Welcome to Soroptimist International of Three Rivers. We are part of Soroptimist International, a global volunteer service organization for women who work for peace and to improve the lives of women and girls, in local communities and throughout the world. From our presence at the United Nations to the smallest club our members are dedicated to their projects and passionate in their commitments. I am truly honored to be a part of this organization, helping women in our community and on every continent.
The Soroptimist principles promote:
The advancement of the status of women.
High ethical standards.
Human rights for all.
Equality, development and peace, and
The advancement of international understanding, goodwill and peace.
We support these principles through local programs and strive to provide women and girls with access to the education and training they need to achieve economic empowerment. Club members work diligently to help young women transform their lives by achieving their educational goals through the Smart Girls, Dream It, Be It and Live Your Dreams programs. Our members participate in working with law enforcement, prosecutors, educators and social service organizations committed to stop human trafficking. Additionally, we partner with many service agencies to support victim advocacy: Support, Advocacy, Resource Center, Domestic Violence Services, UGM Women’s Shelter and CBC’s Women’s Resource Center. Since our club’s inception we have awarded scholarships to over 70 women. We provide funds for GED testing, hearing aids, developmental assessments, diapers, winter clothing and school supplies.
Building on the connectivity of our global organization our club theme this year is “United We are Powerful.” As an international organization we share common values with our counterparts around the world. We seek the same goals and we deal with similar issues. This year, due to COVID-19, all Soroptimist International clubs will face unique challenges. We must be innovative and steadfast in our resolve to continue helping as many women as possible. Working with one another, reaching out to other clubs, sharing ideas and resources, we will remain united and we will be a powerful force in our community.
We invite you to contact us, learn more about our projects, and meet the extraordinary women who make up the SI3R family.
Mary Dover, President
About Soroptimist International of Three Rivers
Soroptimist International of Three Rivers (SI3R) is a local club belonging to a worldwide volunteer organization that boasts more than 90,000 members in over 120 countries and territories. Our membership is comprised of women from Richland, WA and the surrounding area. We often work with our sister club, SIPK, whose membership includes women of the neighboring cities, Pasco and Kennewick.
The name Soroptimist means "best for women," and that's what we strive to be - an organization of women at their best, helping other women to be their best. As a volunteer organization of business and professional women, we feel uniquely qualified to help women and girls live their dreams. Our members are active in the Tri-Cities and many of them serve on the board or are members in several community-minded organizations. Their interests include but are not limited to: improving literacy, helping victims of domestic violence, advocating for environmental conservation, serving on anti-trafficking committees, fostering refugees, and volunteering through Rotary and Kiwanis.
Throughout history and still to this day, women throughout the world face obstacles solely because of their gender. They disproportionately suffer from poverty and discrimination. It is for this reason that Soroptimist International chooses to focus on the special challenges faced by women and girls.
Our signature programs, Live Your Dream and Dream It, Be It, seek to better the lives of women and girls through providing funding and education to those in need. To raise funds to support these programs, our club hosts two major annual fundraisers and we collect contributions from individual members. Donations from community members or organizations are also accepted. Each year, our finance committee allocates these funds to benefit mission-oriented projects as well as community-based needs. To learn more about our community projects, please visit our Projects page.
Our members are dedicated to our mission and have a genuine passion for empowering others. If you or anyone else that you know would like to join Soroptimist International of Three Rivers or donate to our causes, please visit our Join SI3R and Support SI3R pages.
Our members are all-stars and are often involved in multiple community oriented organizations. SI3R recognizes these clubs, initiatives, and organizations as community partners
2020-2021 Board Members
President: Mary Dover
President Elect: Mysti Meiers
Treasurer: Julie Erickson
Treasurer Elect: Candice Bluechel
Secretary: Jann Frye
Meeting Coordinator: Georgia Bruce
Director: Picky Heasley
Director: Carolyn Lawson