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Soroptimist International of Saratoga County



    

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

 

SOROPTIMIST MEANS "BEST FOR WOMEN"

We are a global volunteer organization that provides women and girls with access to the education and training needed to achieve economic empowerment. Beginning in January 2021, Soroptimist International of Saratoga County  (SISC) is undertaking a ten-month community awareness campaign in celebration of the national club’s 100-year anniversary. In February, SISC presents “Sowing the Seeds of Engagement”, showcasing our engagement in our local and global communities. Click on the image at the right to listen to a 100-second interview with our current president, Sandra Reulet, to hear about ways in which SISC is engaging with our communities, both local and global.

 

Celebrating 100 Years of Success:
Soroptimists at Their Best – Right Here in Saratoga!

Soroptimist International of Saratoga County  (SISC) is excited to kick off a ten-month community awareness campaign in celebration of the national club’s 100-year anniversary. Each month has a theme with a focus on a facet of the Soroptimist experience, highlighting what the organization strives to be – women at our best – helping other women to be their best. Here are our themes, and each month we will add a 100 second interview about what we do:
  • January: This is Us: Soroptimists -- 100 Seconds With Sondra Silverhart
  • February: Sowing the Seeds of Engagement: Powered by the Community -- 100 Seconds with Sandra Reulet
  • March: In Our Backyard: Serving Our Community
  • April: Compassionate Leadership: Empowerment in Action 
  • May: Every Woman Counts: Diversity and Gender Equality in Action 
  • June: Women and Girls: The Joy of Achievement 
  • July: Business Success: Mentoring and Entrepreneurship
  • August: World Outreach: A Global Voice for Women
  • September: Dignity in Service: Making a Difference through Relationships 
  • October: Building a Better Future: Beginning Today for Tomorrow 
Our ten-month awareness campaign is designed to showcase all the work we do on behalf of the women and girls right here in Saratoga – and how you, our supportive community, can share in our success. For more information, click here.

 

SISC AT WORK DURING THE CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC

“Women at their best, working to help other women to be their best” is a goal of Soroptimists international, and echoed by the members of Soroptimist International of Saratoga County. The Coronavius pandemic affects every aspect of our lives, and Soroptimists are no exception. The organization and its members are committed to seek alternative approaches to meeting its goals, especially at a time when where face-to face meetings and events are uniquely curtailed by the virus. Members are given every opportunity to creatively pursue the agenda of making lives better for women and girls, especially since the personal hardships and economic impact of the virus affect women at risk more than ever. All activities are conducted with the health and safety of members as a primary focus, with CDC, state, and other guidelines followed as directed. As we keep each other safe, and as we pursue our goals in the most imaginative ways possible, we look forward to a challenging, yet exciting, year ahead. Together, we can. Click below for Coronavirus updates.

SOROPTIMIST CORONAVIRUS UPDATES

 

 


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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Soroptimist -- Investing in Dreams
 
 

 

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Latest News

Apr 05, 2021
SISC is proud to announce that AnnaMaria is our 2021 Live Your Dream Award recipient. She was awarded $5,000 to help her realize her dream of obtaining her Bachelor’s Degree. The Soroptimist Live Your Dream: Education & Training Awards for Women program provides grants to women who are working to better their lives through additional schooling and skills training.
 
AnnaMaria’s dream seemed more unattainable with each passing year, as she struggled to pay tuition and found herself in an abusive relationship and essentially homeless. Now AnnaMaria says “Without the Live Your Dream Award, I wouldn’t be registering for classes knowing I can pay the tuition bill. I feel as if they were sent to me and some days it still doesn’t feel real that because of them I’ll be able to walk and receive my diploma in December of 2022. These past 5 years have been a road to healing and I am proud to say I now am the Program Coordinator for a program that serves first generation, low-income students like myself.”
 
Help us empower women locally and throughout the world! Your support is needed more than ever! Due to COVID, our club’s last fundraiser was in January 2020 and our available funding is 40% less than last year. Learn more about how you can support our Spring Fever Golf Tournament fundraiser here: https://soroptimistsaratoga.org/SpringFever.
Apr 05, 2021
April has arrived, bringing with it our theme for the month, Compassionate Leadership: Empowerment in Action, and 10 more ways to say Soroptimist:
 
31. Authentic; 32. Vicarious; 33. Devoted; 34. Charismatic; 35. Action-oriented;
36. Mentor; 37. Nurturing; 38. Engage; 39. Accomplished; 40. Solidarity
 
Check back next month for more ways to say "Soroptimist."
Apr 01, 2021

Soproptimists of Saratoga County are happy and grateful to announce that, in celebration of Women's History Month, the Adirondack Women’s Bar Association has donated $1,000 to support us in our mission of helping women and girls to have successful lives and careers. We thank them so much for all that they do to help women and for honoring us with their generous donation.

Mar 30, 2021

Soroptimists Beth Hladik and Amanda Friedman were on Look TV on March 29, talking about the many ways Soroptimists are active in our community. Beth and Amanda are co-chairs of the Spring Fever Committee. For more information about the Spring Fever Golf Tournament on May 24, an event supporting the local and global work of Saratoga Soroptimists, click here. To view the full interview on Look TV, click here or on the image below.

Mar 11, 2021

It's almost time to spring forward, which means golfing days can't be far away. On May 24 you can play golf at Saratoga National and help Saratoga Soroptimists to help women and girls, all at the same time. Ticket sales for our inaugural Spring Fever event are available now! You can buy a golf ticket, which includes dinner at National, or, if golf is not your thing, you can join us just for dinner. It's going to be a great day for golf and Saratoga Soroptimists, so please join us! Click here for detailed information about the event and to buy tickets via PayPal. Hope to see you on May 24!

Mar 08, 2021

On March 8 of each year we celebrate International Women's Day. On this day we renew our commitment to recognizing the achievements of women around the globe, and we renew our pledge to raise awareness of gender inequality and to work to create equality for all. Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, UN Women Executive Director, says the following regarding International Women’s Day 2021: "We need women’s representation that reflects all women and girls in all their diversity and abilities, and across all cultural, social, economic and political situations. This is the only way we will get real societal change that incorporates women in decision-making as equals and benefits us all."  To read and hear her full statement, click here.

Mar 02, 2021

March has arrived, bringing with it our theme for the month, In Our Backyard: Serving Our Community, and 10 more ways to say Soroptimist:

21. Successful; 22. Helpful; 23. Sustainable; 24. Allied; 25. Compassionate;
26. Empathetic; 27. Thorough; 28. Fulfilled; 29. Persuasive; 30. Flexible
 
Check back next month for more ways to say "Soroptimist."
Feb 18, 2021
COVID has impacted all of us in big and small ways. Soroptimist International notes its specific effects on women, and is working for the following goals: ensuring that future rebuilding of services is based through participation and collaboration on protecting human rights and delivering an effective humanitarian response for all addressing
the disproportionate and accumulative health and socio-economic impacts of Covid-19 on women, Black and ethnic minority people, disabled people, older people, and others hit
hardest by it; enabling women and girls to have a leadership voice in their communities, locally nationally and globally to build relevant and effective new services and improved structures. To learn more about COVID's impact on women and girls, check out the SI  position paper here.
Feb 01, 2021

In January we offered 10 ways to say Soroptimist! For February, here are ten more ways to say Soroptimist: 

11. Fellowship; 12. Joyful; 13. Riveting; 14. Partner; 15. Powerful
16. Thriving; 17. Qualified; 18. Inspired; 19. Professional; 20. Holistic
 
Check back next month for more ways to say "Soroptimist."

 

 
Jan 19, 2021

At the Saratoga Springs City Council meeting on January 19, 2021, Mayor Meg Kelly signed a proclamation expressing her appreciation for all of the contributions that Soroptimist of Saratoga County has made to the local community and beyond. She invited all local businesses and community members to join us in our 10-month celebration of the 100th anniversary of Soroptimist International, and to recognize the positive impact Soroptimist has had on girls and women in our community. Click here to read the formal proclamation.

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