Held AtGloucestershire Archives
Alt Ref NoD7762
TitleSoroptimist International Club: Cheltenham and District branch
DescriptionBranch minutes and correspondence 1957-1990; copy minutes of South West Division and Federation Executive Council 1970-1989
ArrangementThe records have been organised as follows:

D7762/1 Minutes
D7762/2 Branch Secretary's Records
D7762/3 Federation Publications
Admin HistoryThe first Soroptimist Club was formed in Oakland, California in 1921. The name is derived from the Latin "soror" (sister) and "optima" (best) and is interpreted as "the best for women". The club provided an opportunity for professional women to involve themselves in public affairs and thus encourage the improvement of quality of life. During the 1920s clubs were set up across America and in Great Britain, where the British Venture Clubs merged with the Soroptimists in 1929. The movement expanded considerably over the next few decades, with branches being founded all over the world and Federations being set up to administer them
The Cheltenham and District Branch of Soroptimist International was founded in 1957 and actively supported many different causes. Members attended meetings of the South West and Channel Islands Divisional Union and the Federation of Great Britain and Ireland, and some officers took part in conferences overseas
[For a further background to the Soroptimists' history, see D7762/3/7]
Custodial HistoryDeposited by the Cheltenham and District Branch of the Soroptimist International Club, per the secretary, 5 September 1997
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