"Soroptimist" is derived from two Latin words, "soror" meaning sister and "optima" meaning "best". It stands for "women at their best helping others to be their best".

Brief History

Soroptimist International is a global movement working to transform the lives of women and girls. There are over 3000 clubs,consisting of over 82,000 women in management and the professions who are part of this movement, working through service projects to advance human rights and the status of women. Soroptimists work at all levels of civil society, local, national and international, and are involved with a wide spectrum of women's concerns.

Soroptimist International Club of Damansara (SID) is one of the clubs in Soroptimist International Region of Malaysia (SIROM), and is part of the Soroptimist International South West Pacific (SISWP) Federation.

SID upholds the Soroptimist objectives :
  • The advancement of the status of women
  • High ethical standards
  • Human rights for all
  • Equality
  • Development and peace
  • Through international goodwill
  • Understanding and friendship

SID was chartered in 1993 by a group of professional women, including Indrani Manuel, Datin Kathryn Thong, Mazlinda Mohd Zahid and Pushpa Mahalingam who are presently current members of the club.


The Charter President of SID was Indrani Manuel.


SID has grown since 1993 - members have joined, left or moved away but the undaunting Soroptimisit spirit lives on and is continuously championed by its presidents; past, present and future.


Executive Committee


Feb 2016 – 2018
  • Club President : Joanne Yeoh
  • Immediate Past President : Kalavathy Subramaniam
  • President-Elect : Laila Johari
  • Hon. Secretary : Datin Mazlinda Mohd Zahid
  • Hon. Treasurer : Jacqueline Ho

Past Presidents


Immediate Past President (IPP)
  • 2014 – 2016 Kalavathy Subramaniam
  • 2012 – 2014 Laila Johari
  • 2010 – 2012 Dr Saradha Narayanan
  • 2008 – 2010 Raja Noorma Raja Othman
  • 2006 – 2008 Jessie Michael
  • 2005 – 2006 Adelene Loh
  • 2004 – 2005 Agnes Cheok
  • 2002 – 2004 Joanne Yeoh
  • 2000 – 2002 Chok Kwee Bee
  • 1999 – 2000 Dr. K. V. Mani
  • 1998 – 1999 Tunku Mukhrizah binti Tunku Daud
  • 1997 - 1998 Pushpa Mahalingam
  • 1995 – 1997 Datin Kathryn Thong
  • 1993 – 1995 Dr Indrani Manuel

Charter President
  • Feb 1993 – 1995 Indrani Manuel.
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