Delegates did not spend all their time at SIBGI Conference in Belfast in October 2012
8th Sept 2012 – Perfect BBQ
for the Rosemary Group
To get in the mood for our Diamond Jubilee a taste of 1952….
Charity 50s Teaparty – 21st July
at Sue’ S……..Funds for the Rosemary Group
Quiz : “The way we were” in 1952…………close enough !
Good Friday : 6th April
Hot cross buns and a water game
Lynda hosted a very successful Coffee Morning for WaterAid
March 2012 : Audrey is 90
The Club’s “Woman of the Year” – a Soroptimist since 1959 – some record and quite a woman !
January 2012 : Working with the W.I
Walking through Norwich on 26th January with WI MembersEsther and Gertraud went from the River Wensum at Pulls Ferry to the centre of Norwichcarrying water
Speakers Helen Hoyte and Jean Smith flanking LAR President Jean Thorpe..
with the Norwich Shawls
Welcome to new Member Maggy
Macmillan Coffee morning at Judith’s
Litter Pickers of Lakenham 22nd August 2011
14th August : Tea at Christine’s by the River Wensum
SI Convention : Montreal July 2011
Jill and Annette with SI International President Hanne Jensbo
Jill, Valerie,June and Margaret from Ilkley in Montreal
Members of SI Glasgow City in Montreal
SI Norwich hosts London Anglia Regional AGM 11th June 2011
Felicity at work on the Programme action report.
SI Cuxhaven’s visit to Norwich in May.
Ruth presents a cheque for £2,900 to Joan Welsby of the Hamlet Centre Trust
2011 Club AGM in April : Ruth hands over to Sue and…….two new members Christine and Julia.
DECEMBER 2010. – a ” new “Club
Our Friendship Link , SI Glasgow West merges and forms Glasgow City
Soroptimists doing what they do best !
Leading up to Christmas we had a Club meal at a local hotel.We and friends had a good evening. Instead of giving each other Christmas cards we collected £65 for the President Ruth’s charity.
Ruth is currently working in the school for the deaf in West Bengal.
Also a Member hosted a lunch for non- Soroptimist friends and they gave £100 for Project SIerra.
2011 Now we are preparing for more fundraising events and litter picking !
5th November 2010
For our Club charity we celebrated Bonfire night with supper, travellers’ tales and beautiful fireworks courtesy of Mike Vincent a very good “Soroptimister”. Despite the rain we had a delightful display.
Sad to report a week later Mike died very suddenly……….. 5th November won’t be the same.
3 “Conference Virgins” from S.I. Morpeth : postscript to Conference
Members attending for the first time get a yellow sash . Some of us had lunch with the 3 ladies above.Small world . It turned out that Susan, on the left, has a Daughter who has just come to work in Norwich. We were able to meet up and give her a little tour of Norwich. When she visits again she will try to include our meeting nights and come along.
SIGBI Conference Manchester October 2010
The Costello’s garden
Friendship Weekend with Emmeloord Friendship Link : 4th to 6th June 2010
The 6 Dutch visitors toured Norwich. Sheringham Park , Norfolk and the BBC TV and Radio studios !
Final count for Keeping Abreast……..
:£3,400 was the final figure raised in Sue Sansby’s year 20009/10 for Keeping Abreast.
Our three New Members: Ann McCormack, Judy Cane and Gertraud Shaw
Our new president is Ruth Tolland.
As Ruth is an Educational Audiologist by profession it is not surprising the charity we will work for this year is supporting a school for the deaf.
Suryapur is home to deaf and blind girls in West Bengal.
Ruth has made several visits offering help on tuition and taking equipment that is more useful than the school had had.
The photo shows a final assembly at Suryapur, deaf girls on the right giving the deaf wave which means ‘thank you and blind girl to the left clapping – standing in rows in height order!
Fundraiser : The Three Gardening Gurus – Gardeners’ Question Time – 22nd May
March 8th International Women’s Day members supported other women’s groups locally.
W.ith the north of the region having born the brunt of the protracted winter weather, members of SI Norwich have battled with snow and ice. Inevitably some meetings and activities have been abandoned but Soroptimists had their final fund-raiser for President Sue Sansby’s year.
The club joined forces with Jarrold, the last independent department store in Norwich which hosted a Spring Fashions Show on 25 Februrary. It was in aid of “Keeping Abreast” and they hoped both the charity and the store would do well with visitors cheered up with a glass of wine. On the night £607 was raised for Keeping Abreast.
Sadly members have been remembering their oldest member, Margaret Murray who died on 22nd January 2010 . She joined the Club in 1955 and had given more than half a century of support to SI Norwich. She was active until recently bringing “wit and wisdom to our meetings”.
In December 2009 we collected £116 for the Salvation Army’s Norwich Soup Run. We decided to donate the money in lieu of Christmas cards to each other. The Collection was made during our Christmas Dinner so maybe the amount was connected to the wine consumed ……. The Salvation Army used the donation to buy much needed sleeping backs for the homeless
Trolley Dash Dec 2009
Then everybody turned out in force at the local Morrison’s supermarket to sell raffle tickets for a Charity Trolley Dash again in aid of “Keeping Abreast”. £1,200 was raised.
It provided an unexpected bonus when the winner Carol Crouch, Norwich member, decided to donate her trolley contents (£200 worth of groceries and Christmas goods) to the St Martin’s Hostel in Norwich which provides accommodation, food and support for homeless people.
The picture shows Carol Crouch, Jennifer Costello who did the ‘dash’, Morrison’s manager Mark Ellis and President Sue Sansby.
Members collected Christmas gifts and packed 17 shoe boxes and 15 gift bags for women in Leeway, the local refuge.
14 shoe boxes of Christmas gifts for children were prepared and given to Samaritan Purse.
A charity Christmas lunch organised for non-Soroptimists raised £140 for Project SIerre
SIGBI Cardiff Conference in October 2009
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Bras in the Bay
What are these women doing!
What have they done?
Members collected thousands of bras locally and 17 bin bags went to Cardiff Bay to Our Conference for OXFAM to sort and send to Senegal with bras from all over UK.
Newest Member of Norwich Club
5th October 2009 Induction of Olwen Gotts seen here with President Sue
Soroptimists helped “Keeping Abreast” a Breast Cancer Reconstruction Support Group at their Fashion show in October in Norwich. £10,000 was made on the night.
Soroptimists at work
For EACH : May 2009
£3,000 for EACH
President Sue Sansby and members of Norwich Club recently presented Jessica Hiscocks, EACH Community Fundraising Co-ordinator( on the left) with a cheque for £3,000 for the East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH).
This sum was the result of the work of members of theClub in the last year in which Past President Janice Tofts chose EACH as her Charity.
We started fundraising with a public talk by Ian Woodall” The Tao of Everest” in the Assembly House and managed a full house plus 800pounds. In March 2009 we organised a concert of music from the shows with “Upper Octave” which raised over 900 pounds.
Friends and members participated and enjoyed a variety of events such as a Plant sale, an Indian evening, a walk inthe grounds at Felbrigg Hall, a Penguin evening, a Nearly New clothes sale, a supper and Naff Raffle plus a quiz and various raffles.
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