SIGBI President’s May 2017 Blog

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Step up, Lead the Way

President's Blog May 2017

Let me start with some exciting breaking news – Soroptimist International of Great Britain and Ireland has been shortlisted as a finalist in the North West E3 Business Awards in the Social Enterprise Category.

We are told that they received hundreds of applications so we are really pleased to be selected as a finalist. Next steps include an interview and the making of a short video.

The results will be announced at the Awards event on the 13th July 2017.

Have you researched local awards in your area – this is a great way of getting some free publicity for your Club?

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During April, I attended the Joint Scottish Conference in Perth where members from Scotland South and North listened to exciting speakers talking about their Personal Perspectives on Stepping Up and Leading the Way.

It was also interesting to learn about individual Club projects, and very pleasing to note that two of them involved working with ex-offenders – projects that came about because of our earlier work with the Prison Reform Trust.

Members from both Regions also created a large pile of bras and Knickers to send to the charity “Smalls for All” (see below picture).

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I have recently returned from our second Federation Management Board meeting where we discussed matters relating to Programme, Finance, Charitable Status and Membership & Organisational Development. Of importance is our move towards Charitable Status, and we are currently formulating a project plan to support us in making sure all the necessary and appropriate steps are undertaken to make it a successful transition.

May is Membership Month so I wish you all every success with your membership events.

I also hope that you will sign up to the “Ask me why I am a Soroptimist” Thunderclap“. If you haven’t already done this, please may I ask you to consider signing up (before the deadline) and thus enabling us to get maximum publicity for this initiative.


Lastly, may I remind you that we are holding a Club and Leadership Development Day on the 10th June 2017 at Conference Aston, Aston University Campus Birmingham.

The theme of the day is how to strengthen our voice and presence to have the impact we want to have locally, nationally and internationally; progressing our ambition to become the leading international organisation for today’s women.

The speakers include Jasvinder Sanghera CBE, founder of Karma Nirvana, who will talk about how leadership and her partnerships have allowed her to influence, and make a difference locally, nationally and internationally and allowed her to change the mindset of cultural leaders and politicians.

There are also a choice of workshops understanding our relationship with the United Nations and strengthen our voice, getting our voice heard – Media Training (Radio/TV interviews and make your Club a success – new ways of enriching members’ experience.

Come along and join us on what will be an interesting and thought provoking day!

Register for the Club and Leadership Day here.

Yours in friendship

Ann Hodgson


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