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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!

We are so excited about our Dream It Be It program for girls 8th to 12th grade.  For more information, please contact Joan Merritt, (860) 428-1230.

Upcoming Soroptimist Events ~ Heart to Heart Ball ~ March 4, 2017

Feb. 27, 2017 - Monday - 6:00pm to 7:45pm, FREE, Dream It Be It, Questers' Way at East Brook Mall, Self Defense for Girls, have fun while learning easy techniques to defend yourself. Learn how to avoid dating violence and the signs to look for. For girls 8th to 12th grade.

Mar. 1, 2017 - Wednesday - Membership Business Meeting, The Windham Club,
184 Club Road, North Windham, CT. Social 5:30pm, Buffet Dinner 6:00pm $15.00, followed by special presentation featuring Emma Palzere-Rae as Victoria Woodhull, Presidential Candidate 1872. Business meeting to follow. Please RSVP by 2/24/17 to President Christine.

Mar. 4, 2017 - Saturday - 6:00pm to 11:30pm, Heart to Heart Ball, Elks Lodge, 98 Pleasant Street, Willimantic, CT

Proceeds Benefit Local Programs that Improve the Lives of Women and Girls
Elks Lodge, 98 Pleasant Street, Willimantic, CT
Cocktails and Bountiful Hors d'oeuvres
Including Carving Stations 6:00 – 7:00
Enjoy dancing to the music of Rewind
7:00 – 11:30
Cash Bar ~ Silent Auction
Donation $50 per person
Ally (860) 230-6631   Maryann (860) 617-1703

Soroptimist 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
Take 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 Women.


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.

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 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



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