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Make a Difference! Click on the image for 10 reasons to become a Soroptimist! 

Soroptimist International of Saratoga County (SISC) is celebrating the 100-year anniversary theme of the national organization, “Bright Past, Brilliant Future”, which perfectly captures the respect for and memory of incredible women who had the foresight and courage to become Soroptimists and pursue the best for women, and those who carry on the tradition today. Drawing attention to the club’s impact, SISC is showcasing in a ten-month media campaign, its work both locally and globally – with the intent of strengthening bonds with our community’s businesses, professionals, and those who can benefit from our programming. 
 
“Soroptimist encapsulates women at their best, working to help other women be their best,” said Sandra Reulet, president of Soroptimist Internal of Saratoga County. “The international club is 160,000 members strong – almost 100 of us in SISC representing and supporting Saratoga County. Our ten-month awareness campaign is designed to showcase all the work we do on behalf of the women and girls right here in Saratoga – and how you, our supportive community, can share in our success.”
 
Since 1979, we have been creating brilliant futures for women and girls, locally in Saratoga, and globally with international support. SISC is part of an international organization with 80,000 members in 120 countries and territories.  Soroptimist is committed to improving the lives of women and girls through programs leading to social and economic empowerment. Soroptimist comes from the Latin words “soror” and “optima” meaning Best for Women.
 
SISC has supported a variety of local service projects that reflect a special commitment to the needs and concerns for women and girls. For example, the Club, with Wellspring of Saratoga County, regularly holds an eight week Financial Literacy Course for women surviving domestic violence and other life adversities.  We also host an exciting Dream It-Be It program for local high school girls.
 
We want every prospective member to feel welcome and succeed. As part of the membership process, prospective members are paired with a current member as a sponsor. Below are checklists of attributes of successful prospective members and successful sponsors. If you are interested in joining SISC, e-mail soroptimistsaratoga@gmail.com and a member of our Growth and Development Committee will contact you.
 

Who Would Make a Good Member? A Woman who ...

  • Wants to give back and help others
  • Has a mission compatible with the Soroptimist mission
  • Is committed to being involved throughout the year
  • Is interested in making new friends
  • Is looking to be connected both socially and professionally but realizes that SISC is not primarily a professional networking group
  • Is self-motivated/self-starter
  • Is excited to join
  • Cares about women’s issues
  • Enjoys working in a group and on committees
  • Is politically aware but realizes that SISC is not a political action group
  • Is interested in sharing or developing leadership skills
  • Is at times willing to help on short notice

 

What Prospective/New Members Want From A Sponsor:

  • Introduce prospective/new members (P/NM) to other members and make them feel welcomed throughout the year
  • Follow up with P/NM on how she is doing in the Club
  • Help her navigate the ins & outs of club procedures
  • Teach the history of the Club
  • Be a sponsor/mentor only if you can make a long term commitment
  • Set an example
  • Call with reminders of important dates
  • Attend meetings
  • Help P/NM decide which committee to be on
  • Show P/NM how to find Soroptimist info on website and box.com
  • Phone or email P/NM before each meeting; and after meeting if P/NM did not attend
  • Encourage PM to attend committee meetings and Hope and Power training before she becomes a new member
  • Be aware that each P/NM has different needs: speak with her to find out what would make her comfortable