Welcome to Soroptimist International of Three Rivers (SI3R)! I am honored to be leading this passionate club into their seventeenth year of service. We have seen significant growth over the past year and now have 51 amazing women that have joined our cause of being women at our best, helping other women to be their best.
Although we are a smaller club, we significantly impact many local women and children in our community without or programs, committees, and awards. Our Club believes the best strategy is education. We have provided financial awards and scholarships to over sixty women. We have mentored hundreds of girls through Smart Girls and Dream It, Be It programs. We have supported local service agencies such as Support, Advocacy, and Resource Center (SARC), Domestic Violence Services, and CBC’s Women’s Resource Center. We have provided funds for GED testing, hearing aids, developmental assessments, and diapers. We participate in the Tri-Cities Coalition Against Trafficking (TC-CAT), a group made up of law enforcement, prosecuting attorneys, educational institutions, and social service agencies committed to assisting victims of human trafficking.
This year our club theme is “Going the Extra Mile.” Although I am an avid runner and will try to convince anyone willing to listen that it is fun, I promise you won’t have to lace up your running shoes. We will be actively living our theme this year by not only examining our current projects to ensure maximum impact, and we will additionally be developing some new committees to reach and significantly impact even more women. We will be developing a public relations committee to better build awareness of our club and resources we offer to the community. We will additionally be developing a legislative committee, in which we will examine current legislation and voice support for those that significantly impact women and children.
The Club meets on the fourth Thursday of every month at the CG Public House at 6PM. Guests are always welcomed, and we would love to have you learn more about us, our projects, and wonderful women that make up the SI3R family.
So the only question left is are you ready to “Go the Extra Mile” with us and start changing lives? If so, we look forward to seeing yon soon.
-Shannon Aiello, 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.
2019-2020 Board Members
Shannon Aiello, President
Mary Dover, President-Elect
Robin Varljen, Treasurer
Julie Erickson, Treasurer-Elect
Darla Johnson, Meeting Coordinator
Brandi Hilmes, Secretary
Georgia Bruce, Director #1
Marilyn "Picky" Heasley, Director #2
Our members are all-stars and are often involved in multiple community oriented organizations. SI3R recognizes these clubs, initiatives, and organizations as community partners