About our Club
Welcome to our Website and thank you for taking time to find out about Soroptimist International of Greenock and District.
Soroptimist International is a vibrant, dynamic organisation for today’s professional and business women. We are committed to a world where women and girls together achieve their individual and collective potential, realise aspirations and have an equal voice in creating strong, peaceful communities worldwide.
In June 2007 the Greenock & District Club celebrated the 60th Anniversary of our charter. Tribute must be paid at this time to previous presidents, executive committees and members who worked so hard throughout the history of the club to make a valuable contribution to the lives of so many people locally, nationally and internationally.
The Club meets at the Royal Gourock Yacht Club, which is located on the banks of the River Clyde. It reaches from the holiday resorts in North Ayrshire in the South, to the exclusive village of Kilmacolm in the East and to the area of Inverclyde in the North/West. Inverclyde has suffered from the decline of traditional industries but is working on regenerating itself and as a club we have tried to make a contribution.
The club meets at 7.30pm on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of each month from September to June. This is a lovely setting for club meetings. We have about 40 members and we are able to share a meal before the meeting which adds to the enjoyment of the evening.
It is difficult to produce a synopsis of our dynamic club. Probably the simplest way is to provide a snapshot of the work carried out by the club and the fun and fellowship members enjoy. Our projects in 2007/2008 have included “Mary’s Meals” the charity who provide a basic meal daily for children in developing countries, preparing school packs including uniforms, books, pencils and other essentials for these children, collecting baby clothes for Malawi, sponsoring a “Shop Mobility “scooter for a year, having 6000 crocuses planted in “Soroptimist colours” around the town and providing “starter packs” for housing the homeless. We have had a Curry Evening to raise funds for Breast Cancer locally and in Calcutta, a Diwali Lunch for the International President’s Charity and provided good Scottish Hospitality for 49 delegates attending the Glasgow Convention.
The club syllabus for 2010/11 is comprehensive and varied.