No service/gathering was possible for Remembrance Sunday 2020 as the country was in lockdown. Organisations were asked to lay their wreaths at some point during the afternoon , following a private service by the Mayor sometime that day. Only one person was allowed at once in the memorial garden, with strict entrance from Dalton square and leaving via George street. Hilary wrote “For your sacrifice for our freedom, Thank you Soroptimist International Lancaster” on the card attached to the wreath.
We have been providing storey books for local schools and have in January we completed Tiddler is our 43rd book. It will be delivered to a local school once the coded restrictions are eased. In the mean time members have stated collecting the figures for the next story – Rosie’s Walk.
International Women’s Day February 2020 International Women’s Day is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women. In Lancaster is was acknowledged with a splash of colour and some taste sensations from around the globe.
A story sack full of jungle animals was part of the presentation to Loyne school in November 2019.
Some members were more organised than other when it came to VE celebrations. Some had the street parties organised at a social distance while others approached the event with the wartime spirit to “make do and mend” as the saying went. Decoration consisted of an old washing line and appropriately coloured items to pegged on.
Lancaster Soroptimist sends a big thank you to a fellow member, Janette for the donation of £135 to the women’s refuge. Janette raised this money from the sale of her filtered face masks. In total Janette raised £265. The money was split with another charity. The total amount raised for the refuge was £605. The Refuge staff were delighted with the donation.
With all the uncertainly we have had this year it was wonderful to see the sun or rather lack of rain when Lancaster Soroptimists held an early World Food Day. Val and her husband deserve most of the credit for the amazing total raised – £717.17. This money will go to Lebanese Red Cross. Alongside the sale Val’s wonderful goods, food and donations were taken for the Olive Branch food bank. This raise an additional £124.15. Many thanks to all involved- organisers and supporters.
Our President, Hilary and her husband Trevor enjoyed a day at the virtual Regional Races on Zoom. There were around 7 clubs represented but only about 25 of us participated in the event. The organisers had asked that everyone wear a hat as there was a competition for the fanciest hat and the funniest with a horse racing theme. Using Soroptimist colours Hilary found a blue/yellow(ish) horse on the internet and added more colour and drew a jockey and solved the problem of how to secure it to my head. by stuffing the picture down a lightweight snood – wearing that as a sort of headband. In an outcome that would have surprised Hilary’s Arts and Craft High school teacher she won the silly hat competition! It was a fun couple of hours with introduction of participants and mascots, footage of 3 live races, a
UN launched a campaign to End Violence against Women. The campaign designates 25th day of each month as Orange Day. As 25th June is a meeting date for Lancaster Soroptimists – UK, their current President, Hilary, suggested that they would use the opportunity to highlight that violence against women and girls is still a very relevant issue.
Lancaster Soroptimist UK is proud to support the NHS for Covid19. Our President Elect Val, sold homemade jam and chutneys from her front garden (social distancing observed). Most of the items on sale had been made from produce from her allotment. This the truly showing Soroptimists spirit. Well done Val.