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 ~ 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
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