Soroptimist International of Harrisburg, PA welcomes you.
At the February meeting, we want to focus on our health and wellness. Dr. Nicole Vasiliu and Heather Purcell from Madden Therapy will be there to discuss taking care of yourself.
Our February collection will be personal care items for the women's shelter at the YWCA. They need feminine products, full-size shampoo and conditioner, African American hair-care products, toothpaste and toothbrushes, deodorant, hair combs and brushes as well as hair ties. President MaryBeth will be taking the items to the shelter after our meeting.
DID YOU KNOW: Soroptimist Pledge
A member asked about the "History of the Soroptimist Pledge" at the Leadership Conference. The search for a Soroptimist ‘creed’ began six months prior to the 1930 convention. The delegates chose to defer making a decision for another six months so that each club could receive copies of the proposed creeds to make an informed decision. Ethel Knight Pollard, director of Midwestern/South Atlantic regions, noted “we want a creed that we can use and work by and live by, not one that will simply be printed and stuck away to get dusty and have no use to us.”
Six months later the federation chose as its creed a pledge that simply stated the ideals of the organization. The pledge was written in 1927 by Candis Nelson, a charter member of the Seattle, WA club. The pledge was set to music in 1947 by Dorothy Miller Dunlap, a member of Huntington Beach, CA club. The setting was adopted as the official musical arrangement of the pledge at the 1950 convention in Seattle, WA- the city of the Soroptimist Pledge’s birth.
“I pledge allegiance to Soroptimist and to the Ideals for which it stands:
The Sincerity of Friendship
The Joy of Achievement
The Dignity of Service
The Integrity of Profession
The Love of Country
I will put forth my greatest effort to promote, uphold and defend these ideals, for a larger fellowship in home, in society, in business, for Country and for God.”