Friendship Links are the Soroptimists’ way of connecting with other clubs worldwide to share projects, offer support and forge friendships.
A four-way link-up – SI Crosby and the three Scandinavian clubs – took place in Norway in June 2012 . This friendship has continued: a group from Crosby visited Sweden in June 2013 ; Crosby Soroptimists welcomed guests from the three Scandinavian clubs to our 75th anniversary celebrations in September 2013; and a Crosby group travelled to Denmark in August 2014.
In March 2015 two members of SI Falkenberg spent a short holiday in Crosby, and enjoyed local hospitality.
In April 2016, the clubs decided to meet in a neutral location for a change, so chose Bruges in Belgium – easily accessible by air and (from the UK) by Eurostar. There were plenty of opportunities to renew friendships, catch up on clubs’ activities and explore the delights of the city (including a brewery, markets and street art).
After a successful trip to Bruges in 2016 it was agreed by all that another gathering should be arranged for 2018 , and this time in Edinburgh, as this would be an easy destination for all clubs to travel to. Edinburgh proved problematic, so the plan changed to Glasgow.
In our own SIGBI Federation we have a link with SI Keighley (Yorkshire) – and have danced Bollywood-style! We have met up at conferences; and we supported their special event to mark the International Day for Ending Violence against Women and Girls 2016.
We are also linked to SI Scarborough (Trinidad and Tobago) and SI Bonaberi-Douala (Cameroon) in SIGBI.
Our furthest link is with SI Tauranga (New Zealand) in the South West Pacific Federation.