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SIGBI – London 2012

SIGBI – London 2012

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SI Ipswich and District members aren’t the  only ones getting gearing up for the Olympics. Check out the SIGBI website for information about what other clubs have been up to including Margaret Cook from SI Ilkley carrying the torch and SI Kidderminster and District teaming up for the Cultural Olymipiad. There is so much going on this Summer… don’t forget to tell us what you’re up to on our Twitter @SI_Ipswich and you can now wish Zoe luck via Twitter.

A Soroptimist Diamond Jubilee

A Soroptimist Diamond Jubilee

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It was a lovely weekend here in Suffolk, made even better by our 60th Anniversary celebrations at Hintlesham Golf Club.  A very big thank you to all the lovely Soroptimists who celebrated with us, it was fantastic to see everyone there. Soroptimists from Cambridge, Colchester, Chelmsford, East London, Great Yarmouth, Norwich and Southend joined us. More photos and updates to come…      

Zoe Newson and London 2012

Zoe Newson and London 2012

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Our next monthly meeting will be held at the Ipswich and Suffolk Club on October 12th. Silent Auction: Make a date in your diary for 2nd November 2011. We are holding a fantastic silent auction to raise funds in order to sponsor one of our local paralympians by the name of Zoe Newson. If you would like to know more or book tickets, please contact us. UPDATE  November – The Silent Auction at Belsted Brook Hotel was an amazing success.  An enormous thank you to everyone who helped out on the evening and to those who joined us to support Zoe on the road to London 2012.  To find out more about Zoe visit her club website.   UPDATE February – The Ipswich and District Soroptimists have heard the great news that Zoe is off to Dubai again, this time the competition is for London

The road to London 2012 with the Soroptimists

The road to London 2012 with the Soroptimists

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An event simply not to be missed is our Silent Auction coming up in 2nd November 2011. To celebrate our 60th Anniversary as a club we are sponsoring an outstanding local Paralympic athlete by the name of Zoe Newson.  Zoe is 19 years old and already a world champion powerlifter. Join us at the Belstead Brook Manor Hotel in Ipswich at 7pm – 9pm for cocktails and canapes and a whole host of auction prizes. It promises to be a special evening dusted with a good helping of inspiration! To find out more about our fundraising and work with Zoe, check out our London 2012 project. Updates for the Silent Auction can be found on the @ZoeAuction Twitter

Suffragette 1911 Boycott Celebration

Suffragette 1911 Boycott Celebration

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  Suffragettes’ 1911 census boycott celebrated in Ipswich with members of the Ipswich and District Soroptimist International A celebration of the centenary of a suffragette boycott of the census was held 10th April 2010 in Ipswich. 100 years ago around 30 votes-for-women campaigners spent the night of 2 April 1911 in an office at the Old Museum Rooms to avoid filling in the forms. Their slogan was “If I am intelligent enough to fill in this form, I can surely put an X on a ballot paper”. It is believed some of the protesters’ husbands guarded the door while the women had supper, sang protest songs and talked about the movement until dawn. A night marking the protest was held at Arlington’s in the same building in Museum Street, which is now a restaurant. Soroptimist International were invited to join and enjoyed a splendid evening.