Save the Date -
March 6, 2017 - Saturday - Charity Ball & Anniversary Party!
We are so excited about our
Dream It Be It
program for girls 8th to 12th grade.
Classes are every 2nd and 4th Monday, 4:00pm to 6:00pm at Questers'
Way at East Brook Mall. Includes free classes such as Self-Defense,
Dance and Tai Chi. For more information, please contact
Merritt, (860) 428-1230.
Upcoming Soroptimist Events ~ Nov. 25, 2016 - Friday, Members will be serving hot chocolate
Downtown Main Street Annual Tree Lighting.
The Tree lighting will take place at 5:30pm.
The Light parade will step off right after the tree lighting is
done. Parade route is Jillson Square down to the Town Hall. Santa
will be waiting in the town hall after the parade.
Dec. 7, 2016 - Wednesday -
The Windham Club, 184 Club Road,
North Windham, CT. Festivities and social hour begin at 5:30pm.
Spouses, significant others, friends are all welcome. Buffet dinner
is $22.00 per person. Please bring a holiday dessert to share. We
are adopting a family for the holidays. Please check your email for
details about the family. Please RSVP by 12/3/16 to
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
a Stand Against Domestic Violence!”
A special thank you to The Chronicle and WILI Radio!
Names of contributors were published in The Chronicle on November
25th, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against
Club Officers for the 2016-2017 year:
Pictured L-R: Vice-President Maryann Gorgone, President Christine
Warner, Immediate Past President Jan Grigas, Director Joan Merritt,
Treasurer Lisa Rose, Recording Secretary Sarah Geikie, Director
Irene Schein. Not pictured: Corresponding Secretary Clarisse
Please visit our
Facebook Page to see photos of our
recent Awards & Anniversary Celebration Dinner held on 5/4/16. It
was a wonderful evening!
We extend our heartfelt thanks and gratitude to all our sponsors,
guests, volunteers and members who made our Heart to Heart Charity
Ball such a wonderful success. Your support helps us to empower
women and girls to live their dreams!!
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!
Dr. Bernice Szafarek, Past Governor of SIANER, and Joan Merritt,
Membership Chair of SIANER, recently sat down and talked with Marilyn Dayton,
host of a local community TV program, "From this Corner" about our international organization, SOROPTIMIST.
Host Marilyn Dayton says "Towards the end of the
show, you will find yourself wondering "what can I do?" This
organization provides ways to help improve the lives of women and
girls all over the world through programs leading to social and
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