President: Linda Uselmann
Our club here in Fond du Lac has been around since 1952, and ranges from 35-45 members. We have
membership dinner meetings the first Wednesday of each month from September to June and host a variety of social, service, and fundraising activities throughout the year.
Our social and membership committees have been on fire lately! Activities include trivia, hatchet throwing
(yup, you read that correctly), painting and screen printing nights, book club discussions, dinners/smoothie
parties, museum outings, and more.
Chocolate Fantasy, going on 25 years, held the last Sunday in January, showcases vendors who hand out
chocolate samples while participants are surrounded by a silent auction, various raffles, and entertainment.
There is at least one designated local recipient (of a set amount of funds) whose mission matches that of
Soroptimist, while the remainder of the profits fund the rest of our activities throughout the year.
Landmark Ornament Sale, 30 years old, features a local Fond du Lac landmark on an ornament that we sell around the holidays. Competition can be fierce for our more popular choices, and many people hold complete sets and await the newest revelation each year.
Brat Fry allows us to add to our totals for the scholarships we give out.
The Bazaar is our newest fundraiser, a humongous rummage sale, was a smash last year. We hope to continue it.
Dream It, Be It is a single-day conference that we run for 8th grade girls which features the SIA curriculum
molded to meet our local needs. Girls experience introductions to career mentors, and keynote speaker, journal work, STEM challenges, and a business brainstorming session followed by a gallery walk to share all the ideas.
Women's History Month has become a partnership with our local library where we feature a speaker or
performer during March, focused on women's issues past and current. Sometimes there is a tie-in with one of
our other activities, such as our ornaments.
We currently give out 2 each of the Live Your Dream and Virginia Wagner awards, and are working on creating a high school level award.
SI-FDL around town:
We have also participated in many local partnerships with organizations that match our mission, including
Habitat for Humanity, Team Trivia to support FDL Literacy, the Boys' and Girls' Club SMART girls program, Girls on the Run, Mahala's Hope (addiction recovery), girls' soccer sponsorship, Family Resource Center and New Beginnings (supporting mothers/families in need), Teen Parent Life (supporting unwed teen mothers through to graduation), the Women's Empowerment Series, Relay for Life and many more! These change in exciting ways as the city changes and members shift focus.
SI-FDL around the world:
We have made connections with clubs in England and Hungary, and Soroptimists (thanks to the Internet) all
around the globe! We also partner with organizations abroad such as Adelante Mujer, through which we are
sponsoring a female medical student so that she can graduate and serve the needs locally in Nicaragua. We are active in Days for Girls, providing reusable feminine hygiene items to girls in developing countries so that they can remain in school. Another example is supporting a program for orphans of AIDS in Africa to learn sewing skills for self sufficiency. And of course, through Club Giving, there is an even greater impact.