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Soroptimist International of Saratoga County



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

 

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

Feb 04, 2020

Soroptimist International of Saratoga County (SISC) announces the availability of $16,500 in Global Initiative Grants for local organizations that support the needs of women and girls throughout the world. Soroptimist is a global volunteer organization striving to improve the lives of women and girls through programs leading to social and economic empowerment. For more information about the grants and our worldwide mission, click here, or email globalawardsaratoga@gmail.com for further information and grant application.

Jan 28, 2020

What a day! On January 25th Cabin Fever 2020 successfully celebrated the 100th anniversary of the 19th amendment with fun, laughs, networking, insightful conversations and a bit of singing by all! Thanks to all who joined and made this day possible - including our fireside chat participants - Coline Jenkins, Patricia Nugent, Wendy Johnston and Ella Ouimet. Click here to see some photos from the event or here to get further information about the event and the invited speakers. We hope to see you at Cabin Fever 2021!

Nov 15, 2019

SISC had an outstanding Dream It, Be It Fall Workshop yesterday.  We had 39 girls and 5 counselors from Saratoga, Ballston Spa and Galway High Schools.  The workshop was held at the National Museum of Dance in Saratoga Springs.  We covered the first 3 modules of SIA’s 7 module Curriculum.  Saratoga Springs Mayor Meg Kelly gave an inspiring and motivational speech which discussed her career paths and the challenges and successes she encountered along the way. 

 

 

Nov 15, 2019
For almost 40 years Soroptimist International of Saratoga County has been supporting Wellspring's work helping domestic violence and sexual assault survivors. Last week we found a fun way to support Wellspring doing some shopping with friends at their Girlfriends Helping Girlfriends event.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Oct 10, 2019
Girlfriends Helping Girlfriends, November 7, 2019 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM at Longfellows Restaurant, is a fun night out of shopping – featuring 20 local shops and vendors – a fashion show, great raffle prizes, food, drinks and more! All proceeds raised will be used to help support the programs and services of Wellspring. Wellspring is the domestic violence and sexual assault services resource for Saratoga County and Washington County residents. Wellspring and Soroptimist International of Saratoga County work together to present one of our signature outreach programs, Hope and Power. For more information about Girlfriends Helping Girlfriends and to buy tickets, click here.
 
Oct 04, 2019
To Life! presents:
The 9th Annual Women's Health Conference
Tuesday November 12th 8:00am to 4:30pm
Carondelet Hospitality Center, 385 Watervliet Shaker Road Latham, NY 12110
 
Join To Life for an all-day conference on topics related to Breast Cancer and Women's Health issues. This conference offers 11 presentations featuring experts from the community. It includes large forum talks and small group workshops. Topics will be relevant to survivors in active treatment or beyond and seasoned healthcare professionals. Each year the Conference has been approved to offer continuing education credits for registered nurses and other nursing professionals. This program is offered free of charge but registration is REQUIRED:
 
 

 

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.
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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.

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