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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.

We would like to thank everyone that helped make our Heart to 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 Charity Ball. Take a look!

Upcoming Soroptimist Events ~
April 1, 2015
- Wednesday - Membership Business Meeting, The Windham Club,
184 Club Road, North Windham, CT. Regular dinner meetings begin promptly at 6:00pm with dinner being served 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 President Mary Webb.

April 11, 2015 - Saturday - 6:00pm to 8:00pm - Evening of Wine Tasting at Stonington Vineyards, 523 Taugwonk Road, Stonington, CT. Joint event hosted by Soroptimist International of Connecticut River Valley and Soroptimist International of Willimantic. Enjoy lite bites and sample great wines. Proceeds support the Dream It, Be It Career Support for Girls and local Soroptimist programs for women and girls. For tickets, $30.00, please call Gerry at 860.347.5360 or via email at SIConnecticutRiverValley@Soroptimist.net

 


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 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 the Northeastern Region 2014-2016. Dr. Szafarek is a member of our Willimantic Club.


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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