History

Women at their best, working to help other women to be their best

Soroptimist was formed in 1921 in Oakland, California, at a time when women were not permitted to join service organizations. Our name, loosely translated from the Latin, means best for women. Today, we have about 160,000 members and supporters in 21 countries and territories. We are one of five federations that make up Soroptimist International, which has clubs in more than 120 countries throughout the world.

For additional information contact us at info@soroptimist-cecr.org.

Governor of the Central East Coast Region**

2018-20Deborah K. MackesManassas, VA

** In 2019, South Atlantic Region became Central East Coast Region

Governors of the South Atlantic Region

1927-28

Ruby Lee Minar

Washington, DC

1928-30

Ethel Knight Pollard

Washington, DC

1930-32

Mary Catherine Lewis

Washington, DC*

1930-32*

Bernadine Schefneker

Detroit, MI*

1932-34

Nell R. Hysong

Washington, DC

1934-36

Jean Bennett

Washington, DC

1936-38

Jean Bennett?

Washington, DC

1938-40

Edith Reinhardt

Baltimore, MD

1940-42

Viola K. Almony

Baltimore, MD

1942-44

Pearle Sharpe

Arlington, VA

1944-46

Mae C. Bowman

Alexandria, VA

1946-48

Anna P. Rose

Montgomery Co., MD

1948-50

Ella C. Werner

Washington, DC

1950-52

Mary Bourke

Washington, DC

1952-54

Lula Feller

Baltimore, MD

1954-56

Margaret F. Schmidt

Williamsburg, VA

1956-58

A. Olivia Nicoll

Washington, DC

1958-60

Mildred Smart

Williamsburg, VA

1960-62

Elizabeth Moorefield

Asheville, NC

1962-64

Blanche T. Rogers

Baltimore, MD

1964-68

Katherine Stinson

Washington, DC

1966-68

Winifred G. Thompson
and Rebecca Tinker

Washington, DC
Williamsburg, VA

1968-70

Beth Bryson

Baltimore, MD

1970-72

Lyda Gordon Shivers

Greensboro, NC

1972-74

Margaret Supplee

Prince Georges County, MD

1974-76

Flora Lee Muth

Washington, DC

1976-78

Betty Jean “BJ” Cook

Bel Air, MD

1978-80

Jean Deardorff

Westminster, MD

1980-82

Betty F. Mendelson

Alexandria, VA

1982-84

Alma L. Higginbotham

Fairmont, WV

1984-86

Betty C. Roberts

Asheville, NC

1986-88

Lucinda Manarin

Upper Montgomery Co.,MD

1988-90

Karen Bautz

Laurel, MD

1990-92

Marie Y. Hughes

Virginia Peninsula, VA

1992-94

Betty Nester

Alexandria, VA

1994-96

R. Lynn Coleman

Jacksonville, NC

1996-98

Deborah O. McKinnon

Washington, DC

1998-2000

LouAnne Hunnicutt

Greenville, SC

2000-02

Janice Artemel

Washington, DC

2002-04

Sylvia Winterling

Alexandria, VA

2004-06

Warie Brock

Montgomery County, MD

2006-08

Gayle Griffith

Cumberland, MD

2008-10

Louise Skinner

Kent County, MD

2008-10

Christy Rumbaugh

Havre de Grace, MD

2012-14 Willie Mae McCracken Williamsburg, VA
2014-16

Robin S. Davis

Alexandria, VA

2016-18

Amy L. Harman

Hampton Roads, VA

     
* In 1932, the South Atlantic Region split, with clubs in Detroit and Akron forming the Midwestern Region.