We are so excited about our
Dream It Be It
program for girls 8th to 12th grade. For more information, please contact
Merritt, (860) 428-1230.
Upcoming Soroptimist Events ~ Mar 21, 2017 - Tuesday, 8:00am to 2:00pm, Dream It, Be
Workshop, Eastern Connecticut State University, Betty Tipton Room. Since 2006,Soroptimist International of Willimantic has sponsored a free
workshop for girls to help young women make safe choices in their
everyday lives. Freshmen High School Girls from area schools are
invited and transportation is paid for by our club to transport the
girls from their high schools to the workshop. Lunch is also
Apr. 5, 2017 - 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 by 2/24/17 to
We extend our heartfelt thanks and gratitude to all our
sponsors, guests, volunteers and members
who made our Heart to Heart Ball such a wonderful success!
Your support helps us to empower women and girls to live their
International of Willimantic and
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
a Stand Against Domestic Violence!”
A special thank you to The Chronicle and WILI Radio!
Names of contributors were published in The Chronicle on November
25th, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against
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
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