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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 ~

April 16, 2014 - Wednesday - Anniversary & Awards Dinner, Z Restaurant, 187 Route 66E, Columbia, CT. Bring a guest as we honor our award winners and celebrate 48 years of service. We will be presenting the Women's Opportunity Award, the Ruby Award for Women Helping Women and Special Member Recognition. Members and guests need to RSVP by April 9th to Lisa Rose, (860) 455-9773 or email President Mary Webb. Dinner $30.00, Please include Dinner Choice.

May 7, 2014 - Wednesday - 6:00pm, Membership Business Meeting, Violet Richardson Awards, Fill Bags for the Domestic Violence Center, Pot Luck Dinner, Location to be announced.


Our Heart to Heart Charity Ball  was held on Feb. 1, 2014 at the
Elks Lodge, 198 Pleasant Street in Willimantic. Proceeds to benefit programs for women and girls including The Women's Health Services Program at Windham Hospital, providing heathcare for women in need and Windham Area Interfaith Ministry, providing emergency assistance to families in need. We would like to extend our heartfelt thanks to all our sponsors and supporters and especially all the volunteers who made the ball such a success. Please visit our Heart to Heart Charity Ball page for a complete listing of the sponsors and supporters. You will see that most are local small businesses so please be sure to thank them for their support when you visit their establishments!



Soroptimist 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 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!


From Cathy Standiford's Soroptimist Blog ~
The Impact of Personal Stories

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

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KOF28tCodcY&feature=player_embedded
 








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