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Welcome to
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.

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Club Officers:

Co-Presidents: Kathy McAfee & Bette McIntire
Vice-President: Ellen Wildman
Secretary: Betsy Berman
Operating Treasurer: Susan McGann
Service Treasurer: Marilee Porter
Director: Susan Levine
Director: Lisa Miller


Bylaws Review Committee: Linda Terry and Carol Gould
Educational Programming: Sharon Gauthier and Ellen Wildman
Fundraising: Dr. Leora Berns
Membership: Cynthia Ebanks
Public Awareness: Carol Gould
Liaisons for Grace Academy: Linda Lee Stein and Kathleen Oyanadel
Liaisons for Prudence Crandall Center: Joan Hofmann and Tracy Scala
Violet Richardson Award: Linda Stein and Lydia Tedone
Women's Opportunity Award: Joan Hofmann & Mary Jean Young
Social Media Maven: Kathy McAfee


Thank you to all our guests, sponsors and donors who helped create a
great success with our 2014 Fund Raising event!

Saturday, March 8, 2014

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

There has been some great publicity for this event.
You can view Kathy McAfee's interview on WFSB Better Connecticut at this
Connecticut Magazine also released an article for the event.

Experience Great New Wines
Bid on Exciting Auction Items
Sample Original Chocolate Creations by Celebrated Chefs

*Seasons Restaurant 
Ann Howard/Apricots
Cavey’s Restaurants
Carole Peck’s Good News Cafe
The Grist Mill Restaurant
MAX Downtown

Benefits go to Grace Academy, Prudence Crandall Center and awards sponsored by Soroptimist International of Farmington Valley to empower women and girls to live their dreams.

Special thanks to our "Empowerment Sponsor"

Kathy McAfee

Special thanks to our silent and live auction donors:
(listed in no particular order)

  •    Mike Golic  
Kathy McAfee    •    Debbie Allen Wright
Hair Gallery    •    Marge Piccini   
 Linda Coach    •    Bree Gurin
Gladys Alterations    •   The Lazarus Foundation     
Annie Lazarus     •    Lux Bond Green  
Kevin Edward Jewelers    •    Marilee Porter
Blue Acorn Studio    •    Susan Bullock    •    Nina Forrest
Diane Kelly Beaded Jewelry, Repairs and Bookmarks 
Sarah Byrnes Jewelry    •    Julie McNeill    •    Martha Griffin-Weis
Purple Turtle Therapeutic Massage & Wellness LLC
Contours Spa & Wellness    •    Tracy & Scot Scala
Jolly Lux - Jolly Therapeutic Massage LLC
Anew You Skin Care & Wellness Center    •   Nature Spa
Korlates Fitness    •    Farmington Valley Jazzercise of Avon
Richard Mercer-Bikram Yoga in the Valley    •    Sartorius Sports
The Playground Fitness for Adults    •    Farmington Valley YMCA
Be.Yoga    •    Marriott Residence Inn, Avon, CT   
Hilary G. Hardy    •    Plimpton’s 
Haircrafters    •    Defining Styles
Mitchell's Hair Design    •    Cahoots Salon    •    Indulge
Karen Elizabeth Salon & Academy    •    Laurie Regish  
BODYTALK    •    Constellation Brands, Inc    •    Stars
Metro Bis    •    Firebox    •    Abigail’s Grille and WIne Bar
Deepwater Seafood    •    New England Pasta Company
Lox Stock & Bagels    •    Tim’s Automotive
Max Restaurant Group    •    Bill and Linda Terry
La Trattoria Restaurant    •    Bagel Chalet    •    Flatbread Company
Benny’s of Simsbury    •    Lost Acres Vineyard
BillyGrant Restaurants    •    Above Gourmet    •    Cafe Buono
Edible Arrangements    •    The Elephant Trail
Roger's Marketplace    •    McDonald’s of Canton
Huntington    •    Farmington Valley Organizing
Connecticut Physical Therapy Specialists    •    Indigo Images
Choice Business & Personal Coaching    •    Canton Valley Dental
Regina Sanchez, Professional Organizer    •    Avon Dental Group
Dr. Dorothy A. Martin-Neville    •    Cynthia Lang Photography
Matthew J. Wagner Fine Photography    •    Tagliarini Chiropractic
Edward Jones - West Hartford Office of Sue Banville
William M. Duncan    •    Kate Tortland - Fine Art    •    Warner Theatre
WFSB    •    Stephen Wilson    •    Jana Volpe
Susan McGann    •    Carlton Taylor    •    Steve Veilleux
The Shattered Palette Art Gallery - Christina Hammon
The Shattered Palette Art Gallery - James Hammon
Alina Portnow Hoffman    •    Schon Designs, LLC
Hoyts Simsbury Cinemas    •    The Artful Framer
Peter Wooster    •    Necker’s Toyland
Jo-Ann Kenny    •    Sally Rieger
Horses & Hounds    •    Red Tail Golf Club
Karin LeFranc    •    Windsor Federal Savings Bank
Tunxis Plantation    •    Fred Astaire Dance Studio
Yu Martial Arts Academy    •    Karen Rossi
PBJ Press LLC    •    The Shoppes at Farmington Valley
Westfarms Mall    •    Beaverslide Dry Goods
Marge Foran    •    Emmons Tropical Fish & Garden Center
Cape Cod Fence Company    •    Leora Berns, O. D.
M & M Automotive, LLC    •    Shaw Industries Inc.
Bidwell’s Yard, Garden & Pet    •    Red-Thread



- Wreath Selling
Spring - A Toast to Women: an evening of wine and chocolate delights
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.

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 Emergency Shelter.


  • 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 process.

    SIFV member Tracy Scala with representatives from Prudence Crandall Center in the Child Resource Room

  • In the Spring 2012, received a product grant of $500 from "4imprint" (www.4imprint.com) for hand sanitizers and re-usable grocery bags for welcome kits. This donation allowed the club to donate over 120 kits in 2012 as well as in 2013.

    Products donated by "4imprint" through its "one by one" program – include hand sanitizer and bag with "S" logo

             Infant Welcome Kit Contents                      Adult Female Welcome Kit Contents

    SIFV members Linda Terry, Eileen Moskey and Marilee Porter assembling welcome kits

  • 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 previous information).

    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 members of 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 world.

Photo of students and teachers at Yu's Academy 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 protect themselves! For more information and photos about the self-defense workshops, please visit www.bestforwomenselfdefense.com


Women's Opportunity Award
Each 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 email us. To download an application, please click here. 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 "At a Glance" Eligibility Form" for this award, please click here.

To view and/or print a Women's Opportunity Poster, please click here.

Violet Richardson Award

Each 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!

Membership Chair: Cynthia Ebanks, (860) 944-5022

Co-President Kathy McAfee  (860) 408-0033
Co-President Bette McIntire (860) 673-0610

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Chartered Nov. 17, 2004

Meeting Date:
First Monday of each month except on holidays.

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Press Release  for "Welcome Kits" for the Prudence Crandall Center

Press Release for
Women's Opportunity Award

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Soroptimist member
Kathy McAfee

Soroptimist International's Best for Women magazine is now available in digital format on line. The latest issue focuses on how parental leave helps families and the economy. Take a look here.


April 23, 2014
Wednesday, 6:30pm to 8:00pm
Stand Against Racism and
The Role of Women
Simsbury Public Library
Open to the Public
Reserve Your Spot
Learn more at


April 25-27, 2014 (Fri/Sat/Sun)
Soroptimist International
Northeastern Spring Conference
Location: Inn at Middletown, Middletown, CT
Guests and non-members welcome to attend
Pre-registration required.
Download Registration Form

Monday, May 5, 2014
SIFV club meeting
Location: Simsbury Public Library
Guest speaker: Cyma Shapiro
The Emergence of (New) Midlife Motherhood
"The newest chapter in the women's movement
(rethinking the family model for the 21st century)"



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