We are hosting an open meeting at Middlesbrough Sports Village on Thursday, the 15th of June 2023 from 7:15 p.m. to 8:45 p.m. All are welcome; just contact email@example.com to confirm attendance! It involves an update on Climate Action Middlesbrough project, with David Scriven as guest speaker!
When the call went out from SIGBI for Soroptimists to involve themselves in ‘The Big Help Out’, an invitation for us all to volunteer in our local communities to mark the Coronation, our members took up the challenge. We registered an environmental activity on The Big Help Out website, inviting others to join us for a ‘Coastal Clean-up’ on the 11th of May at Saltburn-by-the-Sea. Armed with sacks and litter-pickers, kindly supplied by Middlesbrough Environment City and Surfers Against Sewage, members and friends tackled the litter on Saltburn Beach. Soroptimists were joined by local people, including a young man who was volunteering as part of his Duke of Edinburgh’s Award. A big thanks to everyone who supported us to making this event a success.
We want to open an honest discussion about our fears, concerns and hopes and we think it would be a good opportunity to bring people together across the generational divide to, hopefully, find common ground, and learn from one other’s knowledge and experience. Research shows there are typically four reasons people do not want to talk about climate change: • I do not know enough • I do not want to talk about scary things • I do not think I can make a difference • I do not want to cause an argument This is a safe, supportive forum in which to exchange views and explore our feelings. Here are some initial questions to get us thinking: • What do you see as the biggest threat facing us, as human beings? • When did you become aware of environmental issues? • What, if any,
We will have Ruth Mayes and David Hill from Stokesley Rotary Club as speakers for our October’s meeting. They will be giving a presentation about their 100-mile ‘Walk for Water’ event in 2019. They raised just over the targeted £5,000 for the Village Water charity to provide clean water access to a Zambian community. Flier – Walk for Water UPDATE (20/10/2022) Our speakers, David Hill and Ruth Mayes, explained that they had developed a special interest in supporting projects to provide clean water after reading an article in a Rotary magazine about a village in Zambia where water had to be collected (mostly by women and children). They would often walk for 20 minutes to source water that was unfit to drink, which resulted in many people becoming ill. Children were missing school in order to collect water for the family and women were exposed to
We were honoured to have the Chair of SI Foundation, Sue Williams, with us on the evening. It was a delightful event attended by our friends. The delicious buffet was prepared by our members which was enjoyed by all. Many thanks to all our members and our quiz master, Pam Cooper (Secretary), for the entertaining evening 🙂 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Give your brain a workout at our Quiz Night, an evening of fun, food and friendship. Our quiz nights are always enjoyable, relaxing and not too competitive – a chance to get together and enjoy some food for the body and food for the mind. Discover interesting facts like… * Which civilisation created Machu Picchu? * Who was England’s first female dentist? Tickets are of £10, to include buffet and tea / coffee. The tickets will be sent by e-mail; hence, the e-mail requiring a ticket can
SIM members took part in a litter pick in Stewart Park organised by Climate Action Middlesbrough earlier this month for Love Parks Week. Also, our members attended Middlesbrough Mela at Albert Park to make people realise the importance of keeping their surroundings clean. People were asked to throw rubbish in the biodegradable refuse bags carried by SIM members instead of throwing it on the ground.
Since our AGM, we have had wonderful speakers. In May, we had Val Lambert, talking about yoga and its benefits, and this month we had our new member Catherine Donovan, speaking about her work as an Educational Psychotherapist. We are thankful to both for enlightening us about the topics. For anyone who is interested, Val, kindly, offers free yoga classes on Mondays between 1 and 2 p.m. at the International Community Centre on Abingdon Road, Middlesbrough.
Recently, we had International Women’s Day celebration where we were delighted to welcome guests from SI Stockton, and, also, some of the wonderful women who had featured in Jan Hunter’s series in the Darlington and Stockton Times (D&S T). Our speaker, Hannah Chapman, is the first female Editor of D&S T and gave an interesting insight into the challenges of the role. Jenny Medhurst, a Fairtrade campaigner, brought a stall so that we could buy Fairtrade products and generate some urgently needed income for farmers (many of them women) whose livelihoods are affected by the fall in sales due to the pandemic and the threat of climate change. Jenny told us some stories from those communities – some concerning, others heart-warming. We are thankful to our speakers and all our guests for gracing us with their presence on the evening.
‘Overcoming the Odds’ is a book that had been put together by our members during first lockdown in 2020. The book was sold for £10 and was well received by the readers. Recently, Middlesbrough Soroptimists decided that surplus copies of the book should be put to good use with local school children and their teachers with the International Day of Women and Girls in Science approaching. Teachers and female students involved in the recent Cleveland Scientific Institution Centenary Competition for Schools have now received copies. One secondary school, Outwood Academy Riverside in Middlesbrough, requested 40 books as class texts. Below is an e-mail received from school’s Science Technician, James Mallyon: “The books have been well received, and will be a great help in inspiring our female students and helping to tackle the gender gap in STEM. Each female student in each of our top sets,
We were delighted to present President Elect Uzma with her chain of office at our recent meeting.