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Presidents Message 2020

Hello everyone and thank you for coming to visit our website.

A little about me….
My name is Hilary Laidler and, since our AGM in April 2020, I have the privilege of being the President of Soroptimist International of Ellesmere Port and District.

I have been a Headteacher and teacher of maths and psychology and currently I am a jewellery designer for Soroptimist International.



I have been a member of three different Soroptimist Clubs and I have been President of two of them and the President of Cheshire, North Wales and Wirral Region as well. Currently I am the Federation Consultative Councillor for the Region as well as President of the club.

I have been a member for nineteen years and in that time I have met wonderful like-minded women from across the world who have become my very good friends.

Our Club currently has friendship links with Clubs in Africa, Sri Lanka, Australia, Germany and Northern Ireland.

I love the organisation and I am very passionate about it.

A little about what’s happening…
Times are very strange at the moment, as we are all are in lockdown due to the Coronavirus pandemic. However, we are keeping in touch with each other regularly through Zoom, WhatsApp and by telephone, hoping it will all be over soon and that we can get back to our usual routine. Sadly my plans for the year are currently on hold and our annual Charter Lunch has had to be postponed to the 22nd November.

Why we do what we do..
All we do is focussed on making a positive difference to the lives of women and children.

A lot of our work is focussed on making this difference locally, and we enjoy working and spending time together and having lots of fun along the way.

What we do…
In what we do we strive, through advocacy and action, to Educate, Empower and Enable women and children to achieve their potential.

Normally we would be enjoying meeting up at our own regular meetings at the Holiday Inn on the first and third Thursdays of the month at 7pm.
We would also be catching up with friends from other Clubs at our regular Region Meetings as well and looking forward to our annual Federation Conference.

In the meantime though, we are all keeping very busy with our activities at home as our regular monthly meetings can’t happen. Pictures of cake baking, lovely desserts, crafting, jewellery and other activities are regularly appearing, and each day I am amazed at the talents which our members have.

Members are also out on the frontline supporting the local Port Grocery and foodbank and delivering food to workers on the frontline as well.

Two of our members, through the Port Grocery, are making videos of themselves reading short stories for the local children at home to enjoy.

Through our social media activities we raise awareness of issues affecting women and children eg all forms of violence against women, trafficking of women and children, FGM, mental health, ….

We are raising funds over the next two years to support Maggie’s at Clatterbridge Hospital, an organisation that helps and supports families of those suffering from cancer. We are also continuing to support the foodbank, the Port Grocery and the local women’s refuge. We have continued to support local schools and the elderly in local care homes.

In summary..
This is only a very brief snapshot of what our dynamic busy members are doing and I feel very privileged to have been given the honour of being their President.

If you feel that this might be something you want to get involved in, check us out on
Facebook at SI Ellesmere Port and District
Twitter at @SIEllesmerePort