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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.

Save the Date ~ March 5, 2016 ~  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!

Upcoming Soroptimist Events ~

Nov. 27, 2015 - Friday, Members will be serving hot chocolate at the Downtown Main Street Annual Tree Lighting. Gathering starts at 5:45pm at Jillson Square. Lighting of the tree is at 6:00pm. Fire Truck Parade starts at Jillson Square & continues up to Memorial Park. The Willimantic Fire Truck holding Santa will stop in front of the Town Hall & will let Santa out. Santa meet & greet at the Town Hall. Everyone is invited to the 3rd Floor of the Town Hall where our club will be serving hot chocolate. There will be a bake sale by the Windham High School Band.

Dec. 2, 2015 - Holiday Dinner Party

Wednesday, 6:00pm, Holiday Dinner Party and brief meeting. The Windham Club, 184 Club Road, North Windham, CT. Cocktails & Conversation 6:00pm to 7:00pm. Buffet dinner starts at 7:10pm. $35.00 per person. Please RSVP to President Jan Grigas, 860-468-0062 by November 27th. Make checks payable to SI Willimantic and mail to PO Box 485, Mansfield, CT 06250. There will be entertainment & door prizes. Spouses and guests are welcome!


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.

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



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