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North Atlantic Region District 5 (formerly known as Northeastern Region) consists of ten clubs with approximately 200 members. We are working hard to charter additional clubs. As stated on our home page, the District covers the states of Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont. The Greater Hartford, CT club, chartered on November 19, 1938, holds the distinction of being the first club chartered in what was formerly the Northeastern Region.

The North Atlantic Region is one of almost 30 regions of Soroptimist International of the Americas. To learn more about Soroptimist International of the Americas, please visit its website.

Region elections are held every two years. Roberts Rules of Order is observed in voting procedures at all region business meetings and conferences.

Region Board members as well as committee chairs and members bring their enthusiasm and talents together to help the region prosper and grow.

The following list is in recognition of the former Northeastern Regionís past governors:


1976-1978 Joanne Blake
1978-1980 Marion Erwin
1980-1982 Janet Pfeiler
1982-1984 Anita Ducas
1984-1986 Joan Ferguson
1986-1988 Catherine Spiers
1988-1990 Vanora Haldane
1990-1992 Marcia Petrillo
1992-1996 Mary Prunty
1996-1997 Patricia Tokarz
1997-2000 Frances Avella
2000-2002 Shirley Ann Dunbar-Rose
2002-2004 Rosemarie Burton
2004-2006 Heidi McNamar
2006-2008 Joan Merritt
2008-2010 Pattie Shea
2010-2012 Sara Nichols
 2012-2014 Tracy Scala
2014-2016 Dr. Bernice Szafarek
2016 - 2018 Ann Day
2018 - 2020 Ruby Mercado


You make a living by what you get, but you make a life by what you give.
~Author Unknown

Keep your fears to yourself, but share your inspiration with others.
~Robert Louis Stevenson




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Last modified: 09/23/20