VISTA, California, August 27, 2023–Seven members of Soroptimist International (SI) of Vista and North County Inland attended the Soroptimist International quadrennial International Convention in Dublin, Ireland during the last week in July.
The women had the opportunity to share ideas and strategies and attend workshops with sister Soroptimists from around the world. Topics included: Good health and well-being — SI Africa Federation; Quality education – SI of the Americas; Gender equality — SI Europe; Women leading the way on climate change — SI Southeast Asia Pacific. Over 1,700 Soroptimists attended the Convention.
Founded in 1921, Soroptimist International is a global women’s volunteer movement with a network of around 66,000 club members in 120 countries. Advocating for human rights and gender equality, at the heart of Soroptimist International’s advocacy is its work across seven UN Centers, where its UN representatives ensure that the voices of women and girls are heard. Soroptimist members around the world work on grassroots projects that help women and girls achieve their individual and collective potential, realize aspirations, and have an equal voice in their communities.
The rebranding of the SI emblem was unveiled, showcasing the development and growth of the organisation, which is reflected in the new branding. Chris Gooch, the designer of the new emblem, shared his thought process behind the new design, illustrating how it captures SI’s message.
Soroptimist members from the Vista club who attended the Dublin Convention included (l-r in photo ): Jennifer Luz-Olson, Thoralinda Soyland, Karen Thompson, Runa Gunnars, Elizabeth Freed and Sherry Luz. Also present but not in photo was Pat Origlieri.
ABOVE l-r: Desert Coast Region Governor Pat Whitacre and SI Vista member Pat Origlieri at the SI Convention Banquet in Dublin, Ireland in July.
BELOW l-r: Mother-Daughter Soroptimists Jennifer Luz-Olson and Sherry Luz at the Dublin Gala.