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SI Thames Valley – 30th Anniversary Celebrations at Last!

Soroptimist International Thames Valley were delighted to at last be able to celebrate their 30th Anniversary – twice cancelled because of COVID. It was held in December at the River and Rowing Museum at Henley on Thames. Members from a whole host of Clubs came to have lunch and celebrate with them, participate in a prize draw and have the opportunity to walk around the current exhibition on show at the Museum. They also had the chance to buy Christmas articles made by Rose Hutchinson of SI Stratford on Avon for the benefit of the Kori Development Project, one of the Club’s well known projects The founder of this project, also a member of SI Thames Valley Rose Simbo is seen in the photo with Kori’s  current project, an orchard to be planted in the  Kori chiefdom in Sierra Leone, in line with the Soroptimist  Centennial Aim to plant more trees.  So far, with contributions from other clubs, SI Thames Valley have raised over £2,000 for this project which was very dear to the heart of Johanna Raffan MBE, President of our Federation, Soroptimist International Great Britain and Ireland from 2020 until her tragic death in 2021. Johanna was a founder member of the  SI Thames Valley Club where she is sorely missed. A loop photo presentation of  her achievements for Soroptimism and her club was projected throughout the lunch evoking Johanna Raffan - memoriesmany fond memories of an exceptional Soroptimist.

The event was also covered in the Maidenhead Advertiser