Soroptimist was formed in 1921 in Oakland, California, at a time when women were not permitted to join service organizations. Our name loosely translated from Latin, means Best for Women.
A Soroptimist is a leader in her community. She believe that by joining with other women and engaging in awareness, advocacy and action in the service of her community and society, she can make the world a better place for all.
Using a three-pronged approach (awareness, advocacy and action), Soroptimists identify the special needs of the community - be it a big, industrial city or a small, rural town. Soroptimists then establish projects that best address these specific needs.
Soroptimist improves the lives of women and girls through programs leading to social and economic empowerment. 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.
Soroptimists make a difference for women through six programs of service:
In addition to their commitment to the community, Soroptimists work for change at national and international levels to improve the quality of life for people throughout the world.
Soroptimist International of the Langleys is an organization of business and professional women who work to improve the lives of women and girls in the City and Township of Langley, British Columbia.
Chartered in 1986, SI of the Langleys is proud to be part of the generous fabric of the communities we serve.
The club actively participates in community projects and improves the lives of many through volunteering their time and financial support for a variety of projects, programs and causes.
Their innovative ideas of service work and fun fund raising helps them ‘get the attention’ of their community. The residents, businesses and politicians of The Langleys’ are strong supporters of their Soroptimists which results in productive & successful team work.
The club has become well known in their community for their annual Womens’ Health Forum which focuses on timely heath issues of importance to women.
For over 20 years, the club has co-hosted a Candle Light Vigil to observe the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women on November 25th.
In recent years fundraising events have included the popular Robbie Burns Night, Power of the Purse and the very successful Christmas Basket Raffle.