About Soroptimist International of Chico

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Soroptimist International of Chico (SI Chico) is a large club with a long and distinguished history in our community. As Soroptimists, our focus has always been on service – Committed to improving the lives of women and children in our community, our country, and around the world. Through service projects we strive to raise money to continue to donate money and time to the community and around the world.

We are part of a larger organization Soroptimist International of the Americas and Soroptimist International (Global). Soroptimist International boasts over 100,000 members in over 113 countries. At the United Nations, we are represented as a non-governmental organization – a “global voice for women” working through awareness, advocacy and action.

Through our participation in the programs of Soroptimist International, we offer our members an opportunity to contribute their service in an effective way that is also personally enriching.

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Fundraising

Soroptimist International of Chico has a long history of significant contributions to the Chico community. Annual fundraising activities are concentrated into one major community event held in the spring – the Home, Garden and Antique Show.

Smaller club fundraisers also happen throughout the year Our fundraising events raise money for donations, scholarships and awards. Recipients of the club’s fundraising efforts include a wide variety of local individuals and organizations, as well as several international causes that benefit women and children. (Links to any of these things in the pages – like donations and scholarships etc)

Weekly Club Meetings

Each week our club meets. Meetings are on Wednesdays from 12:00-1:00 and are held at Manzanita Place (Link to Manzanita Place so people can see where it is) in Chico. Meetings are centered on informative programs and camaraderie and serve as a great way for club members to get to know one another. Click here to find out more.

Committees

We have over 15 different committees that the members can choose from to participate in. At the committee level each member’s efforts are pooled into the club’s service activities to make a difference locally and in the world. Involvement at the committee level provides the framework for an individual to develop her talents and skills.

Club Activities

Participation in club activities (i.e. after hours parties, “Getting to know us” events, retreats and many of the volunteer opportunities throughout the year) help to keep the club enlivened and this is essentially where the friendships are formed.

Friendships

SI Chico provides a network of women – friends – they can depend upon to be there for them as they go through changes in their lives. Women in the club typically say they join for the service to their community but they stay for the friendships.

International Activities

Soroptimist International of Chico has been directly involved with several global causes. Two past areas of focus have been land mine awareness “Steps Without Fear—Land Mine Removal Campaign” and Namaste House for Orphaned Children.

Our Mission

Soroptimist is a worldwide organization for individuals working through service projects to advance human rights and the status of women.

It is this spirit of service that is the underlying motivation for all Soroptimist activities.

Through participation in the programs and service projects of Soroptimist International, SI Chico offers our members an opportunity to contribute their talents and service. Our members find they are personally enriching their lives while helping others at the very same time. Together the members become a local and a global voice for the advancement of human rights and the status of women.

Join us for a meeting

Are you interested in learning more about Soroptimist International of Chico? We would like to invite you to one of our weekly lunch meetings.

Weekly lunch meetings feature: Speakers from various fields educating club members about the purpose and needs of their organizations.

Special programs awarding scholarships and other forms of recognition
Monthly “business meeting” (first Wednesday of the month) where members are given an opportunity to vote on club issues and distribution of community service funding.

Join us: Wednesdays 12:00-1:15pm at Manzanita Place (Elk’s Lodge), 1705 Manzanita Avenue, $14.00 for lunch OR $5.00 for just coffee or tea.

Our 2016 | 2017 Officers

  • President, Julie Curl
    I have been a proud member of Soroptimist for the past five years. Never in my wildest dreams did I even think that joining this club…
  • President Elect, Natalie Conrad
    Not long after moving to Chico 6 years ago, a new friend introduced me to Soroptimist. I was excited to meet other women in business. But…
  • Vice President, Bonnie Chapman
    I have been a proud Soroptimist for three years and love this club. I was a Girl Scout troop leader for 13 years and after retiring…

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