SIGBI President’s August 2018 Blog

Empower Today, Enable Tomorrow

(Written by Gail Teague, SIGBI Communications Director)

This is an exciting time to be part of Soroptimist International of Great Britain and Ireland as the Board are working hard towards achieving Charitable status.

There is often talk that we are not seen in the National press and that it is difficult to get into local press, so I would like to echo President Sue’s congratulations to SI Bournemouth for their Queen’s award for Voluntary service.  When a Charity local to me received this award it not only gave new impetus to the charity but brought them press coverage and a pride in their work. What a way to highlight the Organisation.

SI Downpatrick and District have had coverage in their local press for their service project Parent Pac, which gives packs of toiletries to parents who are staying at hospital with a sick child who have not had time to pack essential items.  My own club, SI Bromsgrove and Redditch, has managed to get into the local press after several attempts.  This just demonstrates that you have to be persistent and innovative to get space.

Communication is everyone’s responsibility  and it is helpful to all clubs to put examples of the communications they have had success with on the SIGBI Communication and Membership face book page.  This is a marvellous way of sharing good practice as well as things that did not work.

SI Plymouth were on their Local TV with their event “Celebrating 100 years of women getting the vote” and celebrating one of their founder members Dr Mabel Ramsay.

Facebook is being actively used by many clubs.  Do You know that you can reach other people with your news by boosting the post.  Yes this does cost but it is worth it to spread the word in your area. Always explore what different means of communication are available and how they may enhance your club.

Well done to you all for your attempts at raising the profile of SIGBI through whatever means you use.   The more people hear about us the better.

Finally I would like to thank you all for electing me for a second term of office. It is a privilege to represent you on the FMB.

In friendship
Gail Teague
Director of Communications

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