Membership in a Club is based upon
eligibility as provided in the bylaws of SILB and
the Soroptimist International Constitution.
A person is eligible for membership
according to the following criteria and categories:
1. Regular: lives or works within the region of
the Club and is engaged in a profession or
business or in an occupation of comparable
status or responsibilities.
2. Retired/Unemployed: Recently retired from
or temporarily or permanently out of work
from a profession, business, or an
occupation of comparable status or
responsibilities as those of a person working
in a profession or business
3. Embarking: Embarking on a career in a
profession, business, or an occupation of
comparable status or responsibilities to those
of a person working in a profession or
4. Life: Those who have fifteen years of
continuous membership participation as of
1997. Life Membership is no longer offered.
Each member is classified. The
classification governs the principal and
recognized activity of the firm, company,
governmental entity, or institution with which
such individual is connected. If ndependently
engaged in a business or profession, the
classification is that which covers the principal
and recognized business or professional activity.
Each Club maintains a classified membership
which is representative of the diversity of
occupations and classifications in its community.
Eligibility questions: Is the prospective
member generally recognized within the
community as a leading representative of a
business or profession? Is the personal and
business reputation of the prospective member
one of integrity and good relations with others?
Any member may present for
membership in the Club an individual considered
eligible for membership. Such proposal shall be
submitted on a form approved by the Club, to the
Member Services Committee, which shall verify eligibility, determine classification, and assign a
classification number. With the approval of the Board of Directors and based upon eligibility, the
Member Services Committee shall be directed by
the President to extend an invitation to
membership to the proposed member. The new
member shall be enrolled upon receipt of the
New Member Enrollment Form and payment of
all required fees and dues.
New members will pay at the door until the
beginning of the next quarter after induction. Sept-
Dec, Jan-Mar and Apr-June.
Members on a leave of absence will not be billed
1. MEMBERSHIP OBLIGATIONS
The following overview identifies the
general and financial obligations of all members
who wish to maintain annual membership. All
regular members will be billed in advance on a
quarterly basis for three meals per month with one
meal per month to be unexcused. Members will
not be charged for the two additional monthly
meals if they “signed out” or notified the
attendance committee members by Monday noon
preceding the Wednesday club meeting. Meals
are billed in advance and credit for excused meals
will be given the following quarter.
a. Current life members may pay for meals at the
door. There is no longer a life status; this privilege
is only for current life members.
b. Retired members may request to pay at the
door. You must submit a written request, be
retired and have been a member for 10 years.
c. Regular members may request to pay at the
door if they are unable to attend meetings on a
regular basis. For this privilege you must submit a
written request and have been a member for 15
years. Request must be submitted in writing to the
President and granted by the Board.
2. GENERAL OBLIGATIONS
• Members must pay for one meal per month.
• Members must pay for one ticket or make a
cash donation for the equivalent of one
ticket to the club’s major fundraisers (i.e.
Fall Fundraiser or Women Who Make A Difference Luncheon.)
• Members must pay annual dues
• Wear your Soroptimist pin on the left,
above your heart, and your name badge on
• Actively serve on a major committee, and
an event committee (i.e. Fall Fundraiser or
Women Who Make a Difference as an
• Donate clean, used clothes and
accessories for "Shopping with Soroptimist"
at least once a year.
• Participate in new member recruitment.
- Donate new items and/or solicit items for
- Encourage attendance at Soroptimist
events by purchasing or selling tickets to
friends, family, and colleagues.
- Pay fines ($.50-$1.00 per meeting)
- Buy Opportunity Drawing tickets
($1.00 per ticket per meeting)
- Pay birthday fines (donated to the general
fund) $.50 per year on your birthday
years old = $20.00)
- Buy and/or sell ads for the Women Who
Make a Difference Luncheon program
- Replacement pins and name badges must
be paid for by the member
- Pay a fine (any amount), when announcing
a job promotion, engagement, birth of a
child or grandchild, etc.
- Recognize others through the Memorial &
Attend regional or federation meetings (cost varies and may be paid by the Club).
The fiscal year of SILB is July 1 to June 30;
therefore, all local dues, assessments, payments
for federation dues are due to the Club treasurer
by May 1.
The total amount of Club dues and all other
Club assessments must be PAID IN FULL by
June 30 as dues must be paid to federation on
New members shall be enrolled upon receipt
of the New Member Enrollment Form and payment
of all fees and dues required at the time of
New member dues are prorated as follows:
Sept – December $150
Jan – March $ 80
April – June $ 62
(covers SIA & CRR dues only)
Any member who fails to meet the financial
obligations by June 30 shall be terminated from
the Club membership. Membership may be
reinstated upon payment of all financial
obligations, plus a $25 reinstatement fee.