The Guelph (Ontario) Club of Soroptimist International welcomes everyone to our site where you will enjoy our recent activities, upcoming events and updates.
Soroptimist International is a worldwide volunteer organization working through service projects to advance human rights and the status of women. It comprises 95,000 members in more than 120 countries. Members support community-based and international projects.
Soroptimist International of Guelph (SI Guelph) meets on the first Wednesday of every month, 6:30 pm, from September to June at the Guelph Country Club.

Thursday, May 14, 2015

The Soroptimist Live Your Dream Award Winner : Melanie and SFC Winner: Amy

The Soroptimist Live Your Dream Awards (formerly the Women’s Opportunity Awards) assists women who provide the primary source of financial support for their families by giving them the resources they need to improve their education, skills and employment prospects. Many of these women have overcome enormous obstacles including poverty, domestic violence and/or drug and alcohol abuse. Live Your Dream Awards recipients may use the cash award to offset any costs associated with their efforts to attain higher education, such as books, childcare, tuition and transportation. The Soroptimist International Club of Guelph recognized their 2015 Live Your Dream Award Winner - Melanie - at their annual Awards Dinner held in early April. The recipient, a single mother of 3 young girls is currently attending Conestoga College, enrolled in the Business Administration Management Advanced Diplomas program, was presented with a $1,000 cash award to assist her with her studies. At the awards dinner, Melanie also learned that she was selected as the Eastern Canada Region Live Your Dream Award recipient and was presented with a cash award of $5,000 US at the Eastern Canada Region Spring Conference held in Guelph in May 2015. Congratulations Melanie and we wish you all the best in your future endeavours.

Congrats to our Soroptimist Foundation of Canada (SFC) $7500 winner Amy Johnson. Including are : Sheryl Hopkins (SFC), Amy Johnson SFC winner, Aline Chan (SFC), Melanie Live Your Dream winner SIG and ECR, Angela North SIG Awards chair and Janet Simms Baldwin (SFC) and ECR secretary.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Lunafest 2014 another success

Great Fun and well attended for the Lunafest Film Festival, celebrating women and girls.


Dorothy Grasset after a long absence was reinstated at our club meeting. She has moved out of Guelph a few years ago and as life would have it, she has returned to our community.


We were so happy to have her rejoin the fold and continue her service in Soroptimist International.

A testament to the commitment and joy of being a Soroptimist.

Dorothy welcomed by Pres. Lynda with flowers 
in a special ceremony meeting. 

Wyndham House Bags and Merry Christmas 2014

Soroptimist Ladies in a festive holiday tradition created the annual Xmas Gift Bags for Wyndham House Residents. The 8 gift bags were delivered to Wyndham House for girls and received a heartfelt thank you from Jaime, the supervisor on duty.

This year's Gift Bag included a variety of crafts, sweets and activities for the families.

A “craft” gift for each girl:
·       2 sketch books plus chalk pastels
·       2 rug hooking kits plus hooking tool
·       1 Gingerbread Man decorating kit, plus 1 Christmas Tree Gingerbread  decorating kit
·       1 large Gingerbread House decorating kit
·       1 Scrapbook kit
·       1 Paint-Your-Own-Totebag kit plus fabric markers

Run For The Cure - Sunday, 5th October 2014

Our team “Soroptimists of Guelph” completed a lovely 5km walk/run at the annual Guelph "Run For The Cure" event downtown.  Our team was 14-strong, including 6 Soroptimists (Joanna, Nancy, Diane, Aline, Jennifer, Terrie) plus family members. The weather was rather chilly and threatened rain at the beginning, but ended up being just fine for a lovely walk / run.  There were loads of happy people downtown for this event, all dressed up in pink and quite creative outfits, including lots of children and even dogs in pink outfits or with hair died pink.  Along the way, several families got into the act and decorated their homes with balloons, streamers and pink ribbon signs, and cheered on the participants passing by.  All in all, it was a lovely community event. Our team had a very nice outing and lovely chats along the way.  
Here is a photo of our whole team, plus a closeup of our t-shirt printed with our team name.

"Quick story that amused me.  We were handing out Lunafest postcards along the way.  I laughed out loud when Jennifer greeted Mayor Karen Farbridge and immediately offered her a Lunafest postcard, only for Karen to reveal that she already had one in her other hand!  Well done, ladies!!!"
> Terri

Guelph club's support for the Slut walk and donated $100 to the fundraiser


Saturday, October 04, 2014

Welcome New Charter Soroptimist International of Grand Erie

Congratulations to our newest sisters in Soroptimist from Grand Erie.

Congratulations!! London Chartered Club

 SI London Club newly installed members.

Governor Donna Keating installed President Gertrud Hocke 

                               Brunch program      New members

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Lunafest 2014 Women's Film Festival: October 26th




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Short films by, for and about women. These are the nine best films chosen this year out of some 950 entries.
Sunday, 26th October 2014
From 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
At the Guelph Youth Music Centre, 75 Cardigan Street, Guelph

Soroptimist is a global service organization of businesswomen committed to improving the lives of women and girls through programs leading to social and economic empowerment. The Guelph club has existed for almost 60 years, since 1957, and new members are most welcome.

15% of the proceeds will go to the Breast Cancer Fund which researches environmental and other preventable causes of the disease.   

85% of the proceeds go to Soroptimist International of Guelph fundraising, to support education awards and other programs that help women and girls in our community.  Over the years, our group has supported a number of local causes including Michaels’ House, Hospice Wellington, Sister Christine’s, Women in Crisis and Wyndham House. We also give out education awards each year.

$20 each, including refreshments and door prizes (great value for your money!).  It’s a great outing, and even more enjoyable if you come with a friend or two.

Available online from – keywords Lunafest Guelph or from any Guelph Soroptimist.  

Inquiries may be sent to

Ticket supply is limited, so order yours soon!

Preview Lunafest Films Sponsored By Guelph Soroptimists International

This season’s program of eight selected films will compel discussion, make you laugh, tug at your heartstrings and motivate you to make a difference in your community. Incredibly diverse in style and content, LUNAFEST is united by a common thread of exceptional storytelling - by, for and 
about women - See more at:

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