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 ~
Feb. 26, 2014 - Wednesday -
The Power to Change Another Women's Life
6:00pm to 7:30 pm. Learn how to create a network of women who want
to have a better world for women and girls. Day Kimball Hospital,
320 Pomfret Street
(Route 44), Putnam, CT. If you have questions or want further
information, please contact
March 5, 2014 - Wednesday -
Membership Business Meeting, Z Restaurant, 187 Route 66E, Columbia, CT. Social at 6:00pm, dinner begins promptly at 6:15pm. Business
meeting to follow. Please remember to bring your canned goods and
non-perishable items for the soup kitchen. For information on
attending our business meetings, please contact membership chair,
OurHeart to Heart
Charity Ballwas 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
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