A global volunteer organization working to improve the lives of women and girls through programs leading to social and economic empowerment.
Soroptimist Vision & Mission
Women and girls have the resources and opportunities to reach their full potential and live their dreams.
Soroptimist improves the lives of women and girls through programs leading to social and economic empowerment.
Soroptimist International of the Americas is committed to:
- Gender Equality: Women and girls live free from discrimination.
- Empowerment: Women and girls are free to act in their own best interest.
- Education: 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.
Programs We Support
A multi-dimensional approach to end sex trafficking including raising awareness, assisting victims, preventing sexual slavery, and advocating for better laws and enforcement.
Working together, these women volunteers raise more than $200,000 each year for charitable projects making a difference for woman and girls, locally and all over the world.
The Thrift Haus
The Thrift Haus at the corner of Lupfer and First in Whitefish, Montana is the financial engine that fuels most of the contributions for our club.
With the generous donations from our community, we sort, stock and resell these gently used goods all with 100% volunteer power by our members.
Donations (clean and in good condition please!) may be dropped off at any time at the east door; signs will direct donors.
Since we’re a 501 C-3 nonprofit, donations are tax-deductible and we provide donation receipts upon request.
You read more about the history by reading The Little Thrift Haus That Could.
HOURS: Wednesday - Friday, 12-5 | Saturday, 12-4
LOCATION: 303 E 1st St, Whitefish, MT 59937
Whitefish Soroptimists International presented $36,000.00 in scholarship and grant money to Flathead area students at a lovely Recognition Dinner and Ice Cream Bar on April 22nd, 2019. Both award categories listed were increased from previous years to benefit more students with career goals in service to others.
The Soroptimist “Live Your Dream” awards - provide cash grants to women who are working to better their lives through additional schooling and skills training. Eligible women are the primary financial providers for themselves and their dependents and are attending an undergraduate degree program or a vocational skills training program.
Memorial Scholarships - To High School Senior boys and girls; awards are based on academic achievements, financial need and career goals in service to others. This year we have expanded the program considerably to include all five area high schools.
Dear Whitefish Soroptimists,
I would first like to say thank you of course for the scholarship you have awarded me. But, I really have so much more to be thankful to you all for. Thank you for aiding in allowing me to be the first in my family to go to college. Thank you for showing me the importance of women’s strength. Thank you for making me one step closer to my dreams and goals ahead. Because of you all, I am able to attend the amazing college I have chosen, Carroll College in Helena, MT. I will be on the cheer team and cheer on the “Fighting Saints”, just as you all are cheering me on in your generosity. All of you showed me just how kind and generous the Soroptimist group is at the dinner you hosted. I aim to be like all of you when I become a veterinarian and can help people and their pets. I will be the strong, goal seeking and dream-achieving woman I know I can be. So once again, thank you. Your kindness has changed my life forever.
With deep sincerity,
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- President - Jen Fugatt
- President Elect - Bonnie Baker
- Vice President - Sherry Mayeaux
- Treasurer - Diane Yarus
- Assistant Treasurer - Mary Drew Powers
- Secretary - Dawn Cope
● April 25-28 NWR Conference.
● June 10 - 6:00 pm End Of Year Business & Dinner Meeting / Soroptimist Park