Soroptimist International Club of Edmonton

Become a Soroptimist member today! We welcome all women to join!

Contact Soroptimist International Club of Edmonton about becoming a member today at our club email at siedmonton@soroptimist.net or call Anna Der, President at 780 903-0426 or email at anna.der@siedmonton.org.

Join us: Soroptimist Edmonton meets every second Tuesday for a meeting plus we hold events/socials/parties on other dates!

Call us for the details of the address and timing each month.

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Why are we called Soroptimist?

The first question we are often asked about Soroptimist is: "but what does it mean"?
The name Soroptimist was coined from the Latin soror meaning sister, and optima meaning best. Soroptimist is perhaps best interpreted as 'the best for women'. From the founding of the first Soroptimist club in Oakland, California, in 1921, through to the present day where over 3000 clubs are flourishing throughout the world, Soroptimists have continued to strive to achieve 'the best for women' in every sphere of their lives.

Notable dates in the development of Soroptimist Edmonton

  • 1921 First Soroptimist club founded in Oakland, California. The Founder President was Violet Richardson-Ward. 
  • 1924 Chartering of first Soroptimist club in London. The Founder President was Viscountess Falmouth. Suzanne Nöel founded SI Paris, the first Soroptimist club in Europe. She later became the first President of the European Federation. 
  • 1928 Foundation of American and European Federations. Soroptimist International Association created to provide link between the Federations. 
  • 1934 Europe and Great Britain & Ireland form separate Federations. 
  • 1936 The Soroptimist Edmonton Club formed!
  • 1948 Soroptimist International  awarded Consultative status with UNESCO. 
  • 1950 SI awarded category C Consultative status with ECOSOC. (Economic & Social Council, United Nations.) 
  • 1952 Foundation of International governing body of Soroptimist International. 
  • 1961 Soroptimist International  Edmonton Club celebrated 25th Anniversary
  • 1984 SI granted Category 1 Consultative status (now General Consultative Status) with ECOSOC of the United Nations
  • In 1986 SI Edmonton celebrated 50 years as a club
  • In  2019 we celebrate 83 years as a service club supporting women in the Edmonton region!