Skip links

New members welcomed in this month

New members welcomed in this month

in

SI Chester was pleased to welcome two new members this month.  Pictured below with President Geraldine are Ceri with her ‘buddy’ Penny. Also joining is Pat with her ‘buddy’ Debbie. Having attended  a few taster meetings as guests they joined up and were presented with SI Chester badges and certificates.                       Club members also held or wore Orange to recognise 16 days of activism against gender based violence   You can read more about us here and we are looking to recruit more members. Join Us and help us to Make That Difference to Women and Girls worldwide      

Selling Christmas decorations for PCF at Tarvin Christmas Market

Selling Christmas decorations for PCF at Tarvin Christmas Market

in

Members from SI Chester were selling Christmas decorations for PCF at Tarvin Christmas Market. They raised money for the Purple Community Fund by selling Christmas decorations made from ring pulls. We have supported this charity for several years by collecting ring pulls and becoming agents for the sale of items made in Manila, Philippines.  PCF website Members from SI Chester braved the elements on what can only be described as the coldest night on the planet. They unloaded the car in driving rain and set up a stall under a somewhat inadequate awning – inadequate in so far as the rain was swirling in very strong winds. The rain was swiftly followed by ice falling from the sky, making the road white and slippery and the awning collected the ice and sent it sliding down onto the stall and onto the heads of unlucky customers.

SI Chester joins with CWA to celebrate White Ribbon Day

SI Chester joins with CWA to celebrate White Ribbon Day

in

Join SI Chester and Chester Women’s Aid  in celebrating White Ribbon Day – the International Day committed to bringing an end to Male Violence Against Women and Girls and raising awareness of Domestic Abuse on Sunday 28th November 2021. CWA are excited to welcome old friends Deva Victrix Beard and Moustache Club and Cheshire Fire and Rescue, and they thrilled to welcome new friends Pop Vox Choir and Womens Self Defense Ellesmere Port to join us for a day of fundraising and fun in the heart of our beautiful city. If you would like to volunteer to help at the event (CWA are holding a bucket collection) or would like to pop by and have a chat, watch the wonderful Popvox perform or get a photo with Santa, please come and see us outside Debenhams by the Eastgate Clock between 11am and 3pm. We couldn’t

SI Chester Walked 500 Miles for Women in April

SI Chester Walked 500 Miles for Women in April

in Tags

In April, 5 members of SI Chester committed to walk 500 miles (100 miles each) to celebrate Soroptimist International’s centenary since the first club was started (in 1921 in California). We were generously sponsored by family, friends and fellow club members in aid of Care International. Care International is a leading charity who are a global leader within a worldwide movement dedicated to saving lives and ending poverty.  Women and girls are put in the centre because we know that we cannot overcome poverty until all people have equal rights and opportunities. The 100 Mile Walk for Women in April was set up by Care International via Facebook and we could join a group of fellow walkers numbering over 7300 members! Altogether the walkers raised over £160,000 in the month of April – Well done to everyone that took part! The 5 members of Chester

SI Chester Open Evening 17 May 2021, 7.30pm Zoom

SI Chester Open Evening 17 May 2021, 7.30pm Zoom

in

Learn more about Soroptimist International in Chester Chester Soroptimists are looking for new members to join their vibrant club. We invite you to learn more about Soroptimist International in Chester at an upcoming Zoom event. Women with enthusiasm and energy, who are interested in friendship to take the work of Soroptimist International forward. We are holding a ‘Get to Know Chester Soroptimist International’ evening on 17 May 2021 (on Zoom of course!) at 7.30pm, for women to find out about our local club. Members enjoy affiliation to a 100-year-old international organisation that stands up for women and girls, in local communities. Members meet and collaborate with women from varied backgrounds to weave a common purpose. One of our club members said: “Through becoming a member not only have I made friends with likeminded women, I have also been actively involved in some really exciting projects

group of women planting trees
Soroptimists celebrate 100 years – Planting Trees

Soroptimists celebrate 100 years – Planting Trees

in

Planting Trees for a Brilliant Future Members of SI Chester are supporting the Soroptimist Campaign to #PlantTrees for a Brilliant Future.  Members recently planted a number of very young trees in King George V Field, Christleton, and at the Playing Field in Great Barrow to mark the 100-year anniversary of the founding of the first Soroptimist Club, in 1921, in Oakland California, USA.  One of their first activities was to successfully campaign for the protection of the local Giant Redwood trees.  In 2021, members of SI Chester are joining clubs from around the world to plant trees to mitigate the effects of Climate Change and commemorate our 100 years of service to support women and girls.  It has been identified that the effects of climate change disproportionately affect women and girls in climate-sensitive regions, so working towards carbon dioxide reduction was an obvious project to

Headshot of Anne MacDonald explaining Who is She
Who is She? Celebrating 100 years of Soroptimist International

Who is She? Celebrating 100 years of Soroptimist International

in

As part of the celebration of the first centenary of Soroptimist International in 2021, more than 100 Soroptimists have been selected to be commemorated as part of the #WhoIsShe? Campaign. These #WhoIsShe? campaign members have all been nominated by Soroptimist Clubs for their noteworthy contribution to society in the furtherance of the aims and objects of the organisation. Anne MacDonald OBE was Director of Nursing in a Children’s Hospital, and later an Independent Consultant in Children’s Nursing. She won a Health Service Journal award and was joint winner of a Calouste-Gulbenkian award, both for introducing innovative ways of improving quality of hospital child care.  She has written and lectured extensively about raising standards of care, and spoke at home and abroad about her work on the Allitt Inquiry Team. She was awarded an OBE in the 1995 New Year’s Honours for services to Paediatric Nursing. For more

July’s book club: Where the Crawdad’s Sing

July’s book club: Where the Crawdad’s Sing

in

A number of club members got together on Zoom to discuss the latest book Where the Crawdads Sing, by Delia Owen.  The prose and descriptions of the wildlife were beautiful. Although it could have been a harrowing read, considering the storyline, it didn’t feel too grim. It was an easy read, with some twists and turns. and we all gave it a thumbs up. Club members continue to get together for socials and project work. See out Events page for more details of upcoming activities and events. Our next book club read is I Am Malala: The Story of the Girl Who Stood Up for Education and was Shot by the Taliban, by Malala Yousafzai and Christina Lamb. We will meet on Monday 21 September 2020 at 8pm. Contact us at soroptimistsinchester@gmail.com if you would like to join in on Zoom.

Soroptimist Day of Action

Soroptimist Day of Action

in

Soroptimists are all about actions – we are ‘Women inspiring action, transforming lives”, and each year we celebrate with a Day of Action, where we reflect on what we are doing to help and transform the lives of women and girls. This year we are reflecting on how Soroptimists are staying connected with each other and with our communities during this global pandemic. Here are some examples: Staying Connected with each other: We have been staying connected with each other through video calls – meeting socially and to discuss ongoing projects. We use Zoom, and we also made sure we had the facility to allow telephone dial-in for people who didn’t want to use a video-calling service. Staying Connected with our partners: Many of the charities and projects we support have been significantly impacted by the global pandemic, with fundraising opportunities disappearing. We have continued to

Can you recognise the signs of Modern Day Slavery?

Can you recognise the signs of Modern Day Slavery?

in Tags

SI Chester raises awareness of Modern Day Slavery (MDS) and Human Trafficking. We have given talks: Chester U3A University of Chester Healthcare Students Several local WI groups University Diversity & Inclusion Day Storyhouse Women’s Weekend Ali Ussery (Haven of Light) gave a talk at a Club Dinner to members from our club and other clubs in the region. We have lobbied the Police & Crime Commissioner about the lack of funding for the Cheshire Anti-Slavery Network, and we are hopeful that meetings will recommence in 2020. It is known that hotels can be used to provide a venue for sex slaves. We are checking the MDS Statements Re: Ethical Supply Chains on the websites of Chester Hotels. Our work comes under the umbrella of UN Sustainable Development Goals: 5 – Gender Equality. This seeks to end all forms of discrimination against women and to eliminate