Soroptimist International of Saratoga County




Secret Gardens Tour 2020: SISC regretfully announces that the
2020 Secret Gardens Tour has been cancelled.


  • June 15, 2020: Sunnyside Gardens, one of Saratoga Soropitmists' long-standing sponsors and a strong advocate for the Secret Gardens Tour, has generously donated to Saratoga Soroptimists. Our annual Garden Party at Sunnyside event, one of our favorites, has been cancelled as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. Thank you to Sunnyside Gardens for their heartfelt donation in lieu of the event. Soroptimists will be able to improve the lives of women and girls through Sunnyside's kindness. We are looking forward to strolling through the greenhouses next year in another spectacular garden party. Look for us all at Sunnyside next year and join us for a much awaited Secret Gardens Tour.

  • May 29, 2020: As the shutdown for coronavirus safety continues, we must postpone the Shopping for Soroptimist event at Northshire Bookstore, which was scheduled for June 13-14. Please watch for updates when phased reopening begins. We are grateful to Northshire Bookstore for their continuing support, and we encourage you to support Northshire and all our wonderful local businesses.

  • May 7, 2020: Before the coronvirus crisis began, the Secret Gardens Tour Committee had grand plans to kick off our “season” with a wine and cheese reception at Sunnyside Gardens this Friday evening, May 8th. The party would also have given us the opportunity to honor our friend and owner of Sunnyside Gardens, the late Ned Chapman, who was an ardent supporter of Saratoga Soroptimists and our annual garden tour. Ned’s family continues to run the business and started the spring selling season by offering curb-side pickup. Just this week they opened the doors for customers to go into the greenhouses, urging the use of face masks and other safety measures. Like many other local business owners, they are adapting to the challenges of the coronavirus and being careful to protect the health of customers and employees. While we cannot gather for our party this Friday, you can still support our long-time sponsor, Sunnyside Gardens. Let’s help those who have helped us.

  • March 30, 2020: The deadline to apply for a Global Initiative Grant has been extended to June 1, due to the disruption from the coronovirus crisis. For more information, and to download a grant application, click here.

  • March 19, 2020: Soroptimist International of the Americas has determined that all clubs must postpone and/or cancel their meetings and events through at least April 15. Therefore, all of our club events and meetings are hereby postponed or canceled.  This includes the March 25 social gathering, the April 4 new member orientation, the April 8 membership meeting, the Dream It, Be It event on April 6, the Hope and Power sessions,  and the board meeting next week.

  • In addition, the Secret Garden Committee has postponed the wine and cheese party at Sunnyside Gardens, previously scheduled for May 8, and it has halted online ticket sales until further notice.

We will have more news as the situation progresses. 


Contact us at: soroptimistsaratoga@gmail.com
PO Box 1074, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866, USA


Soroptimist International is a global women’s organization whose members volunteer to improve the lives of women and girls through programs leading to social and economic empowerment. Founded in 1921, there are approximately 80,000 Soroptimists in 130 countries and territories supporting community–based and global projects benefiting women and girls. For more information about Soroptimist International and programs that improve the lives of women and girls, visit Soroptimist.org.


Soroptimist International of Saratoga County (SISC) is a club within District I of the North Atlantic Region of Soroptimist International of the Americas, Inc., one of four federations with representation at the United Nations. SISC was founded in 1979 and currently has 79 members. Each year SISC raises funds for a number of awards and grants that benefit women and girls both locally in Saratoga County and surrounding areas, as well as globally through international initiatives. Award categories include: Live Your Dream Award, Violet Richardson Award, Local Organizational Grants, International Initiatives, and Dream It, Be It. Our signature service project is Project Hope and Power, a collaborative project with Wellspring (formerly Domestic Violence and Rape Crisis Services of Saratoga County), designed to help women who are victims and survivors of domestic violence develop the skills needed to begin working toward financial independence. The activities of SISC are described in more detail in the other sections of this website.

Click here for a video presentation about SISC by our 2017-18 president, Marie Hoffman.

Soroptimist Vision: Women and girls have the resources and opportunities
to reach their full potential and live their dreams.
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Soroptimist Mission: Soroptimist is a global volunteer organization that provides women and girls
with access to the education and training they need to achieve economic empowerment.
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Core Values:
Gender Equality – Women and girls live free from discrimination.
Empowerment – Women and girls are
free to act in their own best interest.
Education – Women and girls deserve to lead full and
productive lives through access to education.
Diversity & Fellowship – Women from varied backgrounds and
perspectives work together to improve the lives of women and girls.
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Latest News

Feb 11, 2020


Mark your calendar for Sunday, July 12, for the 26th Annual Soroptimist Secret Gardens Tour! We’ve got some surprises (take note, herb lovers) as you enjoy stunning gardens of all shapes and sizes in Ballston Spa, Saratoga Springs and Schuylerville. Details about the gardens will be available soon. 

We’re also pleased to announce that once again there will be two lead-up events to increase awareness of the tour:
  • Soroptimist Garden Party: Sunnyside Gardens will host a free wine and cheese party to kick off the Secret Garden Tour sales on Friday, May 8, the Friday before Mother’s Day, beginning at 5:30 PM. Stay tuned for more details. 
  • Shopping for Soroptimist: Northshire Bookstore will host a book fair on June 13-14 at their Broadway location in Saratoga Springs. A portion of proceeds from all sales, will be donated to the Soroptimist Secret Gardens Tour.
Feb 11, 2020

Soroptimists are looking forward to the unveiling of the Monumental Women Statue in Central Park, NYC on August 26, 2020 and are planning a bus tour for the unveiling. Mark your calendars with more information to come.

Feb 11, 2020

Members of  Girl Scout Troop 3252, from Middle Grove, joined Soroptimists to share their Community Service Project called the Blessings Box.  The project was initiated so the girls could earn their Silver Award.  The objective was to initiate a self- sustaining community service project.  The girls discovered that food pantries had limited hours of operation, had set limits on the number of times a family could access them and a lack of transportation in rural areas made access difficult.  With advice from adult supporters, the girls decided to set up four food boxes located in Middle Grove, Greenfield, Rock City Falls and Corinth.   An inscription that reads “Take what you need and Give what you can” is on each of the boxes that are made available 24/7.  A setback occurred when one of the boxes located in Middle Grove was taken down by a hit and run driver.  News about the incident was covered by a story on Channel 13 news.  People became aware of the project through this coverage and the public’s response was amazingly generous.  Churches started to help with food donations and gift cards so the food stock could be replenished.  SISC also contributed 200 pounds of food and the girls thanked the club for its generosity.    The need is great but the girls are dedicated to keeping the boxes well stocked.  For their Gold Award, the girls hope to design a tutorial on how to build the box so others can initiate a similar project elsewhere. 

Feb 11, 2020
In celebration of National Women Physicians Day, Saratoga Hospital is proud to recognize the women doctors who are part of the Saratoga Hospital Medical group and the hospital’s medical staff, all dedicated to the care of patients and serve as role models for the young women in our community. As part of its appreciation, the Saratoga Hospital will be making a donation to Soroptimist International of Saratoga County - business and professional women working to improve the lives of women and girls locally and globally. 
Feb 04, 2020

Soroptimist International of Saratoga County (SISC) announces the availability of $16,500 in Global Initiative Grants for local organizations that support the needs of women and girls throughout the world. Soroptimist is a global volunteer organization striving to improve the lives of women and girls through programs leading to social and economic empowerment. For more information about the grants and our worldwide mission, click here, or email globalawardsaratoga@gmail.com for further information and grant application.

Jan 28, 2020

What a day! On January 25th Cabin Fever 2020 successfully celebrated the 100th anniversary of the 19th amendment with fun, laughs, networking, insightful conversations and a bit of singing by all! Thanks to all who joined and made this day possible - including our fireside chat participants - Coline Jenkins, Patricia Nugent, Wendy Johnston and Ella Ouimet. Click here to see some photos from the event or here to get further information about the event and the invited speakers. We hope to see you at Cabin Fever 2021!

Nov 15, 2019

SISC had an outstanding Dream It, Be It Fall Workshop yesterday.  We had 39 girls and 5 counselors from Saratoga, Ballston Spa and Galway High Schools.  The workshop was held at the National Museum of Dance in Saratoga Springs.  We covered the first 3 modules of SIA’s 7 module Curriculum.  Saratoga Springs Mayor Meg Kelly gave an inspiring and motivational speech which discussed her career paths and the challenges and successes she encountered along the way. 



Nov 15, 2019
For almost 40 years Soroptimist International of Saratoga County has been supporting Wellspring's work helping domestic violence and sexual assault survivors. Last week we found a fun way to support Wellspring doing some shopping with friends at their Girlfriends Helping Girlfriends event.
Oct 10, 2019
Girlfriends Helping Girlfriends, November 7, 2019 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM at Longfellows Restaurant, is a fun night out of shopping – featuring 20 local shops and vendors – a fashion show, great raffle prizes, food, drinks and more! All proceeds raised will be used to help support the programs and services of Wellspring. Wellspring is the domestic violence and sexual assault services resource for Saratoga County and Washington County residents. Wellspring and Soroptimist International of Saratoga County work together to present one of our signature outreach programs, Hope and Power. For more information about Girlfriends Helping Girlfriends and to buy tickets, click here.
Oct 04, 2019
To Life! presents:
The 9th Annual Women's Health Conference
Tuesday November 12th 8:00am to 4:30pm
Carondelet Hospitality Center, 385 Watervliet Shaker Road Latham, NY 12110
Join To Life for an all-day conference on topics related to Breast Cancer and Women's Health issues. This conference offers 11 presentations featuring experts from the community. It includes large forum talks and small group workshops. Topics will be relevant to survivors in active treatment or beyond and seasoned healthcare professionals. Each year the Conference has been approved to offer continuing education credits for registered nurses and other nursing professionals. This program is offered free of charge but registration is REQUIRED: