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.

Latest News

Jun 26, 2017

Thank you to The Saratogian!  See their story for details about the tour and summaries of this year's gardens. Don't forget to purchase your ticket for this annual event.  

Jun 16, 2017

Shhh! The Secret Gardens Tour is almost here!  2 West Bar and Grille is joining with Soroptimist International of Saratoga County as a prime sponsor of the Secret Gardens Tour on July 9, 2017. Visitors will be treated to a wide array of gardens throughout Saratoga Springs and the surrounding area. 

And before or after the tour? Hungry? And who isn’t? Visit the 2 West Bar and Grille anytime on July 9 after 10 AM to complement your Secret Gardens Tour Day.  20% of your tab will be donated to the Secret Gardens Tour... if you tell your server the secret password, Secret Gardens Tour. For dining after 5 PM, reservations are recommended at 518-450-7200 or at this link

If you don’t have your Secret Gardens ticket yet, go to soroptimistsaratoga.org or visit one of the locations listed on the website. Tickets will be sold on the day of the tour at the Saratoga Heritage Visitor Center. These gardens, home-grown right in your own community, are spectacular.

Here’s to a happy summer and a blooming good day!

May 17, 2017
June 3rd 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
June 4th 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Shop at Northshire Bookstore during the book fair and tell the bookseller that you are "Shopping for Soroptimists.” Twenty percent of your purchases will support the Secret Gardens Tour, scheduled for July 9. Enjoy yourself in Saratoga's exceptional bookstore. Click here for the flyer for the book fair to share with your friends.
And for a special treat, join author Ellen Herrick. who will be reading from and signing her new captivating novel, The Forbidden Garden, on June 3rd at 6:oo p.m.
You can purchase gift certificates in any amount. Consider purchasing several in nominal amounts to enclose in birthday or get well cards, or to bring to a friend’s house for dinner as a unique gift.
Never put off ‘til tomorrow, the book you can read today!


May 03, 2017
Advance tickets are $20, and may be ordered here. If you prefer, you may download the Secret Gardens Tour order form and send it to Soroptimists with a check via U.S. mail. 
The 23rd annual tour presented by Soroptimist of Saratoga County features an eclectic mix of 11 private gardens in and around Saratoga Springs. From homes on North Broadway, to a cluster of in-city yards, to a handful of suburban secrets, the gardens are a mix of styles and sizes, in both sun and shade, sure to inspire garden lovers of every level.
Apr 22, 2017

Join us for a delightful evening exploring this year’s gardening trends in our “ticket sales kickoff” for the Secret Gardens Tour. Sunnyside Gardens is hosting a free wine and cheese party to celebrate the upcoming Secret Gardens Tour on July 9th. Join us at Sunnyside Gardens, 345 Church Street, on Friday, May 12, 2017 from 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.  for a fun-filled evening. The event is free to attend, but so that we can plan thoughtfully we ask that you register to join us by leaving your name and the number of guests at secretgardensinfo@gmail.com. Please feel free to ask your staff, friends and families to join you. It’s a delightful informal event and we want the greater community to feel very much a part of our Soroptimist experience.  Click here for the descriptive flier.

2017 Trailblazing Woman - Maggie Fronk
Mar 23, 2017

"While I grew up an only child, through Soroptimist International of Saratoga County, I have 70 sisters who champion programs to help women and girls locally and globally. Twelve years ago they asked how they could help domestic violence survivors. I explained that many women are trapped in abuse because of economics. Mothers fear if they left they couldn’t provide housing, food, and healthcare for their children. In just six weeks, SISC launched Project Hope and Power, our financial literacy program for any woman who is limited in her choices due to financial dependence. Today, more than 600 women have achieved housing, employment and improved financial stability--- and it all started with just a conversation and the commitment of Soroptimist members to helping women (and what an impressive commitment-- they’ve volunteered 5,000 hours to Project Hope and Power!)" ~ Maggie Fronk 

Feb 26, 2017

Summer will be here before you know it, we promise, which means you can start dreaming now about the 23rd annual Secret Gardens Tour presented by Soroptimist of Saratoga County. An eclectic mix of 11 private gardens in and around Saratoga Springs are featured on this year’s tour, set for July 9 – the second Sunday in July.

Tickets ($20 in advance; $25 day of tour, if available) will be on sale at several outlets and via this website beginning in mid-May, so mark your calendars. If you’d like to be added to our email list for an electronic invitation to the tour, email secretgardensinfo@gmail.com.

The self-guided tour is a major fund-raiser to support local and global initiatives that benefit women, girls and the community. The featured gardens are a mix of styles and sizes, in both sun and shade, sure to inspire garden lovers of every level.

Check back as well for information about special events leading up to the tour.

Feb 01, 2017

The Global Initiative of Soroptimist Internation of Saratoga County (GISISC) grant application is now available on our website. The goal of this effort is to improve the lives of women and girls outside the area already encompassed by our fund distribution grant program that serves Saratoga County only. Please visit our Global Initiatives page to download a copy of the application. Completed applications must be received by April 1, 2017. 

Dec 04, 2016

Soroptimist International of Saratoga County announces the availability of $25,000 in grant funding for organizations that serve the needs of women and girls in Saratoga County. These awards, given by the club each year, seek to improve the lives and quality of life of women and girls in our local community. Please visit our Fund Distributions Grants page to download a copy of the application. Completed applications must be received by January 31, 2017. 

Nov 03, 2016

Soroptimist International of Saratoga County (SISC) is excited about our 2017 Cabin Fever event! Cabin Fever, an annual fundraising luncheon, provides a platform for individuals to gather, network, and raise money for a tremendous cause – improving the lives of women and children locally, nationally and internationally. Soroptimist International, our umbrella organization, disburses more than $1.6 million annually, benefiting 1,300 women through its cornerstone program called Live Your Dream: Education and Training Awards for Women.

Additionally, Cabin Fever attendees are delighted to hear remarks from our notable speakers. In 2017, we are thrilled to welcome Mrs. Kasey Mathews as our keynote presenter.

Kasey Mathews, a writer and teacher who has been asked to speak before the US Congress, will share her message that life’s challenges are really opportunities in disguise. Kasey’s book, Preemie: Lessons in Love, Life and Motherhood, chronicles her transformation into becoming an advocate when her second child arrived unexpectedly at 25 weeks, weighing just over a pound.  

After the book’s release, Kasey became a featured speaker, traveling around the country, speaking to groups ranging from fireside book group gatherings and women’s organizations; to company award banquets, medical conferences, and radio and television programs.  Preemie: Lessons in Love, Life and Motherhood won the New Hampshire Writer’s Project Reader’s Choice award, and was a featured book on the Random House book site Bibliophile.

With a newly expanded mission, and the launch of her website – The Usual Magic, Kasey is inspiring women to find more meaning, purpose and balance in their lives.  Her work includes A Mom's Guide to Creating a Magical Life, a series of online workshops, and her blog – Awaken the Magic. Kasey is currently at work on her second book, in which she illustrates the journey of overcoming the year-long traumatic period in which her family experienced three broken legs, four surgeries, a lost dog and several other assorted miracles!

You can learn more about Kasey Mathews at www.kaseymathews.com

For more detailed information about this event, see the Cabin Fever 2017 Brochure.

Please click here to learn how to become an event sponsor or donate to our silent auction.