After nearly two years of only seeing each other over zoom, some members of SI Greater London ventured into a very cold Hyde Park for an unusual but highly enjoyable installation of the new co-president Yemisi. Yemisi will serve as president along with member Angela, and is planning an exciting year for the club. Club members Doltice (Immediate Past President), Noreen, Wilma, Jonaki and Molly also made their way to the park, and club member Irene was able to join via zoom. After the installation programme, the club members packed up and relocated across the street to No. 63 for coffee and a (much missed) chat!
In early 2021, members of SI Oakland – The Founder Club (SIO-TFC) – were invited to zoom into a London Chilterns Region meeting for a Centenary entertainment organised by their UK Friendship Link Club, Milton Keynes. Enterprising Milton Keynes, the youngest club in the region (chartered 2015), had lost no time in forging a link with SI Oakland. At the Regional meeting, Soroptimist International Greater London Club (SIGL) chartered in 1924 (the first Soroptimist Club chartered outside the Americas), was honoured to accept an invitation from the Founder Club to forge an historic Friendship Link with Oakland in its Centenary year, 2021. SI Greater London club celebrates its charter centenary in 2024. SIGL needs new members to be take part in the fun and be in the historic photos. Apply now. Members of SI Bristol (founded in 1920 as a Venture Club that in 1930
Notable SIGL Members as featured in SIGBI’s #WhoIsShe? project for the SI centenary year: Kathleen Halpin Elizabeth Hawes Dame Vera Baird
Click below for the Speaker Presentations from 7th July event Dame Vera Baird: Lucy Hadley: Lucy Hadley Soroptimist International London Collective (SILC) is a partnership of London Soroptimist Clubs designed to provide mutual support, aid joint practical action and to promote the London Clubs and Soroptimist International further in the Capital. It has been developed by a planning group of members of the London Soroptimist Clubs within SI London Anglia and SI London Chilterns Regions, supported by Regional Officers from the two regions. Our Clubs are a part of Soroptimist International , a worldwide women’s volunteer organisation with a presence in 121 countries around the world and consultative status at the UN Commission on the Status of Women. Through volunteering and advocacy and in partnership with other great organisations, members work at a local, national and international level to educate, empower and enable opportunities for
SIGL celebrated 95 years since the club’s founding in June – the oldest club outside of the United States! A fantastic lunch, including a glass of “Prohibition Punch” (a nod to the 1920s USA) was enjoyed by all, as was a variety of entertainment and speakers. Regional Secretary Rita and Federation Councillor Pauline spoke about two fantastic programmes supported by SIGL – the aptly named RITA (Reminiscence Interactive Therapy and Activities) programme which helps to battle dementia; and the Yarl’s Wood Befrienders respectively. Long services awards were also presented to our longest serving members as we enjoyed a gorgeously decorated cake, complete with our insignia and 95th logo. We ended the day with a raffle, the proceeds of which will benefit President Doltice’s charity Young Minds.
SIGL member Yemisi hosted President Doltice and other members and friends for a fantastic garden party to raise funds for the SIGBI quadrennial project Meru Women’s Garden Project (https://sigbi.org/our-charities/meru-womens-garden-project-2016-2019/). It was a lovely day and everyone enjoyed the scones and cake. There was also a raffle along with the sale of plants for our own gardens, and jams and sauces from Meru Herbs – a women-led cooperative working in rural Kenya.
President Doltice and several members of SIGL, plus guests, celebrated the festive season with a meal at Taormina Restaurant in Bayswater. The food was lovely and company lively! There was a raffle with fantastic prizes, which raised £66 for the Young Mind’s Charity. Everyone had a wonderful time.
At the September meeting, President Doltice and member of SIGL welcomed Pippa Holdup from Alzherimer’s Society as a guest speaker. Pippa gave a very informative speech, which was enjoyed by all.
At the October meeting, President Doltice and members of Soroptimist International Greater London welcomed two guest speakers, Regional Secretary Rita Beaumont and Federation Councillor Pauline Panter, who were representing the Yarl’s Wood Befrienders charity. Pauline is a Befriender and spoke about her experience and the need for everyone to get involved and support the vulnerable women who are detained. For more information about the Befrienders, please see their website: www.ywbefrienders.org. The club presented over 50 pairs of knickers to Pauline and Rita be donated to women who are detained at Yarl’s Wood IRC, and have pledged to make this an ongoing project for the club.
In July, President Doltice and other members of SI Greater London visited the exhibition “A Stone’s Throw from Westminter” at Holborn Library, co-curated by member Irene. We have a lovely and informative day, and were impressed with the amount of information that was available. We also enjoyed seeing the banners made at workshops. We thoroughly enjoyed our private tour, led by historian and expert on women’s suffrage, member Irene. The exhibition continues until 28th September of this year, for further information, please see http://www.lovecamden.org/stones-throw-westminster-suffragettes-and-other-feminists-camden.