History Moment: Soroptimist Founders Day

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Soroptimist celebrates Founders Day on October 3, which acknowledges the day in 1921 when the first club in Alameda County, California, called to order its first business meeting. Clubs celebrate the founding of the organization with activities to promote the organization and its early mission to “foster the ideal of service” through programs that now focus on improving the lives of women and girls in local communities and throughout the world.

The collection of “Founders Pennies”, an important Soroptimist tradition, is often linked to Founders Day. Each year, every Soroptimist is offered the opportunity to make a voluntary contribution of six pennies for each year of Soroptimist’s existence. These contributions directly fund SIA’s annual programs such as the Women’s Opportunity Awards, Soroptimist Club Grants, and the Violet Richardson Awards. The Founder Pennies tradition began in World War II as the Madame Noel Fund, which collected one penny for each year of Soroptimist’s existence, and used the money to help re-establish clubs in Europe that had disbanded as a result of pre-war political conditions and the war itself. After World War II, the fund was renamed the Founders Fund, and provided international fellowships, scholarships and other award to improve the status of women. Beginning in the 1960s, Founders Pennies provided funding for the Youth Citizenship Awards, and in 1972 the Women’s Opportunity Awards (then called the Training Awards Program.) Founders Pennies are now used to fund SIA’s programs that support Soroptimist’s mission to improve the lives of women and girls in local communities and throughout the world.

Harvey Relief Donations!

Soroptimist make a difference, and you can too!

Soroptimist International of Bidwell Rancho is sending donations to SI Alvin and SI Austin at this time of the disaster. Many of us want to help, but aren’t sure how. This is what we’ve heard from our club in Alvin:

“Thank you so much for your heartfelt message and offer of support. This storm has been huge and heartbreaking. This morning we were working to get support for the local shelter. That shelter is now being transported to another location. Since the rain just stopped this evening we are not sure we have a true plan of (how) our club will be able to assist our community. As soon as we have a plan I’ll let you know. Thank you again for your support.”

Right now, just getting them money for pillows, blankets, towels, toilet paper, trash bags, paper towels, hand sanitizer, paper plates, air mattresses, and water (items on their request list) will make a difference. Please donate today and add the notation “Harvey”. Donations may also be made by check, payable to SI Alvin or SI Austin, and mailed to HARVEY, C/O Soroptimist International of Bidwell Rancho, PO Box 9170, Chico, CA 95927.

Thank you  and please follow the “Make a Donation” Button below!

Want to join Us?


Soroptimist International of Bidwell Rancho is inviting prospective new Members to our Mixer on Tuesday, September 26th.2017 at Paneghetti’s Eatery,  1851 Esplanade, Chico, CA 95926
Learn about Soroptimist International and the work our club does.
Please send RSVP with your contact information by Sept 22nd, along with any questions to sibidwellrancho@soroptimist.net