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Club Programme 2018/19

Soroptimists International Belfast (SI Belfast)

Programme Action 2018/19(@ March 2019)

SI Belfast participated in the following activities/events:

2 May 2018– Coffee morning at the open garden in Kircubbin – Regional fundraising event for Meru Garden Project.

18 May 2018– Seven Club members attended the North/South Conference in Killarney. This was very good representation and we all had an enjoyable conference.

10 June 2018– Participated in the ‘Votes for Women’ Anniversary march from Titanic Slipway to Belfast City Hall.

13 June 2018– Programme Action Lead was invited by Downpatrick and District Club to attend a garden party hosted by the President of the Republic of Ireland, Michael D Higgins at his residence, Aras an Uachtaran in Dublin.  This was a great privilege.

 7 July 2018– The UK PAC meeting was held in the Europa Hotel, Belfast. Stewarding was provided by SI Belfast at the event, also attended as delegates.

8 September 2018– NI Regional President, Joanne Harris organised her final Regional meeting which commenced with a BBQ at the Hilden Brewery, Lisburn, at which the speaker, shared his experiences as a volunteer anaesthetist on Mercy Ships in Africa.  This was an inspirational presentation.

19 October 2018– Assisted with a Regional response to a Dept. of Justice consultation relating to the Draft Modern Day Slavery Strategy.

25-27 October 2018– Three Club members attended SIGBI Conference in Liverpool.

21 November 2018– White Ribbon Showcase as part of Club ‘Movies Night’ at the Strand Cinema Belfast.

White Ribbon Campaign – White Ribbon UK was founded in 2005.  It is a global movement to end male violence against women.

The United Nations General Assembly has designated 25 November as International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women.  On this day until 10 December it promotes 16 days of Activism.

8 December 2018– Attended a White Ribbon Event hosted by SI Drogheda in the Boyne Valley Hotel.

2 February 2019– Attended NI Regional President, Catherine Milhench’s lunch in the Clayton Hotel, Belfast.

5 March 2019– Attended International Women’s Day event in Belfast City Hall – Theme: ‘Maternal Mental Health’.

7 March 2019– Attended a Café Style International Women’s Day event at Craigavon Civic Centre, which was hosted by SI Portadown and Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavon District Council.

9 March 2019– Attended SI Lisburn and District’s Afternoon Tea to celebrate their 37thAnniversary.

March 2019– Honey Bee Colony established on the Stormont Estate in partnership with Infinity Farm, Stormont Estateand SI Belfast.  This process commenced in June 2018 and was a big achievement for President Anne Orr and the Belfast Club.

Belfast Club Meeting Schedule 2018/19

SI Belfast – 2018 Meeting Schedule


Date Event Type Location  

Topic and Speaker

Programme Area
25 April ‘18 Club Meeting Belmont Tower, East Belfast


Incoming President’s Welcome

Support for Adults with Learning DisabilitiesSpeaker – Black Box

Healthcare (Mental Health)
18 – 20 May Annual Joint North/South Conf The Brehon, Killarney, Co. Kerry
23May ‘18 Club Meeting Belmont Tower, East Belfast


Membership Night. Visitors Welcome

Grow Wild Speaker – Stephanie Baine

Environmental Sustainability

Food Security

2 June ‘18 Fundraising Event National Trust Garden, Queen Mary’s House, Kirkubben Tea, coffee and scones and tour of garden with Bangor, Lisburn & other clubs Proceeds in aid of Meru Garden and Marie Curie.
10 June ‘18 Awareness Event Belfast Processions – Celebrate 100 years of the vote Ecomomic Empowerment
27 June ‘18 Club Event Stormont, Room 115 Infinity Farm(Urban Beekeeping), Speaker – Tonya McMullan Environmental Sustainability

Food Security

15 Sept ‘18 NI Regional Meeting & BBQ Hilden Brewery, Lisburn
sigbi26 Sept ‘18 Club Meeting Belmont Tower, East Belfast


Belfast Harbour, Community EngagementSpeaker – Jenni Barkley Economic Empowerment


24 Oct ‘18 Club Meeting Pavillion, Stormont The murder of Patricia Curran in 1952, Speaker – Stephen Cameron Violence and Conflict Resolution
25-27 Oct ‘18 SIGBI Federation Conference Liverpool
21 Nov 18 Fundraiser Event Strand Arts Cinema, East Belfast Movie Night and a social event for family & friends. Economic Empowerment
28 Nov 18 Public Speaking Competition Catalyst Inc, Queens Island, Belfast The Belfast Schools round of the competition. Education
12 Dec ‘18 Christmas Social Event Anne McBride’s house. Potluck, Raffle prizes & Secret Santa gifts
23 Jan ‘19 Club Meeting Pavillion, Stormont Club Business Governance
27 Feb ‘19 Club Meeting Pavillion, Stormont Meru Gardens Update

Malawi Update – Sheena Stewart

Economic Empowerment


27 Mar ‘19 Club Meeting Pavillion, Stormont AGM

Outgoing President’s Speech