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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!

Upcoming Soroptimist Events ~

We are so excited about our new program for girls 8th to 12th grade ~ Dream It Be It. Starting  May 2nd, Monday, 3:30pm to 6:00pm at Questers' Way at East Brook Mall. Includes free classes such as self-defense, dance and yoga.

April 29-May 1, 2016 - Northeastern Region Spring Conference, Saratoga, New York

May 2, 2016 - First class for our new Dream It Be It  program starts!

May 4, 2016 - Wednesday, 6:00pm, 50th Anniversary Celebration and Live Your Dreams Awards Dinner. There will be a short membership meeting from 6:00pm to 6:30pm. Held at Horizons Commons, 127 Babcock Hill Road, South Windham, CT. Buffet Dinner catered by Horizons. $25 per person. Presentation of Live Your Dream Awards, Ruby Award for Women Helping Women, Violet Richardson Awards and Special Member Recognitions. RSVP by Thursday, April 29th, to Lisa Rose.

 


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!!



Please visit our charity ball page for a full listing of sponsors.


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 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

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KOF28tCodcY&feature=player_embedded
 








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