Save the Date -
March 6, 2017 - Saturday - Charity Ball & Anniversary Party!
We are so excited about our
Dream It Be It
program for girls 8th to 12th grade.
Classes are every 2nd and 4th Monday, 4:00pm to 6:00pm at Questers'
Way at East Brook Mall. Includes free classes such as Self-Defense,
Dance and Tai Chi. For more information, please contact
Merritt, (860) 428-1230.
Upcoming Soroptimist Events ~ Oct. 5,2016 - Wednesday -
Membership Business Meeting,
The Windham Club,
184 Club Road, North Windham, CT. Social 5:30pm, Dinner 6:00pm
followed by membership meeting at 6:45pm. Please RSVP to
Oct. 15-16, 2016 ~ Soroptimist of Willimantic has a team
participating in the Relay for Life of Greater Windham ~
Soroptimist & Friends! Our club
has participated in our local area Relay for Life since it started,
20 years ago! Our club is
also a Corporate Sponsor. This year's
Relay for Life is being held on Saturday, October 15, 2016 with
opening ceremonies beginning at 10:00am. It will run for 24 hours
ending on Sunday, October 18, 2015. The relay will be held at the ECSU Sports Complex located at 1 Mansfield City Road, Mansfield, CT.
International of Willimantic along with Honorary Co-Chairs Ernie
Eldridge, Mayor of the Town of Windham and Wayne Norman, WILI Radio
Personality, invite you to step forward and declare: “I
Take a Stand Against Domestic Violence!”
Make your tax deductible contribution by November 12, 2016.
Names of contributors will be listed in local newspapers on or near
November 25th, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence
Proceeds will be assist the Domestic Violence Shelter, the Sexual
Assault Crisis Center and Soroptimist Programs for Women.
here to download and print your
Club Officers for the 2016-2017 year:
Pictured L-R: Vice-President Maryann Gorgone, President Christine
Warner, Immediate Past President Jan Grigas, Director Joan Merritt,
Treasurer Lisa Rose, Recording Secretary Sarah Geikie, Director
Irene Schein. Not pictured: Corresponding Secretary Clarisse
Please visit our
Facebook Page to see photos of our
recent Awards & Anniversary Celebration Dinner held on 5/4/16. It
was a wonderful evening!
We extend our heartfelt thanks and gratitude to all our sponsors,
guests, volunteers and members who made our Heart to Heart Charity
Ball such a wonderful success. Your support helps us to empower
women and girls to live their dreams!!
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!
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