Why only two meetings?
Historically, Soroptimist Clubs met weekly, but many clubs are finding that in order to retain membership they needed to re-think this approach. Business women who are community-oriented, both locally and globally, usually have a lot on their plate--we need you, so we changed our meeting strategy.
What is the actual cost of membership?
Dues are currently $150/year, payable in June. Meals at meetings range from $15-$20, not including beverage. We do have a service fee option if you choose not to dine ($5) to offset the cost of our venue. Attendance at District Meetings, Conferences and Conventions can be expensive--from $40 to $400 not including travel, accommodation or meals, but these events, while they add to your Soroptimist experience, are voluntary. (Most of us budget, budget, budget because we know they're fun!). We do not assess fines. Kick in a few "brag bucks" if you've got something interesting in your life to report! Donations are gratefully accepted and are tax deductible--we'll gladly accept what you have to offer: if that's time, Outstanding!; if it's a check, Great!; if its the donation of a service or an item for a raffle, We'll Take It!; if you have a special talent, We'll Use It! Give what you can--everything supports our cause!
How did we choose our name?
There are (2) other clubs in Auburn and we wanted something a little different. The American River is an integral part of this community and impacts all of our lives in one way or another--tourism, recreation, the ecology -- and it's just flat-out beautiful! Soroptimist flows through our lives, like the American River flows through our community.
What kind of time commitment do I need to give?
Meetings usually last about 2 hours, including a social 1/2 hour before the meeting starts. If you serve on the Board or on a committee, you may spend another 3-5 hours a month dedicated to Soroptimist. We currently fundraise through a single large-scale fundraiser each year. There will be other small fundraisers, public awareness functions or hands-on volunteer opportunities. You don't have to commit to everything. We try to offer a good mix of formal meetings and social activities, but we know that your time is precious--give us what you can, we'll spend your time wisely.
Where does our money go?
How we spend our money is decided by our members--most is directed towards women and girls, but we understand that other local donations help to make us a part of the community that supports us. Even though Soroptimist is an international organization, the majority of the money that we raise in the community stays in the community. Soroptimist understands that local projects are where impacts are felt. We do contribute to projects with a wider reach, both nationally and and they are all focused on women and girls, empowering them to improve their lives.
What are the benefits of membership?
The benefits of Soroptimist membership are varied and are tied to your level of involvement. The "biggies" are a sense of giving back, knowing you are helping others, business networking, social interaction with like-minded women, travel opportunities, a global perspective at the ground level of women's issues and professional development. But there's so much more. . .
Are there attendance requirements?
No, there isn't a minimum number of meetings you need to attend, but to get the most from your Soroptimist investiment, attendance is encouraged. We understand that life comes first.
Do I have to pay even though I don't eat a meal?
Yes. Even though you are not eating, there is still an expense to our venue associated with your attendance and a $5 service fee is charged. We want to take care of our host restaurant--we appreciate how hard it is to own a business, especially in these economic times. We have tried to accommodate varied dietary needs whether you be carnivore or herbivore and we're working on "gluten-free".