About Us

Women at their best, working to help other
women to be their best.


 A Message from our President

Welcome to  the Raleigh Club of Soroptimist International! We are committed to transforming lives of women and girls and impacting communities through our Dream programs and other service projects.

Our Club was founded in 1987 by 22 phenomenal trendsetters who saw no limit to the vision of our global Soroptimist International organization: service to women and girls.  More than 30 years later, we pride ourselves by following in the footsteps of our founders, and we remain in the forefront of action as a voice for women and girls in need. 

We welcome you to explore our website as we proudly share who we are and the principals  for which we stand. 

I hope you enjoy your visit to our online “home” and come again.


Carolyn Skowron
President, Soroptimist International of Raleigh


Carolyn Skowron

Carolyn Skowron, President

Soroptimist was formed in 1921 in Oakland, California, at a time when women were not permitted to join service organizations. Our name, loosely translated from the Latin, means best for women. Soroptimist International has clubs in more than 120 countries throughout the world.  Soroptimist International of the Americas (SIA) is one of four federations that make up Soroptimist International.  Today, SIA has about 160,000 members and supporters in 21 countries and territories. Founded in 1987, Soroptimist International of Raleigh, NC is one of about 1,300 clubs under SIA.

Our Core Values

Gender Equality

Women and girls live free from discrimination.


Women and girls are free to act in their own best interest.


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.

Our Vision

Women and girls have the resources and opportunities to reach their full potential and live their dreams.

Our Mission

Soroptimist is a global volunteer organization that provides women and girls with access to the education and training they need to achieve economic empowerment.

Soroptimist International of the Americas Annual Report

Years of experience working with women and girls has taught the members of SIA that education is the key to unlocking economic empowerment for the world’s women and girls. When women and girls are educated, they have opportunity, choice and power to make healthy decisions for themselves and their families.  SIA’s infographic details the overall progress that has occurred in FY18/19.


Our Sponsors

Special thanks to our sponsors for believing in us and the women and girls we help.  


Our Club Meetings

With two exceptions (December and March) , Soroptimist International of Raleigh, NC meets on the second Tuesday of each month from September through May.  Meetings are typically held at 6:15pm at Dress for Success Raleigh, 1812 Tillery Place, Raleigh NC (off Capital Blvd,
inside the Beltline). Most meetings are open to guests.  


Our History

We have been serving Triangle women since 1987 in a variety of ways.


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