Photos above show our local Soroptimist delegates at the United Nations in New York City; co-sponsoring Candidates Forum; fashion show models; lobster sales; Relay for Life; Pauline Stuber giving a scholarship check to recipient; a hands-on activity at the North Bay Science Discovery Day; and Judy Montero receiving the special Shining Star award.
Soroptimist International of Novato, chartered in 1973, is a club of over 35 local women with a nice variety of backgrounds. The club works most of the year raising funds, which includes our well recognized annual fashion show gala, candy sales, and lobster sales.
Disbursing the funds to support our mission is a big part of our work. Most of our funds go directly to helping women and girls in our own community through scholarships, awards, and special gifts. The members are especially proud of the Live Your Dream, Violet Richardson Award, Pauline Stuber STEM Scholarship, and the many high school scholarships.
Other awards are provided to organizations that fit within our Soroptimist mission, such as the North Marin Community Services for gym and playground equipment; the North Bay Science Discovery Day, which is a free event to get kids, especially girls and minorities, excited about STEM careers; and the Gilead House, which is a transitional shelter for women and children.
The club supports community events such as Relay for Life, and it works closely with the southern Marin club on issues of Human Trafficking; Dream It, Be It; and the "e-luminate" (formerly Sounding Board) TV programs.