Our Club Meets Every Monday at Round Table Pizza, 370 Elm Ave, Auburn, CA at 12:00.
Established in 1949 Sierra Nevada Region Club# 116702 Tax ID# 94-6174153
How We Came to Be & Where We Are Now Soroptimist International of Auburn was chartered by Soroptimist International of Placerville on April 28, 1949. The chartering ceremony was held at the Auburn Hotel and there were 48 charter members inducted. Mary G. Bradbury was the Charter President and her board included Beth Lukens, Vice President; Madge Cross, Secretary; Leah Carlisle, Treasurer; Edna R. Hollenbeck, Auditor; and Dorothy E. Orzalli and Edna McCarthy, Directors.Our first meeting was attended by 51 members and 119 guests.
From 1949 to 1976 Soroptimist International of Auburn was a member of the Southwestern Region and we are currently one of 60 clubs in the Sierra Nevada Region.
In 1981 we chartered a second club in Auburn—Soroptimist International of Historic Auburn. Our combined membership is currently approaching 55 members.
Past Projects & Fundraising Over the years, Soroptimist International of Auburn has been an active club both in the area of fundraising and community support.
Under the management of Kathro Frank, the club raised funds by hosting an annual breakfast. This fundraiser continued from 1954 through the mid 1990s and was our main fundraiser. Under the leadership of President Beth Lukens, the club organized a project through which we purchased medical equipment and loaned wheel chairs and other medical equipment to anyone needing these items. In 1960 we began the Silver Tape project on Lincoln Way to raise funds for the American Field Service.
Soroptimist International of Auburn was very involved in spearheading the drive to establish a local hospital. Through our efforts, the efforts of the community and a group of dedicated local physicians, Auburn Faith Hospital (now Sutter Auburn Faith) was established. Over the years we have continued to be actively involved in the purchase of hospital equipment, partnering with Rotary in the purchase of an incubator and recently donating $1,000 towards an anesthesia machine for the birthing center.
Several local fire jurisdictions have been the recipient of donations from our club through the purchase of waterproof salvage covers, turnout coats, a line gun and a smoke ejector. The Auburn Volunteer Fire Department was the recipient of a winch and cable in memory of Beth Lukens as well as a portable resuscitator. A resuscitator was also donated to the Foresthill Safety Club.
Notable Auburn Soroptimists Our club is a vital and active group of professional women who in addition to their Soroptimist commitments, serve their community in many other ways as well. Many of our members have gone on to serve the Soroptimist organization at the region and federation level.
Annabell McCord, a member of SI Auburn since 1958, has served several terms as Mayor of Auburn and has been a local Planning Commissioner. Annabell held the offices of District Secretary, District Director and Region Parliamentarian
Marion Glover, a charter member of SI Rocklin/Loomis and now a member of SI Auburn, has served as District Secretary, District Director, Region Governor and was a member of the Federation Foundation, two years as president.
Harriet White, was elected Placer County Supervisor
Sharon Rolph, District Director
Kathy Sands, Past Mayor of Auburn
Kay Whitaker, past District Director and Past Region Governor Elect
Jeanette Yetka, Region Secretary
Cheryl Maki, Past Mayor of Auburn and Winner of the McCann Award
Norma Harris, Winner of the McCann Award, past president Auburn Chamber of Commerce
Gloria Cavenee, Winner of the McCann Award
We can proudly say we have served our community and the world in many different aspects!