SIG Achievements April 2014 – March 2015

Soroptimist International Guernsey

Annual Report  

President  Jenny Tasker   April 2015

The three years since agreeing to take on the role of Vice President, leading to being President 2014– 2015 have passed incredibly quickly! The Club has continued to be active locally, nationally and internationally in a manner which is exemplary. Members are friendly, forthcoming in their views and firm in working towards greater equality, globally, for women and their families.

Our speakers during the year have provided a variety of information and personal stories, as well as giving us the opportunity to learn about the needs of others in many different situations. They were welcomed to our supper meetings and were able to chat with the members generally:


Emily Litten                ‘Mind’ (the President’s chosen charity)

DCI Toni Reed             Guernsey Police

Kay Langlois               BBC Guernsey Deputy Station Manager

June Money                 The Club’s very own author member on how she came to be a writer

Shelaine Green            Guernsey Disability Alliance

Matthew Kerr              GROW Limited

Dave Matthews           Governor, Guernsey Prison

Allister Carey & Jody Webber The Eleanor Foundation (also working with Tumaini and the raffle at that meeting raised sufficient funds for between 10 and 20 solar lights.)

Peter Sarl also came to a Business Meeting to speak about the Kibera Project in Kenya.

The Annual Beach Clean took place in September, with not so much being collected as usual, however! Visits to Guernsey’s Registry and the Guernsey Prison proved interesting and informative, giving members at the former an insight into the how the registration process worked for Companies and the Non-Profit Making Organisations like ourselves and how a ‘working prison’ gave those serving their time the chance to gain some qualifications or learn a trade, while carrying out tasks to enhance the local environment. Their vineries provide most of the vegetables needed in the kitchen.  The Prison is a non- smoking facility, with staff and inmates using e-cigarettes, if that were necessary.  A walk through Candie Cemetery and Candie Gardens proved to be an enjoyable hour and a half’s gentle exercise before one of our pot lunches!

Informal gatherings took place throughout the year for Breakfast, Lunch or Fish ‘n’ Chip supper and two evening meals for planning, all of which enabled members to relax and enjoy each other’s company in different settings.  Whether the get togethers for sewing at Shirley’s can be described as informal may be up for discussion, but they were successful in making a number of bags for the Winchester NHS Hospital Breast Care section.

Preparing toiletry baskets for Maison St. Pierre and the Women’s Refuge have taken place at Janie’s home for many years and we thank her for always providing a fun evening while thinking of the women who would receive the gifts. The Petanque evening allowed some exercise and the visit to Lihou was enjoyed by those participating.

I would like to thank the members for all their support during the year, particularly the Executive and Alison for the excellent Minutes, as well as the Convenors’ committees who have organised the fund-raising events, not only the Quiz for Mind, but also the Afternoon Tea at June’s home, the ‘Singing for the not so Terrified’ and the lunches at Shirley’s to raise funds for a bicycle for a girl in Mexico and for Edible Guernsey. Seafront Sunday, the Christmas Charities’ Fair and the Swimarathon were other events in which members participated, perhaps making the public more aware of Soroptimists, something we still find very difficult to do. It is worth mentioning that a lady who saw us at the Seafront Sunday, made a large number of dresses which have now gone to Project Rhino with the last of the material and sewing items from Stockport. One of the ladies receiving the latter wrote to Jemmy (sic) and Jackie ‘Thanks for the sewing materials that you sent to me in Kenya I am very happy because you have changed my life, now I get my property from that. Thank you for promoting me God Bless you.’  We celebrated International Women’s Day with a Speaker Breakfast, where we learned more about how refugees, asylum seekers and immigrants are treated in the UK.

Having given talks recently to the local Osteoporosis Group and the Mothers’ Union, I found it upsetting that they knew so little about us. However the Club achieves public support for its Shopping Evening at Creasey’s and is seen laying a wreath with all the other organizations at the Annual Remembrance Day Service at the War Memorial. We supported Protect ( Anti – Trafficking ) showing the film Taken.

The Friendship Weekend was another highlight for me, with everyone having a good time at the various events organised and again my appreciation is expressed to the members for the Friday evening food and Shirley and Julia, among others, for their assistance in ensuring a successful few days for visitors and members alike.

Representing the Club at the Sixth Form Centre’s  Presentation Evening and the Guernsey College of Further Education’s Awards’Night was a real pleasure and the recipients of our awards, and the institutions themselves, were appreciative of the prizes and trophy.

Going to one Regional Meeting with company was very enjoyable! The AGM I attended last June had interesting speakers and Diane, Shona and Annie came to Taunton in September, but otherwise, November and March again were on my own. In order to understand how Soroptimism works, it is very useful to go to Regional Meetings and Federation Conferences (Diane and I went to Harrogate last year), for I know that everyone who has done so recognises how much they learn about Soroptimist International.

Ideas from the Region were used at Club Meetings, Annie carrying out the exercise for us which was thought- provoking in recognising the role of women in the world and the Regional President Kay’s support for Water Aid is ongoing. Diane’s Questionnaire to all members, followed by an Evening of Reflection gave everyone the chance to put forward ideas for moving the Club onwards and upwards.

I am sure that Diane and her team will ensure that the Club goes from strength to strength.

Events held to raise money April 2014 – March 2015

Creasey ’ s Evening £895.00 Safer/ Bereavement
Seafront Sunday £306.00 President’ s Charity
Afternoon Tea £ 295.00 Birthing in Pacific
Petanque £ 52.00 Farm Project
Swimarathon £ 379.00 Swimarathon
Annual Quiz £ 1800.00 President’s Charity
Charities Fayre £ 600.00 General Charities
Christmas raffle £ 207.00 See Solar/Cook Solar
Supper raffles £ 409.77 General Charities
African Lunch £ 300.00 Compassion ( bike )
IWD Breakfast £ 40.00 Farm Project
Singing for Terrified £126.00 Farm Project


Charities supported

MIND £2480.00
Birthing in the Pacific £295.00
International President Dec appeal £207.00
Guernsey Bereavement Service £450.00
Safer £450.00
Compassion £250.00
Grow Ltd £200.00
Protect ( sex trafficking ) £200.00
Autism Guernsey £200.00
The Hub £200.00
Share – for drunk specs £200.00
Edible Guernsey £350.00
Swimarathon £379.00
Guernsey Mental Health £200.00