Huddersfield Soroptimists recently had a stall at the local Tesco supermarket raising awareness on Violence Against Women and to advertise our organisation. We had a successful day meeting shoppers and giving out information including the Soroptimist bookmarks, highlighting relationships – He loves me, He loves me not. There was a petition for people to sign asking the government to ban advertising Sex for sale from the Purple Teardrop Campaign and this had 144 signatures added to it. Our local MP Barry Sheerman was visiting the store and gave us an opportunity for a photo with him and signed the petition as he supports the work we are involved in. The photo has three club members, the MP and a Tesco employee.
In March 2013 we are organising a workshop on Staying Safe for Women to coincide with International women’s Day and hope to recruit new members.
Monday 28th November
A very special Club meeting day! Josephine Long became a member of SI Huddersfield !
Josephine is truly a very special new member. She was , just by chance, at Huddersfield University on the evening of our Open Event. She was not aware of our meeting, however, but was on her way to attend a completely different one! She saw our blue and yellow balloons and wondered what was going on! She was intrigued, popped in to find out more, met some very friendly people…and the rest, as they say, is history!
Open evening at Huddersfield University
Monday 24th October
This was a new venture for the club and we were delighted to welcome Margaret Cook, Soroptimist International Assistant Programme Director 2007-11. She spoke most eloquently on ‘The road to success’ giving us all a fascinating insight into how her life had been transformed and enriched by Soroptimism. Unfortunately,many members of the general public are still not aware of Soroptimists. However Margaret has had the privilege of attending and addressing The United Nations, where we have an advisory voice. This is one place, she assures us, that EVERYONE knows who we are!
We also warmly welcomed Ann Hough and Tracy Nelson from Huddersfield Town Football Club. They spoke on ‘Achieving Goals’. We were very interested to hear about their careers in this male dominated area, and how times have changed!
Beaumont Park Gala Day
S I Huddersfield have enjoyed a close relationship with The Friends of Beaumont Park for several years and were invited to have a stand at their annual Gala Day. Much work went into the compilation of display boards, but perhaps the most effort was taken up by mastering the erection of our new Gazebo! During the day we raised some funds for The Joseph Salmon Trust by selling quiz sheets. However, on this occasion the main focus was on interaction with the general public – raising awareness not only about Soroptimists, who we are and what we stand for, but about the Soroptimist Purple Teardrop Campaign. Numerous interested members of the public signed the petition as well as taking away leaflets and bookmarks. A good days work!
Monday 11th July
Neil Salmon spoke to our members about the work of the Joseph Salmon trust, which is our President’s charity for this year. The trust was set up following the unexpected death of Neil’s son, Joseph, in 2005. It is a local charity, operating in Huddersifeld, Halifax and Mirfield, which gives financial support to those who have lost a child.
Further details of their work, and information on how you could help, are to be found on their website. www.thejosephsalmontrust.org.uk
Huddersfield Soroptimists have already raised funds this year through the raffle at our Friendship lunch together with £100 from our Antiques evening in May.
Wednesday 6th July
Once again ‘The Old Golf House Hotel’ at Outlane was the venue for our annual Friendship lunch. We were delighted to be joined by representatives from the Soroptimist Clubs of Dewsbury, Bradford, and Oldham as well as members of our Friendship link club from Ashton Under Lyme. Our special guest was Val Jenkins, our Yorkshire Regional President. We enjoyed a delicious meal and were also very pleased to raise £70 with a raffle in aid of our President’s charity, The Joseph Salmon Trust.
Yorkshire President Val and Trish, one of SI Huddersfield’s members enjoying a pre-lunch drink.
President Margaret presented a plant to Secretary Susan Fox to thank her for all her hard work in organising the lunch.