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Welcome to
Greater Hartford Soroptimist Club

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            Club Officers:

President: Heidi McNamar
Vice-President: Pam Blass
Treasurer: Michele Beaulieu
Recording Secretary: JoAnn Bostrom
Corresponding Secretary:  
Director: Pam Blass
Director: MaryAnn Reid

            Committees and Chairs:

Chrysalis Center/Soromundi Commons Leslie Wilper
Growth & Development (Membership) Chair: Heidi McNamar
Live Your Dream - Girl's Forum Janet Donn-Comeau 
Public Relations TBD
Ruby Award Leslie Wilper
Violet Richardson Award Chair: Lorrie Rankin
Women's Opportunity Award Chairs: Pam Blass

Special Events:
Decades Dance

Saturday, April 5, 2014
7:00pm to 10:00pm
East Hartford Veterans Memorial Clubhouse
100 Sunset Ridge Dr., East Hartford, CT
Proceeds to benefit programs for women & girls

Special News:
Our club has been awarded our Federations' Soroptimist Club Grant for Women and Girls for 2013-2014. Our project "SOAR" will allow the Girls Forum to bring 6 hands-on science programs to our 5th grade girls. We will also invite 6 women in the field of science to discuss their career paths.


We have also been awarded the Janet Pfeiler Region Club Award. "Empowering Girls by engaging them in Service" will heighten their awareness of issues Soroptimists' engage in. Among them Domestic Abuse, Bullying, Trafficking and Homelessness of women and girls.

On November 18, 2013, our club had a Thanksgiving Dinner at Soromundi Commons, Chrysalis Center. This is our 12th year doing this special dinner.The turkey was graciously donated by our President, Heidi McNamar of Krause Caterers of East Hartford. Sides and desserts were provided by our members. We enjoyed breaking bread with the ladies and a wonderful time was had by all.

Thank you all for making our 75th Anniversary Party on November 19th a wonderful and memorable event. Soroptimists from near and far traveled to celebrate this milestone in the Greater Hartford history, just as the women did 75 years ago.

Service Projects:
Our club has on going service projects that support the following organizations:
Network Against Domestic Abuse
Chrysalis Center/Soromundi Commons

Soroptimist Girls’ Forum at Washington Media Arts Magnet School ~
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Girls Forum Picture #1     Girls Forum Picture #2

Soroptimist Girls’ Forum at Washington School Media Arts Magnet School was established in 2007, bringing together thirteen 6th grade girls for a year of fun, friendship and mentoring.  The school chooses the girls for their leadership abilities.   

During our first year we completed many fun and charitable activities. The “Girls’” made cards for soldiers in Iraq, along with “Ginger Girl” ornaments and flower arrangements for the women at the Y shelter in Hartford.  

Our signature project for the year was a car washing and bake sale benefiting The Connecticut Children’s Medical Center. We had almost 100% participation on a gloomy Saturday morning! The girls worked hard and raised $370.00. They presented the check to the CCMC Program Director, Regina Boza at our final meeting on June 11th!

Sept. Special guest speaker Charlotte Hunter, CEO of A Pocket full of Joy. She supports and builds schools for children in Tanzania, Africa. The girls were very touched and collected flip tops from cans the children use for counting and music making.
December: They also made Christmas bags with ornaments, cards and buttons for the ladies at Soromundi Commons, which were received with blessings and tears.
Feb: The girls made care packages for our troops overseas.

2011-2012 School Year
Anti-Bullying Campaign
The girls won the Martin Luther King Jr. Day competition sponsored by the Manchester youth program. The prize money was used to but a button-making machine to make anti-bullying buttons to give to fellow students that excelled in being nice to their classmates.

The girls made Thanksgiving and Christmas cards and placemats for the women at Soromundi Commons, a program supported by Chrysalis Center in Hartford.

2009-2010 brought us 15-22 eager 5th grade girls.
The girls sold dog biscuits to buy toiletry items and necessities for the women and children at the shelter for The Network Against Domestic Abuse.

Throughout the year we were fortunate to gain the trust and friendship of the young ladies. Our proudest moment was having 7 girls offer to come back to “mentor” our new group of eleven energetic 5th grade girls for the 2008-2009 school year.

On June 10th the Soroptimist Girls' Forum at Washington Media Arts Magnet School (Cedar Street, Manchester) presented a check in the amount of $971.80 to Manchester Animal Control Officer Elease McConnell to help abandoned, neglected and abused animals.  The Soroptimist Girls' Forum is made up of 5th grade girls and is sponsored by Soroptimist International of Greater Hartford, an international women's service organization (www.soroptimist.org).  The girls raised the money by baking and selling dog biscuits at various events throughout the school year.

Front row: Jerrilynn Wagon, Michaela Gouche, Christina Foley, Jelisa Garcia 
Middle row: Valerie Majewski, Elease McConnell - Animal Control Officer, Britney McFarlane, Tamia Brooks, Natalia Morales, MaryClaire Comeau, Savannah Marccano, Jasmine Cruz, Kaitlynn Cassidy
Back row: Captain Prawl, Gladys Dieppa, Janyra Wallace, Kendall Niamke, Mia Medoza, Kendra VanLinter, Chief James Berry

How does Soroptimist Help Women and Girls to Live Their Dreams?

The Women’s Opportunity Award embodies the mantra "women helping women". This cash award is given to a single, head-of-household woman striving to better provide for her family by attending an accredited educational or vocational program to upgrade her job status or re-enter the workforce.

The Violet Richardson Award recognizes a young woman between the ages of 14 and 17 who makes the community and world a better place through volunteer efforts. It is named in honor of the first president of the original Soroptimist club whose motto was "it's what you do that counts". A financial contribution is also given to the winner's volunteer organization.

The Ruby Award acknowledges the efforts of women in the community who, through their personal or professional activities, are working to improve the lives of women and girls.

The Dorothy & Vernita Hayes Art Award, is unique to the Greater Hartford Club. Dorothy, an artist by profession and sister of Vernita, a former member of the Greater Hartford Soroptimist Club, bequeathed a sum of money to the club. She requested that $1,000 of the funds be awarded annually to a woman artist. The applicant must be a permanent resident of Hartford County and a full-time student in her junior or senior year of college or a graduate student, pursuing a degree in the Fine Arts.


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Club #101005

Nov. 19, 1938

2013 ~
75th Anniversary

Meeting Date:
1st Monday
of each Month

April 5, 2014
Decades Dance
Veterans Memorial Hall
East Hartford, CT

April 7, 2014
Membership Meeting
Goodwin College Boardroom


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