We Are Soroptimist
Soroptimist International of Alhambra, San Gabriel, San Marino strives to improve the lives of women and girls in local communities and throughout the world by raising awareness of their needs and obstacles to success, and by providing services and support to achieve their dreams.
Soroptimist was formed in 1921 in Oakland, California, at a time when women were not permitted to join service organizations. Our name, loosely translated from the Latin, means best for women.
Soroptimists transform the lives and status of women and girls through education, empowerment and enabling opportunities.
Is a community of diverse, dynamic and dedicated leaders who empower women and girls to achieve their full potential and have an equal global voice.
"The biggest adventure you can take is to live the life of your dreams."
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90th Anniversary Celebration!
Join Soroptimist International of Alhambra, San Gabriel, San Marino in celebrating 90 years of serving the community.
Soroptimist was instrumental in founding and planning the Alhambra Day Nursery for working women to have day care for their children in 1939. The Alhambra Day Nursery was an establishment of which everyone in the community was proud.
During World War II, Soroptimists pitched in with the war effort by sending care packages to troops overseas including supplies to the survivors of the attack on Pearl Harbor.
In the 50s and 60s, club membership continued to grow. During this time Soroptimists sent care packages to soldiers through Vietnam Operation Shop. A new building for the Alhambra Day Nursery was also completed with funds raised from donors and a highly successful carnival.
The 70s brought forth our empowerment=education and training through the new Women Opportunity Awards. These awards were given to women who were the sole financial support of the families. Soroptimists also worked with domestic violence and human trafficking victims. In 1973, Soroptimist International of the Americas held their 50th Jubilee in Oakland.
Locally, we held SIA's Convention in LA and supported the First Women's Marathon during the 1984 Olympics!
A literacy program to encourage teen mothers to read to their children and support the purchase of books for students was formed in the 90s. Soroptimists also began the 'Baby Think It Over' program to help teens become aware of what its like to have a baby. The club also donated to the American Red Cross, West San Gabriel YMCA, Family Counseling Center, Haven House, La Casa Community Center, and Laubach Literacy Center.
Over the last 20s years, the Club's focus has shifted to our Dream Programs. Live Your Dream once called the Women's Opportunity Award/TAP became the main program of Soroptimist International. Soroptimist also started Dream It, Be It Career Support for teen girls.
We are actively continuing to work in the community and with these impactful programs, including our own Veronica Thee Service Awards.