Greater Hartford Soroptimist Club
Kathi Meding &
Committees and Chairs:
Dream It, Be It
Live Your Dream
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Our first Dream It, Be It was held on May 21, 2018
at CREC Aerospace and Engineering School. Fifteen 10th grade girls
attended the all day event. The program featured Architect Michele
Beaulieu, Lawyer Karen Demeloa, Dean UConn Law School, Nurse Martha
Hein, Project Manager Danielle Morin & Theater Carpenter & Event
Manager Janet Hayes.
Our club was awarded our Federations' Soroptimist Club Grant
for Women and Girls for 2013-2014. Our project "SOAR" will allow the
Girls Forum to bring 6 hands-on science programs to our 5th grade
girls. We will also invite 6 women in the field of science to
discuss their career paths.
also been awarded the Janet Pfeiler Region Club Award. "Empowering
Girls by engaging them in Service" will heighten their awareness of
issues Soroptimists' engage in. Among them Domestic Abuse, Bullying,
Trafficking and Homelessness of women and girls.
18, 2013, our club had a Thanksgiving Dinner at Soromundi Commons,
Chrysalis Center. This is our 12th year doing this special dinner.The
turkey was graciously donated by our President, Heidi McNamar of
Krause Caterers of East Hartford. Sides and desserts were provided
by our members. We enjoyed breaking bread with the ladies and a
wonderful time was had by all.
all for making our 75th Anniversary Party on November 19th a
wonderful and memorable event. Soroptimists from near and far
traveled to celebrate this milestone in the Greater Hartford
history, just as the women did 75 years ago.
Our club has on going service projects that support the following
Network Against Domestic Abuse
Chrysalis Center/Soromundi Commons
Soroptimist Girls’ Forum at Washington Media Arts Magnet School ~
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Soroptimist Girls’ Forum at Washington School
Media Arts Magnet School was established in 2007, bringing together
thirteen 6th grade girls for a year of fun, friendship
and mentoring. The school chooses the girls for their leadership
During our first year we completed many fun and
charitable activities. The “Girls’” made cards for soldiers in Iraq,
along with “Ginger Girl” ornaments and flower arrangements for the
women at the Y shelter in Hartford.
Our signature project for the year was a car
washing and bake sale benefiting The Connecticut Children’s Medical
Center. We had almost 100% participation on a gloomy Saturday
morning! The girls worked hard and raised $370.00. They presented
the check to the CCMC Program Director, Regina Boza at our final
meeting on June 11th!
Sept. Special guest speaker Charlotte Hunter, CEO of A Pocket full
of Joy. She supports and builds schools for children in Tanzania,
Africa. The girls were very touched and collected flip tops from
cans the children use for counting and music making.
December: They also made Christmas bags with ornaments, cards and
buttons for the ladies at Soromundi Commons, which were received
with blessings and tears.
Feb: The girls made care packages for our troops overseas.
2011-2012 School Year
The girls won the Martin Luther King Jr. Day competition sponsored
by the Manchester youth program. The prize money was used to but a
button-making machine to make anti-bullying buttons to give to
fellow students that excelled in being nice to their classmates.
The girls made Thanksgiving and Christmas cards and placemats for
the women at Soromundi Commons, a program supported by Chrysalis
Center in Hartford.
2009-2010 brought us 15-22 eager 5th grade
The girls sold dog biscuits to buy toiletry items and necessities
for the women and children at the shelter for The Network Against
Throughout the year we were fortunate to gain
the trust and friendship of the young ladies. Our proudest moment
was having 7 girls offer to come back to “mentor” our new group of
eleven energetic 5th grade girls for the 2008-2009 school
On June 10th the
Girls' Forum at Washington
Media Arts Magnet School (Cedar Street,
presented a check in the amount of $971.80 to Manchester
Animal Control Officer Elease McConnell to help abandoned,
neglected and abused animals. The Soroptimist Girls' Forum
is made up of 5th grade girls and is sponsored by Soroptimist
Greater Hartford, an international women's
service organization (www.soroptimist.org).
The girls raised
the money by baking and selling dog biscuits at various
events throughout the school year.
Front row: Jerrilynn Wagon, Michaela Gouche, Christina Foley, Jelisa
Middle row: Valerie Majewski, Elease McConnell -
Animal Control Officer, Britney McFarlane, Tamia
Brooks, Natalia Morales, MaryClaire Comeau, Savannah Marccano, Jasmine
Cruz, Kaitlynn Cassidy
Back row: Captain Prawl, Gladys Dieppa, Janyra Wallace, Kendall
Niamke, Mia Medoza, Kendra VanLinter, Chief
How does Soroptimist Help Women and Girls to Live
The Dream It, Be It Award:
Career Support for Girls will
help girls grow up to be strong, successful, happy adults. Dream It,
Be It targets girls in secondary school who face obstacles to their
future success. It provides girls with access to professional role
models, career education and the resources to live their dreams.
Soroptimist clubs will work in partnership with girls in small
groups or a conference setting to provide them with the information
and resources they want and need to be successful. The topics
covered include career opportunities, setting and achieving goals,
overcoming obstacles to success and how to move forward after
setbacks or failures.
Dorothy & Vernita Hayes Art Award,
is unique to the Greater Hartford Club. Dorothy, an artist by
profession and sister of Vernita, a former member of the Greater
Hartford Soroptimist Club, bequeathed a sum of money to the club.
She requested that $1,000 of the funds be awarded annually to a
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Nov. 19, 1938
of each Month
Location to be Determined
By, For, About Women
March 16, 2019
One Riverside Drive
East Hartford, CT
Tickets: $10.00 Early Bird
$15.00 1/1 - 3/15
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