Becoming A Member
Membership is by invitation. To qualify for membership of Soroptimist International a woman should be working in, recently retired from or embarking on a career in a profession or business, or in an occupation of comparable status or responsibility.
Benefits of Membership
Membership leads to involvement with a wide range of women. Members may:
- Attend activities in other clubs, meeting other Soroptimists, making new friends, and exchanging ideas.
- When travelling, link into clubs in other countries and communities.
- Attend Region activities.
- Increase awareness of the mechanisms of Soroptimism.
- Attend SWP Biennial Federation Conference, or Quadrennial International Conventions to meet women from many fields and of all nationalities.
- Participate in exchange visits with clubs in other countries.
Obligations of Membership
Members are required to attend the club’s business meetings and social functions – a club must hold at least 15 meetings a year, 10 of which shall be business meetings.
It is recommended that members:
- Serve on the various sub-committees.
- Be prepared to take office at Club, Region or Federation.
- Pay annual subscriptions by the due date.
- Participate in the service work of the club.
Members are expected to attend club meetings. However, if unable to attend, an apology should be submitted to the club secretary by the specified date. If not received, non-attendance may mean that costs are incurred by the member. If a long absence from the club is anticipated, (e.g. annual leave, business trip), ‘leave of absence’ can be sought for that period.
Honorary Life Members are Soroptimists who have been honoured by their Club or Region for their contribution to Soroptimism. They retain their full membership responsibilities and rights. On their behalf, the club is obliged to pay their capitation fees to Federation and Region.
Transferring Club or Attached Membership
When moving to a new location a member may transfer to a closer club or if there is no club near the new location, the member may remain attached to her original club.
Become A Friend Of a Soroptimist International Club
If you are interested in helping our Soroptimist International club but do not have the time to be a full member then you can still help us by:
- Donating gifts-in-kind (new) to our community projects.
- Financial donations. Note: We are not a registered charity however all donations go direct to our projects.
- Helping at events.
- Supporting our events