We are a global volunteer organization working to
improve the lives of women and girls through programs leading to
social and economic empowerment.
like to thank everyone that helped make our
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
Take a look!
Upcoming Soroptimist Events ~
April 1, 2015 - Wednesday -
Membership Business Meeting,
The Windham Club,
184 Club Road, North Windham,
CT. Regular dinner meetings begin promptly
at 6:00pm with dinner being served promptly at 6:15pm. Business meeting to
follow. Please remember to bring your canned goods and
non-perishable items for the soup kitchen. For information on
attending our business meetings, please contact President
April 11, 2015 - Saturday - 6:00pm to 8:00pm -
of Wine Tasting at Stonington Vineyards, 523 Taugwonk
Road, Stonington, CT. Joint event hosted by Soroptimist
International of Connecticut River Valley and Soroptimist
International of Willimantic. Enjoy lite bites and sample great
wines. Proceeds support the Dream It, Be It Career Support for Girls
and local Soroptimist programs for women and girls. For tickets,
$30.00, please call Gerry at 860.347.5360 or via email at
Soroptimist International of Willimantic and
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
Northeastern Region 2014-2016. Dr. Szafarek is a member of our Willimantic
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!
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