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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.

Please view our FAQ for more information about our club!

We are proud to announce our updated and simplified Soroptimist Dream Grant! Soroptimist International of Willimantic Dream Grants help women overcome obstacles to living their dreams. The new grant is all about helping women who have faced economic and personal hardships to live their dreams. The program helps women build a better life for themselves. The Soroptimist Dream Grant funds up to $500 which can be used for licensing fees, testing fees, tuition or transportation including bus passes and gas cards. Please visit our Awards Page for more details on how to apply.

Applicants can apply online for the Soroptimist Dream Grant at any time.

Save the Date ~ Our Heart to Heart Ball will be on Saturday, March 7, 2020 at the Willimantic Elks Lodge, 198 Pleasant St., Willimantic, CT

Upcoming Soroptimist Events ~

Nov. 29, 2019 - Soroptimist International of Willimantic members will be serving hot chocolate at Jillson Square for the Town Of Windham Festival Of Light Parade/Tree Lighting this Friday. It's always a great community event!

Dec. 4, 2019 - Wednesday, Holiday Dinner Party. 5:30pm to 8:00pm. The Windham Club, 184 Club Road, North Windham, CT. Enjoy a wonderful evening with a buffet dinner, door prizes, and music by November Sound. $35.00 per person. Please RSVP to Lisa, 860-455-9773, by 11/29. Spouses & guests are welcome! Bring a friend! Please remember to bring your gifts for the children at Village Heights. Family games and books are always good choices. Also, we are looking for gently used or new purses of all sizes for holiday gifts for Next Step. We will fill them with bath gel, soap and lotion for their holiday gifts.


November 25 is the International Day to Eliminate Violence Against Women.
We would like to thank everyone who stepped forward to
"Take A Stand to End Violence Against Women".
Your generous donations to this annual campaign help support United Services Domestic Violence Shelter providing safe housing, basic needs and counseling for victims of domestic violence and the Sexual Assault Crisis Center.
We extend a special thank you to Honorary Co-Chair, Wayne Norman, Good Company WILI 1400 & 95.3​, The Chronicle​ and Lebanon Life​.


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!!

Save the date for next year, Mar. 7, 2020.


Our club is part of Soroptimist International of the Northeastern Region which totals ten clubs and over 200 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

 

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








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