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Commemorating our Heroes and Heroines

Commemorating our Heroes and Heroines

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Remembrance Sunday Sunday 8th November was a special day in the nation’s calendar.  Regional President Elaine, and SIGBI Immediate Past President Isobel together with other members,  marked it by visiting the National Memorial Arboretum to lay a wreath of poppies on behalf of us all.   As you can see from the photos below, it was a fine, crisp autumn day – a solemn, yet beautiful occasion. If you’ve never visited the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire, you can find more information on their website here:- National Memorial Arboretum

Our Region in 2020!

Our Region in 2020!

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This PowerPoint presentation shows the achievements of Regional Clubs this year.  There are examples of Programme Action activities pre and post covid.  It is a celebration of our Region’s work and would have been played at the Regional Change of Insignia that was unfortunately cancelled due to lockdown. A Year in the Life of Soroptomist International

You are Invited

You are Invited

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You are invited to the 2020 Soroptimist virtual conference featuring a lineup of inspirational speakers:-Dr Alison Gardner, Professor Sue Black OBE, Jane Garvey, and Lady Hale. This will be a conference not to be missed! ⭐️ 30-31 October 2020, 13.30-17.00 GMT. ⭐️ Broadcast live from Belfast, not a zoom conference. ⭐️ Connect with other attendees through the networking room. ⭐️ Live Q&A session with the 4 speakers. ⭐️ Entertainment will be courtesy of Irish Dancers, Celtic Storm. Registration closes 16 October 2020. Find out more and register here sigbi.org/belfast2020 #SoroptimistVirtual2020

Congratulations to SI Solihull!

Congratulations to SI Solihull!

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Congratulations to all Club winners,  especially our very own SI Solihull! We are delighted to announce the five Best Practice Award Winners for 2020.  More will be revealed about these fantastic projects at the SIGBI Virtual Conference 2020. The five ‘P’s are: 1. People: SI San Fernando for “Coping with Covid” video 2. Prosperity: SI London East for “Luminary Bakery” 3. Planet: SI Liverpool for “Nature-based Solutions” 4. Peace: SI Kirkintilloch for “Jasmine and Thistle” 5. Partnership: SI Solihull and “Fun in the Park”

SI Europe Best Practice Awards

SI Europe Best Practice Awards

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What have our Soroptimist sisters in Europe been up to during the past year? To find out, read this brochure which is a wonderful illustration of the amazing work being carried out by Soroptimists all over Europe.  I am sure Clubs will find at least one example which will  inspire them to start a new project The photographs are particularly inspiring. SI Europe Best Practice Awards

The Big Story 2020 Competition Results!

The Big Story 2020 Competition Results!

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The Big Story 2020          There were 111 Soroptimist entries out of a total of 125 entries.  Soroptimists raised £20,765.28 including match-funding and monies that were directed through SIGBI. Here are the results of the competition: 1st – June Money – SI Guernsey – “Memories of an Occupation” 2nd – Laxmi Parasuram – SI South Kolkata – “Memories of a Girl Child” 3rd equal –  Helen Lyth – SI Dunfermline – “Primary School Memories in the Highlands of Kenya” &  Pam Cheesley-Hollinshead – Joint Regional President SI Cheshire, North Wales and Wirral – “Charlie Boy” 4th equal –  Caroline Auckland –  President-Elect SI Tunbridge Wells – “The Hungry Shopper” & Jennifer Neville – SI Keighley – “A Sky Full of Clouds” 5th equal –  Irene Hockin – SI Barnstaple (and Vice President South West & Channel Islands) Untitled &  Barbara Brown –

Dame Vera Baird’s Warning

Dame Vera Baird’s Warning

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Dame Vera Baird’s (who is a Soroptimist ) has issued her first annual report since taking up the post of Victims’ Commissioner for England and Wales.   It makes for sobering reading, with extensive coverage in several national newspapers. The report highlights the ‘catastrophic decline’ in prosecutions for rape.  There has been a  rise in domestic violence during the lockdown.  Lack of funding and delays in court cases have exacerbated the problem. Dame Vera has called for an increase in funding.  This would ensure victims’ wellbeing is put first and would deal with the backlog of cases. Specialist Domestic Violence Courts Project

SIGBI Day of Action 18th July 2020

SIGBI Day of Action 18th July 2020

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SIGBI Day of Action 2020 The SIGBI Day of Action is on Saturday 18th July 2020.  The theme for this day was originally Climate Change, but with the situation that we have been in since the beginning of the year, the theme is now #SoroptimistsConnect.   The global pandemic has shown us how important it is to keep our worldwide friendships and connections alive. Please enjoy our video by clicking on this link:  https://youtu.be/-wlTU4HlrJM