Women and girls face additional obstacles and discrimination solely because of their gender. As an organization of business and professional women we feel uniquely qualified to help women and girls live their dreams. The goal of every club is to improve the quality of living for women and girls

Why We Stand Out

Soroptimist gives cash awards to outstanding female students to help with their continuing education and increase their self esteem by acknowledging their accomplishments. It begins with awards at the local level and then onto the regional, national and international levels. These projects are funded by the hundreds of local clubs. Our soroptimist mission is to improve the lives of women and girls while building and maintaining meaningful relationships with Soroptimist members.

Our Mission

Soroptimist improves the lives of women and girls through programs leading to social and economic empowerment. In order to accomplish this goal, the organization has local, regional, national and international programs. This organization’s signature program is Live Your Dream.

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Find out more about Soroptimist International of Oxnard and working with other women who believe in the power of joining together to accomplish great things in support of women and girls. To Learn More Click Here

Our Projects

Oxnard Performing Arts and Convention Center

The Courtyard Fountain at the Oxnard Performing Arts Center may not have water in it anymore but it is representative of water in its new life as a succulent planter.
The beautiful creation is by Heritage Succulents. The Soroptimist International of Oxnard was the main sponsor of the project. Other garden sponsors include Agromin, Green Thumb, Lowe’s, Home Depot and American Builders Supply. Click here to learn more

Ventura United Way’s Day of Caring

Soroptimist International of Oxnard participated with Ventura United Way’s Day of Caring at the Oxnard Public Library cleaning the Children’s Book Collection

Holiday Cheer! 

Members supported the Oxnard Holiday Parade decorating and riding on the DingMasters Fire Truck

Prototypes Women’s Center Holiday Decorating Party with milk and cookies, of course!

With: Gail Rocco Holly Nash Isabel Mislinay Betty Ann Wright Brooke Stephens Christy Franco Suzanne Becerra Marissa Vanderwyck Charlotte Anderson O’Brien Patricia Maki Flo Lamanno Karen Otani Gail Hower Noemi Valdes Pam Cady, Sandy Quintanilla and Irma Hefner Lisa Knapp Sonia Knapp Barbara Rodriguez – missing Carole Savala Maria Workman

Our Board of Directors

President: Holly Nash
President-Elect: Christy Franco
Vice President of Fundraising: Barbara Rodriguez
Co-Treasurers: Pam Candy and Dale Belcher
Recording Secretary: Marissa Vanderwyck
Corresponding Secretary: Karen Baldonado
Directors: Noemi Valdes and Sandy Quintanilla
Delegates: Betty Wright and Tina Cobb
Past President: Lisa Knapp

From Left to Right:Karen Baldonado,  Sandy Quintanilla, Barbara Rodriguez, Installing Officer GEM Brooke Stephens, Sylvia Paniagua, President Holly Nash, Noemi Valdes, Sonya Knapp standing in for Past President Dr. Lisa Knapp, Pat Maki standing in for Dale Belcher, Christy Franco, Pam Cady, Betty Wright and Tina Cobb
From Left to Right: President Holly Nash, Past President Dr. Lisa Knapp, Past Governor, Brooke Stephens

Retiring President Dr. Lisa Knapp, 2016-18, was honored with various civic proclamations in recognition for her service to her community:

• United States Congress: Julia Brownley
• State of California Senate: Hannah-Beth Jackson
• California State Legislature Assembly: Jacqui Irwin
• California State Legislature Assembly: Monique Limon
• Ventura County Board of Supervisors: Peter Foy, Linda Parks, John
Zaragoza, Kelly Long and
 Steve Bennett
• City of Oxnard
• Soroptimist International of Oxnard