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 ~
April 16, 2014 - Wednesday -
Anniversary & Awards Dinner,
Z Restaurant, 187 Route 66E, Columbia, CT. Bring a guest as we honor
our award winners and celebrate 48 years of service. We will be
presenting the Women's Opportunity Award, the Ruby Award for Women
Helping Women and Special Member Recognition. Members and guests
need to RSVP by April 9th to Lisa Rose, (860) 455-9773 or email
Mary Webb. Dinner $30.00, Please include Dinner Choice.
May 7, 2014 - Wednesday -
6:00pm, Membership Business Meeting, Violet Richardson Awards, Fill
Bags for the Domestic Violence Center, Pot Luck Dinner, Location to
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