Soroptimist International of Lakewood/Long Beach CA - USA

Soroptimist International of Lakewood/Long Beach CA - USA

This club is part of Soroptimist International whose mission is empowering women and girls Every member accepts a Run assignment.

Our club meets at lunchtime from September through June, on the first and third Tuesdays of the month. The meetings are hybrid -- in-person and via Zoom -- to accommodate those who cannot get away at lunchtime. Women interested in attending a meeting should contact the club president via email at [email protected]. Our annual fundraiser is The Lakewood Run, which is held on the

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It's amazing how many women pass up this opportunity to apply. And when they do apply, don't believe they will win -- and are surprised when they do! Don't let those negative thoughts stop you! Let us help YOU Live Your Dream of finishing school.


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Nancy Drew! Such groundbreaking books for girls. What other books with female heroes inspired you? Anyone else read the Cherry Ames series? She was another good one!

The first volume in the long-running girl detective series, "The Secret of the Old Clock," was published 93 years ago under the pseudonym Carolyn Keene. In a tribute to the iconic sleuth, author Theodore Jefferson writes, “Agency. It is that which forms the foundation for any hero’s ability to save the day. In America, agency for teenage girls in literature made its debut in 1930 in the person of Nancy Drew.” This original Mighty Girl character paved the way for many more heroic female characters and inspired generations of real-life girls and women.

Ghostwritten by Mildred Wirt Benson and later revised by Harriet Stratemeyer Adams, the first volume of Nancy Drew had a huge influence on young readers. Jefferson writes, Nancy Drew provided them with “stories of someone like themselves who had a positive effect on the world instead of passively sitting at home… She is a character with that magical ‘what if’ question woven into her identity, and one that effortlessly captures the imaginations of readers by allowing them to participate in a world where the answers to that question are just as entertaining as the stories themselves.”

At the time, some viewed Nancy Drew as a poor role model, “contradicting adults while she squared off with the villains… she is mechanically inclined and at the same time doesn’t act like most people in the 1930s would have expected a teenage girl to act.” In fact, many libraries and bookstores refused to carry the Nancy Drew stories. Despite -- or because of -- that disapproval, kids collected the books voraciously, and in the midst of the Depression, used copies were shared and traded like trading cards are today. As a result, “any kid, even those who couldn’t afford new books, would very likely get to read every adventure starring their favorite character.”

The tremendous influence of Nancy Drew continues to this day asserts Jefferson: “It is difficult to overstate how powerful Nancy Drew’s presence remains in literature and in other media. She has influenced film, comics, video games and animation for [90] years, and will continue to do so as long as teenage girls take the lead as our heroes in the imaginative worlds of adventure."

To share your love of the Nancy Drew series with a new generation, we recommend the beautiful box set of the first four classic Nancy Drew books at

For long-time Nancy Drew fans who dreamed of cracking the case, there's a fantastic new immersive game, "Nancy Drew: Mystery at Magnolia Gardens," for teens and adults, 13 and up, at

There is also a 90th Anniversary 10-Book Collection of the Nancy Drew Diaries for ages 8 and up at

For younger children, there is a box set of five Nancy Drew Clue Books, "Nancy Drew and the Clue Crew Collection" for ages 6 to 9 at

For more girl-empowering books starring mystery-solving Mighty Girls for all ages, check out our blog post, “Elementary, My Dear Mighty Girl: 50 Books Starring Mighty Girl Detectives” at

To read Jefferson's entire essay on The Mary Sue, visit


We are BIG Dreamers! Help us do more by joining the on March 2, 2024! 💙

Photos from Soroptimist International of Lakewood/Long Beach CA - USA's post 07/10/2023

Our 1st Family Fun Day! With the help from a grant from Janice Hahn’s Office, we were able to bless our Live Your Dream recipients with some fun goodies to help them in the upcoming school year! We had great food, fun and fellowship with our families and friends and are already looking forward to next year!!


Successful shopping trip, picking up some items for our LYD award Recipients! 🤩


Big fun ahead on Thursday, June 21 at Lakewood Concert in the Park for Hard Day's Night -- A Beatles tribute band. Food truck fundraiser, Lakewood Run booth, and club social all in one! Join us at 5:30, music starts at 6:30. Hint: We have lots of desserts left over from installation.😁

Photos from Soroptimist International of Lakewood/Long Beach CA - USA's post 06/16/2023

Always a great time when we get together! We have officially installed our new Board for 2023/2024! It was definitely a golden garden party to remember 💙


Join us at the Lakewood Concert in the park on Thursday June 22! We put the FUN in FUNdraising!! 😎🤩

Photos from Soroptimist International of Lakewood/Long Beach CA - USA's post 05/31/2023

Yesterday was a beautiful day in the neighborhood indeed. Members provided perspective and mentorship with young women at Lakewood high school.
The Dream it Be it program is a signature program of Soroptimist international that focuses on girls 12-17 to empower and inspire them to achieve through education as a founds for success.

Special thanks to Nancy for her contribution and leadership with this event💐And we appreciate everyone who helped her bring it to life!💙


Nice video by the SI Great Britain and Ireland federation.

Photos from Soroptimist International of Lakewood/Long Beach CA - USA's post 05/31/2023

A terrific Dream It, Be It event at Lakewood High School yesterday thanks to Nancy Manriquez- Dowell, everyone on the Committee, and our dynamic mentor/presenters.


What an honor! Our club was recognized for our contribution to Soroptimist International of the Americas. This was made possible by our fundraising efforts through the 🤩


Soroptimists rockin' it at the Lakewood Pan Am Fiesta!


We are so proud of Ginger!🎉

Photos from Soroptimist International of Lakewood/Long Beach CA - USA's post 05/10/2023

Lakewood Celebrates! We celebrated being able to give our Community Grant Recipients a donation as well as Friends of the Lakewood Sheriff’s a HUGE donation of over $25,000!!! This was made possible by the money raised at the 🤩




SAVE THE DATE! Come check us out and support these amazing Food Vendors and support a GREAT Cause!!🤩🤩🤩

Photos from Soroptimist International of Lakewood/Long Beach CA - USA's post 04/29/2023

Come say hello to our lovely Soroptimist sisters at the Lakewood Family YMCA open house!! We are here until 12 noon!

Photos from Soroptimist International of Lakewood/Long Beach CA - USA's post 04/23/2023

How we roll.


LCN - April 2023 04/19/2023

Thank you Greater Lakewood Chamber of Commerce 🤩

LCN - April 2023 April 2023 LCN!


Summer job opportunity. Pass it on.

Timeline photos 04/07/2023

Calling all doggies and humans! Come on out to Doggies and Deputies on Wednesday, April 26 at 6pm at Home Run Dog park to meet with Lakewood Station Deputies & receive free giveaways for your pups! The entire family is welcome!


Love this celebration of mighty women in history in honor of Women's History Month!

To enter to win a set of five new picture books about women trailblazers throughout history, you can sign up for A Mighty Girl's 'Women's History Month' giveaway at

To discover new children's books for Women's History Month, we've collected the best books on trailblazing women that have been published in the past 12 months in a new blog post, "New Mighty Girl Books for Women's History Month 2023" at

For adults seeking inspiration in the stories of Mighty Women from around the world, you can find many reading recommendations in our blog post, "The Mighty Women Reading List for Adults," at

And, for many more books about Mighty Women to share with kids during Women's History Month and throughout the year, we feature hundreds of youth-oriented biographies - sortable by reader age – at

This fantastic illustration is by artist Rebecca Cohen of Gyno-Star Studios is available as a print at

Photos from Soroptimist International of Lakewood/Long Beach CA - USA's post 03/06/2023

The 32nd Annual Lakewood Run was a HUGE success this past Saturday! All run pictures are found on the page for Lakewood Run here: please go follow and like that page 🤩👍 if you have pictures from the event please tag us and use thanks!!


Thank YOU!!

🏃‍♀️🏃 Kidz Town Indoor Playground is proud to support the ! We had an awesome time this morning chatting up folks at our booth. The and did a great job organizing the event. Thank you to all who made today a success!


We are here for your registration and bib/shirt pick up until 8 pm next to Macy’s. We will also be in the expo tomorrow!


Thank you Farmers & Merchants Bank for your awesome and generous support as one of our Starting lIne Sponsors of the Lakewood Run - THIS SATURDAY MARCH 4th. Thank you for all the good you do in our community!
Register here:


Thank you LBS Financial Credit Union for being one of our marvelous and generous Sponsors of the Lakewood Run! Register here:

LBS Financial Credit Union has offered affordable banking and exceptional service to the Lakewood community and surrounding cities for over 87 years. Anyone who lives or works in Lakewood, Long Beach or surrounding communities can open an account at the Credit Union. Visit their Lakewood branch at 4916 Bellflower Blvd, Lakewood, CA 90713 or their website at!

Photos from Soroptimist International of Lakewood/Long Beach CA - USA's post 02/23/2023

Thank you Lakewood Center, for being one of our amazing and generous Starting line sponsors of the Lakewood Run! Register here:

Located in the heart of the city of Lakewood, Lakewood Center features a collection of shopping, restaurant, and entertainment options. Lakewood Center is home to many of your top brands, including; Macy’s, Costco, Target, Burlington, Best Buy, H&M, Foot Locker, and Hollister. Dining options include Red Lobster, Luna Grill, Outback Steakhouse, George's Greek Café, and California Pizza Kitchen. Come for fun at Round 1 Bowling & Amusement, or break a sweat at 24-Hour Fitness Supersport. It’s your one-stop for shopping, dining, and entertainment!


Thank you, Lakewood Family YMCA, for being one of our incredible and generous Sponsors of the Lakewood Run
register here:

Lakewood Family YMCA
They are an organization like no other. The YMCA is the leading nonprofit committed to strengthening community by empowering young people, improving the health and well-being of people of all ages and inspiring action in and across communities. The Y is made up of people of all ages, from every walk of life, working side-by-side to strengthen communities. Together, they work to ensure that everyone, regardless of ability, age, cultural background, ethnicity, faith, gender, gender identity, ideology, income, national origin, race or sexual orientation, has the opportunity to reach their full potential with dignity. Guided by their core values of caring, honesty, respect and responsibility, the Y is dedicated to giving people of all ages, backgrounds and walks of life the opportunity to reach their full potential with dignity.


Thank you to one of our Starting Line Sponsors, Kenny's Auto Body & Towing, for your awesome and generous Sponsorship of the Lakewood Run!
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For nearly 90 years, vehicle owners in Bellflower, CA, and surrounding communities have trusted the team of auto repair professionals at Kenny’s Auto Service for all of their car repair and towing needs. Family-owned and operated, we do all the work necessary to get your car running and looking like new after an accident. Our I-Car Gold Class certified body technicians have the knowledge and skills necessary to ensure your vehicle receives the best possible care. Our team is continuously educated and trained on any changes occurring in our line of work, so we can handle any type of vehicle repair or issue you may be dealing with. We work to keep our prices at a range that is always fair and make ourselves available to answer any questions you may have about your automobile. We use the best parts and equipment currently on the market to ensure you’re receiving the best collision repair services and products available!

Live Your Dream 2023 02/07/2023

What do we do with the Money raised from the Lakewood Run ? We award it to these amazing women who apply and are chosen for our Live Your Dream Scholarships! We were so excited to be able to have an "In Person" event and celebrate not only our Live Your Dream award recipients but also the amazing Community Grant recipients as well!

Photos from Soroptimist International of Lakewood/Long Beach CA - USA's post 02/07/2023
Photos from Soroptimist International of Lakewood/Long Beach CA - USA's post 02/06/2023

Thank you to one of our Starting Line Sponsors, Kidz Town Indoor Playground, for your wonderful and generous Sponsorship of the Lakewood Run!
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Kidz Town Indoor Playground is located at Carson and Woodruff in the Carwood shopping center. Since opening in 2018 they've strived to provide a safe, clean, and exciting environment for young children to play in and just be themselves. Kidz Town believes play is a very important part of childhood development and has filled their center with all kinds of engaging activities. They have slides, tunnels, a race track, places to explore, ball pits, walls to climb, a photo booth, a toddler zone, a snack area and more!

5925 E. Carson St.
Lakewood, Ca. 90713

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Empowering Women & Girls

Our club generally meets from September through June, the first and third Tuesday of the month, at Noon at the Centre at Sycamore Plaza, in the Lakewood Civic Center. Women interested in learning more about our club and attending a meeting should contact the President via email at [email protected].

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