Our Mission Statement
Founder Region Soroptimist International of the Americas, is dedicated, locally and globally, to improving the lives and advancing the status of women and girls through Fellowship, our identifying project of doctoral grants, programs of education, health, leadership and the promotion of equality.
Founder Region is so named because the first Soroptimist club met and was chartered in Oakland, California in 1921 when the first club, Soroptimist Association of Alameda County (now known as Soroptimist International of Oakland - The Founder Club) was formed. The Constitution of that first club stated the purpose of Soroptimist was "To foster the spirit of service..." That purpose and "spirit of service" drives every Soroptimist club, district, region, and federation to this day.
Since those beginnings, Soroptimist International (SI) - the world's largest classified volunteer service organization for women in business, management, and the professions - has grown to an international organization, with headquarters in the United Kingdom, and thousands of service clubs around the world.
Soroptimist International of the Americas (SIA) - composed of 20 different countries and territories, has our headquarters located in Philadelphia, PA.