The guest lecturer at the Club meeting on 20th November was the the Very Reverend Lorna Hood O.B.E. Lorna is the founder, and Chair, of the Charity Remembering Srebrenica (Scotland) – www.srebrenica.org.uk/information/Scotland and her presentation reflected her deep involvement with the diverse communities in that town. She began her talk with a summary of the events leading up to the Srebrenica Massacre in 1995 in which 8,372 Bosniak men and boys were killed by Serb forces. She then shared the stories of 4 women who suffered, and witnessed, atrocities during the massacre and are trying in different ways to deal with the psychological and physical trauma they experienced at that time. She concluded by giving an overview of the Charity’s vision. This was an informative, and at times harrowing, talk which underlined the fact that 24 years after the massacre, there is still a need
Recently Glasgow City Councillor Margie M. spoke to the club about service in the community. She gave a very thought provoking account of her reasons for putting herself forward for election as a city councillor. She also told us that the large number of recently elected female councillors from different parties are making their presence felt in the council chamber and in decision making with a more female orientated standpoint.
SI Glasgow City club members enjoyed a get together before formal club meetings started in September.
Since 2012 the members of SI Glasgow City have been supporting Tomorrow’s Women Glasgow (TWG), which is a multi-agency service for women after their release from prison on completion of their custodial sentence. Each month two members deliver basic toiletries, sanitary products and foods for emergency packs as shown in the images. The members have raised funds to purchase two electric sewing machines for the art and craft sessions. More recently funds were used to purchase cooking utensils and pots for the cookery lessons. A walking club has now been organised and the club bought water bottles for the women.
In early May, our club organised an evening of Friendship, Mindfulness and Meditation to help members begin their work to ‘Think On It’. We were joined by our friends from SI Paisley and SI Hamilton. Ms Clare Bennet, a Transformational Life Coach helped us to learn how mindfulness can help us to cope with life’s stressors leading to us being better able to support others who need us. Following a break for refreshments we began to experience some meditation which is a useful tool to keep us ‘grounded’ and promote good mental health. Comments about the evening were very favourable and members felt that they would continue to use these strategies on their own.
The recent SI Glasgow City AGM welcomed in new office holders for the 2019/20 year. We thank the outgoing officers for their hard work over the last year and congratulate the new officers!
Eight members of SI Glasgow City joined over 400 women at the International Women’s Day celebration at the Scottish Parliament on Saturday 09 March 2019. The event was organised by Scottish Women’s Convention and the club members were delighted that three staff from Tomorrow’s Women Glasgow also attended the event. Attendees were welcomed to the Scottish Parliament by Deputy Presiding Officer Linda Fabiani and Agnes Tolmie, Chair of Scottish Women’s Convention. A stimulating programme of speakers engaged all the attendees. Anne, Andrea and Sharron of TWG thoroughly enjoyed the speakers as well as the surroundings as none had been in the Scottish Parliament. Some Club members enjoyed a walk in the moonlight up the Royal Mile as they headed home after a great day!
At the AGM in April we were able to recognise 2 of our members, both of them having been Soroptimists for 35 years. Thanks to Frances and Aileen for all they have done to support women and girls during that time.
At a recent Club meeting, President Myrtle presented a cheque for £2,150 to Graham, a volunteer, from the charity Mary’s Meals. The money was raised at the Club’s fund-raising Matinee Cabaret held in Glasgow’s Merchants’ House last November. Accepting the cheque on behalf of Mary’s Meals, Graham thanked members for their generous gift and pointed out that the Club’s donation would provide a daily meal for 154 school children, in some of the world’s poorest countries, for an entire school year.