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Soroptimist International - Dunfermline

Soroptimist International of Dunfermline is part of a worldwide organisation of women, which is linked to the United Nations.

Welcome to SI Dunfermline

Dunfermline is in the Kingdom of Fife and is the Ancient Capital Town of Scotland.  Home to many important and historic sites, including the burial place of King Robert the Bruce and the birthplace of Andrew Carnegie.

Who are we?

We are a friendly group of like-minded women who bring a wealth of knowledge and life experience to  our club.  Committed to  improving the lives of women and girls across the world through our volunteering and project work.  Soroptimists educate, empower and enable women and girls to achieve their potential.  The club currently has around 30 members. Enquiries are always welcome from any woman interested in what we do

Where and When we Meet

The club is presently meeting at the Vine Centre in Dunfermline until June 2022.  When we resume in September after the summer break we will meet on the 2nd and 4th Thursday each month at the Carnegie Conference Centre in Dunfermline. http://www.carnegieconferencecente.co.uk

Celebrating 70 years

Soroptimists in Dunfermline celebrated 70 years of service in 2020.  Our club was chartered in 1950. It is a daughter club of SI Edinburgh and mother club to SI Kirkcaldy.  Celebrations were planned for 2020 but had to be postponed.  However our work continued and we are looking forward to the future.

The collage shows some of our members.

What we are doing this year

This year our theme is education and we will be looking for ways to educate ourselves and others on the issues important to women and girls.  .We will continue to support Women’s Aid and Segal House.  Our support for the local foodbank in Dunfermline will also continue.

Start up kits for Segal House to help homeless people when they are able to move into their new homes.

Blankets have been donated to Segal House and to Women’s Aid. The sewing bee will be looking for new projects this year to make use of the talents of our members.

Collections.

We currently collect a variety of items for various causes.

We are collecting used spectacles for recycling by the Lions Clubs who sort them and send them out to developing countries.

New and gently used bras and new pants are collected for Smalls for All. Some of our members volunteer there opening parcels and the bras and pants are sent to countries in Africa and also to charities in the UK. http://www.smallsforall.org

Blister packs are also collected to be taken to Superdrug where they are sent on to Terracycle for recycling.  http://www,terracycle.co.uk

We also support Survivors of Human trafficking in Scotland SOHTIS with donations of toiletries and make up for the victims of human trafficking.http://www,sohtis.org

Books are collected for Better World Books.http://www.betterworldbooks.com

Campaigning

Using our Facebook page we will be taking part in the 16 days of activism campaign.  This is raising awareness of the Orange the World Campaign which highlights violence against women.

Plastic Free Dunfermline

Plastic Free Dunfermline – We have signed the Pledge.  http://www.plasticfreedunfermline.org.uk

Stitches for Survival

Two members of the club made panels as part of the Stitches for Survival Project for COP26.  Panels could be knitted, crocheted or stitched and had to be 100cms by 60 cms.  These panels were sewn together and hung at Glasgow Green on the 6th of November during the COP 26 event.  The aim was to make a scarf measuring 1,5 miles to represent 1.5 degrees to highlight the target temperature change.  1500 panels were made across the UK and we were delighted to be part of this craftivism raising awareness of climate change.

Celebrating the centenary of Soroptimist International.

To celebrate 100 years of Soroptimist International a set of playing cards have been produced.  These feature Soroptimists from across Scotland.  The club are really pleased that 6 members of our club are featured in the pack.  You can order a set by visiting the website for Scotland South http://www.sigbi.org/scotland-south

Lighting Candles to celebrate 100 years of service.

On the 23rd of September 2021 members joined together to light candles to celebrate the centenary of our organisation.  Four candles were lit to represent the club, Scotland South Region, Our Federation SIGBI and Soroptimist International.

Part of the Scotland South Region

The club is one of 8 clubs within Scotland South Region of our Federation.  We are delighted that past club president Tina Chapman has just completed a two year term of office as our Region President.

Tina Chapman.  Past club president recent Region President