Soroptimist International of Richmond aspires to follow the ideals put forth in the Soroptimist Pledge:
The Sincerity of Friendship: Our club sponsored SI of Martinez, SI of El Cerrito, SI of El Pinablo and SI of Carquinez Straits. We exchange cards, gifts and visits with our friendship links in Peterborough, Ontario, Canada, Perth, Scotland, and Shimada City, Japan.
The Joy of Achievement: We give three awards annually to deserving women for their achievements.
The Dignity of Service: This club, over the years, has crafted itself into a group of professional women who believe in giving their time, effort, and money to improve the quality of life in our community. We have sponsored many events to raise money to support our service projects.
The Integrity of Profession: All of our members are business or professional women, some active in their careers and some now retired, who reflect our code of ethics: "the use of my position at all times to the end that a higher level of human ideals and achievement may be obtained".
The Love of Country: Our members have attended community meetings and have served on committees for Aging, Community Welfare, and Child Welfare. Some members worked to raise funds to restore the Red Oak Victory Ship and build Rosie the Riveter Park. Letters and gift packages have been sent to our armed forces.
For over 75 years, these Soroptimist ideals have guided
our presidents and our members to "uphold and defend these ideals
for a larger fellowship in home, in society, in business, for country and for God".
I pledge allegiance to Sorotpimist and to the ideal for which it stands:
the sincerity of friendship
the joy of achievement
the dignity of service
the integrity of profession
the love of country
I will put forth my greatest effort to promote, uphold and defend these ideals, for a larger fellowship in home, in society, in business, for country and for God.
Copyright 2015 Soroptimist International of Richmond
At the Service Awards luncheon, grant awards were given to local non-profits serving our community that were nominated and voted on by our members. At this very special meeting we presented the Service Award checks to those organizations chosen. After all of our fundraising hard work, it was very rewarding to hear the grant recipients share their plans for the support we are able to give them. This year we awarded over $40,000 to 15 community organizations!
Founder Region Fellowship President, Bobbi Enderlin and District 1 Fellowship Director, Cheryl Poncini, attended our 78th Birthday Celebration to award Fellowships to Carla Contestable and Audrey Nieman.
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The women of Soroptimist International of Richmond have exceptional AIM in accomplishing our goals. We are Ambitious, Inspired and Motivated women who come together to be successful in our endeavors. With wonderful AIM members, great camaraderie develops and we prosper in our efforts to help those in our community who need help.
Chartered March 25, 1939
Soroptimist International of Richmond was founded in 1939, sponsored by Soroptimist of Berkeley, and led by Charter President Christina Cameron, who was the Assistant Superintendent of Schools. There were 18 charter members. Currently we have about 35 members. Our club is part of Founder Region of Soroptimist International of the Americas.
Our group, Soroptimist International of Richmond, meets the first four Thursdays each month at noon, from September through June. The meeting location is Rockefeller Lodge, 2650 Market Avenue, San Pablo, California. Lunch is served before the meeting commences. Each month, there is one business meeting. The other meetings include planning for events and enriching, educational programs.
Currently we hold three fundraisers during the year. These fundraisers are the Teddy Bear Tea in November, a Valentine's Day auction in February and the Culinary Caper, Chef Show and Wine Tasting in April. The funds raised by these events are distributed to local community groups through a grant application process. In addition, three awards to individual women who are furthering their education are given annually.
November 17, 2016
Service Awards Luncheon