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Soroptimist Orientation and Leadership Training


There are 1256 clubs in SIA.   There are 28 Regions, with 6 languages being spoken.

The first Soroptimist club was founded in 1921 in Oakland, California (USA)

The name Soroptimist is derived from the Latin words 'soror' and 'optimum', interpreted as 'the best for women'.

There are four Federations, each comprising a number of Unions or Regions that are made up of Clubs, Americas, Great Britain & Ireland, Europe, Southwest Pacific

We are members of Southern Region.


SI Pinellas Club Information

Soroptimist International of Pinellas County includes all of  Pinellas County, Florida..

We meet the fourth Tuesday of each month except for December.  In December we hold a Christmas Party.
At our regular meeting we have a social hour & dinner from 5:00 until 7:00
 followed by a business meeting

We were founded in 1968 and are  looking forward to our 50th Anniversary next year.

Service Funds
Service Funds are due on March 31st of each FISCAL year. (These funds are for the currant fiscal year.) Remember that you are responsible each year for $100 in service funds.  You may raise these either by writing a check or by using our banner to have your own fundraiser.  All funds raised under our banner must come to our service fund. Each person that participates in an ad hoc fundraiser is still responsible for a total of $100 in service funds.
(Example.  3 members hold a garage sale.  They raise $310.  The total amount must come to our service fund.  All 3 members have covered their service funds.  But if 3 members  raise $270,  each member is still responsible for $10 more to cover their service funds.

Paying Dues Easily

WHAT CAN YOU DO WITH $9.00 A MONTH?                 

 Let’s see - $9.00 per month – will buy you three lattes at Starbucks, eat lunch out at a family restaurant once, eat three times at a McDonalds, buy a tube of lipstick, buy 3 greeting cards, or better yet – pay for your membership in Soroptimist of Pinellas! The $100 annual dues do not have to be paid in one payment in May or June.  You can pay it, monthly (at the bargain rate of $9.00 per month), $25.00 quarterly, $50.00 semi-annually or any other way that works for your budget.  Just let the Treasurer know that the check you are writing is to go towards your dues.  It’s that simple!

While we are talking about money – what can you do with $18.00 a month?  Maybe a dinner at a little better restaurant, maybe a blouse on sale at Kohls or JCPenny, or even the best – pay your membership dues and your service dues monthly!! Isn’t it better to know that your $9.00 a month service dues are going to help women less fortunate than we are? Isn’t that why we are Soroptimists?

 Start now and avoid the stress next May!!


Soroptimist International of Pinellas County
"Live Your Dream" Award
Our biggest service project is the “Live Your Dream Award.” Soroptimists have been empowering women through The Live Your Dream Awards (formerly Women’s Opportunity Awards). Live Your Dream Awards assist women who provide the primary source of financial support for their families. The program gives them the resources they need to improve their education, skills, and employment prospects. Recipients have typically overcome enormous obstacles including poverty, domestic violence, and drug and alcohol abuse. They may use their award to offset any costs associated with their efforts to attain higher education or training, such as books, childcare and transportation.

Soroptimist International of Pinellas County awards at least $1000 each year.
In the past few years we have awarded much more reaching a high of $8000 in 2015 to 4 women. In 2016 we awarded $6000 to 3 women.
This year we awarded $4500 to 3 women

Our winner will compete for the Southern Region award of either $3,000 or $5,000.
If our winner would win the Southern Region Award they would be eligible for SI of the Americas Award.

Requirements for the Live Your Dream Awards are:

Women who: Provide the primary financial support for their families .
(including children, spouse, siblings and/or parents).

•    Have financial need.

    Are enrolled in or have been accepted to a vocational/skills training program or an undergraduate degree program.

•    Have not previously been the recipient of a Soroptimist Women’s Opportunity Award;
are not a Soroptimist member, employee or immediate family of either.

Dream It, Be It

 DREAM IT, BE IT (DIBI) is our newest DREAM program for young adult girls on their way to becoming women. .  The thrust of this curriculum will help girls focus on their futures.

Club goals in this new program will be to work with secondary school girls to help them learn about careers
 and mentor them toward their decisions.


Southern Region

Soroptimist International of Southern Region was organized October 20, 1946.

There are 3 Districts in Southern Region.

Clubs of the Southern Region

District I

District II

District III

Boca Raton/Deerfield Beach, FL

St. Lucie, FL

Atlanta, GA

Coral Gables, FL

Stuart, FL

Montgomery, AL

Davie, FL

Tampa, FL

Tuscaloosa, AL

Greater Ft. Lauderdale, FL

Pinellas County, FL

Huntsville, AL

Homestead, FL

Greater Daytona Beach Area

Music City Nashville, TN

The Palm Beaches, FL



Pompano Beach, FL



San Juan, Puerto Rico




 Alicia Zachman Emerging Leader Award Program

What is the Alicia Zachman Emerging Leader Award?

This award is designed to identify, recognize and nurture leadership skills in a group of women who have demonstrated a commitment to the Soroptimist mission but have not yet held a leadership position beyond the club level. 

Candidates shall be active club members in good standing who have not pursued leadership opportunities beyond the club level

This award is named for Past Governor Alicia Zachman (Governor 1986-1988) who personified all aspects of leadership and Soroptimist.  Through her many years as a member of SI Greater Fort Lauderdale and Southern Region, Alicia was instrumental in keeping the direction and success of Southern Region on course.  Through the many positions she held on the Southern Region Board, Region Committees and SIA Foundation Board, she always showed enthusiasm, determination and passion for the Soroptimist mission; and continued to work toward assisting our clubs and their members to successfully complete the work of Southern Region until her death in 2014.

In naming this award for Past Governor Alicia, the Southern Region Board (2012-2014) wishes to honor and thank her for her many years as a Soroptimist; her exemplary leadership; and her long-time devotion to Southern Region.

 What are the Criteria for Participation?

•       Strong belief in the Soroptimist mission to improve the lives of women and girls in local communities and throughout the world.

•       Interest and willingness to pursue higher officers and leadership positions in Soroptimist beyond the club level.

•       Is an active member of Soroptimist Southern Region in good standing.

•       Has not held an office or Chair position (appointed or elected) beyond the club level.  (Note:  Participating as a “volunteer” committee member on the District or Region level is not considered to be an “appointed or elected” position and would allow the individual to be eligible for this award.)



Soroptimist International of the Americas.

There are 1256 clubs in SIA  There are 28 Regions,with 6 languages being spoken.
 Eight-five (85%) of income goes to programs, with 7% going to Administration and 8% going to fundraising.

SIA received 2.258 new members from 91/1/15 to 5/31/16 or a .4% increase. There were 20 new clubs chartered including one in Jerusalem where Jewish, Christian, and Muslim women come together across political differences to help women. Their common goal is to improve the lives of women and girls – just as that is our goal.

Another announcement is the establishment of an on-line club in the Mid-Atlantic Region. It has just been formed so it will be interesting to see how that progresses.

Soroptimist Workplace Campaign to End Domestic Violence began in Nevember 25, 1994, working to educate women in the workplace, since abusers often bring violence to that venue

Soroptimist Club Grants for Women and Girls helps local clubs meet community need for projects that improve the lives of women and girls.

Soroptimist STOP Trafficking campaign works raising awareness, assisting victims, preventing sexual slavery, and advocating for better laws and enforcement

 Live your dreams is the latest Soroptimist campaign that is online especially where no clubs exist and allows anyone the opportunity to become involved with the programs of Soroptimist.

Laurel Society

What is the Laurel Society and why was it established?

The Laurel Society was established in 1994 to honor individuals who have made SIA
their charity of choice, supporting the Soroptimist mission. The Laurel Society was
created to show appreciation and recognition to donors for major gifts that would
ensure continued funding for Soroptimist programs.

How do I become a member of the Laurel Society?

Individuals can make a personal contribution to Soroptimist to become a member of the
Laurel Society. An individual can also be honored with Laurel Society membership by
her family, her club or her friends as recognition for exemplary service, leadership
recognition and special life events.  Individual membership is a minimum of $1000.  Installment payments are available.

How are my Laurel Society contributions used?
Laurel Society contributions are used to fund Soroptimist programs and awards:
Women’s Opportunity Awards, Violet Richardson Award, Soroptimist Club Grants for
Women and Girls, STOP Trafficking, and the Workplace Campaign to End Domestic
Violence. For more information about how contributions are used, view how “Your
Contributions Make Dreams Possible” or read SIA’s Annual Report on the SIA website.

What is the meaning of the Laurel Society pin?

The Laurel Society pin was designed to include the laurel leaves from the Soroptimist emblem. The laurel leaves are symbolic of victory and typify friendship and success, much like committed Soroptimist members. Diplomatic terms were chosen to describe the levels of membership because international goodwill and understanding is the cornerstone of Soroptimist service. Members of the Laurel Society are emissaries of the Soroptimist mission to improve the lives of women and girls. Soroptimists, and friends of Soroptimist, who are committed to the mission, who have extended international friendship, and who have demonstrated success in their personal lives, career, and club endeavor are ideal candidates for recognition in the Laurel Society. The Laurel Society pin holds SIA’s “S” logo because the Laurel Society is a recognition program of Soroptimist International of the Americas.

The Ruby Lee Minar Memorial Fund Inc

Ruby Lee Minar was a member of the Washington D.C. Soroptimist Club and became the first Federation President of the Soroptimist International of the Americas in 1928.  She took office at the Philadelphia Convention held in July, 1930.  She was the first editor of the Soroptimist International Magazine in 1928 called "The Bulletin".  After she retired and moved to the Miami area, she transferred her membership to the Miami Springs - Hialeah Club.  In 1952, she died at sea on her way to the Soroptimist International Convention in Copenhagen, Denmark.

She was the inspiration and guiding light of the five Soroptimist Clubs who started Southern Region in 1946.  (Miami, Palm Beach, St Petersburg, Miami Springs- Hialeah and Ft. Lauderdale).  The Region Project fund was renamed the Ruby Lee Minay Memorial Scholarship Fund in 1953.


The fund provides loans , interest free, not to exceed $3500 per recipient, to qualified  candidates for graduate study in the field of their choice.  Loans shall be made for tuition, but at the discretion of The Board of Directors, may be used to include books and necessary equipment.  Proceeds of the loan are to be paid to the educational institution of the recipient's choice following completion of the loan process.

  Applicants' legal residences shall be within the territorial limits of Southern Region, but they may attend schools elsewhere.

The Board of Directors will thoroughly review all loan applications, giving consideration to the following points in order of preference as indicated:
    A. Scholarship and educational background
    B. Need
    C. General Character
    D. Credit Worthiness of co-signers
    E. Any other point bearing on the general qualifications of the applicant.

Loans made to candidates shall be protected by life insurance purchased on the life of each borrower to secure the amount loaned.  Annual premiums paid for such life  insurance are to be added to the principal balance of the loan amount.  The Treasurer shall purchase the life insurance policy and the loan amount shall not be released until evidence of life insurance is received.   When such loan is repaid,  the Board of Directors shall give each insured the opportunity to continue the policy on their life.

In the past, contributions were received from individual members, clubs and a portion of Regional dues were set aside for the fund.  In 1998, the RLM Memorial Fund, Inc. was selected as the Southern Region's Service Project.  T

The Board of Directors consists of two Board Member from each District. 



We are also a part of Soroptimist International.

Soroptimist International consists of Soroptimist International of the Americas, Soroptimist International of Europe, Soroptimist International of Great Britain & Ireland and Soroptimist International of the South West Pacific.  We are  a global volunteer movement working together to transform the lives of women and girls. Our network of over 75,000 club members in 133 countries and territories works at a local, national and international level to Educate, Empower and Enable opportunities for women and girls.

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