President Geraldine’s Address – 2021/2022
Firstly, thank you to our last President Debbie who stepped up and steered our club through one of the most challenging times in our generation. It will be my pleasure to continue her ethos of taking care of our group in our 6th year as a club, and one of my jobs this year will be helping us to transition back to face-to-face meetings with any luck, ready for the next Soroptimist year.
SI Chester has always been an innovative and inventive club and it will be my aim to provide us the space to continue to do that and to find ways for the club to work so that we can concentrate more on the activities that will enable, educate and empower women and girls.
I joined Soroptimists International because after taking extended parental leave to look after my children, I found I had lost my sense of self. I wanted to do something purposeful, that would contribute to global society while giving me new skills and knowledge. I was attracted to the international projects and United Nations summits that SI are involved with, as well as the network of multiple members in many clubs across the globe.
I was looking for a volunteer activity where I could feel that I had achieved something to be proud of, and to say ‘I did that’. In my time at the club I have experienced that when the club worked with Classrooms in the Clouds, a UK/Nepalese charity which builds schools in remote, mountainous regions of Nepal. Through our contact, they were able to apply for a SI grant, receiving over £32000. I also helped organise a successful quiz night which raised a further £700.
Through being a member, I have met some inspired and committed women whilst learning a huge amount about issues that particularly affect women and girls.
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