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Why are you a Soroptimist?
I am a Soroptimist because it is a wonderful means to give back to a community that has been so wonderful to me. I have been practicing in Chico now for over 14 years and have never lived and worked in such a positive community environment. I love giving back the support and commitment that this city has given to me.

Why do you continue to be a Soroptimist?
I continue to be a Soroptimist because the organization is always changing, and there are always new opportunities to learn new things.

What do you love about being a Soroptimist?
I love the fact that being a Soroptimist allows me to see where the needs are in the community and help to fulfill them.

Kim Lange, Owner of Youthful Smiles children's dentistry, Member Since 2008
http://www.youthfulsmileschico.com

Why are you a Soroptimist?
Giving to others makes the world a better place. Soroptimist allows group cooperation and support to easily accomplish this goal.

Why do you continue to be a Soroptimist?
When doing a task together, bonds are formed, friends are made, smiles happen.

What do you love about being a Soroptimist?
Soroptimists are there for each other, whether it is business advice, shared laughter or a much needed helping hand.

Marilyn Ey , Member since 2001

Why are you a Soroptimist?
I have volunteered for many organizations in my adult life. I have a friend who said I should join, because it seemed like a great fit. She is in another club. She called SI Chico and had them come recruit me. I must say, being asked to help is a lot more flattering than being accepted by an organization I had to approach.

Why do you continue to be a Soroptimist?
I lived in Chico for over a year before I came in contact with Soroptimist Int'l. I cannot believe how instrumental the club has been in connecting me to the city and the surrounding area. I had no idea Chico was such an activist community. I am now personal friends with some of the best and brightest members of the community.

What do you love about being a Soroptimist?
I love being a Soroptimist because of the variety of people with whom, and projects with which, we participate.

Gina Grether, Member since 2003

Why are you a Soroptimist?
Initially I joined SI Chico because I was looking for a  group with community service activities in which my young sons and I could participate. As a single working mom, my spare time was somewhat limited. But I wanted to do some volunteer work and wanted to instill in my sons the feeling of "giving back." Soroptimist fit the bill perfectly!

Why do you continue to be a Soroptimist?
Soroptimist allows me to contribute what time I can to community service, both local and worldwide. It just feels good to know that I'm making a difference in people's lives. By working with a great group of dynamic, big-hearted people, we get so much done!

What do you love about being a Soroptimist?
The camaraderie, sense of accomplishment, great speakers, and just knowing that we are truly making a positive difference in the lives of others. Each week I come away from our meeting feeling so inspired and enriched. No matter how much I give to our club's efforts, I always feel as though I receive so much more in return.

Laura Burghardt, Owner/Broker, City of Trees Realty, Member since 2003
http://www.cityoftreesrealty.com