Soroptimist International of Eureka
Club Anniversaries

80 Years

Soroptimist International of Eureka marks its 80th year with a party!
(Article in the Times Standard 5/30/2018)

Soroptimist International of Eureka is celebrating
its eighth decade of service to the community this year.

“We are 80 years old and are still going strong by improving the lives of women and girls through programs leading to social and economic empowerment,” said Dyann O’Brien, Founder Region District V director and a member of Soroptimist International of Eureka. “We continue to recognize women and girls that have gone far and beyond with their volunteer activities in the community. We still give awards to women that are the primary financial support for their families to obtain the education necessary to improve their employment status.”
​      With the support of community members and businesses, the organization is also able to assist other local nonprofits and work to increase awareness of women’s issues, in addition to giving those scholarships to local women and girls. “In thanks and appreciation to our community, Soroptimist International of Eureka is hosting a birthday celebration to honor those that have supported and funded the programs that have allowed us to make a difference in the lives of women and girls in our community, said Soroptimist International of Eureka President Crystal Hull.
       The celebration — which is open to the public — takes place June 8 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Eureka Woman’s Club, 1531 J St. in Eureka. The event will include several tables of memorabilia, a door prize, an installation of the new board of directors, as well as refreshments and birthday cake. People who plan to attend are asked, in lieu of gifts, to bring a cake mix and/or frosting to donate.
In honor of the club’s birthday, Soroptimist International of Eureka recently donated 40 birthday cake kits to Food for People, the food bank for Humboldt County. Soroptimist members will be collecting more cake mix and/or frosting at the June 8 event so they can make another donation.
     “For many years,” O’Brien said, “one of our club’s service projects (has been) creating ‘birthday bags’ for Food for People. This birthday bag contains a cake mix, frosting, cake pan, birthday card, candles, birthday decorations, plates and small gift. When a family is in need of food from Food for People, if there is a child’s birthday soon, they get a birthday bag. No child should go without a birthday celebration.”
She added: “The items collected from the birthday party will be added to our other items to make a complete bag.”
     The first Soroptimist club was formed in 1921 in Oakland by a group of 80 women. Today, Soroptimist is a global volunteer organization, with 74,000 members in over 121 countries and territories, all working to improve the lives of women and girls through programs leading to social and economic empowerment.
“Soroptimist is the oldest and largest women’s service organization in the world,” O’Brien said. “We all are changing lives by helping people while having fun.”
Soroptimist International of Eureka — one of 1,275 clubs in North and South America — began serving the community in 1938 after a group of Soroptimist members from Alameda County traveled to Humboldt County to offer a training session. Over the years, many things have remained the same for the organization, though several things have changed. Up until about 20 years ago, for instance, only women in business could be a member and there could not be two of the same business types in a club, O’Brien said.
     “Times have changed — anyone can be a Soroptimist today as long as they pay their dues and contribute some way in leadership, fundraising, service projects and/or any special event,” she said.
O’Brien added: “Back in the day, they would ask members to bring one pound of flour and/or one pound of rice to a meeting to give to charity. Over the years, our club has raised more money than ever to support women and girls … We have come up with more creative ways to raise money by hosting spaghetti dinners and raffles, runway fashion shows, women health fairs, craft shows and street fairs and too many more to list.”

To mark the club’s 80th birthday, Soroptimist International of Eureka members have also put together a display of memorabilia that’s featured this month in the Community Case at the Clarke Historical Museum, 240 E St. in Eureka.

75 Years

Soroptimst International of Eureka celebrates its 75 Birthday!
Advertisement in the Times Standard, June 2018.
Members celebrating SI/Eureka's 75th Birthday!
Humboldt County Supervisors Virginia Bass & Rex Bohn present a Certificate of Recognition to President Crystal Hull and District V Director Kris Chorbi commemorating SI/Eureka's 75th Birthday. 






President Crystal Hull proudly accepting the proclamation.
The 75th Birthday Celebration was held at the Warfinger Building. 
Long time member Kate Burns and Ann Jadro Bettiga. SI/Eureka presented Kate with a donation to her Laurel Society membership in honor of her many years of service to our club. 
The 75th Birthday Proclamation recognizes the clubs in Humboldt County that were chartered by SI/Eureka.  





This club banner has been proudly displayed at our club meetings for many years. 
President Crystal Hull and Vice-President Dyann O'Brien, who was a major organizing force of the event. 
Thank you Dyann from the members of SI/Eureka.

​​SI/Crescent City, SI/McKinleyville, SI/Arcata, SI/Humboldt Bay,  SI/Eel River Valley & SI/Crescent City, all chartered by SI/Eureka,  participated in the event with historical displays as well.

60 Years

​Eureka Soroptimist looks back over decades!
Photo - From Soroptimist decades past, here is the 1971 installation of club officers, including (left to right) Marianne Gay, Shirley Hetz, Barbara Wyckoff, Violet Richardson Ward (who was the first president of the original club), Bobbie Alexander, Beulah Hopson, Helen Parley and Helen Reid.
(The following was an article in the Times Standard.)
EUREKA - Soroptimist International of Eureka is celebrating 60 years of  service to the community.
     The charter for the Soroptimist Club of Humboldt Count was presented to 15 women at the Eureka Inn on May 28, 1938. The group was inspired by May Pettengill and was sponsored by the regional board of the Southwestern Region. Today, Soroptimist International of Eureka continues to meet at the  Eureka Inn, reports spokeswoman Elaine Reed.
     The most successful fundraising events for many years were sponsored jointly with Daly's; fish frys at Redwood Acres after the Rhododendron Parade, and corned beef and cabbage dinners in March. At one time, members also made stuffed kangaroos to purchase a Wallaby for the Sequoia Zoo. Now, Soroptimist sponsors a popular spaghetti dinner. The club also purchased a heifer, which was sent to Korea in 1971 to assist in food production, a large swing set for Sequoia Park in 1955, exercise equipment for the Alzheimer's Day Treatment Center and has given a donation to the Humboldt County Library, marked by a brass plaque on one of the windows overlooking the marina.
     Many donations have also been made to the Rape Crisis Center, Humboldt Women for Shelter, Eureka High School's Teen Parent Program, and the Redwood Discovery Museum.  From 1946 to '48, the Southwestern Region and the member clubs purchases 49 acres of redwoods north f Orick in conjunction with the Save the Redwood League. In 1958, the first of the region's annual Memorial Grove services were held where the names of Soroptimist members who have dies in the past year are added to scrolls in the marker.
The Soroptimist Club of Humboldt chartered many of the existing clubs, including Crescent City and Arcata in 1954, the Redwoods in 1980, Eel River Valley and Humboldt Bay in 1982 and McKinleyville in 1997.