Farmington Valley Soroptimist Club
We are a global volunteer organization working to
improve the lives of women and girls through programs leading to
social and economic empowerment.
THANK YOU to our "A
Toast to Women" Sponsors!
THANK YOU for helping us raise over $12,500 at the event and
hope to see you next year on March 8, 2014!
"Live Your Dream" (Presenting) Sponsor
The CASLE Corporation
America's Marketing Motivator, Kathy McAfee
Colleen Mastroianni CPA
People's United Bank
Scala & Associates LLC
Save the Date ~ Saturday, March
8, 2014 ~ 7:30pm to 10:00pm
Soroptimist International of Farmington Valley presents ~
A Toast to Women
An evening of wine and chocolate delights
Celebrating International Women's Day
Hosted by Avon Old Farms Hotel, 279 Avon Mountain Road, Avon, CT
Sample Original Chocolate Creations by Celebrated Chefs
from the best area restaurants
Experience Great New Wines from Around the World
Bid on Exciting Auction Items
Benefits go to Grace Academy, Prudence Crandall Center and SIFV-sponsored
awards to empower women and girls to live their dreams.
Fall - Wreath Selling
Spring - Fundraising Event
Ongoing - Women's Self-Defense Workshops
Our club strives to hold one fundraising event in the Fall & Spring
of each club year (Sept. to June) to raise awareness about
Soroptimist and financially support our service projects.
Grace Academy, Hartford, CT ~
Grace Academy is an independent school dedicated to providing a
quality, tuition-free education to girls of all faiths from
low-income families residing in Hartford’s inner city neighborhoods.
Since opening in September 2010, SIFV has provided financial,
in-kind and service assistance to the school. SIFV members provide
workshops and help organize clubs for the girls to participate in.
We find this to be personally gratifying and the organization
greatly appreciates our assistance.
SIFV’s support includes:
- In the 2010-2011 club year, $2,000 in financial assistance
- In the 2011-2012 club year, $2,045 in financial assistance
- In the 2012-2013 club year, $1,200 in financial assistance
Grace Academy Cooking Club - SIFV members and Grace Academy
students enjoy the art of cooking!
Prudence Crandall Center (PCC), New Britain, CT ~
Over the last few years, SIFV has assisted PCC, the oldest domestic
violence program in the State of Connecticut, in several ways:
- In 2009, received a $7,000 Soroptimist Club
Grant for Women and Girls from SIA Federation to help support its
"SIFV & PCC Partners to Eradicate Domestic Violence" project. SIFV
was able to purchase beds, bedding, linens, etc. to outfit the new
- In 2010, received a $2,500 Soroptimist Club Grant for Women
and Girls from SIA Federation to help support its "Welcome to a
New Hope...a New Beginning" project. With these funds, the club
purchased items for, assembled and delivered "welcome" kits
containing personal care/hygiene items for women and infants
arriving to PCC's Emergency Shelter without these necessary items.
- In 2011, received a $500 Janet Pfeiler Advancing the Status of
Women club award from the Northeastern Region to help support its
"Helping Young Hearts Heal" project. With these funds, the club
purchased items such as paint/paint supplies, tables/chairs,
bookcases and other supplies to help establish a Child Resource
Center at PCC's Rose Hill facility. This resource center created a
bright, safe place to aid PCC's child population in its healing
SIFV member Tracy Scala with representatives from Prudence
Crandall Center in the Child Resource Room
- In July 2012, received a $750 Janet Pfeiler Advancing the
Status of Women club award from the Northeastern Region to help
support its "Welcome to a New Hope...a New Beginning" project (see
March 2013 – SIFV members sit in a "sea of blue" welcome kits for
Prudence Crandall Center
Also in July 2012, received a $7,000 Soroptimist Club Grant for
Women and Girls from SIA Federation to help support its "Helping
Teen Hearts Heal" project. SIFV was able to purchase furniture, a
large TV, home theater system, computer workstations and other
items to create a teen room at Prudence Crandall Center in order
for these victims to have a place for counseling sessions, to
complete homework and to have supervised movie/game nights.
SIFV members Tracy Scala, Joan Hofmann & Eileen Moskey on a site
visit to the PCC Teen Resource Room.
Photos of the PCC Teen Resource Room – furniture,
TV, computer workstations purchased
In October 2012, our club was honored to receive the PCC
"Impact" award at its annual meeting. Members were there to
receive the award on behalf of the club. Senator Richard
Blumenthal also honored the club with a special citation from his
office for its work with Prudence Crandall Center.
Awards given to SIFV for its philanthropic work
with Prudence Crandall Center
SIFV members receive the PCC Impact Award –
Left to right: Lydia Tedone, Joan Hofmann, Eileen Moskey & Tracy Scala
- In Summer of 2013, again received a $500 product grant from
"4imprint" (www.4imprint.com) for re-usable grocery shopping bags
with the Soroptimist "S" logo and "Best for Women" tagline for PCC
welcome kits. This donation will allow the club to continue this
project of donating kits in 2013 and 2014.
- Ongoing - financially via proceeds from our fundraisers and
through procured grants.
Self-Defense Workshops, Canton CT
This community service project, sponsored by the women of SIFV and
Yu's Academy for Martial Arts, is free of charge. However,
attendees have generously donated money and helped us raise over
$2,500 to date to help our service projects which improve the lives
of women and girls in our local community and throughout the
Photo of students and teachers at
for Martial Arts in one of our Self-Defense Workshops for women. The
men were very brave to get suited up so we could really hit them
hard! Thanks to Yu's Academy in Canton, CT for allowing us to
conduct these vital workshops to help women learn basic skills to
more information and photos about the self-defense workshops, please
Women's Opportunity Award
year SIFV awards a female head of household pursuing higher
education to improve her employment opportunities a monetary award
that she may use as she wishes while she is enrolled in school.
This is a signature project of Soroptimist. Our club winner then
proceeds to the Regional level and, if declared winner there,
proceeds to the Federation level for judging.
Applications are received by our club
from October 1st to December 15th. Applications received
after this deadline will not be considered. To receive an
application by mail, please
us. To download an application, please
You will also need to download the
reference form that needs to be
completed. Both forms are in PDF format. The amount of our club
award is typically $2,000 and may vary depending on funds raised
by the club in a given year.
To view and/or print an
Glance" Eligibility Form" for this award, please click here.
To view and/or print a Women's Opportunity Poster, please click
Violet Richardson Award
year SIFV presents a young woman between the ages of 14 & 17 a
monetary award for her outstanding community service. A monetary
award is also given to the institution she volunteers with. In
prior years, we've also had a runner-up for this award. Again,
this is one of the Soroptimist signature projects.
Do you live in the Farmington Valley
and want to learn more about our club? Then contact us! We'd love
to have you as a guest at an upcoming meeting or event!
Ebanks, (860) 944-5022
Kathy McAfee (860) 408-0033
McIntire (860) 673-0610
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Nov. 4, 2013 - Monday
Monthly Club Gathering
SIFV club business will be discussed
6:00pm to 7:00pm (members only)
Special Guest Speaker (to be announced)
from 7:00pm to 8:30pm
Simsbury Public Library
Program Room 1