‘Making Every Person Matter’
Welcome to the Regional website for Soroptimist International of Northwest England and the Isle of Man.
Why did I join Soroptimists?
I joined the Blackburn club almost 17 years ago and to be honest I knew very little about the organisation. I had met a group of women at a dinner and they invited me to go to some meetings to find out what it was all about. I soon got to realise that this was a group of very able and interesting women. I enjoyed getting to know them and after a few meetings it became apparent to me that there was more to this organisation than just meeting up for a chat and a coffee. We did enjoy some talks on lighter subjects and still do enjoy cakes and lunches but we were also discussing important issues for women. The subjects varied from local regeneration issues to the impact of AIDS. We got involved in helping asylum seekers and refugees who were arriving in the area and providing essential items for the local women’s refuges. We were being useful, it was important and we made a difference to people’s lives. It was a big learning curve for me but I was hooked.
What difference has it made to my life?
I chose ‘Making Every Person Matter’ as the theme for the year because I feel that this is what Soroptimists do for those less able, less well off, less healthy but no less a person than any of us.
I also feel that I was encouraged by members in my club and region and made to feel that I matter and is the reason I I feel able to take on the role of Regional President today.
I have been humbled and inspired by some of the women I have met or heard speak during the time I have been a member.
I have met new friends and had lots of fun and laughter.
What will we do this year?
The clubs in the region all continue the good work that Soroptimists have been doing for more than 90 years to transform the lives of women and girls. We will make blankets, dresses, provide toiletries, collect shoes, sing with those living with dementia, organise conferences and be involved with many more valuable projects but we will also have lots of fun doing it. There will be events to fundraise for charities and the one I have chosen to support this year is the Federation charity Meru Women’s Garden Project.
I hope you enjoy our website and feel inspired to find out more about the work we do to Educate, Empower and Enable women and girls worldwide.
I am honoured and proud to be the Regional President for the North West England and Isle of Man Region for 2016/17.
Regional President – 2016/17