Where did we come from?
 
Soroptimist International of Fairfax County has a rich history of generous giving, volunteerism, and support of projects that makes life better for the residents of Fairfax County. The club was chartered on November 28, 1945 at the Washington Golf and Country Club with 17 members and the sponsorship of Soroptimist International of Arlington County.

Since then, SI of Fairfax County has raised funds in support of facilities and programs that provide medical care and treatment, end-of-life services, shelter for the victims of domestic violence, cancer research, care for the elderly, and transitional training and services to assist low-income or indigent persons and families. Since the earliest days of its history, the club has also sponsored scholarships and awards to assist those who need help with their education and training and to recognize, reward, and encourage exceptional volunteerism.

 
1945-1960
  • Helped establish Fairfax Hospital
  • Co-sponsored and organized the Northern Virginia Heart Association with SI of Arlington
  • Co-sponsored and organized the Over 60 Employment and Counseling Service with SI of Arlington
  • Funded scholarships to Northern Virginia Community College
  • Funded scholarships to the St. Luke's Hospital Nursing School in Richmond, VA
  • Purchased an audiometer for Fairfax County Schools--the first in Virginia--for testing students' hearing
  • Held a benefit dance in support of the Cancer Foundation
  • Established an annual award for senior girls--one from each Fairfax County high school--for outstanding community service and citizenship
  • Established a Nursing Scholarship
  • Co-sponsored and organized the Arlington-Fairfax Heart Association and presented the organization with a check for $1,810.73
 
1960-1970
  • Established an annual beauty contest, SI of Fairfax's main fundraising event
  • Furnished a room at Fairfax Hospital
  • Donated television sets to Walter Reed Hospital
  • Began annual donations to Aid to the Blind
  • Continued annual scholarships, awards, and projects
 
1970-1980
  • Helped sponsor SI of McLean-Tysons Club
  • Established a scholarship to Northern Virginia Community College
  • Continued annual scholarships, awards, and projects
 
1980-1990
  • Organized Fashion Shows and Casino Nights as major fundraising events
  • Continued annual scholarships, awards, and projects
 
1990-2007
  • Sponsor the Annual Antique Show at George Mason University in support of Hospice of the Capitol Area, a major fundraising event
  • Sale of White House Christmas Ornaments, a fundraising project
  • Sale of Carruth lawn and home ornaments, a fundraising project
  • Volunteer at Celebrate Fairfax (beer sales), a fundraising project
  • Sponsor annual Women's Opportunity Award
  • Sponsor annual Making a Difference for Women Award
  • Sponsor Violet Richardson Award
  • Contribute goods, services, and funding to Bethany House, a shelter for victims of domestic violence
  • Contribute funds to FACETS (Fairfax Area Christian Emergency & Transitional Services, Inc.), an interfaith program that provides comprehensive services to the homeless, or those who are precariously housed in Fairfax County.
  • Volunteer with Girl Scouts of the National Capitol Area to help girls learn to understand and effectively manage personal finances
  • Volunteer and support Allied Health & Nursing Partnership, a Fairfax County organization that helps young people develop careers in nursing and allied health care professions


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