Upcoming Soroptimist Events ~
August 5, 2016 - Friday -
Join us for a once in a Lifetime Concert and Reunion of David
Foster and the Shaboo All-Stars on Friday August 5. Joining them
will be very special guests...Bruce John , Kal David & Lauri Bono,
Mike Finnigan, John Cafferty and Christine Ohlman! Gates open at
5:00pm. Show starts at 6:00pm. Admission is only $10.00! Part of the
proceeds will benefit Soroptimist of Willimantic Dream Programs.
For more information, please visit our
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, August 8th, Self-Defense
for Girls. For more information, please contact
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
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!!
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
Northeastern Region 2014-2016. Dr. Szafarek is a member of our Willimantic
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
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