Club Friendship Links


Our Club has four strong Friendship Links: SI Chico in California USA, SI Muenster in Germany, SI Osaka in Japan and SI Warsaw in Poland.

One of the wonderful things about Soroptimist International are the friendship links that we have with Clubs all over the world. Soroptimist Clubs forge Friendship Links with other Clubs in different countries and different Federations. Through these Friendship Links, international cultural divides are bridged with sisterly friendships – all with the same mission to transform the lives of women and girls world-wide. Members from the Friendship Link Clubs give advice and generally support one another in a whole host of different and amazing ways.

The Club Members who have responsibility for maintaining the SI St Albans & District Friendship Links are: Joan Williams and Jean Eaton – SI Chico, Jean Eaton – SI Muenster, Catherine Moore – SI Osaka, and Rita Andrews – SI Warsaw.

Diamond Friendship Weekend April 2017

We were delighted to be able to welcome Members from all of our friendship links to our Diamond Anniversary celebrations in 2017 – click on the link for the full story www.sigbi.org/st-albans/2017/diamond/.

The two23-60thSatDiamondGroup 113-60thSunGuidedWalkVerulamiumGroupgroup pictures here were taken during our friendship weekend – one is of the group in Hatton Garden, the diamond district of London, and the other is of the group at the Roman Amphitheatre in Verulamium (the Roman name for St Albans).

 

 

Chico California USA

www.sichico.com this is the website of our friendship link with Soroptimist International of Chico in California, USA.

Margaret VanLaan Martin from the Chico club is pictured third from the right on her visit to the UK when the club visited Longstock Water Gardens in Hampshire.

 

 

 

 

 

Muenster Germany

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These pictures are from the wonderful friendship Link visit to Muenster in 2014 – please see the news item for more about the trip: www.sigbi.org/st-albans-and-district/2014/muenster/

 

 

This photograph is of members of both St Albans and Muenster clubs on a friendship visit to St Albans – a wet day at Hatfield House couldn’t stop everyone enjoying themselves….

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Osaka Japan

www.si-osaka.com – is the website of our friendship link with Soroptimist International of Osaka in Japan.

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04-Sakura Japanese doll webMidori Tanaka, AyaTanaka, Kuniko Sato, Keiko Kato with Beatriz Sampson (SI Winchester and past Member of SI St Albans) and Helen Byrne are pictures here at our Diamond Anniversary celebrations in 2017

The Japanese doll was given to the Club in honour of their 50th Anniversary in 2007 – she is called Sakura (meaning cherry blossom).

 

The picture below is of all the SI Osaka Club Members.

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This last picture is of SI St Albans Soroptimist Jane Slatter (centre) meeting four Members of SI Osaka at the Soroptimist International Convention in Glasgow in 2007 – you can view a video from the Convention here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=PQq3tH-zJFE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Warsaw Poland

 

We have a friendship link with Warsaw in Poland which was started in 1999.

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Friendships were again renewed and new ones made when Members of SI St Albans and District visited Warsaw Sep 2015 for help celebrate 1st Club of Warsaw’s 25th Anniversary. We were treated to a wonderful and varied weekend programme on the theme of ” A Weekend with Chopin”.

More about it is in this Club News item on the website:

www.sigbi.org/st-albans/2015/warsaw/

 

 

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Soroptimists from Warsaw celebrated 15 years of the Friendship Link with the St Albans Soroptimists when they visited in 2014. They stayed with members of the Club to absorb British culture and exchange ideas. Over the weekend they explored St Albans, and everyone became firm friends. Follow this link for the full news item: www.sigbi.org/st-albans-and-district/category/club-news/

 

 

 

Club members from SI St Albans have also visited their SoroptimisIWDWarsaw2014Webt sisters in Warsaw.

 

This photograph is of members of SI Warsaw on International Women’s day – across the world thousands of Soroptimists mark International Women’s Day on and around 8th March  www.sigbi.org/st-albans-and-district/2014/iwd/