What is a Soroptimist?

We believe women are at their best working to help other women to be their best, embrace who they are,
define their future, and keep their dreams alive.

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 Latin, means
"Best for Women". Today we have over 100,000 members in 120 countries and territories.
Camas-Washougal Soroptimist club belongs to one of five federations that make up
Soroptimist International throughtout the world. 

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

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


Asheli Eldridge , is a "Live Your Dream Winner." While pursuing her bachelors degree in Project Management and Organizational Leadership from Arizona state University, she  is raising an eight-year-old daughter as a single parent and working full time to meet expenses. She expects to complete her degree by December, 2022, but she would like to avoid taking on a second job in order to maintain a life-work balance and have time to spend with her daughter.

   Dianne VanDyken is the winner  of our Award "Reach for Your Dream" Wife and mother to two youngsters,  her goal is to become a registered respiratory therapist. She has overcame low self-confidence and body images that lead to some unhealthy choices when she was younger.  Today she volunteers and has become a mentor to girls who have body-image issues. She says, “It is never too late to turn your life around.”

     Annabel Magana, is a  " Live Your Dream" winner.  Her educational  goal  is to become a preschool teacher. During high school, her family became homeless, but once she entered a homeless shelter she was able to improve her grades with credit recovery classes and graduate from high school on time. Her only source of income is from Social Security while she is enrolled at Clark College pursuing an associate’s degree in Early Childhood Education.

Ruby Lewis is the winner of our "Reach Your Dream Award ".She plans to earn her degree in Creative Media Digital Culture at Washington State University. A mother of one child  ,she herself was homelessness as a child, abused and has experience discrimination's as a black person.

She has published a book "Caged and Locked" a book about circumstantial depression. She does a blog about circumstantial depression, teaches art classes and developed a board  game to teach about Implied Bias.