At Tuesday’s zoom meeting (January 12th ) we welcomed prospective new member Lesley. We also found out that we had donated £1500 to local food banks. Future plans include providing seeds,pots and compost to a local women’s support group. @newcastlechronicle @newcastlesoroptimists @soroptimistgbi #womasupportingwomen #askmewhyiamasoroptimist
SI Christmas Party 2020 style. Great fun and it was brilliant to catch up with everyone and especially to find out we are going to provide 100 takeaway Christmas lunches through a scheme run by Morrisons’ Supermarkets. Merry Christmas from SI Newcastle upon Tyne🎄🤶🏻@sinewcastle @SIGBI1 @womenworkingforwomen #askmewhyiamasoroptimist
Saturday 18 July is Soroptimist Day of Action and members of Soroptimist International of Newcastle upon Tyne have been staying connected throughout the Covid19 crisis and continue to support and connect with projects local, national and international. S.I. Newcastle President, Christine Jones said: “Soroptimists in Newcastle upon Tyne are working hard to support two local foodbanks: Newcastle West End Foodbank and the Newcastle East Foodbank by making donations of food, toilet rolls and money. In addition, S.I. Newcastle Secretary, Cris Young, has been writing to local supermarkets to ask about the possibility of on-line customers being able to donate to Foodbanks with their weekly shop. At our last Zoom meeting we raised our cups to our local food banks to thank their staff and volunteers for keeping our community fed in this time of crisis’’. So do look out for our posts on Facebook,
Immediate Past President, Vera Baird, welcomes incoming President Chris Jones to her new role at last week’s AGM on April 23rd 2019. We would like to thank President Vera for a very successful club year and wish President Chris, an enjoyable and productive year ahead.
Tuesday March 26th, our speaker was Margaret Bozic, who gave an interesting and lively talk about Ruth Dodds. Her talk was based on Ruth’s diaries written in the 1920’s. Ruth was born in 1890 in Gateshead, and was an author, playwright and councillor of Gateshead. She was one of three daughters of bookbinder and historian Edwin Dodds. She joined the Labour Party after the First World War and was elected to Gateshead Council in 1929. Ruth was passionate about the theatre. Together with her sisters, she was a member of the Progressive Players (formed by Gateshead Independent Labour Party Amateur Dramatic Club). She helped to finance the building of the Little Theatre in Gateshead in 1943. She wrote a number of plays which drew upon both her historical and political interests. This included the ‘The Pitman’s Pay’, about Thomas Hepburn, the miners’ union pioneer.
SI Newcastle member, Christine Lumsdon, receiving her SI Northern Region Vice President Elect brooch from SI Northern Region President Shirley Hallam SI Northern Region President Shirley Hallam is with SI Newcastle member Catherine Waller and Anne Gunning, Regional Membership Officer, in front of SI Newcastle ‘s display of their recent achievements.
At our meeting on November 13th we packed 25 Christmas Gift Bags for homeless women using the Joseph Cowen Healthcare Centre and the 24 hour access hostel in Byker, Newcastle upon Tyne
At our meeting on Tuesday, Immediate Past President Jill Smith, welcomed two new members to our club. Rosie is from Northern Ireland and works for a charity in Newcastle. Christine is a retired Head Teacher. She is a returning member who has previously been Club President. We all wish them a long and happy time as club members.
After our two new members were inducted by Past President Jill, we had a discussion about the subject of our last meeting: W.A.S.P.I. Women. We all agreed that their message had been very powerful and moving. It was agreed that, as a club, we should write to them and ask how we could help them. Next we considered the report from the Rural Issues sub group meeting. The aim being to establish whether there was a project the club or region could be involved in. Communications, Transport, Housing, Employment, Health Care and Social Care were the main topics discussed. It was decided that we would discuss this further at another meeting. We also discussed briefly: funding Uma Badel’s education in Nepal, the four gift bags received from S.I. Bangkok, the progress on the provision of Women’s Sanitary Products for the West End Food Bank and
Christine Smith (on the left), gave an impassioned talk to us tonight, about the impossible situation that many women, who were born in the 1950’s, find themselves in when they come to draw their State Pension. WASPI Women are a campaign group that fights the injustice done to all women born in the 1950s affected by the changes to the State Pension Law (1995/2011 Acts). The 1995 Conservative Government’s Pension Act included plans to increase women’s SPA (State Pension Age) to *65, the same as men’s. WASPI agrees with equalisation, but does not agree with the unfair way the changes were implemented – with little or no personal notice (1995/2011 Pension Acts); faster than promised (2011 Pension Act), and no time to make alternative plans. Retirement plans have been shattered with devastating consequences. The WASPI campaign was started by five ordinary women in 2015