We are saddened, along with other Soroptimist Club members, to learn of the closing of the YWCA Santa Monica, after more than 90 years of service to the

community. Our Soroptimist Club has provided funding support over many years to the YWCA Santa Monica.

Soroptimist is an international service organization comprised of business and professional women who work to improve the lives of women and girls internationally.

We have been associated with the Soroptimist International Los Angeles West-Santa Monica club for more than 35 years, and we have all served in leadership roles for a

majority of these years.

We are hopeful that the YWCA Board of Directors will seriously consider WISE & Healthy Aging’s proposal to honor the YWCA legacy with the creation of an intergenerational

campus at the 14th Street location.

Should that opportunity arise, we are confident that our Soroptimist Club would consider supporting this endeavor as part of our funding review process.

We know of the wonderful impact that the YWCA Santa Monica has for our Westside community, and we hope that the YWCA Board would allow another community-based

nonprofit-a very capable, highly-regarded and deserving organization–WISE & Healthy Aging to take on the stewardship of the YWCA legacy.


Elza Ruhman, Past President

Donna Pope, Past President

Marguerite de la Pena, Past President

Sally Sylvester, Past President