Soroptimist International of Saratoga County

President's Welcome
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 83 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. 

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 improves the lives of women and girls
through programs leading to social and 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.


Latest News

Oct 28, 2017

SISC President Marie Buckley Hoffman recently recorded this video about motivates her to care about children, SISC and Wellspring.  Click here to view the video.

Oct 21, 2017

On Thursday October 26th at 4 pm, Criterion Cinema at 19 Railroad Place in Saratoga Springs will have a showing of the film, I Am Jane Doe, an acclaimed documentary about the victims of sex traffficking. Sex trafficking occurs even in "safe" places like Saratoga County. The Saratoga County Safe Harbour Project provides services and resources to address this problem in our local area. Maggie Fronk, director of Wellspring, talks about these issues in her recent blog post. Sex trafficking is the topic of the upcoming SISC Cabin Fever event on January 20, 2018. The theme of Cabin Fever will be 'Talk About It,' focusing on modern day human trafficking, a $32 billion annual industry. More information about Cabin Fever can be found here.

Jaagrata and Another Heaven
Oct 10, 2017

"Jaagrata," a dance event to benefit homeless shelters and victims of human trafficking, will take place on November 5, 2017, at the HCC-Hindu Culture Center in Albany, NY. The Indian classical ballet is based on the novel Another Heaven by Annu Subramanian, which addresses the horrors of human trafficking and aggression. Ms. Subramanian was a guest at the October SISC meeting, where the event and book were discussed in conjunction with our own upcoming Cabin Fever event on January 20, 2018. The theme of Cabin Fever will be 'Talk About It,' focusing on modern day human trafficking, a $32 billion annual industry. More information about Jaagrata and Another Heaven can be found here; more information about Cabin Fever can be found here.

Aug 18, 2017

Camp Abilities, Saratoga took place at Skidmore College, August 6-12, 2017. Camp Abilities Saratoga is a one-week educational sports camp for children and teens who are blind, visually impaired, and deafblind. Soroptimists of Saratoga been supporters of Camp Abilities since its inception in 2013. This year Soroptimists of Saratoga County awarded a grant providing support for two campers and two counselors. Campers had a great time, enjoying a wide range of sports from track events to disc golf to judo. Pictured are Soroptimist Mary Buckley Hoffman, a teacher of the blind and visually impaired, and two campers, one of whom is a former student of hers.

Aug 08, 2017

The 19th annual To Life "Beat the Odds" Educational Forum on Breast Cancer was held at the Saratoga National Golf Club on August 8. The forum offered informative and moving presentations on the science of breast cancer, nutritional and lifestyle factors, and a personal story of a continuing battle with breast cancer and its aftereffects. Among the attendees were Sandy Silverhart (first president of SISC) and current Soroptimists Janet Foster, Alice Dean, and Connie Sullivan. Soroptimists of Saratoga is a proud sponsor of this annual event. 

Jun 26, 2017

Thank you to The Saratogian!  See their story for details about the tour and summaries of this year's gardens. Don't forget to purchase your ticket for this annual event.  

Jun 16, 2017

Shhh! The Secret Gardens Tour is almost here!  2 West Bar and Grille is joining with Soroptimist International of Saratoga County as a prime sponsor of the Secret Gardens Tour on July 9, 2017. Visitors will be treated to a wide array of gardens throughout Saratoga Springs and the surrounding area. 

And before or after the tour? Hungry? And who isn’t? Visit the 2 West Bar and Grille anytime on July 9 after 10 AM to complement your Secret Gardens Tour Day.  20% of your tab will be donated to the Secret Gardens Tour... if you tell your server the secret password, Secret Gardens Tour. For dining after 5 PM, reservations are recommended at 518-450-7200 or at this link

If you don’t have your Secret Gardens ticket yet, go to soroptimistsaratoga.org or visit one of the locations listed on the website. Tickets will be sold on the day of the tour at the Saratoga Heritage Visitor Center. These gardens, home-grown right in your own community, are spectacular.

Here’s to a happy summer and a blooming good day!

May 17, 2017
June 3rd 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
June 4th 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Shop at Northshire Bookstore during the book fair and tell the bookseller that you are "Shopping for Soroptimists.” Twenty percent of your purchases will support the Secret Gardens Tour, scheduled for July 9. Enjoy yourself in Saratoga's exceptional bookstore. Click here for the flyer for the book fair to share with your friends.
And for a special treat, join author Ellen Herrick. who will be reading from and signing her new captivating novel, The Forbidden Garden, on June 3rd at 6:oo p.m.
You can purchase gift certificates in any amount. Consider purchasing several in nominal amounts to enclose in birthday or get well cards, or to bring to a friend’s house for dinner as a unique gift.
Never put off ‘til tomorrow, the book you can read today!


May 03, 2017
Advance tickets are $20, and may be ordered here. If you prefer, you may download the Secret Gardens Tour order form and send it to Soroptimists with a check via U.S. mail. 
The 23rd annual tour presented by Soroptimist of Saratoga County features an eclectic mix of 11 private gardens in and around Saratoga Springs. From homes on North Broadway, to a cluster of in-city yards, to a handful of suburban secrets, the gardens are a mix of styles and sizes, in both sun and shade, sure to inspire garden lovers of every level.
Apr 22, 2017

Join us for a delightful evening exploring this year’s gardening trends in our “ticket sales kickoff” for the Secret Gardens Tour. Sunnyside Gardens is hosting a free wine and cheese party to celebrate the upcoming Secret Gardens Tour on July 9th. Join us at Sunnyside Gardens, 345 Church Street, on Friday, May 12, 2017 from 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.  for a fun-filled evening. The event is free to attend, but so that we can plan thoughtfully we ask that you register to join us by leaving your name and the number of guests at secretgardensinfo@gmail.com. Please feel free to ask your staff, friends and families to join you. It’s a delightful informal event and we want the greater community to feel very much a part of our Soroptimist experience.  Click here for the descriptive flier.