Welcome to Soroptimist International

A global volunteer organization working to improve the lives of women and girls through programs leading to social and economic empowerment.

Throughout history, and still to this day, women throughout the world face obstacles solely because of their gender. They disproportionally suffer from poverty and discrimination. It’s for this reason that Soroptimist International chooses to focus on the special challenges facing women and girls.


Chartered on June 27, 1981, Soroptimist International of Oak Harbor is part of an international organization whose mission is to provide women and girls with access to the education and training they need to achieve economic empowerment. From grants that help women realize their dreams, and career education for teens, to providing mammograms and heart screening to women without insurance or resources, our members are committed to making a difference in our community.


Our name Soroptimist is a coined Latin word meaning “best for women,” and that’s what our club strives to achieve. Soroptimists are women at their best working to help other women to be their best. We believe in dreams and the collective power of working together to achieve them. When women and girls dare to dream, amazing things can happen. They move forward with courage to do great things for themselves, their families, communities and the world.


Our Core Values include: Gender Equality – women and girls live free from discrimination; Empowerment – women and girls are free to act in their own best interest; Education – women and girls deserve to lead full and productive lives through access to education; Diversity & Fellowship – women from varied backgrounds and perspectives work together to improve the lives of women and girls.


Soroptimist membership celebrates the unique power of women. It’s a gift that women give to themselves: the chance to help others in an atmosphere of support, friendship and fun. We invite you to explore membership with us.