SI Bristol’s Centenary book “100 Years of Sisterhood Bristol Fashion” by our President Marion Reid was launched in Clifton on 13th September. What excellent timing as each year the 8th September marks UNESCO’s International Literacy day, raising awareness globally on the issues surrounding adult and child literacy. The book is the history of SI Bristol from its inception as a Venture Club, its amalgamation with the Soroptimist Movement to present day, 100 years of service. The launch was brought forward at short notice due to forth coming changes in the Covid-19 rules. It was well attended by Soroptimists as well as local author Jane Duffus. It is an amazing book not to be missed by anyone interested in the history of Bristol. The book can be purchased from: www.redcliffepress.co.uk or through email@example.com What people say “The story of the Bristol Soroptimists is the story of a number of remarkable and
Soroptimist International is almost 100 years old and is celebrating the lives and contributions of members who have made a difference. We are proud of Sue Perry who has been chosen as one of some hundred members who are being celebrated. Below are some of Sue’s achievements. Sue Perry If you want to know something or to get something done, Sue Perry is a go-to person. She joined SI Bristol in 1985 and has been, and still is, one of its most active members. She has twice been President of the local Club (1996-1997 and 2009-2010) and of the South West and Channel Island Region (1999-2000 and 2013-2014). She was a Councillor for SW&CI from 2003 to 2007 and Co-opted Regional Officer for 2016 – 2018. In 2018 – 2019, Sue shared the role of SW&CI President, covering the February-April period. At national level, Sue
On 25th August 2020, 50 Teddy Bears were given to Children’s Hospice South West at Charlton Farm, Wraxall. Six members of SI Bristol (President Marion, Programme Action Officer Yvonne, Ivete, Lizzie, Pauline C and Sue P) made sure the bears were happy in their new home. The bears will be given to children, who use the Hospice, to help comfort them. Many thanks to Yvonne for organising the event and to Pauline C who made our lovely new table dressing, which made its debut
SI Bristol thank Grey-Harris of Clifton for the first-class workmanship they did on two of our badges. The Vice President bar was replaced with the ‘President Elect’ (left) and on the other badge the enamelling on the President’s second badge (right) was skilfully restored. In gratitude. www.grey-harris.co.uk; Telephone 0117 9737 365
In September 2019, President Marion attended a meeting of SI Oakland–The Founder Club. Following a warm reception, the two Clubs have recently established a Friendship Link. How great that the oldest Venture Classification Club (formed in 1920) and the Soroptimist Founder Club (formed in 1921) should be friends. In 1934, Venture Clubs and Soroptimist Clubs amalgamated. Coronavirus permitting, members of SI Bristol are hoping to attend the SI of the Americas centenary celebrations in San Francisco in October 2021. Due to the Corona Virus it is taking a bit longer to get forms signed and sadly we will have to wait for a new photo hopefully in 2021! Pictured above – Carol from SI Oakland and Marion from SI Bristol, October 2019.
The theme for this day was originally Climate Change, but with the situation we have been in since the beginning of the year, the theme is now #SoroptimistsConnect. We were asked how we are you connecting with each other and with your local community during lockdown? Also to use this opportunity to let the world know what we are doing to help during the pandemic, using the hashtag #SoroptimistsConnect. Of course Ivete has already done this on Facebook and Twitter Since Lockdown we have been connecting with each other on a regular basis. This includes our Zoom meetings (Club and Committees) talking on the telephone for those unable to connect to Zoom, social distancing in members gardens and joining Marion on her fundraising walking challenge “100 miles for 100 years”. To mark the Day of Action, ten of our members (Yvonne, Marion, Sue P, Liz
In advance of our Teddy Bear’s Picnic these teddys lead the way. As part of our centenary celebrations and in support of Covid-19 patients a collection of Teddy Bears was handed over to staff at Southmead Hospital who were delighted to ‘adopt’ them. We hope it will go some way towards bringing a smile to children being looked after at the hospital. Watch this space as more teddys are handed over.
These six members of SI Bristol each wrote a story for SIGBI’s “The Big Story Challenge”. This was in support of SIGBI’s project ‘Empowering Girls is Nepal’. Collectively, they donated £200, which together with Gift Aid and matched funding amounted to £450. Well done ladies. We received nice ‘thank you’ messages for Daphne Dowsing on behalf of the SW&CI Region and Philip Holmes the Founder of ChoraChroi.
Nurses at Bristol Royal Infirmary launched a ‘Heart to Heart’ campaign to connect families with their loved ones who are unable to be together due Coronavirus restrictions. Club members have taken up the challenge of knitting these hearts in addition to making teddy bears, draw string bags for scrubs, theatre hats, and tubes to help hold intravenous needles in premature babies. St Monica Trust has also welcomed some of the many scrub bags we have made. We will continue to help provide more items as they are needed.
As part of the activities to celebrate the forthcoming Centenary year of SI Bristol , a small group of interested members decided to design and make a quilt using “ upcycled “ materials. Vice President ( now President) Marion sourced unwanted upholstery material from a variety of outlets in the city for free ( they are simply thrown away at the end of each season to make way for new stock. The group discussed the purpose, size, design and colours, being mindful that some of the group were not familiar with quilting techniques, or experienced with a sewing machine. We agreed on a simple log cabin design which could be machine or hand sewed and provided a pattern to ensure uniform sizing of each block. The sashing is made from an unwanted tablecloth and beautiful glass buttons were donated for embellishment. The backing is