Soroptimist Int'l
of Schenectady
PO Box 9303
Schenectady, NY 12309

Soroptimist of Schenectady is part of the world’s largest women’s classified service organization, Soroptimist International.

Our organization's mission is to improve the lives of women and girls by programs leading to social and economic empowerment. The word Soroptimist is formed from the Latin soror and optima meaning best for women.

Soroptimist Goals and Objectives

  • to maintain high ethical standards in business, professions, and all aspects of life
  • to strive for human rights for all people and in particular, to advance the status of women
  • to develop a spirit of friendship and unity among Soroptimists of all countries
  • to motivate the spirit of service and human understanding
  • to contribute to international understanding and universal friendship.

Soroptimists are encouraged to use the three-pronged approach to attain Goals:

  • Awareness
    Increased member knowledge through study sessions, seminars, conferences, speakers and discussion groups
  • Advocacy
    Making the Soroptimist position known through statements or personal presentation to councils, legislative bodies, commissions or other decision-making groups
  • Action
    Undertaking projects, either alone or in cooperation with other like-minded groups, that will lead to improved conditions.

Soroptimist International of Schenectady is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization.