We are a global volunteer organization working to
improve the lives of women and girls through programs leading to
social and economic empowerment.
Please view our
FAQ for more information about our
We are proud to announce
our updated and simplified Soroptimist Dream
Soroptimist International of Willimantic Dream Grants help
women overcome obstacles to living their dreams. The new grant is
all about helping women who have faced economic and personal
hardships to live their dreams. The program helps women build a
better life for themselves. The Soroptimist Dream Grant
funds up to $500 which can be used for licensing fees, testing fees,
tuition or transportation including bus passes and gas cards. Please
visit our Awards Page
for more details on how to apply.
A special thank you
to Honorary Co-Chair Wayne Norman, The Chronicle, Lebanon Life and
This year over $2,700 will be distributed to the Sexual Assault
Crisis Center and United Services Domestic Violence Program. We are
beyond grateful for your donations and continued support. On
behalf of all our members as well as the women we serve, we thank
you. Together we can help spread awareness and help these important
programs thrive through this difficult time.
Our club is part of Soroptimist International of the
North Atlantic Region District 5.
Formerly the Northeastern Region, we recently began merging with the
North Atlantic Region to become its 5th District, and this
merger is anticipated to be complete by June 30, 2021. The merger will
allow our clubs to increase their collective impact by partnering with
other clubs and members to invest in the dreams of women and girls.
SIA North Atlantic Region District 5 represents approximately 200
business and professional women who are members of ten clubs in
Connecticut, Massachusetts and Rhode Island. The District covers the
New England states - Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire,
Rhode Island and Vermont.
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