Christine Marie Easter (22.11.1944 – 29.12.2020) The sudden death in hospital after a short illness of such a valued member has come as a real shock to SI Bromley. Chris had a very high-powered job as secretary to 6 different British Ambassadors around the globe. Once her overseas travel ceased she took various roles at the Foreign Office, the last being Executive Secretary to the Diplomatic Services Families’ Association. When once again London based, Chris was introduced to Soroptimism which added a whole new dimension to her life. “She loved the Soroptimists and all that went with them”. Chris was heavily involved in all Club activities, but especially keen on the social and fundraising side. She was President twice, solely in 2006 and then jointly two years later. She was an excellent Club Secretary and Membership Officer. Also a regular attendee at Regional Meetings and
Combining exercise (socially distanced) with fund raising, we enjoyed a walk through High Broom Woods and made a donation of £140 to Handicap International
Bromley SI has donated £500 to Bromley Brighter Beginnings, a local charity providing essential items like beds and bedding for children. Better being used than sitting in our bank account! http://www.bromleybrighterbeginnings.org.uk
Barbara Shand who died on 12th June 2020 joined SI Beckenham (now SI Bromley) in 1988. She had combined the career of teaching children with special needs, an active family life and a concern for disadvantaged people. Her amused, slightly self-deprecating manner when raising issues at club meetings concealed considerable thought and analysis. More recently she ‘specialised’ in the activities, or lack of them, of the local NHS. Her home was full of books and it was due to her that we have a Book group currently reading its 127th book. She will be remembered as a loyal, warm, kind friend who cared.
Bromley SI has sought reassurance from our 4 local MPs that the plan to merge the DfID with the Foreign Office will not undermine the UK’s proud record of giving priority to helping developing countries. We have pointed out that poverty and deprivation inevitably has a greater impact on women and children. We’ll be monitoring the changes and the impact.
Bromley Soroptimists have responded to the increase in domestic violence during the current Covid-19 lock in by making a donation of £400 to Bromley Women’s Aid