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We’re back!

We’re back!

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Calling all Northwest Soroptimists The first ‘real’ regional meeting in over 18 months is due to take place on Saturday 13 November 2021 in the usual venue of the Private Dining Room block at Lancaster University. Information flyer for the meeting is here. And directions in case you’ve forgotten the way are here! Please, please , please – whether you are a long-standing member or a brand newbie, do try to come along and say hello to everyone.  

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How are Northwest Soroptimists doing their bit to tackle Climate Change?

How are Northwest Soroptimists doing their bit to tackle Climate Change?

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Regional Meeting – 12 June 2021 At the latest, virtual, gathering of clubs from Northwest England on 12 June, the main theme of the meeting was Climate Change. So to tie in with the G7 Summit taking place in Cornwall (at which climate change was due to be a significant topic) and the Climate Change Conference COP26 taking place in Glasgow in November, we were asked to give an update on any work we had done as clubs on this important topic. Well, to say that there was a wide range of activity reported would be a vast understatement! From meat-free meals, to lobbying for wildflower verges, to recycling of all sorts of items, to tree planting – and lots more in between. As well as the wide diversity, it was also striking just how much many clubs had in common as well. Videos of

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So how can we meet as a Region under the Covid-19 Lockdown?

So how can we meet as a Region under the Covid-19 Lockdown?

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February Regional Meeting 2021 Thanks to the wonders of modern technology and a very willing Regional Communications Officer, we were able to meet on Saturday, 13 February 2021 for our short Regional Meeting, via Zoom.  Whilst this is not the same as meeting everyone ‘in person’, where we can chat before, after and during the lunch break, I do think it is important that we continue to hold our meetings in whatever format that we can.  It’s always interesting to scroll through the pages of those present and it was lovely to see Judith Grocott with us. Our speaker was Rebekah Wilson, Communications Officer at The Wish Centre and she gave us a really comprehensive talk about ‘Impact of Policing, Family Courts and new Domestic Violence Bill on victims of domestic abuse’.  There was a lot of information to take in and I guess that
Preston Soroptimists event for International Women's Day 6 March 2021
What are Preston Soroptimists doing to highlight International Women’s Day 2021?

What are Preston Soroptimists doing to highlight International Women’s Day 2021?

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Making a Difference Preston Soroptimists are celebrating International Women’s Day with a ‘Zoominar’.  The theme is ‘Making a Difference’ and we have some great speakers to inspire us. These include Katherine Fletcher MP for South Ribble and Lucy Candy, manager of the local domestic refuge, both of whom make a massive difference in their own ways. It will be held on Saturday March 6 from 1.00 to 3.00pm – you know you don’t have anything in your diary so why not join us? For more information or a link to the meeting please contact Karen Rainford at k.rain@tiscali.co.uk

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How are Northwest Soroptimists raising funds for the Regional President’s Charity during the Covid-19 Pandemic?

How are Northwest Soroptimists raising funds for the Regional President’s Charity during the Covid-19 Pandemic?

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What can we do? In the current circumstances, charitable fund-raising event opportunities are limited when we can’t meet in person.  Even the old standby of a raffle is difficult when we can’t sell the tickets! Enter the simple idea of a 100 Club. This is defined as a small society lottery in the Gambling Act 2005 and ours is registered with Lancaster City Council, registration number SL0014. What does it cost to join Each number costs £12.00 and is valid for 1 year from 1st January 2021. There is no limit to how many numbers each person/club can buy, but if the total number application exceeds 100-multiple number requests will be limited. It will be possible to join mid-year with the cost per number being adjusted pro-rota (£1 per month). What are the prizes? The monthly prizes are £15, £10 and £5. How do I