International Women’s Day 2018 and Mothering Sunday 11th March.
Every year Gressenhall Workhouse Museum, Norfolk
hosts a Mothering Sunday to open its season.
There are free cream teas for Mothers and this year an exhibition in a marquee of
the work of 20 women’s organisations celebrating International Women’s Day.
SI Norwich joined in, networked with the other groups AND had cream teas!
A successful evening at the Norwich High School for Girls
with Caroline Jarrold ‘s very comprehensive history of her family’s company in Norwich,
coffee, cake and a prize draw all to raise funds for our charity “Opening Doors”.
Fund Raising at a Christmas Fair organised by the charity Respect Yourself
who support for young people via the social media.
4Women – Norwich
The Club gave 10 personal alarms for women
The organisation’s funds have been drastically cut so the team
are grateful for such donations
Soroptimist Federation Conference in Cardiff
This year the Conference had outstanding keynote speakers starting with Michael Kaufman
the co-founder of the White Ribbon campaign – men working to end violence against women.
Mandy Hickson, one of the first women to fly Tornado jets was magnetic and
Dame Katherine Grainger Britain’s most successful rower and athlete medal winners.
- We were inspired by reports on the work going on against Slavery in Wales and a panel of very young Soroptimists
- gave us ideas and advice on encouraging new AND young members.
- one of the stars was a member from SI Selby Lindsay Green.
- Look at her poem on recruitment : go to Facebook, Soroptimist Selby recorded in her hotel room … hilarious
as Always Conference is a time for meeting friends
Four members of the club had a very enjoyable long weekend in Germany with other Soroptimists from Germany and Denmark . Our hosts form SI Cuxhaven were very hospitable and generous. we stayed with club members for two nights and visited the local area.. On the Friday two cars with members of both club were driven to the Isle of Rugen , in the Baltic coast where we stayed in a castle hotel , Schloss Ralswiek owned by one of the members of SI Rugen who also joined us. At a wonderful afternoon tea we met the members of SI Tonder from Denmark. The whole weekend was the customary mix of talking , eating, and drinking! On the Saturday we had a boat trip to see the white cliffs of Rugen and then a visit to a splendid hunting lodge. As a surprise we were welcomed by hunting horns. Some of us climbed the tower to see wonderful views of the surrounding area!. In the evening we had dinner in the hotel and given 3 jars of local homemade jam. This gave our contingent a problem as we only had hand luggage. Problem solved by reorganising our luggage and putting one case , with the jams in the hold. Our Cuxhaven hosts drove us to Bremen where we had to stay an extra night as Ryanair had cancelled our original flight! We made the most of our extra day by looking round the city and shopping!
This year, the International Day of Peace will focus on engaging and mobilizing people throughout the world to show support for refugees and migrants. Its messages will be shared with communities hosting refugees and migrants as well as people concerned that refugees and migrants may bring physical and economic insecurity to their lives.
At the micro level the seeds of peace are sown by Soroptimists when they gather Easter Eggs, or Christmas gifts for the hundreds of war displaced refugees. Knitting for children torn from their homes is a comforting service but also an act of peace. Organizing small events to raise funds for asylum seekers to keep their dignity intact, is a peaceful gesture. Soroptimists in Clubs have extended their concern to ensure that respect, safety and dignity is assured while the displaced walk on the road to recovery.
Last year( 2016/2017) we raised £1200 for “Blood Bikers” –Local volunteers who transport
blood , plasma,donor breast milk and any urgent medical items to hospitals at night,daytime weekends and Bank Holidays…all free of charge.
They visited us on 19th June to receive the cheque and show us the gazebo they purchased with our donation
Audrey at 90 in 2012
Sadly Audrey our Honorary oldest and longest serving member died on 10th June 2017
The Club will miss her.
Several members of the club helped at the Norwich’ Flintspiration’ weekend run by the Norfolk Historic Churches Trust . They led walks on Anchorite trail, which showed the sites where Anchoresses, including Julian of Norwich lived in the 14th Century ,
Two members of the club celebrated their 80th birthdays which gave members a great reason to get together for a buffet meal at a member’s house.
March 2017 International Women’s Day
Several members enjoyed the talks and visiting the stands at the Norfolk Women Reaching Women event event held at Norwich Cathedral
Several of the club members visited Olwen’s for a La Befana lunch to raise money for Blood Bikes . A wide variety of Italian food and wine was consumed!
White Ribbon Day – ‘Norfolk Says No’ to Domestic Violence
Totem of quotations from Women’s organisations displayed at the Forum in Norwich
8 members of the club visited Malta for the Conference
View of Valletta harbour
Pink by the Pool for Breast Cancer Awareness
Gardeners’s Question Time -Saturday 19th November 2016 at St Andrews Parish Church Eaton
We raised £190 for “Blood Bikers ”
A panel of four experts
Shelagh Ashe and Esther Jury Mr and Mrs .. of the Hardy Plant Society
On 17th October 2016 Presidents Jill and Lynda presented Jason Beatty of
YMCA with a cheque for £1,100 for stronger beds for the Norwich Hostel.