President’s message


Our President is elected annually and leads the team of officers of the club.


SI Edinburgh meets on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of each month at 7.30.  We meet at the Scottish Youth Hostel Association on the corner of Annandale St and Leith Walk, opposite Elm Row.   You can be sure of a warm welcome if you come along. We have our regular pattern of meetings from September to April. You can find the full programme elsewhere on this site.  If you need more information use the ‘Contact Us’ button.

We are very active supporting a number of charities in the city, as well as working with other Soroptimists nationally and internationally.  Come and find out more!

An update from President Gari

“Many of you will know that the UN has 17 Sustainable Development Goals with targets to be achieved by 2030.  SDG17 addresses partnership and collaboration and – along with SDG1 No Poverty, SDG2 Zero Hunger and SDG4 Quality Education – is particularly important in creating immense possibilities for improving the state of our communities, societies and our world. The UN General Assembly in  New York is currently celebrating the third anniversary of the world agreement to support the Sustainable Development Goals. There is still a lot to achieve by 2030 so come and join us and help to make them a reality.”  September 2018

President Gari writes

“I am delighted to become the 2018 SIE President.  It is a great honour and I hope to be able to maintain the SIE profile and activities which were set during the hugely impressive year of Anna, my predecessor as President. Like Anna, I am aware of the very wide range of activities we set ourselves.  Not only do we have two meetings each month, some with high profile speakers, but we have fundraising and service activities throughout the year.  And, as SI is an organisation recognised at the UN, we have an international agenda which,I am sure, we all wish to support. Many of our actives could attract audiences and participation from a wide cross section of Edinburgh’s civil society and grassroots organisations. Holding a meeting on the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals and how achievement is aided through our own actions, for example, could be of interest to many local groups.  SGD17 addresses collaboration and this is something I would like to forefront in all that we do.  Another topic of general interest might be a talk by a female MSP on “Women working at the Scottish Parliament: an insider ‘so view” Although 51%of the,population is female, there are only 35%of MSPs female.  This is a sad state of affairs and one many would wish to rectify. Advice on how to do this may be one of the issues raised at the meeting with the MSP.

I do hope others will join SIE as we move on with our activities and our interests.  Everyone is welcome”. April 2018