These are difficult times for the UK, with economic problems and unemployment rising. Those who are working are more concerned with keeping their jobs than with joining service organisations, and those who aren’t in paid employment don’t know how they ever found time to work, so it isn’t easy to find people who are willing to commit a few hours each month to helping others. It seems that there are more charities and good causes than ever, all tugging at our heart-strings and purse-strings, and it’s essential to keep a clear head and vision of what we want to achieve. I think that’s a major strength of Soroptimism – it gives us a framework and guidance within which we can define our own objectives and work towards them, and a very supportive environment for our projects.
The current year is varied and interesting. As well as some fund-raising events, our monthly meetings include celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Housing Association, a talk from our own Penny Bartlett who will become Southern England President in October and regular sessions on the project work done by the club membership. And member Lynn Butterworth has started the year by completing the 800km Santiago Pilgrimage and raising funds for Target Ovarian Cancer and Wessex Autism.
Sales from Broadstone Players’ ‘Entertaining Angels’ production on 16 May will contribute to our Charity Fund and we will be serving teas at Wimborne St Giles on 29 September.
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