Soroptimist International of the Marianas

Who We Are

The Soroptimist International of the Marianas (SIM), is a volunteer service organization for business and professional women. Soroptimist International of The Marianas received its charter on February 9, 1986 from Founder Region of the Soroptimist International of the Americas (SIA). SIA is part of Soroptimist International, which has almost 100,000 members in 119 countries around the world.

The first Soroptimist club was formed in 1921 by a group of 80 women in Alameda County, California. They chose their name from two Latin words meaning "best for women." Soroptimists today continue the work begun by their predecessors. The heart of Soroptimistís mission is to "make a difference for women" through volunteer service to the community. Projects are carefully chosen to address challenges unique to todayís women.

Soroptimist clubs receive assistance in their volunteer efforts by participating locally in programs developed and sponsored by the organization. Soroptimistís major service project, the Womenís Opportunity Awards program, provides cash grants for head-of-household women seeking to improve their economic situation through additional education and training.

The organization, a recognized authority on matters that women value most, uses its international voice and official status with the United Nations to advocate on behalf of womenís issues.

Soroptimist membership provides an enriching environment for women to develop friendships and to support each other, while experiencing the satisfaction of their collective efforts to improve communities. These women, who represent leaders across all professional disciplines, also serve as role models for younger women at the beginning of their careers.

Soroptimists are professional and executive business women of all ages, cultures, and ethnic groups. Members represent a wide array of professions, including doctors, attorneys, teachers, chief executive officers of companies, business owners and government officials. A Soroptimist is a leader in her community. She believes 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 humankind. To be eligible for membership one must be actively engaged in a management or professional capacity, in the private or public sector, or in an occupation with comparable status or responsibilities. Membership is by invitation from the local club.

Guam, is home to Soroptimist International of the Marianas. 

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