Soroptimist International, Central East Coast Region

100 Years Helping Women & Girls

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.

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Governors of the Central East Coast Region*

2022-2024Roxanne AaronWake Forest, NC
2020-2022Connie SkinnerKent & Queen Anne’s Counties, MD
2018-2020Deborah K. MackesManassas, VA
* In 2019, South Atlantic Region became Central East Coast Region

Governors of the South Atlantic Region*

2018-2019Deborah K. MackesManassas, VA
2016-2018Amy L. HarmanHampton Roads, VA
2014-2016Robin S. DavisAlexandria, VA
2012-2014Willie Mae McCrackenWilliamsburg, VA
2010-2012Christy RumbaughHavre de Grace, MD
2008-2010Louise SkinnerKent County, MD
2006-2008Gayle GriffithCumberland, MD
2004-2006Warie BrockMontgomery County, MD
2002-2004Sylvia WinterlingAlexandria, VA
2000-2002Janice ArtemelWashington, DC
1998-2000LouAnne HunnicuttGreenville, SC
1996-1998Deborah O. McKinnonWashington, DC
1994-1996R. Lynn ColemanJacksonville, NC
1992-1994Betty NesterAlexandria, VA
1990-1992Marie Y. HughesVirginia Peninsula, VA
1988-1990Karen BautzLaurel, MD
1986-1988Lucinda ManarinUpper Montgomery County, MD
1984-1986Betty C. RobertsAsheville, NC
1982-1984Alma L. HigginbothamFairmont, WV
1980-1982Betty F. MendelsonAlexandria, VA
1978-1980Jean DeardorffWestminister, MD
1976-1978Betty Jean “BJ” CookBel Air, MD
1974-1976Flora Lee MuthWashington, DC
1972-1974Margaret SuppleePrince Georges County, MD
1970-1972Lyda Gordon ShiversGreensboro, NC
1968-1970Beth BrysonBaltimore, MD
1966-1968Winifred G. Thomson & Rebecca TinkerWashington, DC & Williamsburg, VA
1964-1966Katherine StinsonWashington, DC
1962-1964Blanche T. RogersBaltimore, MD
1960-1962Elizabeth MoorefieldAsheville, NC
1958-1960Mildred SmartWilliamsburg, VA
1956-1968A. Olivia NicollWashington, DC
1954-1956Margaret F. SchmidtWilliamsburg, VA
1952-1954Lula FellerBaltimore, MD
1950-1952Mary BourkeWashington, DC
1948-1950Ella C. WernerWashington, DC
1946-1948Anna P. RoseMontgomery County, MD
1944-1946Mae C. BowmanAlexandria, VA
1942-1944Pearle SharpeArlington, VA
1940-1942Viola K. AlmonyBaltimore, MD
1938-1940Edith ReinhardtBaltimore, MD
1934-1938Jean BennettWashington, DC
1932-1934Nell R. Hysong**Washington, DC
1930-1932Bernadine Schefneker & Mary Catherine LewisDetroit, MI** & Washington, DC
1928-1930Ethel Knight PollardWashington, DC
1927-1928Ruby Lee MinarWashington, DC
** In 1932, the South Atlantic Region split, with clubs in Detroit and Akron forming the Midwestern Region.

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