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Jazz and Pimm’s

Jazz and Pimm’s

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What better way to spend one of the last Sunday summer afternoons particularly when the money raised go to the Dianne Oxberry Trust for raising awareness of Ovarian Cancer. The trust gave a presentation at a Regional Meeting explaining that ovarian cancer was difficult to detect and all too often fatal. A special mention to Andra for her cake tree. Looks delicious. Many Thanks to Ruth and of course her husband, Stuart for a fantastic event. Below is a selection of photos provided by Ruth.   Summer Sun and a glass of Pimm’s   —        Perfect!      

Celebrating International Women’s Day with Banners, Flags and Tee Shirts

Celebrating International Women’s Day with Banners, Flags and Tee Shirts

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The following is the write-up Val B kindly did for our local paper.   Every year members hold an event to mark and support International Women’s Day and this year the club was fortunate to have the assistance of Steve Pendrill, the renowned local professional photographer. Steve was the speaker at the regular monthly meeting, relating fascinating anecdotes of exciting adventures, opportunities and mishaps during his 25 years as a press photographer. After his talk Steve very kindly took a group photo of members holding their flags and banners reflecting both the international women’s organisations and schools actively supported by SI Lancaster and the life and work of Ruth Ginsberg, the American feminist lawyer who was the first Jewish woman Justice ever to be appointed to the US Supreme Court and who was a lifelong promoter of worldwide gender equality. SI Lancaster regularly supports and

The President talking through the club structure
2022 Member’s Evening

2022 Member’s Evening

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This was a second opportunity to catch up with friends with another face-to-face meeting. Val, the president gave an overview of club structure which was supported by guiding everyone to the different web site associated with the organisation. This was followed by Hillary who gave us an overview of the current membership and the joining process for the new members and potential members at the meeting.   Deirdre followed with what is often seen as the heart of the club with information about the wide and varied activities the club had undertaken the previous year.   Sandra, one of the most recent new members was asked to introduce herself. Sandra had been introduced into the club by Kath and entertained the meeting with a side show to illustrate her stories. She finished with a short film of her stepson’s lavish Indian wedding.   Below is

Handover of the Regional Presidency
Northwest and The Isle of Man Regional AGM 2021

Northwest and The Isle of Man Regional AGM 2021

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November saw the 2021 the first face to face meeting for the Northwest region for several month. Previous meeting had been held over Zoom due to the national restriction relating to the Covid pandemic. Lancaster was well represented. One of the items was the hand over from last year’s Region President, Cath Read from Blackburn club to 2021/22 President, Val Thomas, Pendleside.  

2021 Soroptimist International Annual Conference

2021 Soroptimist International Annual Conference

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Once again Covid stopped members traveling to the 2021 annual conference which was due to be held in Belfast. During the year the conference committee had assessed the risk of a face-to-face meeting and taken the difficult decision to hold a virtual conference. To try and recreate some of the comradery of a normal gathering several members met to watch the conference together. While not recreating the complete conference experience it was still an opportunity to enjoy the company of other and discuss the presentation.  

20 Years of Story Books

20 Years of Story Books

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For the past 20 years members of Lancaster Soroptimist club have produced and presented 45 storybooks for local primary schools. Each school receives three consecutive storybooks. The first one was presented to Moorside School in 2002. Unfortunately, the following seventeen are not on record but the remaining are as follows:   19 – The Enormous Watermelon                            Ryelands School              July 2009. 20 – The Frog Prince                                                 Ryelands School              8 December 2009. 21 – Whatever Next                                                 Ryelands School             30 November 2010. 22 – Peace At Last                                                    Ryelands School            30 November 2010. 23 – We’re Going on a Bear Hunt                          Christchurch School          7 March 2011. 24 – A Christmas Journey                                        Christchurch School        29 November 2011. 25 –

Friendship Evening

Friendship Evening

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Our 2021 Friendship Evening was a great success even though the musician was unable to attend due to testing positive for Covid. The highlight of the evening was the welcoming into the Club of Sandra Towers. The photo includes Kath who introduced Sandra to the club, our President Val,  and Hilary our Membership Officer.  

A representative of the growing club with two club members.
The Growing Club

The Growing Club

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Sometimes you meet someone who is making a real difference.  Jane, from The Growing Club is such a woman. We heard about the difference she and the team were making to others at our monthly speaker meeting in November. The Growing Club is a not-for-profit organisation such provides a range of skills training and opportunities for women. Here is Jane with the current president Val and a member who has working Jane, Janet.