President’s message


My name is Joyce Handbury and as a founder member and a Past President of the club I am delighted and honoured to represent SI Amber Valley and to continue as their President for the forthcoming year 2019 – 2020.

The club is also extremely proud of member Ruth Dodd as she is Region President for Soroptimist International Midland East for a second year.
My theme for the year is ‘Our World – Their Future’ and to that end our monthly speakers reflect this (see the Programme 2019 – 20) and in addition we have many other events and social activities planned.
The club has decided to support several small charities this year including Blend Youth Project,  Derbyshire Young Carers, Woodland Trust, Derbyshire Wildlife Trust and Derbyshire Children’s Holiday Centre. We will also continue to support Chernobyl Children’s Lifeline Pinxton and East Derbyshire, Jasmina Nursery in the Gambia, Water Aid, Mary’s Meals Backpack Project, local girls going abroad to further their own education whilst helping with worthwhile causes and we have a good working relationship with Ripley Girl Guides.
We are a small and very friendly club and if you would like to know more about us, please do get in touch. You would be assured of a very warm welcome if you decided to come along to one or two of our meetings before deciding if Soroptimism is for you.