About our Club


  • Soroptimist International of Manchester is part of Soroptimist International of Great Britain and Ireland – a global women’s service organisation. We work at local, national and international level with the aim of improving the lives of women and girls. We have fun and make friends too.
  • The first luncheon meeting was held on 18th February 1926 when Lady Falmouth, founder member of Soroptimist  International of  Greater London (our ‘mother’ Club) was present. On 16th June that year an inaugural banquet was held when the Charter was presented. There were 62 founder members from a wide variety of professional and business fields – several involved with Manchester’s cotton industry including a blouse maker, cotton waste merchant, garment manufacturer and grey cloth agent;  and others still familiar with us today – barrister, journalist, dentist and librarian. The subscription was two guineas and remained so until 1951 when it was raised to three guineas.
  • The Presidential chain was commissioned in 1936 – a gift of the Past Presidents. It was designed and executed by the Red Rose Guild of Designer Craftsmen. It is worked in silver and enamels to show the many different aspects of the city of Manchester. The Chain is made up of cotton bobbins interspersed with small blue wheels of industry. Two Red Roses for Lancashire lead to the jewel itself which shows the Cathedral, the blue ripples of the Ship Canal and, at the base, three diagonal stripes symbolising the three rivers which run through the centre of Manchester – the Irwell, the Irk and the Medlock; the whole shouldered by the chimneys of the factories and mills.
  • Our members have a wide range of backgrounds and experience,  and include a charity worker, a chartered accountant, a finance officer, a mum on a career break, an ophthalmic surgeon, a public relations consultant, a food scientist and a psychiatrist.  They come from most areas of Greater Manchester and East Cheshire – including Cheadle Hulme, Didsbury, Sale, Salford, Whalley Range, Wilmslow, Withington and Worsley.
  • We have five ‘daughter’ clubs – S I Ashton under Lyne, S I Blackburn, S I Bolton, S I Stockport and S I The Fylde; and seven Friendship Link clubs – S I Johannesburg, S I St Petersburg, S I Wichita, S I Grosse Pointe, S I Fort de France Alizes Sud, S I Essen and S I Kathmandu
  • We meet at Sale FC’s Executive Suite, Heywood Road, Sale, on the first Tuesday of each month to discuss business, plan social and other events and listen to speakers

If you would like to learn more, please contact us at sigbi.manchester@gmail.com. We would love to meet you!