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Club Officers 2017-2018

Immediate Past President      Kay Hurrell
Secretary Sue Waters
Treasurer     Deborah Tosler
Membership Officer     Margaret Bench
Executive Member Carole Atkinson
Regional Representatives   Christine Hay & Kay Hurrell

 

 

 

 

New Members

Following some successful membership evenings hosted by Margaret Bench, the club was pleased to induct two new members, Ann and Gerda.

Induction of new member Ann with her mentor Joan, President Lynn and membership secretary Margaret

Induction of new member Ann

Induction of Gerda Semple

Programme Action overview 2013-14

The club is continuing to support a local women’s refuge, to lobby on issues related to breast cancer, to fund-raise and support a local branch of Arthritis Care and to fund-raise for our Thai village Ban Mae Harn with a changed focus from sanitation to education. We are collecting haberdashery and DIY articles for Tools for Life and food items for a local food bank. In partnership with the Phoenix2 Network, we are lobbying for ‘Better Babies’ and are setting up a work experience scheme for recovering mental health patients.  One of our members is the regional Representative for MCAI.

Disability Network Hounslow

Transport protest DNH

Presidents Christine and Lynn have asked the club to support DNH as their charity during this presidential year.

Mary Ellen and Penny from DNH  were invited to a supper meeting where they  explained the aims of this charity and how it was set up.They support people with disability including those where the disability is less visible. Their aim is to raise awareness of the impact of disability on people’s lives and how benefits and services help them.  One of their activities was a transport protest demonstrating the difficulties for wheelchair uses accessing buses. Issues raised were kerbs being too high for the ramp and the fact that wheelchair space is offten occupied by buggies whose owners are disinclined to move.

We are going to run a jewellery stall on September 29th to raise money for DNH as part of their “Wonderful Day” which will be taking place at St Pauls Brentford. from 1pm to 10pm. There will be free entry for all ages, a cafe, stalls, crafts and live music during the afternoon, and live music on stage and a bar in the evening. For further information, contact the event coordinator, John Sear: ceo@disabilitynetworkhounslow.org

Woman in the Community

Woman in the community flyer

Incoming Presidents, Christine and Lynn  revive the “Woman in the Community Award”!

Recognise and reward good work

We are looking for a woman within the community who has made a difference to women and girls through their voluntary work . It will reflect current SI ideals of  women in leadership and education.

If you would like to nominate a volunteer that fits the above description, who works within the boroughs of Hounslow, Kingston upon Thames and Richmond upon Thames, please email (kingstons1@hotmail.co.uk ) for further information and an application form.

 

New presidents 2012

Immediate past president Sheila with incoming co-presidents Christine and Lynn

Exchange of insignia 2012

BeePlus sponsorship of local schools

SI  Kingston has identified four junior schools and one Girl Guide Group to participate in the innovative BeePlus project which has been rolled out across the UK by SI Virtual One . This educational project which will have an environmental impact has the specific aims of:

  • raising awareness of the decline in the honeybee population
  • making children and their families aware of the small things they can do to make a difference
  • stimulate interest and excitement about beekeeping
  • influencing good practice
  • encouraging schools to support bee charities, adopt hives, and send hives overseas that will produce an income for impoverished women
Rowse Honey Ltd have sponsored this project, and all schools will receive a very comprehensive resource pack free of charge.

International Women’s Day 2011

Around 1500 women from diverse cultures and religions gathered together at the Civic Centre in Hounslow to celebrate the 100th anniversary of International Women’s Day. SI Kingston upon Thames and District used the event as an opportunity to promote Soroptimism, their own programme work and BeePlus the programme from SI Virtual One, that they are supporting through the sponsorship of three local schools. Networking was the theme for the day but also enjoyment and participation. We were pleased to make contact with a young woman who runs a local Brownie Guide pack. She was excited about BeePlus and wanted to spread the word among the Guiding community. A woman from Iran was most interested in our project work with the Karen Hill Tribes, as she wanted information about how to educate women and girls in Thailand. An Arab woman from the Sudan, visited our stall to request information about our club and our work. One young Indian woman bounced up to us saying how pleased she was to see us and what did she have to do to join. Polish, Singhalese, Filipino, Nepalese, Indian, Bangladeshi and Irish, were a few of the nationalities attending all joined together in watching, dancing eating and networking. A truly international event with buckets of goodwill and understanding topped with mammoth enjoymentAround 1500 women from diverse cultures and religions gathered together at the Civic Centre in Hounslow to celebrate the 100th anniversary of International Women’s Day. SI Kingston upon Thames and District used the event as an opportunity to promote Soroptimism, their own programme work and BeePlus the programme from SI Virtual One, that they are supporting through the sponsorship of three local schools. Networking was the theme for the day but also enjoyment and participation. We were pleased to make contact with a young woman who runs a local Brownie Guide pack. She was excited about BeePlus and wanted to spread the word among the Guiding community. A woman from Iran was most interested in our project work with the Karen Hill Tribes, as she wanted information about how to educate women and girls in Thailand. An Arab woman from the Sudan, visited our stall to request information about our club and our work. One young Indian woman bounced up to us saying how pleased she was to see us and what did she have to do to join. Polish, Singhalese, Filipino, Nepalese, Indian, Bangladeshi and Irish, were a few of the nationalities attending all joined together in watching, dancing eating and networking. A truly international event with buckets of goodwill and understanding topped with mammoth enjoyment!

Hounslow Women’s Day March 2010

Kingston upon Thames and District's StallSeveral members of Kingston Club networked at the Women’s Day at Hounslow Civic Centre.  This event, celibrating International Women’s Day, attracted more than 700 women.  Stalls providing information on women’s health, safety and wellbeing were abundant as were the stalls laden with food provided by the local Faith Centres.  Throughout the day attendees were entertained by young and old, singing, dancing and playing musical instruments.  Kingston took advantage of this day to promote Soroptimism generally and to display examples of the work the club has been doing.  Our work with the Karen hill Tribes Trust (provision of water and latrines for the village of Ban Mai Harn) and our recipe book project in partnership with SI Bangalor attracted considerable interest.  Proceeds from recipe book sales are going towards Project SIerra.  There are still some available – a bargain at £10 each.

The Club’s 64th Charter Lunch

Forty eight members and guests enjoyed an excellent Indian lunch at the award winning Tangawize Restaurant in East Twickenham to celebrate the end of their 64th year. Guests made this a colourful occasion as all came in jewel colours. Indian music welcomed guests who sampled the delicious mango lassi before sitting down to eat. At the conclusion of the meal all the women were given a bidi prior to watching the intricacies of sari tying.