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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.

We are so excited about our Dream It Be It program for girls 9th to 12th grade.  For more information, please contact Joan Merritt, (860) 428-1230.

Save the Date! Our fabulous Charity Ball will be held on Saturday, 3/3/18, at the Willimantic Elks Club!

Upcoming Soroptimist Events ~
Nov. 24, 2017 - Friday, Members will be serving hot chocolate at the Downtown Main Street Annual Tree Lighting. The Tree lighting will take place at 5:30pm. The Light parade will step off right after the tree lighting is done. Parade route is Jillson Square down to the Town Hall. Santa will be waiting in the town hall after the parade.


Dec. 6, 2017 - Wednesday, Holiday Dinner Party and brief meeting. 5:30pm to 8:00pm. The Windham Club, 184 Club Road, North Windham, CT. Enjoy a wonderful evening and a scrumptious buffet dinner with members & friends. $35.00 per person. Please RSVP to Lisa, 860-455-9773, by 11/26. Spouses & guests are welcome!


 


Soroptimist International of Willimantic
invites you to step forward and declare:
 I Take a Stand Against Domestic Violence!
 Make your tax deductible contribution by November 15, 2017.
 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 assist the Domestic Violence Shelter, the Sexual Assault Crisis Center and Soroptimist Programs for Women.


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!!

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


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 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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