Our Programs

Dress a Girl


Dress a Girl Around the World is a project to provide girls ages 3-14 with a simple dress and a pair of panties. We are told by volunteers and missionaries that predators stay away from girls who are dressed because it signifies in the underdeveloped areas of the world that these girls are cared for.

We hope that by sending dresses to established locations where the girls can be monitored we will be able to see changes in the girls lives. More self-esteem and being less victimized are the changes we hope for.

SIR has sent hundreds of dressed to various parts of the world.   The project meets the Soroptimist International goals and objectives by reducing human trafficking and abuse.

Our service committee organizes the workshops where we cut materials and assemble dress kits for members to take home and sew. The committee also supervises the purchase of panties.

If you or someone you know will be going to an underdeveloped country and would like to deliver some of our dresses, please get in contact with our group! 



 In early 2008 Soroptimist International of Roseville started their "From SIR with Love" project. The SIR stands for the club's name. The project consists of providing tote bags filled with a change of clothing and toiletry items to victims of sexual assault in Placer County. SIR members work with Placer County's Sexual Assault Response Team (SART). They realized this need after meeting with SART representatives who explained the difficulty of a post-assault medical examination and that victims have to submit their clothing as forensic evidence. The victims must then wear whatever clothing the medical facility has available. These are usually ill-fitting and unsightly. Also, the medical facilities don't provide toiletry items so the victims can clean up before going back home. This project specifically meets the goals of the Soroptimist organization of improving the life of women and girls.

There are over 100 victims of sexual assault examined in hospitals in our county every year. The average age of these victims is 20 years old. Statistics show us that one in three women will be sexually assaulted during her lifetime and according to SART "rape is a fast growing violent crime throughout this country, but it is the least reported crime -- only 20-30 percent of all victims report their assault to law enforcement". Both the fast growing nature and viciousness of sexual assaults dictate that a service provided to victims to lessen the overall trauma and begin the healing process is necessary and will continue to be necessary.

The impact on the victims of sexual assault will be to make them feel like they are not alone at such a difficult time and that someone - even a stranger- cares about them and is anticipating their most basic needs. The items provided will also make them feel less self-conscious leaving the medical facility if they have products to clean up and clothing that fits properly. The bags are designed to allow the victims to leave the hospital with the healing process already begun.

The SIR members assemble the tote bags either after meetings or in teams of 7-8 at a members home on a quarterly bases. They are delivered to the Peace for Families office in Roseville who act as a liaison to SART. Peace for Families has trained volunteers who meet the victims at the hospital. They are called victim advocates and they bring the bags with them to the hospital. A bag is given to each woman or girl in an appropriate size. The bags have become part of the SART team tool kit to support the traumatized victims of our area.

Soroptimist members put together SART bags

On the exterior of the tote bag is a card with words of comfort and encouragement of the victims. S.I.R. members want the victims to know that they care about them.

Scholarships and Awards


Through scholarships and awards SIR helps young women reach their dreams.

"Live Your Dream Education and Training Award"


“Ruby Award” 

"Thelma Zerbe Scholarship"

“Violet Richardson Memorial Award” 

Committee Chairs 2018-2019

Past Presidents

2019-2020 Kathy Maguire

2018-2019 Anne Todhunter

2017-2018 Sharon Robinson

2016-2017 Kathy Smith

2015-2016 Karen Leavitt

2014-2015 Paulette Petrovich

2013-2014 Linda Warn

2011-2013 Sharon Sargent

2010-2011 Marilyn Garnett

2009-2010 Karen Leavitt

2008-2009 Kathy Smith

2007-2008 Edith Hensley

2006-2007 Claudia Gamar-Heinlein

2005-2006 Dianne Bish

2004-2005 Sandra Shetler

2003-2004 Beverly Barkhurst

2002-2003 Dianne Petry

2001-2002 Marilyn Pratt

2000-2001 Karen Leavitt

1999-2000 Carolyn Parkinson

1998-1999 Naaz Alikhan

1997-1998 Catherine Wall

1996-1997 Tina Jeffries

1995-1996 Sandy Fereira

1994-1995 Sandy Alway

1993-1994 Sandy Alway

1992-1993 Sue Nickerson

1991-1992 Diane Horton

1990-1991 Virginia Rush

1989-1990Barbara Chilton

1988-1989 Sylvia Besana

1987-1988 Marilyn Garnett

1986-1987 Debbie Russell

1985-1986 Karen James

1984-1985 Daisylee Ware

1983-1984 Joni Hendrickson

1982-1983 Sylvia Besana

1981-1982 Lois Macy

1980-1981 Charlotte Haney

1979-1980 Charlotte Haney

1978-1979 Genelle Nichols

1977-1978 Audrey Brown

1976-1977 Helen Greene

1975-1976 Helen Harris

1974-1975 Louise Brevoort

1973-1974 Wanda Bonicelli

1972-1973 Melba Erven

1971-1972 Helen Harris

1970-1971 Dorothy Kennedy

1969-1970 Jenne Swanson

1968-1969 Sylvia Besana

1967-1968 Eloise Wooten

1966-1967 Josephine Parrott

1965-1966 Louise Brevoort

1964-1965 Delma Palagi

1963-1964 Margaret Galli

1962-1963 Margaret Galli

1961-1962 Kay Hoffner

1960-1961 Mary Joseph

1959-1960 Elsie Lafoe

1958-1959 Elsie Lafoe

1957-1958 Mary Lou Axtell

1956-1957 Perle Leak

1955-1956 Helen Richardson

1954-1955 Violet Bursell

1953-1954 Thelma Zerbe