Soroptimist International of Birkenhead received its charter in 1933, a club for women who are like-minded and try to make a difference for others. Our members are women who strive to make a difference for others, especially women and children but we also embrace whole communities in our work. We provide service and financial support through fundraising in and around Birkenhead and in addition we support various organizations both nationally and internationally.
We are a voluntary organization and whilst we uphold the principles of the club back in the last century we are now very different. Members are from a range of backgrounds and professions. We are all like-minded and feel passionate about what we do and hope to achieve, but we also like to have a lot of fun.
The club gives the opportunity to make new friends amongst members as well as form friendships worldwide. We meet twice monthly on the 2nd and 4th Thursday at The Bridge Inn, Port Sunlight. One meeting is devoted to business issues when we plan for the future, discuss a range of issues and determine our activities. Our other meeting is a social meeting where we have a meal, speaker and opportunity to chat and generally catch up.
Although our prime purpose is to provide service and financial support, we have fun through a variety of events, trips to the theatre, canal outings, Christmas markets to name but a few.
You’re a what?
Soroptimist – it means best of sisters.
What is it?
An organization for today’s busy women, giving an opportunity to make new friends, have fun, and make a difference in our local community, nationally and internationally. We have over 90,000 members in 126 different countries around the world.
Who are members?
Any woman who wants to have fun and make a difference!
What do you do?
At Birkenhead club we:
- Meet regularly together
- Raise awareness about such subjects as human trafficking, forced marriages and female genital mutilation
- Raise money for local, national and international charities
- Make new friends
- Have fun
The United Nations?
Soroptimists are a non-governmental organization with consultative status with UNESCO and WHO. We are a good source of information about what is happening at local and national levels through an international network of professional women. We provide a method of effecting change universally through local action.
How do you function locally?
We have an annually elected executive committee which meets each month. Each member of the club is also a member of a committee concerned with the issues mentioned previously, or with a committee planning fund raising and social events.
What about the fun part?
Soroptimists are women who enjoy a whole range of activities. In Birkenhead we meet twice a month to plan events and to get together socially. We meet on the 2nd Thursday of each month to discuss business and on the 4th Thursday for a social get together which usually means having a meal and then listening to an after dinner speaker.
When do you meet?
Our club holds meetings on the 2nd and 4th Thursday of each month, except August, at 7:30pm at the Bridge Inn, Port Sunlight.
Can anyone attend?
We would be happy to welcome you as a visitor to our speaker meetings and social events.
Can anyone join?
Yes! We are delighted to welcome all women who are interested in making new friends, having fun, AND making a difference.
Why should I join?
Being a Soroptimist connects you to other women in the Birkenhead area, across the United Kingdom, and around the world, enabling you to network with women from a wide range of backgrounds. When you are a Soroptimist you always have friends no matter where you are in the world!
In addition you will:
- Get your voice heard on matters of local, national and international importance.
- Become involved in service activities.
- Widen your circle of friends.
Are the clubs all the same?
No, although we follow the same principles, we reflect the diversity of the communities from which we come.
Want to join us??? Then please contact Margaret Stewart on firstname.lastname@example.org