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.

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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” 

Past Presidents

Additional Information


1953-54 Thelma Zerbe
1954-55 Violet Bursell
1955-56 Helen Richardson
1956-57 Perle Leak
1957-58 Mary Lou Axtell
1958-59 Elsie Lafoe
1959-60 Elsie Lafoe
1960-61 Mary Joseph
1961-62 Kay Hoffner
1962-63 Margaret Galli
1963-64 Margaret Galli
1964-65 Delma Palagi
1965-66 Louise Brevoort
1966-67 Josephine Parrott
1967-68 Eloise Wooten
1968-69 Sylvia Besana
1969-70 Jenne Swanson
1970-71 Dorothy Kennedy
1971-72 Helen Harris
1972-73 Melba Erven
1973-74 Wanda Bonicelli
1974-75 Louise Brevoort
1975-76 Helen Harris
1976-77 Helen Greene
1977-78 Audrey Brown
1978-79 Genelle Nichols
1979-80 Charlotte Haney
1980-81 Charlotte Haney
1981-82 Lois Macy
1982-83 Sylvia Besana
1983-84 Joni Hendrickson
1984-85 Daisylee Ware
1985-86 Karen James
1986-87 Debiie Russell
1987-88 Marilyn Garnett
1988-89 Sylvia Besana
1989-90 Barbara Chilton
1990-91 Virginia Rush
1991-92 Diane Horton
1992-93 Sue Nickerson
1993-94 Sandee Alway
1994-95 Sandee Alway
1995-96 Sandy Fereira
1996-97 Tina Jeffries
1997-98 Catherine Wall
1998-99 Naaz Alikhan
1999-00 Carolyn Parkinson
2000-01 Karen Leavitt
2001-02 Marily Pratt
2002-03 Dianne Petry
2003-04 Beverly Barkhurst
2004-05 Sandra Shetler
2005-06 Dianne Bish
2006-07 Claudia Gamar-Heinlein
2007-08 Edith Hensley
2008-09 Kathy Smith
2009-10 Karen Leavitt
2010-11 Marilyn Garnett
2011-12 Sharon Sargent

2013-14  Linda Warn
2014-2015 Paulette Petrovich
2015-2016 Karen Leavitt

2016-2017 Kathy Smith

2017-2018 Sharon Robinson