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About Soroptimist International

Soroptimist is a global women’s organization whose members volunteer to improve the lives of women and girls through programs leading to social and economic empowerment. More than 80,000 Soroptimists in about 120 countries and territories support community–based and global projects benefiting women and girls. The organization is particularly concerned with providing women and girls access to education, as this is the most effective path to self-determination.

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. In addition to providing women and girls with access to education, members volunteer on projects such as providing mammograms to low-income women, sponsoring self-esteem workshops for teenage girls, and mentoring women in domestic violence shelters. In addition, Soroptimists participate in organization-wide programs including the Soroptimist Live Your Dream Awards, the Soroptimist Workplace Campaign to End Domestic Violence, the Soroptimist Violet Richardson Award and Soroptimists STOP Trafficking.

Soroptimist also sponsors Live Your Dream.org, an online community empowering offline volunteer action. The self-motivated network is made up of people who wish to support women and girls in their quest to lead better lives, while gaining inspiration in their own lives. Members of the free online community work on topics such as women’s economic empowerment, ending violence against women, human trafficking, and more. They also have access to inspirational articles, tips, and blogs that can help them live their own personal dreams.

About Soroptimist International of Carmel Bay

Meeting Days
The club generally meets on the 2nd Monday and 4th Wednesday of the month.

Our meeting location changes depending on several factors.
Always check the calendar to see the location of a particular meeting.

RSVP Policy
Please RSVP to our club president Winnie Heh to confirm the time and location of our Monthly Business Meeting, and to make a reservation. Our Program Meeting is always open for visitors.

Meeting Types

Business Meeting
The 2nd Monday is a potluck dinner meeting, location rotates among member homes, where the members take care of club business, plan future events and organize community service and fund raising activities. Parliamentary procedure is followed and the parliamentarian is present. The secretary takes minutes. The committees give reports when called.  All members are strongly encouraged to attend this meeting because the club benefits from member input and a quorum is needed for voting.

Program Meeting
The 4th Wednesday of the month is our Program Meeting which is a social lunch, to network and enjoy a guest speaker.  Members and guests pay for their own meal; the club does not support guest meals unless the guest is also the guest speaker.

Board Meetings
The Officers and Directors meet briefly immediately prior to or after the Business Meeting.  If the board requires more time, the President will call additional meeting(s) to complete board business.

Special Meetings
Occasionally a meeting will be called that is not on the 2nd Thursday or 4th Wednesday at noon. Special meetings are in addition to Program and Business meetings. They are called only when a special need arises.

Annual Meeting
In July there is a planning retreat and annual meeting to review our schedule for the year and socialize.  We plan our calendar and set our fundraising events as we form our committees and appoint committee chairs.

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