Our Passion is helping Women & Girls lead a better life!

The name Soroptimist means “best for women. 

That is what the organization strives to achieve. Soroptimists are women at their best, working to help other women be their best. Soroptimist members belong to local clubs, like ours, which deliver the "Dream Programs" of Soroptimist International of the Americas to their communities.

Our Signature Programs span all Soroptimist International Regions...

Live Your Dream Award...assisting women who provide the primary source of financial support for their families by giving them the resources they need to improve their education, skills and employment prospects ...along with many local projects such as renovating domestic violence shelters and providing mammograms to low-income women, to sponsoring self-esteem workshops for teenage girls.


April 16, 2018

Members of SI/Thunder Bay, ON, thank you! We know how hard you work to generate funds for programs that benefit women and girls. We are so grateful and honored you have elected to contribute a portion of those locally raised funds to Soroptimist’s global programming. Your gift of $500.00, made on April 16, 2018 is going to travel the world to change the life of a woman or girl who might speak a different language, but still is in equal need of help.  

A woman like Sandra, from Bolivia. The $15,000 she received in Live Your Dream Awards funding and the education and stability it made possible, thanks to clubs like SI of Thunder Bay, ON, once felt very far away.

Sandra was sent to live with her Uncle when she was six, after her father died and her mother became overwhelmed. There, she was beaten and food was withheld. Eventually she made her way back to her mother, who had taken on a new boyfriend. This man attempted to rape her multiple times, and his son succeeded. When Sandra’s mother learned of this, she kicked Sandra out of her home. Sandra grew older and met a seemingly kind man, who over time became violent, a drunk, and unfaithful. Sandra divorced him, and following this, one of her sons committed suicide.

Sandra has had a horrific life. What she dreamt of more than anything else in the world was normalcy. By contributing to Club Giving, you and your fellow members made dreams come true for women like Sandra, who is now on her way to graduating high school and becoming a chef so she can better provide a reliable income for her family. Thank you. 

I am sure that all the members of SI/Thunder Bay, ON want to know the change they make in a woman or girl’s life. Please share this story with them so they know that every club donation, or action they took to fundraise was well worth it. Additionally, with your generous gift, we are pleased to acknowledge you as a Dreamers contributor, with a total donation of $500.00 for the 2017-2018 Club Giving recognition period.

In recognition of your gift, we’ve attached a virtual sign of our appreciation to this email. The attached badge can be placed on your club’s website to distinguish your club for its outstanding support of women around the world.

To add the image to your website, save the badge to your desktop and upload it as you would a photo. If you have any questions, please contact the development department at headquarters.

On behalf of the many women and girls who will benefit this year from your Club Giving contribution, I’d like to again extend my thanks for your generosity.

In Soroptimist friendship,

Tracy Scala, Chair
Fundraising Council

P.S. SIA President Dawn Marie Lemonds has

continued to challenge each club to contribute

10% of their locally raised funds to support

SIA’s global work. If your gift represents at

least 10% of your local funds, please let us know

if you have not done so already by emailing siahq@soroptimist.org. Thank you so much for this extra dedication!


Dream It, Be It 

...career support for Girls (career opportunities, setting and achieving goals, overcoming obstacles to success and how to move forward after setbacks or failures, etc)


... and our Local Programs benefit women & girls in Thunder Bay & surround, directly