About our Region
|Scotland: A Fair Trade Nation: Scotland has achieved Fair Trade Nation Status; Humza Yousaf MSP, then Minister for External Affairs and International Development, announced this news on the morning of 25 02 2013, the first day of Fairtrade Fortnight 2013. Scotland is only the second country in the world after Wales to achieve Fair Trade Nation Status. The new logo on the left, created to mark this achievement, has been inserted into this page by kind permission of the Scottish Fair Trade Forum, launched in The Scottish Parliament on 27 10 2007; www.scottishfairtradeforum.org.uk. Soroptimist International Scotland South Region (SI SS R) is one of the Regions within Soroptimist International of Great Britain and Ireland (SIGBI) Ltd, which in turn is one of the four Federations within Soroptimist International (SI). Scotland has two Regions, Scotland North and Scotland South. Our Federation, SIGBI, has been granted Special Consultative Status by the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) of the United Nations, award notified on 14 08 2013. For more information click on www.un.org/en/ecosoc/ – United Nations Economic and Social Council.|
|Vision: SI 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 and peaceful communities worldwide. Mission: Soroptimists inspire action and create opportunities to transform the lives of women and girls through a global network of members and international partnerships.
19 11 2016 SI SS Region Meeting – Celebrating 80 Years of Service! See slide show photos!
The last photo on the slide show of the whole group was entered for SIGBI Club Photo of the Month! ~ and the winner, announced 2 12 2016 am, is the last photo on the slide show of the whole group celebrating SI SS R 80th Anniversary! See also SIGBI Social Media pages and SIGBI News Briefing 2 12 2016!
Proposed Vision and Mission Statement for Scotland South Region:
On 13 09 2014 SI SS R President Ruth Liggat announced the following proposed Vision and Mission Statement for Scotland South Region: Scotland South Region will be the collective voice for generating purposeful action to enhance the lives of women and girls. It will do this by:
Number of Clubs: As from March 2016 there are 10 clubs Scotland South Region: Dunfermline, Edinburgh, Falkirk, Girvan, Glasgow City, Hamilton, Kirkcaldy, Kirkintilloch, Paisley, and West Lothian. Members attend regular club meetings and enjoy fun and friendship while taking action on local, national and international issues in addition to holding fund raising events to support charities. If you are interested in attending a club meeting near you in Scotland South or wish to chat with a Soroptimist to gain more information about the organisation please click on Contact us page and leave your details.
Members serving at Federation and SI
4 09 2015 First SI Director of Advocacy
Pat Black, first ECOSOC APD has been appointed first SI Director of Advocacy with immediate effect, following decision taken at 20th SI Convention, Istanbul, July 2015, to have a Director of Advocacy instead of Programme Director. Best wishes to Pat in her new role.
SIGBI Director Without Portfolio:
SI SS R Federation Councillor and SIGBI Federation Treasurer Eileen Hunter, SI Kirkcaldy, became SIGBI Director Without Portfolio at 81st SIGBI Conference Glasgow, 5-7 November, 2015. Best Wishes to Eileen for her term of office as SIGBI Director Without Portfolio.
SIGBI Director of Membership:
SI Scotland South is honoured to have SIGBI Director of Membership as a member. Best wishes to Sue Williams, SI Paisley, for her term of office as SIGBI Director of Membership. Sue became SIGBI Vice President at SIGBI 82nd Federation Conference Malta November 2016.
Soroptimist International President Change of Insignia
SI Scotland South SI Glasgow City member Ann Garvie is now IP Soroptimist International President, following the 20th SI Convention, Istanbul, Turkey 9 – 12 July, 2015. Photo on left shows Ann with new SI International President Yvonne Simpson wearing the traditional handmade Maori cloak of New Zealand representing a chief. In handing over to new International President Yvonne, Ann made two announcements:
(1) The See Solar Cook Solar Progamme will support the Soroptimists of the Turkish Union to provide Solar Lamps for Syrian refugee camps.
(2) Solar Lamps will be provided for Nepal, helping in recovery from earthquakes.
Soroptimist International President’s Appeal
Every year on, on Human Rights Day (December 10) the President of Soroptimist International invites all Soroptimists to join her in supporting a project under our theme of ‘Educate to Lead.’ ‘See Solar, Cook Solar’ will continue to educate, empower and enable opportunities for women and girls by providing solar cookers and lanterns to:
“Can you imagine finding time to earn your living if you had to spend hours every day collecting firewood? Or how would you study with no electric light in the evening?” “One quarter of the world’s population do not have reliable access to electricity; 70% of these are women and girls are women and girls living in developing countries.”
To learn more about Soroptimist International click on www.soroptimistinternational.org.
Photo below shows SI SS R President Marian Sapcote, centre, with our members serving at SI and SIGBI.
Continuing success at Gardening Scotland, Royal Highland Centre, Ingliston, Edinburgh EH 28 8NB 3rd – 5th June 2016!
To learn more visit: www.gardeningscotland.com
The SI SS R and Dalgety Bay Horticultural Society entry ‘Green from the Rubble’ won two awards:
To view the Sunday Post Video visit:
Success at Gardening Scotland Ingliston 29th – 31st May 2015!
29 05 2015 SI Dunfermline won Gold in the category of Gardening Scotland 2015 Floral Awards for their garden depicting “Enablement, Empowerment, and Education,”at Gardening Scotland! See slide show photos below of their beautiful garden, created in conjunction with Dalgety Bay Horticultural Society (DBHS), describing their Rwenzori Project, Uganda; also included are photos of the SI SS R Stand supporting the Purple Tear Drop Campaign.
To learn more about SI Dunfermline’s Rwenzori Project, Uganda, visit their website at www.sigbi.org/dunfermline
SI SS R President Elect Marian Sapcote also reported success in supporting the Purple Tear Drop Campaign, many signatures obtained for the petition, also contact details from ladies interested in joining local Soroptimist Clubs.
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