We are a global volunteer organization working to
improve the lives of women and girls through programs leading to
social and economic empowerment.
Please view our
FAQ for more information about our
We are so excited about our
Dream It Be It
program for girls 9th to 12th grade.
For more information, please contact
Merritt, (860) 428-1230.
Save the date for our
next Heart to Heart Ball ~ March 2, 2019!
Stay tuned for an
exciting announcement about our new...
Soroptimist Dream Grant
Upcoming Soroptimist Events ~ Oct. 3, 2018 - Wednesday -
The Windham Club, 184 Club Road,
North Windham, CT. Social 5:30pm, Dinner 6:00pm followed by
membership meeting at 6:45pm. We will be assembling Domestic
Oct. 13, 2018
~ Soroptimist of Willimantic has a team
participating in the Relay for Life of Greater Windham ~
Soroptimist & Friends! Our club
has participated in our local area Relay for Life since it started,
22 years ago! Our club is
also a Corporate Sponsor.
Relay for Life is being held on Saturday, October 13, 2018 with
opening ceremonies beginning at 10:00am. It will run for 12 hours
ending at 10:00pm. The relay will be held at the ECSU Sports Complex located at 1 Mansfield City Road, Mansfield, CT.
We will be at the Information Booth! Stop by and say hello! For more
information, please contact either
Barbara Straub or
consider joining our
Relay Team and
Sign Up Today! You can also
easily make an online donation to support our team or even purchase
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 dreams!!
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