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What is a Soroptimist?

The word “Soroptimist” is from two Latin roots: soro  (sister) and optima (best, highest good). Literally translated Soroptimist means “that which is best for women.”

Soroptimist International is an organisation for women who wish to work to transform the lives of women and girls worldwide.  Membership is of your local club, but entitles you to attend any meeting of any club throughout the world.


Watch this short video Soroptimist International Who We Are

Membership of Soroptimist International gives you the opportunity to:

  • take part in local, national and international projects to benefit women and girls;
  • enjoy service, friendship and fun with women in your location;
  • lobby, influence and make a difference for women at home and abroad;
  • meet women from different countries and cultures
  • attend international and national conferences and attending meetings of any club in the world.

Membership will give you:

  • a range of opportunities to develop leadership and other skills;
  • access to “members only” magazines, websites and databases;
  • the possibility of staying with Soroptimists worldwide

We want your membership experience to be vibrant, dynamic, inspiring and rewarding whilst you are helping to transform the lives of women and girls, and making new friendships and having fun.

So when you consider membership of Soroptimist International, please take the time to read this membership statement so that you are clear about what you can expect to find and get from your Club, Region, National Association, Network and Federation.

How to join SI Rossendale:

Complete the Contact Us form on the left hand side of the page