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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Soroptimist -- Investing in Dreams


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Latest News

Aug 15, 2019

Congratulations Soroptimists of Saratoga for an amazing 2019, 25th Anniversary Secret Garden Tour! This annual fundraiser helps support programs for women and children throughout our local area and internationally. Thank you to our talented gardeners and dedicated SISC members who make this amazing tour an annual event in Saratoga Springs, NY! Click here to see photos from the tour (photos courtesy of Brian Hoffman).


May 24, 2019

Maggie Fronk, Executive Director of Wellspring, and a member of Saratoga Soroptimists, has been named a Woman of Influence in Saratoga County, an initiative honoring women who change lives in our community,  sponsored by Saratoga Today. As one of five women honored, Maggie excels in her administrative role by providing crisis and support services to survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault. Maggie is a dynamo of positive thinking and action. She believes that "each one of us can be a positive influence in our communities. Everyone of us can be a champion for change, ending both relationship and sexual violence for good. That's the goal." Congratulations Maggie, from your sister Soroptimists!









May 21, 2019
Hold on to your gardening hats.  Sunday, July 7th is the 25th anniversary of the Secret Gardens Tour, displaying the most exciting and intimate gardens Saratoga has to offer.  Stunning gardens created by Saratogians throughout the community will be on display. Advance ticket sales are now closed. All tickets purchased online will be available for pickup on the day of the tour, from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, July 7, at the Saratoga Springs Visitor Center, 297 Broadway. Remaining tickets on the day of the tour will be sold for $30 each only at the Visitor Center, from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. July 7.
We regret to announce  that one garden on the tour, at 4 Beacon Hill Drive, has had to cancel. There are still a dozen locations to enjoy. 
Questions? Leave a message at 518-581-1201 ext. 4184 or email secretgardensinfo@gmail.com.
May 14, 2019

Saratoga Soroptimists were honored by Commissioner of Finance Michele Madigan, representing Saratoga Springs Mayor Meg Kelly,  on Friday, May 10th, in celebrating the 25th Anniversary of the Secret Gardens Tour. A proclamation was read during the Sunnyside Garden Party, an entertaining wine and cheese event complete with plants, garden ideas and greenhouses, to kick off ticket sales for the 25th Secret Gardens Tour.  The Commissioner specifically focused on the many roles of Soroptimists, with a keen eye towards the contributions to empowering women and help women enjoy better lives, both locally and internationally. Soroptiists literally translates as "Best for Women". The Secret Gardens Tour is scheduled for July 7, 2019. Click here for a copy of the proclamation, or click here to order your tickets for the tour.

Apr 16, 2019

We are pleased to announce the recipient of the 2019 Soroptimist of Saratoga County Violet Richardson Award, which recognizes young women, age 14-17 who volunteer in the community. This year's winner is SAKTHI MUTHUKRISHNAN. Sakthi has been involved with a variety of projects at the Saratoga Senior Center and made a commitment to helping seniors with projects such as IT device assistance, organization of books and help with membership renewal. Our local club awarded $500 to Sakthi and $500 to the Saratoga Senior Center on her behalf. Sakthi also volunteers at the Saratoga Public Library & the Saratoga Arts Center.
We also congratulate our Violet Richardson Honorable Mention Awardees and their families. Each amazing young woman will receive a $250 award and $250 towards their local non profit programs. Bronwen Chilton founded the "Sit With Us Club" at Saratoga Springs High School which provided a welcoming and accepting environment in the cafeteria. Kassondra Cook recently chaired the South Glens Falls High School Marathon Dance program and has been raising money for years for the program. This year they raised $837,800 for local charities.
Mar 25, 2019
Saturday, April 13, 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Sunday, April 14, 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Northshire Bookstore, 424 Broadway, Saratoga Springs 12866
Support Soroptimists by visiting the Northshire Bookstore on Saturday, April 13th and Sunday, April 14th! Shop to your heart's delight for books, gift items, gift cards, children's items and more. Be sure to tell your bookseller you are "Shopping for the Soroptimists" so that your sale will be counted. Northshire Bookstore will donate 20% of your purchases to Soroptimist International of Saratoga County. Click here for a detailed flyer describing the bookfair.
The Northshire bookfair supports Saratoga Soroptimists' Secret Gardens Tour, scheduled for July 7. The tour is intended to showcase Saratoga's finest gardens while raising money to support programs for women and girls. Click here for information regarding the Secret Gardens Tour. See you at the bookfair and the tour!
Mar 20, 2019

Do you know a high-school girl who would like to learns to skills to chart her future? The Dream It, Be It Committee still has a few openings for our Dream It, Be It workshop, to be held at the Saratoga Regional YMCA on West Avenue in Saratoga Springs. If you know of a high-school girl in grades 9-12 who you think you might benefit from this dynamic and inspiring workshop, please have her, or her parents, contact Ruth Horton at saratogadreamitbeit@gmail.com for further details and registration forms. The registration must be received prior to the program. The date of the workshop has been rescheduled for October 12, 2019.


At the Workshop, professionals from the Saratoga Regional YMCA and SISC will guide the girls through Dream It Be It Modules (1) Discovering Your Dreams, (2) Exploring Careers and (3) Creating Achievable Goals. The girls will also hear from inspirational women speakers who have overcome obstacles in their own lives to become successful civic leaders and professionals. This is an interactive programs which will provide the participants with skills to begin to chart their course in the future.


Mar 20, 2019
Friday, May 10, 5:30-7:30 PM, Sunnyside Gardens, 345 Church Street, Saratoga Springs 12866
Join us at the kick off event for Soroptimist International of Saratoga County's Secret Garden Tour. Purchase a plant or gift card for Mother's Day or to start your spring gardening! Raffles include a round of golf for 4 ( with cart) at Saratoga National golf course, and many other great prizes. Ned Chapman from Sunnyside Gardens will be giving a Nedtalk about tropical plant container gardening. Enjoy a complimentary Wine and Cheese party with a percentage of the proceeds from garden purchases and raffles benefitting Soroptimist programs locally and internationally. It is also the chance for the public to purchase tickets for the 25th annual Secret Garden Tour July 7, 2019. Click here for more information and to register.
Mar 20, 2019
Join the Secret Gardens Tour Honorary Committee! Celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the Secret Gardens Tour on Sunday, July 7, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. with a stunning mix of some of the favorite gardens of tours past as well as surprises for this special milestone year. The self-guided tour is an all-volunteer fundraiser presented by Soroptimist International of Saratoga County, working to enable women and girls to live their dreams locally and throughout the world. 
The Secret Gardens Tour draws hundreds of visitors who spend the day enjoying exceptional gardens throughout the local area. Each year, an Honorary Committee forms to promote and support the Tour.  Every dollar raised contributes to empowering women and girls to be the best that they can be.
You can be a part of this exciting tour by clicking here to learn more about the Honorary Committee and how to enroll to support this stellar 25th Anniversary event.
Click here for an enrollment form to print and mail with a check.
Mar 17, 2019

SISC member Dr. Robin Solomon traveled to Butembe, Uganda to observe the results of her work on behalf of SISC’ s Global Initiative grant to help fund a birthing center and incinerator with The Giving Circle.