The Soroptimists of Greater Waterbury is hosting a very special event to introduce two profoundly influential women leaders in the organization on an international and regional level. Joan Merritt, Soroptimist of the Americas Federation board member, and Sara Nichols, Governor of the Northeastern region, which includes Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont. Both of these extraordinary women have dedicated their lives to improving the lives of women and girls, with a concentration in Connecticut.

    They, along with Rose Petruzzi, president of the local Greater Waterbury Chapter, will present a panel discussion on “Soroptimists: The Story- Educating and Empowering Women”. This discussion was inspired by this year’s international conference, this past July, in Montreal Canada.

    It was attended enthusiastically by all three women, and they will bring alive the awe inspiring stories of courageous women from all around the world, who shared their stories about their lives, struggles and profound triumphs. There will be questions and answers, information on joining the club, and light refreshments.

    Sorptimists are active on an international, regional and local level working together to educate and empower women their families, and communities.

    Soroptimist International of Greater Waterbury boasts members from Waterbury and surrounding towns. The club prides itself in responding to a wide variety of local needs including: Preparing and delivering the evening meal every Wednesday to the women and children at the St. Vincent DePaul Shelter, and assembling Welcome Home Baskets for families leaving the Salvation Army Shelter and setting up apartments.

    The Sorpotimists of Greater Waterbury will be active with Safe Haven, Thursday, October 20th, in support their annual vigil to heal the trauma domestic violence has in our community. They will also be helping with this years Homeless Connect event on Friday, October 21st at the Waterbury Armory.

    This wonderful event, “Soroptimists: The Story- Educating and Empowering Women” will be held on Tuesday October 11, 6:00pm to 8:00 pm at the Bethlehem Library, located at 32 Main Street South, Bethlehem CT. For additional information call 203-266-5752 or email