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National Beach Clean – September 2016

National Beach Clean – September 2016

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Members of Soroptimist International Club of Folkestone and 2 young helpers joined forces and took part in the National Beach Clean and litter surveying programme organised by the Marine Conservation Society on Sunday, 18th September at Seabrook,  near Folkestone. They noted that there was very little litter compared to previous years thanks to the concerted beach cleaning efforts of staff of Shepway District Council.

Donkey Derby Boot fair – August 2016

Donkey Derby Boot fair – August 2016

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Early this morning in the sunshine, in Radnor Park, some of the Folkestone Soroptimists (and some “Soroptimisters”) could be found setting up their boot fair stall at the Annual Folkestone Donkey Derby. We were easily spotted in our yellow tabards and sashes and with our promotional material available, it gave us the opportunity to talk to people about our club and what we do, as well as some fundraising.   Reinforcements arrived throughout the day meaning that ten members of the club all gave as much time as they could to man the stall, and persuaded the public to part with their money.  It was a fun day with the club working together to clear as much stock as possible for the best possible price ( always a challenge at a boot fair), and enjoying the sunshine, and having a few giggles on the way. We even managed to sell Jan’s

August Meeting – Leah Thorn & Older Women Rock!

August Meeting – Leah Thorn & Older Women Rock!

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At the August meeting,  poet Leah Thorn spoke to us about her “Older Women Rock!” project that she is working on in Folkestone, and the ideas and basis of the project. Our club are hoping to be very much involved in this as they think it is raising awareness of specific issue that women in their late 50’s to early 70’s face.  The plans for Old Women Rock sound really exciting – and some of our group are disappointed that they are too young to participate (our time will come – don’t go wishing your life away)  – but will support in other ways.  It was great to hear the club still discussing the project over coffee at the end of the evening Watch this space Folkestone, there is definitely more to come on this project.  Updates will follow with SI Folkestone hopefully being fully involved!

UN Gift Box – Stop the Traffik at SI Southend

UN Gift Box – Stop the Traffik at SI Southend

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S I Folkestone Club members visited Southend on Sunday, 31st July to view the UN/Stop ‘The Traffik Gift Box’. We wanted to show our support and thank S I Southend members and in particular, Catherine Cottridge, for the information and advice we have been given in advance of our planned project in 2017.     Especially appropriate as today our Prime Minister, Theresa May has launched her campaign to stamp out Human Traffiking and Modern Day Slavery in the UK.  

Attending SI Brighton and Hove Charter Day

Attending SI Brighton and Hove Charter Day

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President Rosemary Braid and Honorary Secretary, Jeanette Lee attended the Inauguration of S I Club – Brighton and Hove, on Sunday, 12th June 2016. The keynote speaker was Dr Helen Pankhurst (Great Great Granddaughter of Emily Pankhurst) who spoke of the advances in rights and status of women since 1918 and a charity she is involved with called CARE – Walk In Her Shoes. Friendship and support for other clubs in the South East Region of SIGBI and beyond is one of the keystones of our organisation.  It was a wonderful day, and lovely to welcome a new club to the Region.

June Speaker – Claire and Pal – Medical Detection Dog partnership

June Speaker – Claire and Pal – Medical Detection Dog partnership

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  Our speaker for June was Claire and her Medical Detection dog  Pal.  Pal supports Claire who suffers from Type 1 Diabetes by monitoring her blood sugar levels on scent alone, and has recently achieved his 15,000 detection hit during his time with Claire.   Having him has made so much difference to Claire and her family’s lives which you could tell by the moving way she spoke about her life before she had Pal. Claire also spoke about the charity Medical Detection Dogs work with regard to the dogs being able to detect cancer at early stages, which is amazing.  Everyone found the talk really interesting and got a real understanding of the charity and its work.  Our members and their guests had the opportunity to ask questions and to say hello to Pal who stole the show with his waggy tail. The talk closed

Happy Easter from SI Folkestone

Happy Easter from SI Folkestone

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Easter eggs (Fair Trade) to be given to the children at the local Refuge from the members of Folkestone SI Club. SI Folkestone support our local Women’s Refuge throughout the year with “Welcome Packs” and at different times of the year, appropriate gifts.   It was important to us that the chocolate eggs we donate were Fair trade as well!

Skirting Science Event marking International Women’s Day

Skirting Science Event marking International Women’s Day

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Folkestone Soroptimists joined in the celebrations to mark International Women’s Day (Tuesday 8 March 2016) by partnering with the Folkestone’s Creative Quarter and their Women of the World Festival (WoW!). The club are grateful to the Quarterhouse for curating and hosting the Skirting Science event to encourage girls to think about careers which embrace the STEM subjects – Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths. It was attended by approximately 50 girls from local schools in years 9 and 10. The day started with a keynote address from Ann-Marie Imafidon co-founder of Stemettes an organisation which inspires the next generation of females into Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) fields by showing them the amazing women already in STEM via a series of panel events, hackathons, exhibitions, and mentoring schemes.  (www.stemettes.org) The girls then split into workshops which delivered by young women all working in their chosen field

Welcome to the SI Folkestone Website

Welcome to the SI Folkestone Website

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 Thank you for visiting our site. A very warm welcome. The first question we are often asked about Soroptimist International is “but what does it mean” The name Soroptimist was coined from the Latin soror meaning sister, andoptima meaning best. Soroptimist is perhaps best interpreted as “the best women”  From the founding of the first Soroptimist club in Oakland, California, in 1921, through to  the present day where over 3000 clubs are flourishing throughout the world, Soroptimists have continued to strive to achieve “the best for women” in every sphere of their lives. Our Vision – Soroptimist International is a vibrant, dynamic organisation for today’s professional and business women. We are committed to a world where women and girls together achieve their individual and collective potential, realize aspirations and have an equal voice in creating strong and peaceful communities worldwide.   Our Mission – Soroptimists inspire