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Soroptimist International of Saratoga County is holding an evening of information, social engagement and refreshments for “women from varied backgrounds and perspectives who wish to work to improve the lives of women and girls through programs leading to social and economic empowerment.”

The event is Wednesday, November 13, 2019 at 5:30 PM at  Longfellow's Restaurant. Women who are in interested in learning about the Soroptimist organization and their programs are invited.  

Soroptimist International of Saratoga County is part of an international organization with 80,000 members in 120 countries and territories.  Soroptimist is committed to improving the lives of women and girls through programs leading to social and economic empowerment. Soroptimist comes from the Latin words “soror” and “optima” meaning Best for Women.

Chartered in 1979, the Soroptimist International of Saratoga County club has supported a variety of local service projects that reflect a special commitment to the needs and concerns for women and girls. The Club, with Wellspring of Saratoga County, regularly holds an eight week Financial Literacy Course for women surviving domestic violence and other life adversities.  

To register for this Annual Soroptimist Informational Meeting (by November 6, 2019), or for additional information, please contact either of the co-chairs of the Growth & Development Committee: Beth Meliski or Amanda Friedman

As part of the membership process, prospective members are paired with a current member as a sponsor. Below are checklists of attributes of successful prospective members and successful sponsors. 

Who Would Make a Good Member? A Woman who ...

  • Wants to give back and help others
  • Has a mission compatible with the Soroptimist mission
  • Is committed to being involved throughout the year
  • Is interested in making new friends
  • Is looking to be connected both socially and professionally but realizes that SISC is not primarily a professional networking group
  • Is self-motivated/self-starter
  • Is excited to join
  • Cares about women’s issues
  • Enjoys working in a group and on committees
  • Is politically aware but realizes that SISC is not a political action group
  • Is interested in sharing or developing leadership skills
  • Is at times willing to help on short notice
What Prospective/New Members Want From A Sponsor:
  • Introduce prospective/new members (P/NM) to other members and make them feel welcomed throughout the year
  • Follow up with P/NM on how she is doing in the Club
  • Help her navigate the ins & outs of club procedures
  • Teach the history of the Club
  • Be a sponsor/mentor only if you can make a long term commitment
  • Set an example
  • Call with reminders of important dates
  • Attend meetings
  • Help P/NM decide which committee to be on
  • Show P/NM how to find Soroptimist info on website and
  • Phone or email P/NM before each meeting; and after meeting if P/NM did not attend
  • Encourage PM to attend committee meetings and Hope and Power training before she becomes a new member
  • Be aware that each P/NM has different needs: speak with her to find out what would make her comfortable