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90th Celebrations

Celebrating 90 years

The Aberdeen Soroptimist Club began in 1929, eight years after the very first club was formed in California. The first President was Fanny Cromar Bruce, a journalist who had moved from England to Canada where she met her Aberdonian husband. The couple returned to live and work in the Aberdeen area.

In March 2019, the club celebrated 90 years with a lunch held at the Douglas Hotel in Aberdeen where members were joined by past members, friends from other clubs, family and guests. Sue Williams, SIGBI President attended, and those attending enjoyed hearing about some of the women of North East Scotland who were part of the Suffragette movement more than a century previously. Professor Sarah Pederson from Robert Gordon University painted a fascinating picture of the inspiring and daring women whose actions and words finally helped to win the vote for women.

Members and guests
Our longest serving member Norma and President hilda
Our longest serving member Norma with President Hilda
Always room for cake!

As part of the celebrations members researched and produced a booklet on all the women who had been Presidents of the Aberdeen Club from 1929 to 2019. Strong, independent, caring women who were so often leaders in their time, courageous, dedicated and full of personality.

A fascinating piece of history
Those were the days
90 years of Inspiring women