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International Women’s Day 8th March 2020. Celebrating the life of Dr Kathleen Rutherford

International Women’s Day 8th March 2020. Celebrating the life of Dr Kathleen Rutherford

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Across the world thousands of Soroptimists marked International Women’s Day with hundreds of activities and events on and around 8 March. In some countries just gathering like this puts their lives at risk. Events highlight the economic, political and social achievements of women, and raise awareness of work still to be done to build a better world for women and girls. #EachforEqual #IWD2020 Club members celebrated #InternationalWomensDay at their last meeting at the Yorkshire Hotel in Harrogate. We were delighted to welcome members from SI Dewsbury and SI Garforth Elmet to our meeting. We celebrated the life of one of our Founder Members Dr Kathleen RutherforD MBE. We were also joined by Harrogate Author and Historian Malcolm Neesam. Malcolm is supporting the Club in our application for a Heritage Plaque to celebrate the life and achievements of Dr Kathleen. #Soroptimists Soroptimist International of Harrogate and

Andrea Trimmer 1973-2019

Andrea Trimmer 1973-2019

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The Club is both shocked and saddened by the sudden death of Andrea Trimmer on the 10th November 2019. Andrea was an active and passionate member of the Club and Soroptimist International. She joined the Club on 2009 and served as our Events Co-ordinator from 2010-14 when she became our Club President in 2014. During her Presidential year the Club raised over £3000 for her chosen charity – the ‘Young Carers’. She was until recently both Regional and Club Development Officer Andrea was a magnificent organiser of events. If Andrea took on a responsibility you could rest assured that it would be done. We held a great fund raising event a during the Tour de France in her Presidential year and the photo of Andrea on the yellow bike surrounded by Club members and friends made it into the local papers as well as our
Club Programme 2019-20

Club Programme 2019-20

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All meetings take place at the Yorkshire Hotel Harrogate unless otherwise stated. If you are interested in attending one  of our meetings please email sihandd@hotmail.co.uk – Meeting start at 7.30 DATE 2019 EVENT     May 1st Club meeting   May 15th Speaker meeting The history & families of Kiplin Hall, Scorton, Richmond Cathrien van Hak       June 5th Club meeting   June 19th Summer Outing Visit to Kiplin Hall, Nr Scorton, Richmond at 2pm followed by afternoon tea   July 3rd Club meeting   July 17th Speaker Meeting ‘Park Life’, The Parks of Harrogate District, Sue Wood       July 19th ‘End of term’ Social event Community Venue to be confirmed   September 4th Club meeting   September 18th Speaker meeting Renowned Gemologist takes us through the ‘History of Diamonds’. Demonstrates with samples! Robert Bolton   October 2nd Friendship Evening Featuring the Club

Meeting the challenges of Online abuse – Prof. Tink Palmer MBE

Meeting the challenges of Online abuse – Prof. Tink Palmer MBE

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President, Nicola Harding and member Judith Webb, welcomed members and guests to their March meeting, to hear speaker Professor Tink Palmer MBE, Chief Executive and Founder Member of the Marie Collins Foundation. Among members and guests present was Chris Clark, President of Soroptimist International of Yorkshire. Professor Tink explained that The Marie Collins Foundation (MCF), a registered charity since 2011, has been created to offer a cohesive approach to addressing the recovery needs of children, and their families, who suffer harm online. Their vision is to ensure that all children who suffer abuse via the internet and mobile technology are able to recover and live safe and fulfilling lives. She emphasised that both within the UK and the international environment, the service response is ad hoc, ill informed and sparse. The MCF is the only known organisation within the UK, Europe and further afield that

Charity Shop Christmas Shop Window Competition brings Christmas Cheer

Charity Shop Christmas Shop Window Competition brings Christmas Cheer

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It must be Christmas when the annual Christmas shop window competition takes place. Harrogate and District Soroptimists are once again delighted to organise the  Charity Shop Window Competition; it was great to see so many shops getting involved. There were some super displays that really demonstrated innovation, impact and the spirit of Christmas. The judges were impressed in the time, effort and thoughtfulness that had gone into many of the windows. The winners were invited to the Harrogate Borough Mayor’s parlour in Harrogate on the 29th November to receive their certificates. The overall winner, Saint Michael’s Starbeck also received the Soroptimist International Shop Window Cup from President Pat Shore and the Cllr Nick Brown, the Mayor of Harrogate. The charity shops are one of the main sources of income for the charities they represent. They rely on volunteers. Kim, the manager of St Michael’s Hospice

AGM and Change of Office – President Sue takes up office

AGM and Change of Office – President Sue takes up office

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The Club’s AGM held on the 15th of April celebrated the hard work of out-going President Andrea Trimmer and the  Club members. Though the final sum is to be confirmed President Andrea announced that £3000 had been raised over the last year for ‘The Young Carers Mentorship Scheme’; this included over a £1000 raised by The Square Restaurant from the Cookery School,  £840 from a night of fun at the Murder Mystery Event as well as money from a very enjoyable Thai Lunch, selling refreshments at the Wesleyan Church in Harrogate and not forgetting the Le Tour evening in honour of the Grand Depart. The amount equates to 120 hours of mentorship that really makes a difference to young people who care for their parents or siblings across Harrogate and District. Andrea handed over the Chain of Office to incoming President Sue Williams. President Sue’s