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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.

Upcoming Soroptimist Events ~
Save the Date ~ March 7, 2015 ~ Heart to Heart Charity Ball

Nov. 28, 2014 - Friday, Members will be serving hot chocolate at the Holiday Tree Lighting and Carol Sing at Jillson Square near the First Baptist Church, Willimantic CT. The parade begins at 5:30pm at Memorial Park and ends at Jillson Square for the ceremonial tree lighting at approximately 6:00pm.

Dec. 3, 2014 - Wednesday - Holiday Party, The Windham Club, 184 Club Road, North Windham, CT. Social Hour 6:00pm to 7:00pm. Buffet dinner at 7:00pm. Spouses welcome. Bring a guest for a fun holiday celebration. $30.00 per person. RSVP to Lisa Rose by 11/29/14. (860) 455-9773.


Soroptimist International of Willimantic and
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 15, 2014. Names of contributors will be listed in local newspapers on or near 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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