After the founding of the first Soroptimist Club in Oakland, California, in 1921, the prominent French cosmetic surgeon Dr Suzanne Noël initiated the first Soroptimist International Club in Paris in 1924. She inspired the founding of the first Club in continental Europe as well as many others after that. Dr Noël set an unrivalled record by establishing a dozen clubs around the world, thus widely disseminating the concept of Soroptimism. It was therefore fitting that Suzanne Noël was elected the first President of the European Federation of Soroptimist International in 1930.
Since then, the European Federation, i.e. Soroptimist International of Europe, has grown steadily and now consists of nearly 35,000 members, in more than 1,260 clubs, present in 62 countries.