Club Message for Year 2013/14
This Club Year is different………………………………
This year we are trying something different: we will be running the Club without a President and will be sharing the running of the Club amongst the Officers and Members – very democratic! (many of our members are in the picture on the left surrounding Dr Karambu Ringera from International Peace Initiatives when she visited the Club in 2012).
The Club Year runs from May 2013 to April 2014 - please see our Programme of events to see what our plans are for the year: www.sigbi.org/st-albans-and-district/club-programme-of-events/ We usually meet twice a month, on the 2nd and 4th Mondays. Our meetings include hosting speakers relevant to the causes we support, attending to club business, and working on our Programme of Action – the work we do to tackle issues including women’s education, human trafficking, the environment, health and domestic violence.
The Club is focused on two main charitable causes in this Club year:
- Our International Project, supporting the “International Peace Initiatives” in Meru, Kenya – see www.ipeacei.org. We will fundraise and sell jewellery on behalf of their jewellery makers, a group of HIV-positive women, to boost their income so they can support their families. We also contribute towards keeping a small group of secondary school age girls in education.
- We continue to support the St Albans and Hertsmere Women’s Refuge, fundraising and assisting them in practical ways www.sigbi.org/st-albans-and-district/2013/939/
We also have a number of smaller projects including the “Soroptimist International St Albans & District Peggy Hodges Engineering prize” awarded to the top female engineering student at the University of Hertfordshire - click here for news item about year’s winner www.sigbi.org/st-albans-and-district/2012/top-female-engineer-wins-soroptimist-award/ We also support a Hertfordshire girls cricket league and a programme to help train women cricket coaches.
it is certainly not all work and no play! We arrange social events to raise funds for the charities we support and outings and visits when we can enjoy each other’s company. As an international organisation we have links with clubs all over the world from Osaka in Japan to Warsaw in Poland. For more inforamtion please click on the Club Friendship Links on the left of the screen www.sigbi.org/st-albans-and-district/club-friendship-links/
If you would like to attend an event, be a speaker, or are considering joining us, please click on Contact Us on the left of the screen, or email firstname.lastname@example.org we would love to hear from you,
On other years this would be “The President’s Message” but this year, being different, the message is from all our Club Members for the year 2013/14.