Lynda reports on her first experience at the Regional Meeting. “My excellent mentor, Marion, keeps me on my toes and suggested we went to the Regional Committee last Saturday, 13th November in Taunton. I wasn’t terribly enthusiastic about it needless to say but I thoroughly enjoyed the whole day. We had two excellent talks before lunch, the first by two amazing and devoted young women, Gemma and Sophie from the Nelson Trust. This service was designed to respond to the needs of women accessing treatment who often had significant histories of trauma and abuse both in childhood and as adults.The second was by Natalie Giles from the Somerset Integrated Domestic Abuse Service who had some truly harrowing tales to tell but who has devoted her career to helping women and some men in the most amazing way. Both talks were fascinating.The agenda of the meeting
Sir Peter first described the definition of funny “Funny Medical and Nursing staff and what people get up to”. He asked “does medicine need to be funny”? He showed photographs of St Bartholomew’s Hospital London where he trained and photographs of the Professors who taught him. He told us how they used rhymes to remember things such as parts of the anatomy and described how different from now it was then on the wards at Christmas and the fun they had carving the turkey. He also described the fun they had with eminent people. He said it was important to have something to keep up the morale of staff when disasters happened such as the bombings of Old Bailey and Tower of London. There were lots of anecdotes about how things were done and the fun they had too. He also showed letters sent to
Friday 29th October Conference was opened by Anne MacDonald with remembrances. We remembered Dr Barbara Dixon and President Johanna Raffan. Sadly Johanna died during her SIGBI Presidential year we all took a moment to reflect on their lives. The remembrances were followed by our Vision and Mission statements. The flags of all the countries in our Federation were shown and the countries named. We were shown slides to celebrate our 100 years and we were delighted that the original Venture Clubs featured our very own Addison Philips, SI Bristol’s Founder, and other photographs that we had submitted of our early years. They also acknowledge that SI Bristol celebrated 100 years in 2020. Then we were shown the “#WhoIsShe” candidates with our very own Sue Perry on the front page followed by our other candidates. The first keynote speaker was Dr Anne-Marie Imafidon MBE “Doing a
On Wednesday 20th October 2021, Lizzie and Marion represented SI Bristol at a special event at the Mansion House. The event was the postponed in-person celebration of 2020 Covid Medal winners and was unusual in that two Lord Mayors were present: last year’s The Right Honourable Lord Mayor of Bristol Councillor Jos Clark and the current year’s The Right Honourable Lord Mayor of Bristol Councillor Steve Smith. Steve gave a brief history of the Mansion House and a selection of art works. Jos thanked everyone for the contributions to Bristol during the coronavirus pandemic. SI Bristol was awarded the Lord Mayor’s Covid Medal in March 2021 for their outstanding contribution to the City of Bristol during the coronavirus pandemic. They were one of only seven organisations in Bristol to be so honoured. Their activities Included distributing over 1,000 knitted teddy bears (10 for each 100
Lori started by telling us that the Bristol Blue Plaque scheme was originally run by Bristol City Council but is now organised by the Bristol Civic Society. The request for a plaque is put forward and the Society then researches the person to ensure that they are connected to the building and that their achievements warrant a plaque. Sometimes they are people who have a low profile but have done amazing things. The plaque is funded by the nominee and has to be approved through planning applications. There are plaques to individual women and sometimes more than one on the same plaque, Lori spoke of some women that we are familiar with and many more. She showed us the plaque dedicated in July 2021, as part of our Centenary celebrations, to our very own Addison-Phillips. She said “a plaque to
We are delighted that we have been able to induct three new members this year and we would like to welcome them to our club. Lynda was inducted during the Covid restrictions and Jess as the restrictions were relaxed both of whom have already been active and joined in our events. We are now having regular face-to-face Speaker Meetings and on the 11th October we were pleased that we could induct Andrea too. Welcome to you all
On 5th October 2021, Soroptimist International of Bristol were delighted to celebrate the planting of an English Oak tree donated to our Club to commemorate our Centenary and part of The Queen’s Green Canopy for her platinum jubilee. This was a delayed celebration due to the Covid pandemic. An Oak tree was chosen specifically because of its long life representing the long life of Soroptimism and the support it offers to others. The tree was planted at Muller Road Recreational Ground in Bristol through Bristol City Council’s tree planting program. Our Club’s Centenary was in 2020, but due to the pandemic we were unable to meet as a group to see the tree and the commemorative plaque. Club members present were President Sue, Past President Marion (in whose year the tree was planted), Ivete, Pauline, Lizzie, Yvonne, Liz and Lynda.
On the 3rd October at 9 pm BST (the middle of the day in Oakland) participants watched the proceeding (via Zoom) of an outdoor celebration by SI Oakland, the first Soroptimist Club chartered in October 1921. SI Bristol chartered in 1920 preceded it and was known as a Venture Club along with a number of other Clubs. Later the Venture Clubs and Soroptimist clubs merged. See SI Bristol’s book “100 Yeas of Sisterhood: Bristol Fashion” by Marion Reid for full details. Members at the actual event wore outfits based on the 1920s style. Representatives from their many friendship links from all over the world were there and we all introducing themselves saying a little bit about their clubs. Two new members were inducted and two new Friendship Links were announced and speakers told us of the wonderful work they are doing. However, watching from
Leading up to the Soroptimist International 100 Celebrations, we were invited to take part in a “Candle Ceremony” submitting a picture and four wishes (pictured left). We joined many other clubs worldwide “lighting up the world in the name of a brilliant future”. Soroptimist International Celebrates 100 Years: A Virtual Conference 2nd October (5-8pm BST): An introduction was followed by an illustrated history of Soroptimism. We were pleased that the parallel existence of Venture Clubs was mentioned as SI Bristol was the first Venture Club established in 1920 later to become a Soroptimist Club Each of the five Federations described their achievements since the last Conference and their current projects. Their impact on women and children globally, even during the coronavirus pandemic was impressive. It was both eye-opening and eye-watering to hear the associated stories. The United
On 11th September Yvonne, Liz N and Sally represented SI Bristol on the St Peter’s Hospice Midnight Walk. They had an enjoyable time and were up bright and early the next day for our 100 years celebratory tea. Donations are still coming in and so please let us know if you’d like to make a donation.