start shopping in August to get the items we stock in our Holiday Boutique. And, it takes all members to pitch in and sign up for 4-5 of the 4 hours shifts while our Store is open. We also hold two one-day Bunco fundraisers.
Programs that we support include the Elk Grove Food Bank, St. John’s Shelter, WEAVE, Wellspring Women’s Center, See’s for Soldiers, and My Sister’s House, to name a few. Throughout the year we give in-kind support to many organizations for their efforts as well.
Whew! I know that sounds like a lot, but we do it together. “Many hands make light work.” If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me. It’s my pleasure! And again, welcome to our club!!