Benefits of Joining SIBM

Member Testimonials


Who Belongs to Soroptimist?

We welcome all women of all ages and ethnic groups and cultures. Soroptimist International is a global network of volunteers working for the best for women.  We are committed to a world where women and girls achieve their individual and collective potential. We want them to realize their aspirations and have an equal voice in their communities worldwide.
SIBM membership encompasses women who are passionate about our mission, each other, and the community.  We enjoy working together to achieve our strategic goal of empowering women and girls by providing access to, and support of their educational objectives. Membership provides an enriching environment for women to develop friendships and to support each other while experiencing the satisfaction of their collective efforts to improve our community.

What is Soroptimist International of the Americas?

Soroptimist International of the Americas (SIA) is part of Soroptimist International – the world’s largest service organization for executive and professional women.  Soroptimist was founded in 1921 in Oakland, California.  Eighty women in professions that included medicine, laboratory technology, education and printing formed the first Soroptimist club to “foster the ideal of service”.

Soroptimist International comprises four federations, with over 82,000 members in 129 countries and territories throughout the world, with a seat at the United Nations.

With almost 50,000 members in 18 countries and territories, Soroptimist International of the Americas is the largest of the four federations.  The other three federations include Soroptimist International of Great Britain & Ireland,  Soroptimist International of Europe, and Soroptimist International of the South West Pacific

Where does SIBM meet?

The meeting place for SIBM is conveniently located on the Eastside. Usually in Redmond/Bellevue.  We meet the first Tuesday of every month for a business meeting. Starting at 6:00 p.m. We have numerous committee meetings throughout the month depending on your passion! 

How does SIBM accomplish its community service goals?

Using a three pronged approach (awareness, advocacy and action), Soroptimists identify the special needs of the community – be it big, industrial city or small rural town.  Soroptimists will establish projects that best address these specific needs.

Our primary service programs are:
  • Live  Your  Dream Award – cash awards to support women who are head of households in their continuing education
  • Working Wardrobe via YWCA in the Redmond facility
  • Sophia Way monthly dinner
  • Varying service projects in the community

Fund raising is an integral activity to the club’s success of helping women and girls.  The club holds various fund raising and hands-on projects throughout the year, for which all club members are expected to participate.

Cost of Membership

Membership is assessed on an annual bases of $175 and is tax deductible.