Soroptimist International of Saratoga County

Soroptimist 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. Approximately 80,000 Soroptimists in 130 countries and territories support community–based and global projects benefiting women and girls.

For more information about Soroptimist and programs that improve the lives of women and girls, visit Soroptimist.org.

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Sep 26, 2016

We are accepting applications for the 2017 Live Your Dream Award. Applications are due November 15. More information and the application form can be found at the Live Your Dream Award page.

Jul 11, 2016

Garden tour shows off local gardens, creative spaces - SARATOGA SPRINGS >> A group of Spa City gardens got a little watering and a lot of visitors over the... Click here to read the entire article by Lauren Halligan.  

Jul 09, 2016

Tickets are $20 in advance. They are $25 on day of tour, available from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday at the Visitor Center, 297 Broadway. That is also the time and place for picking up tickets that were ordered online or by U.S. mail. 

Advance tickets are no longer available online, but may be purchased during business hours through July 9 at any retail Cudney’s Dry Cleaners location, the Saratoga Heritage Area Visitor Center at 297 Broadway and Northshire Bookstore, 424 Broadway. 
The ticket, which is required for entrance to the gardens, consists of descriptions of the gardens and a map with suggested driving directions. Some gardens are clustered within walking distance of one another. 
Jun 20, 2016

On July 10, 2016 Soroptimist International of Saratoga County will host the 22nd Annual Secret Gardens Tour. The Secret Gardens Tour offers a rare opportunity to explore some of the premier private gardens throughout the Saratoga area. Click here to download a printable form that explains how and where to buy tickets to the July 10 Secret Gardens Tour. Click here to reserve your tickets online. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 on day of tour.

Join Secret Garden Tour participants at the 2 West Bar & Grille on the day of the tour. To celebrate the 22nd Secret Gardens Tour, 2 West Bar & Grille will donate 20% of all purchases on July 10 when you mention "Secret Gardens Tour" to your server. Click here to learn more. Remember to make a reservation if you plan to join us after 5:00 p.m.

Thank you to Northshire Bookstore of Saratoga for its donations of proceeds from June 4 and 5, and to all who "shopped for Soroptimists" those days, supporting both our local independent book seller as well as the Secret Gardens Tour beneficiaries. Also, thank you to Northshire for continuing to sell tickets and promoting the July 10 Secret Gardens Tour!

May 16, 2016

Thank you to the generous Ned Chapman and his team at Sunnyside Gardens and the wonderful vendors who provided a lovely Sunny Days Are Here Again event on Friday, May 13 at Sunnyside. What a great way to kick off thinking about the July 10 Secret Gardens Tour, and to start getting our own gardens ready for summer. A portion of proceeds from the evening will benefit the programs and projects supported by Soroptimists. 

Oct 15, 2013

working together

SISC President Nancy Trimbur and member Joan Gerhardt had the opportunity to be interviewed on LookTV about SISC's partnership with DVRC and Project Hope and Power. The interview has been posted on LookTV's website. Scroll down the page to the interview videos and click on the appropriate link.

Nov 10, 2012

"Soroptimist's seek applications for Women's Opporunity Awards: SARATOGA SPRINGS – Soroptimist International of Saratoga County (SISC) seeks applicants for its Women's Opportunity Award, Violet RIchardson Award and Ruby Award..."

Oct 31, 2012

October 2012

SARATOGA SPRINGS — Soroptimist International of Saratoga County (SISC) seeks applicants for its Women’s Opportunity Award, Violet Richardson Award and Ruby Award. These awards, given by the club each year, celebrate the efforts of women in Saratoga County who are working to improve their lives or the lives of others. Applications are available at the Saratoga Springs Public Library, the Clifton Park-Halfmoon Public Library, Saratoga Springs City Hall, the Saratoga County Chamber of Commerce, the Chamber of Southern Saratoga County, or by contacting Joan Gerhardt at (518) 584-0106. Applications must be returned to Soroptimist International of Saratoga County by December 1, 2012.

The following awards are now available:
The Women’s Opportunity Award provides $5,000 to a female primary wage earner to offset costs associated with her efforts to attain higher education or additional skills and training. The award can be used for tuition, books, childcare, carfare or any other education-related expenses.

The Ruby Award honors women who, through their professional or personal activities, make extraordinary efforts on behalf of women and girls. Past recipients have included Susan Johnson of Seeds for Peace. Women may nominate themselves or another woman in the community. SISC will provide the recipient with a $1,000 cash grant to be donated to the recipient’s charity of choice.

The Violet Richardson Award honors young women between the ages of 14 and 17 for volunteer action such as fighting drugs, crime and violence; cleaning up the environment; and working to end discrimination and poverty. The award is named after Violet Richardson, the president of the first Soroptimist club in 1921, who believed in personal responsibility and the motto, “It’s what you do that counts.” SISC will provide the recipient with a $1,000 cash grant.

Soroptimist International of Saratoga County is a volunteer organization for business and professional women dedicated to improving the lives of woman and girls in local communities and throughout the world. Founded in 1979, the Saratoga club is part of Soroptimist International of the Americas where almost 100,000 Soroptimists in about 120 countries and territories contribute time and financial support to community-based projects that benefit women. Each year, SISC awards more than $20,000 in awards and grants to improve the lives of women and girls locally and globally.

Sep 30, 2012

September 2012: Ron Deutsch (518) 469-6769 | Mark Bertrand (518) 727-8960 SARATOGA SPRINGS, NY

Imagine having to give birth in a mud hut with a dirt floor and no medical professional.  This is the reality for women who live in Kagoma Gate Village, Uganda — a community declared by its government to be the poorest village in the country.  But no more!

The Giving Circle, Inc., an all-volunteer local charity based in Saratoga Springs, is partnering with Soroptimist International of Saratoga County (SISC) to build a birthing center and health clinic in Kagoma Gate Village. SISC recently awarded The Giving Circle $7,000 to build the center, which will significantly improve the lives of women and children in the 800 person village. “This generous donation from Soroptimist International of Saratoga will save the lives of many women and children in this forgotten village.  We cannot thank them enough and are very proud to partner with them,” said Ron Deutsch, President of the Giving Circle.

Lyn Whaley, SISC’s president, said, “Soroptimist helps other women and girls by giving them the resources to create positive change — for themselves, their families, their communities and the world. What better way for our Saratoga club to implement this mission than by working alongside The Giving Circle to improve the birthing process in Kagoma Gate. We felt so strongly about this effort that we provided The Giving Circle with the largest grant our club has ever donated to a single initiative.”

Mark Bertrand, founder of the Giving Circle and Uganda Team Leader said, “The Soroptimist Birthing Center and Health Clinic is critically needed in Kagoma Gate.  I have traveled to this village many times now and am always shocked at the horrible living conditions.  Children die everyday of malnutrition and preventable disease in this village. This new facility, along with other community improvements such as the school, drinking water well and latrines, will vastly improve the lives of the people of Kagoma Gate.”   Bertrand noted that while at Kagoma Gate a 2 ½ year old child died of malaria (due to lack of access to simple medicines) but the Team was able to save two other children suffering from starvation and infection.

Over two dozen members of the Giving Circle team just returned from a two-week mission to Uganda.  Many Saratoga residents journeyed to Kagoma Gate to build a much needed school in the village. Ally Cirenza, a Saratoga Springs High School Senior, who made a trip to Uganda this past winter with AOET, raised thousands of dollars by holding a Run-a-thon at Saratoga High with the help of the running team and other students.  More than $1000 of the funds will also go to support the health clinic with the balance of her raised funds donated to AOET, a Ugandan based charity that works closely with the Giving Circle.The Giving Circle volunteers nearly completed the first school in Kagoma Gate, conducted workshops and projects on health, hygiene, education, farming, sewing, and small business management (to name a few) and offered recreational activities and nourishing food.  They visited each and every one of our sponsored children and delivered the care packages from Saratoga residents. Watch their latest video.

The Giving Circle continues to raise funds for the work they are doing locally, nationally and internationally. The School in Kagoma Gate is almost finished but they still need to raise money for completion of the school, desks, uniforms and books. The Giving Circle’s website allows people to go and buy virtual bricks for $5.00 a piece to help finish the school and rebuild the lives of the villagers.  Ten bricks will buy one desk that seats 4 children. Each brick purchase brings the Giving Circle closer to their goal of making a better life for people around the world.  Bricks can be purchased online.