Coffee Break – Just a Bit of Fun – How Many Do You Know?


Soroptimist Abbreviations – How many do you know?

Kindly put together by SA  (SI  Cirencester)   Membership & Development Officer SI SWCI Region

What are SI and SIGBI ………………………………………………………………………………………

And SIA , SIE , SISWP ……………………………………………………………………………………..

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 Do you know what the following acronyms and phrases mean in relationship to our organisation?

 FMB ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..

 DWP ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………….

 PA …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………

UKPAC ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………

FPAC …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………

FPD ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………….

APD …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………

IPD ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..

AIPD ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………..

PFRFs ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………

ECOSOC …………………………………………………………………………………………………………..

CSW ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………….

Federation Conference– ……………………………………………………………………………………

Voting Delegates ………………………………………………………………………………………………..

International Convention ……………………………………………………………………………………

Regions ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………….

Federation Councillor …………………………………………………………………………………………

AACM ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………

Number 63 …………………………………………………………………………………………………………

 

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SI – The international organisation to which we belong sitting as an umbrella over the four member Federations

SIGBI – Soroptimist International, Great Britain and Ireland. The Federation to which we belong.. Because of the way the Federation has grown, we have 29 member countries, many Commonwealth of former UK colonies and territories.

SIGBI is a company limited by guarantee, Soroptimist International, Great Britain and Ireland (SIGBI) Ltd. SIGBI is a much more inclusive name.

SIA – Soroptimist International of the Americas

SIE – Soroptimist International of Europe

SISWP – Soroptimist International, South West Pacific.

FMB – Federation Management Board. This is a Board of Directors that govern SIGBI.

They are also Trustees of the Federation charities and are compliant with Company and Trustee Law.

The Chairman is the Federation President. Other Directors are the Immediate Past President (IPP), the President Elect (PE), the Vice President (VP), Programme Director; Director of Communications; Director of Organisational Development; Finance Director; Director of Membership; 3 Directors without portfolio and the Company Secretary.

DWP – Director without portfolio. There are three DWP’s as part of the Federation Management Board. They do not have specific roles but are a link with Councillors in the Regions, National Associations and Networks and act as ‘checks and balances’ within the Board.

HQ – this is SIGBI’s head office in Stockport. Our small staff paid staff comprising, Gina Coad, Company Secretary and Executive Officer; Sally Higgins, Joanne Wagstaffe and Laura

PA – Programme Action – the reason for our membership  (Now referred to as Projects)

UKPAC – United Kingdom Programme Action Committee.

FPAC – Federation Programme Action Committee comprised of a member from each of SIGBI’s member countries and a Programme Director

FPD – Federation Programme Director

APD – Assistant Programme Director leading one of the Programme area.

SI – The international organisation to which we belong sitting as an umbrella over the four member Federations
SIGBI – Soroptimist International, Great Britain and Ireland. The Federation to which we belong.. Because of the way the Federation has grown, we have 29 member countries, many Commonwealth of former UK colonies and territories.

SIGBI is a company limited by guarantee, Soroptimist International, Great Britain and Ireland (SIGBI) Ltd. SIGBI is a much more inclusive name.

SIA – Soroptimist International of the Americas

SIE – Soroptimist International of Europe

SISWP – Soroptimist International, South West Pacific.

FMB – Federation Management Board. This is a Board of Directors that govern SIGBI.
They are also Trustees of the Federation charities and are compliant with Company and Trustee Law.

The Chairman is the Federation President. Other Directors are the Immediate Past President (IPP), the President Elect (PE), the Vice President (VP), Programme Director; Director of Communications; Director of Organisational Development; Finance Director; Director of Membership; 3 Directors without portfolio and the Company Secretary.

DWP – Director without portfolio. There are three DWP’s as part of the Federation Management Board. They do not have specific roles but are a link with Councillors in the Regions, National Associations and Networks and act as ‘checks and balances’ within the Board.

HQ – this is SIGBI’s head office in Stockport. Our small staff paid staff comprising, Gina Coad, Company Secretary and Executive Officer; Sally Higgins, Joanne Wagstaffe and Laura

PA – Programme Action – the reason for our membership

UKPAC – United Kingdom Programme Action Committee.

FPAC – Federation Programme Action Committee comprised of a member from each of SIGBI’s member countries and a Programme Director

FPD – Federation Programme Director

APD – Assistant Programme Director leading one of the Programme area.

IPD – International Programme Director. Leads and Directs Programme Action for the International Organisation.

AIPD – Assistant International Programme Director. Works closely with the IPD.

PFRFs – Programme Focus Report Forms These are very important. They are the way in which we, in our clubs and regions, report our Programme Action Activity. This is forwarded to our Federation PD and on to the International PD. This is collated and reported to the United Nations. IT IS THESE REPORTS ON THE WORK WE DO THAT AFFORD US OUR STATUS WITH THE UNITED NATIONS.

UN Representatives – Soroptimists in countries where the UN is has offices, including New York. They represent the organisation at the Un, contribute to debates and are consulted on many issues related to our work in improving the lives of women and girls. These represent Soroptimist International on a voluntary basis.

ECOSOC – The United Nations Economic and Social Council at which Soroptimist International and SIGBI, have consultative and Special status respectively.

CSW – The Commission on the Status of Women, This is a global meeting of women and senior politicians that takes place at the UN in New York each March. Soroptimist International is a respected participant at this meeting and this year, has 16 members attending as delegates.

Federation Conference- An annual event which is combined with the SIGBI General Meeting. The conference is normally held at the end of October or early November, mainly in the United Kingdom but every few years, at one of our overseas countries.

General Meeting – a meeting when reports are presented by the Chairman and Directors, the accounts are presented and approved by voting delegates and Resolutions for change are presented.

Voting Delegates – Each club within the Federation may send one voting delegate to the General Meeting. If a club is unable to do this, they may appoint a proxy.

International Convention – This is an event held every four years in a member country approved by the International Board. The International President presides, together with the Immediate Past International President. Members from all four Federations attend. The current President completes her term of office and hand over to the new President at this event.

International President – this post is a rotational post between all Federations. Each Federation proposes a member for this office that it has selected and the candidate’s nomination is then ratified by the International Board.

The term of office for the International President is two years. This means that one President completing her term will not do so at an international Convention. She will hand over at an International Board meeting.

International Board – This comprises three voting delegates for each of the four Federations plus three non voting delegated of the Federations choice but normally including the Federation Executive Officer. Also Present are the International President who is Chairman, the International President Elect, the international Treasurer; the International Programme Director. The immediate Past President completes her term six months after completing her Presidency.

The International Board is responsible for governance and development of the international organisation, for its constitution and procedures. As Soroptimist International, it is in the process of becoming an incorporated body.

Clubs – clubs and their members are the most important part of the organisation – this is where PA is achieved. Clubs now have a great deal of autnomy on how they operate. The must have a Secretary, Treasurer and Programme Action Officer.

Regions – these are groups of clubs in a geographic area. Our region is the South West and Channel Islands. They are a means whereby clubs can come together, sharing friendship, ideas, best practice and contributing to the business of the Federation.

Regions have a President, who normally takes office for one year. She is supported by the Immediate Past President, President Elect, Vice President, Programme Action Officer; Treasurer; Federation Councillor and a Membership and Development Officer. Other members may be co-opted to assist with particular projects.

National Associations – again, these are groupings of clubs, out with the United Kingdom, for example, the Republic of Ireland; India; Cameroon.

Networks – SIGBI has a network of Clubs in the Caribbean. The countries are independent of each other and with their own Government, but the network of Soroptimist Clubs functions in a very similar way to our Regions.

Federation Councillor – a member who has served at Region and has been elected by members to take on this role which is an important link between clubs in the Region, National Association or Network and the Federation Management Board.

AACM – this refers to our overseas countries – Africa, Asia, Caribbean and Malta

Number 63 – this is a boutique hotel at No 63 Bayswater Road London, immediately opposite Kensington Gardens. Originally established many years ago to offer safe accommodation to Soroptimists who were in London on business, it is open to all and has an on-line booking service. It is not owned by SIGBI and was known as the Soroptimist Residential Club.

 

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