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Club Mailings – December 2020

23 December 2020

This is an additional Club Mailing, because of last minute information received. It is not accompanied by a SIGBI News Briefing, but should be circulated to all Members, particularly anyone who has expressed an interest in attending CSW.

COMMISSION ON THE STATUS OF WOMEN 65 – The Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) 65 is scheduled to take place 15-26 March 2021 in New York. For the first time this will be a virtual event. SIGBI has 16 places available for members to attend, and applications need to be made to SIGBI in the first instance. The deadline for applications to SIGBI is Friday 12 February 2021. If you would like to attend then please read the letter below carefully, and send your application to Gina Coad,, by the deadline.

Letter from Programme Director Kay Richmond re CSW65:

18th December 2020

SIGBI News Briefing – 18 December 2020

16 DAYS OF ACTIVISM 2020 SURVEY AND STATS – Please assist us to assess the impact of our 16 Days of Activism campaign. Send us your social media stats, instructions for downloading them are in the sheet below. Last year we reached over 120,000 Facebook and Twitter users, and had an engagement of over 7,000. We also want to know if you achieved any publicity for your campaign, so do share this information with us by completing the short survey below. The deadline for completing the survey and sending us your stats is 8 January 2021. Thank you.

TIP FOR WEBSITE EDITORS TO AVOID GETTING BLOCKED – We have received several emails recently from Club Website Editors who have been blocked from accessing their dashboards. This happens when you enter the incorrect password for your website too many times, and is a feature of WordFence, which is a security plugin. Please read the advice below on avoiding this situation, and what to do if you do find that you have been blocked:

4th December 2020

SIGBI News Briefing – 4 December 2020

CLUB WEBINARS – We have heard about a number of interesting webinars that Clubs have held in recent months, with guest speakers who are experts in their field. We don’t have room to include all these invitations in the SIGBI News Briefings, but we do have a page on the website that can be used to promote these, and a link to this page included in the SIGBI News Briefing when we have added a new event. Therefore, if your Club is hosting a webinar on a programme-related activity, do let us know the date, time, title of the webinar, a paragraph about it and how people register. NOTE: please state times in GMT. A link to a time converter has been included on the page so that you can convert to your local time.

We will include details of your event on the Grants of Friendship and other invitations page and let members know it is there. Email

16 DAYS OF ACTIVISM – Please do send us your pictures of your 16 Days of Activism events. Even if they were online. We will upload to Flickr and the website. In the next Club Mailing we’ll ask you to supply your social media stats. Please send your images to

SIGBI ONLINE SHOP – This item is included in the SIGBI News Briefing, but is repeated here because many orders come from Clubs rather than individual members. We are delighted to announce that you can now view and order your SIGBI Trading merchandise via the internet from our online shop. You can checkout with a choice of payment by PayPal (you don’t need to have a PayPal account, you can pay by debit/credit card) OR selecting payment by cheque or BACS. If you select the latter your order will not be sent until payment is received.

Try it now! Don’t forget to bookmark it for ease of returning to it later.

HOUSE OF LORDS RECEPTION  14 JULY 2021– This item is included in the SIGBI News Briefing, but is repeated here to make sure Club Executives are aware. Note that, owing to the COVID-19 Pandemic, it has been necessary to change the date of the House of Lords Reception to 14 July 2021. (it was previously 12 May 2021). The reception will be a light “bowl-food” networking lunch for 200 people with a glass of champagne for the toast. Tickets will be £65/head. If you are interested in attending, then please put the date in your diary, and we will be asking for expressions of interest in February 2021. If we are oversubscribed then there will be a draw to select the successful applicants. More information is on the Centenary Website.

No 63 AGM 23 JANUARY 2021 @ 14.00 – This item is included in the SIGBI News Briefing, but is repeated here because some Clubs are Shareholders, as well as individual members. The 72nd AGM will be virtual and Shareholders will have the opportunity to join the AGM from the comfort of their own home. Whether you are a regular attendee or someone who has never attended an AGM before you are encouraged to join and participate. The Annual Accounts, summary of nominations received for Board Directors, forms for nominating proxies plus information on how to register for the AGM and voting will be posted on the shareholders section of the Number 63 website on 14 December 2020. Forgotten the password? Just email and it will be sent to you.

EASYFUNDRAISING COMPETITION – Here’s a bit of festive fun – easyfundraising are running an Advent Calendar competition with a £250 donation to be won every day in December, plus a Christmas Day Grand Prize of a £2000 donation and a £2000 John Lewis & Partners gift card! It’s free and open to all easyfundraising causes so if your group isn’t using easyfundraising yet, sign up here so you can enter too:

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