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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.

Take a look at our new and updated Club Brochure!

Upcoming Soroptimist Events ~

We are so excited about our new program for girls 8th to 12th grade ~ Dream It Be It. 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. Next class is Monday, July 11th, Stress Management for Teens. For more information, please contact Joan Merritt, (860) 428-1230.

Meet our new 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 Gosselin.

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!!



Please visit our charity ball page for a full listing of sponsors.


Soroptimist International of Willimantic along with 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 declare:
I 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!


Dr. Bernice Szafarek, 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 economic empowerment."

Women Helping Women - The Story of Soroptimist
 

 


 


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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