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We are a global volunteer organization working to improve the lives of women and girls through programs leading to social and economic empowerment.

We would like to thank everyone that helped make our Heart to Heart Charity Ball such a huge success. Your support helps us to empower women and girls to live their dreams.

Club members recently taped a show on Charter about our Willimantic Soroptimist Club and our Heart to Heart Charity Ball. Take a look!

Upcoming Soroptimist Events ~
May 1, 2015 - Safe Choices for Girls Workshop - 9:00am to 1:00pm. Since 2006, Soroptimist International of Willimantic has sponsored a free workshop for girls to help young women make safe choices in their everyday lives. Freshmen High School Girls from area schools are invited and transportation is paid for by our club to transport the girls from their high schools to the workshop. This year it is being held at Eastern Connecticut State University in Willimantic.

May 6, 2015 - Wednesday - 6:00pm, Live Your Dreams Award Dinner. There will be a short membership business meeting 6:00 to 6:30, followed by the Awards Banquet at 6:45pm. Presentation of Live Your Dream Awards, Ruby Award for Women Helping Women, Violet Richardson Awards and Special Member Recognition. Generous buffet dinner catered by Horizons. $20 per person. RSVP by April 30th to Irene Schein, 860-230-5131. Horizons Commons, 127 Babcock Hill Road, South Windham, CT. Guests who arrive early may wish to tour the camps' new facilities with Camp Director Chris McNaboe.

Soroptimist International of Willimantic and
Honorary Co-Chairs Ernie Eldridge, Mayor of the Town of Windham and Wayne Norman, WILI Radio Personality
would like to thank the people who stepped forward to
Take a Stand Against Domestic Violence!

A special thank you to The Chronicle, Charter Communications and WILI Radio for their public service announcements. Names of contributors were published in The Chronicle on November 25th, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women.

Congratulations to Dr. Bernice Szafarek on being elected Governor of the Northeastern Region 2014-2016. Dr. Szafarek is a member of our Willimantic Club.

Our club is part of Soroptimist International of the Northeastern Region which totals ten clubs and over 250 members in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont. World wide, membership in Soroptimist International has grown to nearly 100,000 women in about 120 countries and territories.

Our Name, Soroptimist, was coined from the Latin "soro" and "optima" meaning the best for women. Soroptimists are truly women at their best...professional and executive women of all ages, cultures and ethnic groups who are known leaders in their fields.

We are making a difference in our local community and in the world!

From Cathy Standiford's Soroptimist Blog ~
The Impact of Personal Stories

March 13th, 2011 by Cathy Standiford, Past SIA President

Sometimes it takes a personal story to help people move from disbelief and denial into action.  At this weekend’s Women of the World Conference, actress Ashley Judd shared a personal story about her friend’s daughter.  After an argument with her parents at the Atlanta airport, the daughter was picked up by a pimp within one hour, and ultimately disappeared for 5 days.  Fortunately she was found–but what happened during those five days has changed her life forever.

This is the video of Judd sharing the story and calling for action:
Ashley Judd: Children Are Not for Sex



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