President’s Message



President Cheryl Boodoosingh


“Hope springs eternal in the human breast: Man never is, but always to be blest.” – Alexander Pope

Esperance has a foundation of Hope.  The genesis of this club started with the desire to give a sense of hope to women and girls.

There are a many words to describe the Proposed Soroptimist Club Esperance, and  two come to mind quickly, which start with an ‘E’ ~ Enthusiasm and Energy.  What an exciting journey we have started! Such passion exists in our membership.  The club’s activities will focus on giving hope to women.  Hope will be the foundation of all our projects and initiatives.  And once hope has been created, enthusiasm will follow.  Esperance means Hope in French and Esperance reflects the varied heritage of our country, in a small village located  in South Trinidad.

As the Soroptimist International organization’s  primary focus is on women and girls, we will seek out innovative projects and partnerships that will address needs and issues of women in the southern rural areas of Trinidad.  One of our first projects completed in September 2018 was a Free Legal Aid Clinic for Mature Women is part of a wider group of projects that will seek to fill niche needs to educate and empower  women in many rural areas.   We also want to give opportunities to young girls in rural areas, and our second project completed in October 2018,  Girls in Aviation, was a ground breaker in the area of educational opportunities for young girls.  Part of a Women in Stem initiative, this project focused on the non-traditional aspects of STEM.

We will partner strategically, to have the greatest impact and use non-traditional methods and develop plans of doing our work that will be the success of our projects’ focus.  Our club membership has not only deep experience as Soroptimists, but also bring a broad base of professional  capability, that is in touch with present day issues facing women. Hope, underpinned by Energy and Enthusiasm can make a difference.

We are fast approaching our special day in the life of this proposed club.  On December 9, we will be chartered as a club.   And coincidentally, the number 9 seems to be repeating itself in our short life so far… July 9 we made a big decision to form a club, on October 9 we received our consent to charter as a club, and on December 9, we will be Chartered as a club of the SIGBI Federation of Soroptimist International.    In some writings, the number 9 signifies an awakening of your inner self for humanitarian services.

The Proposed Club of Esperance would like to project the Soroptimist organization as the service organization of choice for women, not only in our club, but the sister clubs in our twin islands, and also our clubs in the Caribbean.

The members of our club are all united in the effort to give of themselves to create opportunities for others, mainly women and girls.  Be part of the awakening to make a difference and breathe hope into someone’s life.