As the current President of Soroptimist International Great Britain and Ireland I often get asked questions about Soroptimist International and as much has been happening in Cambridge I thought I would bring you all up to speed with the developments and have them documented in one place.
Firstly there are new premises for the HQ of Soroptimist International. The premises on Glisson Road was sold last summer and earlier this year the SI staff moved into new office premises at:
8A Romsey Terrace
The telephone number of 01233 311833 remain the same as does the web address www.soroptimistinternational.org
The second exciting change is in the structure of the Board of Soroptimist International. The changes started on 1 January 2018 and mean that each Federation now has two members serving on the SI Board instead of three; whilst the SI President, SI Treasurer and SI Director of Advocacy also has a vote.
Under the old system the officers of SI did not vote although they carried out all the work. This means that decisions made at the SI Board meetings are made by all the directors and the officers. This means the officers are more fully involved in the strategic side of the operation.
Each director also now serves on two committees. The SI directors from SIGBI are Ann Hodgson and myself. Ann chairs the Finance committee and serves on the Leadership Development committee; whilst I serve on the Governance committee and the President’s Appeal Committee.
In order to reflect the changes the current bye-laws are being amended.
The International President’s Appeal is gaining momentum and projects are well underway in Kenya and Bulgaria. The SIGBI website has links and Naina Shah our Assistant Programme Director for Environmental Sustainability is our Appeals’ link.
Finally the International Convention in 2019 in Kuala Lumpur is getting ever closer as speakers are being confirmed and workshops sorted out. Please visit the SI website for all the details.
I have to admit this is a “whistle stop” tour of what is happening at Soroptimist International. If you would like to know more please do not hesitate to contact me in the usual manner.