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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 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 for our next Heart to Heart Ball ~ March 2, 2019!

Upcoming Soroptimist Events ~
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.

 
This year's 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 Joyce Burdick.

Please consider joining our Relay Team and Sign Up Today! You can also easily make an online donation to support our team or even purchase a Luminaria.
 


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.

Save the date for our next Heart to Heart Ball ~ March 2, 2019!


Soroptimist International of Willimantic
would like to thank the people who stepped forward to
Take a Stand Against Domestic Violence!



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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