About Us


Soroptimist means “best for women” and that’s what the organization strives to achieve. Soroptimists are women at their best, working to help other women to be their best.

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

Soroptimists in Soroptimist International of The Sierras local club are residents of the Eastern Madera County ~ Oakhurst Area which includes Ahwahnee, Bass Lake, Coarsegold, Oakhurst and North Fork.  Oakhurst is located at the South Gates of Yosemite National Park in Central California.

Joelle Leder Photography © 2011
Photos by Joelle Leder Photography

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Our local club is in the Sierra Pacific Region which includes over 32+ clubs and over 800 members located in Central California from the coast to the valley from San Francisco to San Luis Obispo from Los Banos, Ceres, Clovis, Kerman, Merced, Modesto, Patterson, Taft to Carmel to Twain Harte and Mariposa.  In addition to providing women and girls with access to an education, these clubs and our members also participate in the global organization-wide programs.

Here is a video that was shown from our District Directors at our May 2021 virtual conference – It shows all of our clubs locations, current Presidents as well as highlights clubs projects from this pandemic year in our Sierra Pacific Region -> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A7BDHtkDQ4Y  AND our Oakhurst Talking Bear made an appearance! 

Photo below is from the 2016 Soroptimist International of the Americas Convention in Orlando, Florida, this photo is featuring our region members.


Soroptimist International of the Americas has 30,000 members and is one of the four federations in Soroptimist International and has nearly 1,300 clubs in 20 countries and territories (Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Guam, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Northern Mariana Islands, Palau, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Puerto Rico, Taiwan, United States of America, Venezuela) who work to improve the lives of women and girls. Soroptimist clubs receive assistance in their volunteer efforts by participating locally in programs developed and sponsored by the Soroptimist organization.

Message from Soroptimist International of The America’s 2017-2018 President Dawn Marie Lemonds


Soroptimist International has almost 80,000 Soroptimists in about 132 countries and territories contribute time and financial support to community–based and international projects that benefit women and girls.