We are a global volunteer organization working to
improve the lives of women and girls through programs leading to
social and economic empowerment.
Upcoming Soroptimist Events ~
Save the Date ~ Feb. 7, 2015 ~ Heart to
Heart Charity Ball
13, 2014 ~
Soroptimist Garden Tea Party
Lebanon Art Gallery, 927 Trumbull Highway, Lebanon, CT. Seating at
1:30pm or 3:30pm. Enjoy tea in a lovely garden setting with sweets
and sandwiches. Entertainment. Tickets $20 in advance. Available at
Lebanon Art Gallery. To reserve tickets, contact Joyce Burdick at
860.423.8839. Proceeds to benefit local scholarship awards for women
Oct. 18-19, 2014 ~ Soroptimist of Willimantic has a team
participating in the Relay for Life of Greater Windham ~ Soroptimist
Striders! The American Cancer Society Relay For Life is a
life-changing event that gives everyone in the community a chance to
celebrate the lives of people who have battled cancer, remember
loved ones lost, and fight back against the disease. Because cancer
never sleeps, the relay is an overnight event for 24 hours.
Anyone can participate in Relay For Life. Friends, families,
neighbors, classmates ~ all are welcome. No
matter who you are, there's a place for you at Relay. Thanks to
Relay participants, we are creating a world with more birthdays
where cancer can’t claim another year of anyone’s life. This year's
Relay for Life is being held on Saturday, October 18, 2014 with
opening ceremonies beginning at 11:00am. It will run for 24 hours
ending on Sunday, October 19, 2014. The relay will be held at the ECSU Sports Complex located at 1 Mansfield City Road, Mansfield, CT.
consider joining our Relay Team and
Sign Up Today! You can also
easily make an online donation to support our team or even purchase
a Luminaria at this
Congratulations to Dr. Bernice Szafarek on being elected Governor of
Northeastern Region. She will
take office on 7/1/14. Dr. Szafarek is a member of our Willimantic
Soroptimist International of Willimantic and
Ernie Eldridge, Mayor of the Town of Windham
and Wayne Norman, WILI Radio Personality would like to thank
everyone who stepped forward to "Take
A Stand Against Domestic Violence".
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