Friday, January 27, 2023

Contacting Sedro-Woolley's Soroptimist Club!

When you need to contact our club, please use our e'mail address or postal mailing address: 

    sisedro.woolley at

    (Please use the @ sign instead of the word "at" 

    with no spaces)

    PO Box 249, Sedro-Woolley WA  98284

You can also visit our very active Facebook page and leave a message! 

We will get back to you as soon as we can - we're always busy volunteering!

Wednesday, October 5, 2022

SI Sedro-Woolley welcomes you!

Soroptimist International of Sedro-Woolley is an active service club of dedicated women in Sedro-Woolley, Washington!  We work hard to support our community and raise money and awareness for women's pursuit of education and financial stability. 

Our club was chartered on June 17, 1949 by our sponsoring club, Seattle Metropolitan and we have been very busy these last 70+ years!  We are very proud of the support we are able to provide to local causes such as scholarships, food banks, city projects, and the community. 

Soroptimist International of the Americas' signature projects include:

1.  Live Your Dream Awards (for female heads of household furthering their education).   

2.  Dream It – Be It Career Support for Girls.  Our program with focus on girls’ education.

 3.  Big Goal of 2021-2031 to invest in the dreams of a half a million women and girls through access to education.

Join us in our adventure!  We are happy to share our fun!

We have a VERY ACTIVE Facebook page at:  

There you will find contact information, club information, and more news about Soroptimist around the region.  

Thank you for visiting!  We are always happy to see you!

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Celebrating our 70th!


Soroptimist International of Sedro-Woolley will celebrate 70 years at an anniversary event on Saturday, June 29th, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., at The Walnut Tree thrift shop, 713 Puget, in Sedro-Woolley.  Chartered on June 17, 1949, local Soroptimists have enjoyed service to the community and friendship through seven decades of changing American life.  The celebration will include refreshments, entertainment, and open hours for The Walnut Tree.  The public is invited.
Fund raising for local projects has always been at the forefront for Sedro-Woolley Soroptimists.  From fruitcake, rummage, and bake sales to “teas” and member donations, earning money is an important activity in any service club. 

In 1951 Soroptimists bought “Nightingale Units” for Memorial Hospital patient use, as well as raised $1000 in a community effort to add a new hospital wing.  Part of their fundraising effort was to place “milk bottles” in businesses in Sedro-Woolley and upriver to give each resident an opportunity to contribute to the hospital cause.  The Milk Bottle project netted $160, in a time when the new hospital addition was budgeted at $150,000.

Community work
Through the 70 years, Soroptimists have often sponsored community projects such as Girls State, dinners for Sedro-Woolley School District Faculty Women (Rotary fed the male faculty), a nurse’s career club at SWHS, Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, Camp Fire, brochures for the Chamber of Commerce, and scholarships for SWHS graduates. 

Projects supported in recent times include scholarships for graduating high school seniors, continuing education scholarships, United General Hospital Oncology Unit, Helping Hands Food Bank, Sedro-Woolley Boys and Girls Club, Cascade Middle School AVID program, Sedro-Woolley Public Library, Meals on Wheels, Skagit Hospice, Skagit Habitat for Humanity, Skagit County Search and Rescue, Sedro-Woolley Community Thanksgiving, Sedro-Woolley Community Troop Support, Hammer Heritage Square, The Landing, and many more.  Sedro-Woolley Soroptimists played an integral role in the building of our Community Center in 1976.

The Saturday during March that falls closest to International Women’s Day on March 8th is annually “Soroptimist Saturday of Service” where clubs all over the world execute service projects in their communities and of their own choosing.  SI S-W has developed a tradition of opening The Walnut Tree on that day and donating the day’s proceeds to the Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) Nutrition Program hosted by United General Hospital in Sedro-Woolley.  Themed as a “Community Baby Shower”, the shop also collects donations on that day, from members and the community, of baby products needed by WIC mothers.  

SI Sedro-Woolley was originally sponsored by SI Seattle Metropolitan in 1949.  Subsequently, SI S-W sponsored the chartering of SI Burlington.

There are 11 Soroptimist clubs in this four-county area. 

Sedro-Woolley has a “friendship link” relationship with SI of the Langleys, BC, Canada. 



Saturday, September 30, 2017

Live Your Dream Award - deadline November 15, 2017

The Soroptimist Live Your Dream Awards program has been helping women around the world since 1972.  This program provides cash grants to women who are working to better their lives through additional schooling and skills training.
YOU are eligible to apply if you are:
*A woman with primary financial responsibility for yourself and your dependents.
*Attending an undergraduate degree program or a vocational skills training program.
*Have a financial need.

For information about applying for the Soroptimist Live Your Dream: Education & Training Award program, please contact:

Soroptimist International of Sedro-Woolley
Kacy Johnson - Chairman
email -


Deadline is November 15, 2017.

The amount of the Club Award is a minimum of $1,000.00.

Friday, August 26, 2016

2016 Continuing Education Scholarship Winners!

These college students have each been awarded a $2,000 Continuing Education Scholarship from SI Sedro-Woolley:

Tori Barnes
Sara Helms
Briley Jones
Joshua Jordan
Timmy Moser
Rachel Olson
Janelle Rose
Alec Solemslie
Carly Stewart
Emily Van Liew

Congratulations to them all!

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

SI Sedro-Woolley rocks our new year!

The Soroptimist new year begins on July 1!  Our new officers and committee chairs are gearing up for great things in the 2016-2017 Soroptimist year.  Officers are:

President:  Dawna Bennett
Vice President:  Bev Riesland
Recording Secretary:  Judy Olson
Corresponding Secretary:  Caroll Raczkowski
Treasurer: Dona Cowan
Assistant Treasurer:  Lisa Janicki
Board Member:  Suzann Henggeler
Board Member:  Kacy Johnson
Board Member:  Pat Hammond

We recently awarded our annual "continuing education scholarships" to deserving local students who are currently attending college.  Watch for the official announcement with names, soon!

We're also planning an end-of-summer blowout picnic on September 8th! 

Friday, July 11, 2014

New Soroptimist year begins!

Congrats to Hank Schmidt and her team of new officers as we begin the Soroptimist year!

Thanks to Anita Weidkamp for a very successful year of her presidency.  We appreciate all of the hard work done by everyone. 

The hats and pigtails are just a little bit of fun for our installation.  But the smiles are genuine!