Home Page
About Our Club
Club Officers
Club Calendar
Service Projects

Awards & Grants
Pledge & Emblem
Photo Album
Contact Us
Community Links

Follow us on


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 ~

Save the Date ~ Our club will be celebrating 50 Years of Improving the Lives of Woman and Girls at our Heart to Heart Charity Ball on Saturday, Mar. 5, 2016.

Take a look at our new and updated Club Brochure!

Oct. 7, 2015 - 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. We will also be assembling toiletry bags for the Domestic Violence Shelter at this meeting in observance of Domestic Violence Month. Please RSVP to President Jan Grigas.

Oct. 17-18, 2015 ~ Soroptimist of Willimantic has a team participating in the Relay for Life of Greater Windham ~ Soroptimist & Friends! Our club is also a Corporate Sponsor. This year's Relay for Life is being held on Saturday, October 17, 2015 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.

Please consider joining our Relay Team and Sign Up Today! You can also easily make an online donation to support our team or even purchase a Luminaria. For more information, please contact either Barbara Straub or Joyce Burdick.


Soroptimist 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 10, 2015. Names of contributors will be listed in local newspapers on or near November 25th, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. Proceeds will be distributed to the Domestic Violence Shelter and the Sexual Assault Crisis Center.

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!

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



Send mail to webmaster@soroptimistwillimantic.org with any questions or comments about this web site.  Last modified 10/05/2015