There is always something new every month at the Ipswich and District Soroptimists. Every meeting there is a new idea or a great project already under way. Sometimes the whole clubs gets involved project , and other times the amazing acheivements are down to the fantastic individuals we have as members.
Here’s a taster of just some of the things we have achieved recently:
- April 2013 – QUIZ Mark Murphy of BBC Radio Suffolk was our Quiz Master, helping us raise funds for Lighthouse Women’s Aid.
- November 2012– SIGBI PROGRAMME AWARD 2012 FOR ‘EVERY SIX SECONDS’Absolutely wonderful news! The Club received an award from the Federation (Soroptimist International of Great Britain & Ireland) at its 78th Federation Conference in Belfast on 27th October for their work and involvement with the production of ‘Every Six Seconds’ (the book describing personal experiences of domestic violence by women from Lighthouse Women’s Aid). The award came under the area of ‘Violence and Conflict Resolution’ and was selected from over 300 projects. The award was accepted by President, Joyce Boorman and member, Jackie Wells on behalf of the Club and especially for those members involved in the project. It was a privilege to work with the women involved. So, this award is a bonus for us.
Our President Joyce Boorman together with our Regional Club Representative Jackie Wells receiving our award from Federation President Maureen Maguire.
- November 2012 – The Make a Change Team gave us an update on developments and how we can help them in the future – which fits in with our plans for a Bursary to help educate and empower women. The Worshipful Mayor of Ipswich, Cllr Mary Blake, was also with us to discuss the issues that are of most concern in our area and some of the initiatives that are being implemented.
- October 2012 – We were pleased to welcome Heather Knott and Jean Thorp who focused on Female Genital Mutilation with a call to action to write to MPs on first UN International Day of the Girl Child on 11th October to voice concerns about the lack of prosecutions despite the incidence increasing.
- September 2012 – We reviewed our annual book ‘The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox’ by Maggie O’Farrell, that demonstrates the plight of women who did not conform to the norm back and ended up being incarcerated in institutions for most of their lives as recent as the first half of the 20th C.
- August 2012 – We focused on new members and made plans to contribute towards Water Aid
- July 2012 – We explored ways of supporting the regional project that will provide nurse training for a carer in the HillCrest Aids Respite Centre near Durban, South Africa.
- June 2012 – Focus on Project Action and Fundraising
- May 2012 – Review of the Purple Teardrop Campaign that targets Trafficking
- April 2012 – Our 60th Anniversary celebrations with Soroptimists from France, Denmark and across the region.
- March 2012 – Alison Cole, our Club President, joined Deborah Cadman and others as a speaker at the Suffolk Refugee Forum’s International Women’s Day event.
- February 2012 – Another year, and another very successful Quiz Evening, this time raising enough funds to launch the Ipswich and District Soroptimists Educational Bursary.
- November 2011 – The Silent Auction successfully raised £3000 to support Zoe Newson on the road to London 2012. The Soroptimists also joined the Lighthouse Women’s Refuge on White Ribbon Day to launch their brand new book ‘Every 6 Seconds’.
- September 2011 – As part of support for the local women’s refuge, twice a year we provide toiletry bags with much needed contents for those arriving at the refuge. Ipswich and District members hosted the regional meeting of Soroptimist International which was attended by over 60 Soropimists from the region.
- May 12th 2011 – Our 59th Birthday Dinner!
- April 2011 – Annual General Meeting. We commemorated the suffragette movement with over 100 women at Arlington’s restaurant.
- March 2011 – We held an exhibition stand at Endeavour House in Ipswich to mark International Women’s day and raise awareness of Soroptimist International.
- February 2011 – Our annual quiz to raise money for the international Project Sierra. We also welcomed a large number of Arras Soroptimist International friends for a weekend of friendship and entertainment.
- January 2011 – We presented Ipswich Women’s Aid with a large number of filled wash bags.
- December 2010 – We were able to provide over 30 Christmas gifts to the Make A Change project based in Ipswich.
- Decemeber 2010 – Our Christmas Celebration meal.
- November 2010 – Members reported their experiences of the Annual Federation Conference. Held in Manchester from the 21st to 23rd of October. We also discussed our investigation of the local provision for homeless women.
- October 2010 – Book Club Meeting. The club discussed the book ” A Short History of Tractors in the Ukrain.”
- September 2010 – As part of support for the local women’s refuge, twice a year we provide toiletry bags with much needed contents for those arriving at the refuge.