Reclaim the Night – 28 November 2017
Soroptimists joined representatives of Renfrewshire Rising, local Councillors, the Provost of Renfrewshire Council, Renfrewshire Women’s Aid and many others to march through Paisley Town Centre before laying a wreath in Dunn Square to remember those who have lost their lives as a result of domestic violence.
Step Up – Lead the Way
Cardiff Conference 26 – 28 October 2017
Eight members attended conference in Cardiff and were inspired by the excellent speakers, examples of the action undertaken by clubs across the Federation and wowed by the evening entertainment. A good, if exhausting time was had by all!
We were delighted to welcome Marissa as our newest (and youngest!) member at our recent club meeting. She is off to Malawi this month with some of her fellow pupils to carry out voluntary work.
Soroptimists in Scotland South supported her in this with a small grant from the 3S Fund. President Jean accepted the cheque on her behalf whilst at conference in Cardiff.
80th Anniversary celebrations
Members joined other Soroptimists from Scotland South Region in Kirkintilloch on Saturday 19 November 2016 to mark the 80th anniversary of the Region. 23 past Region and Divisional Union Presidents were present representing 651 years of service working to improve the lives of women and girls locally, nationally and internationally. Everyone enjoyed the opportunity to mark the occasion and enjoy tea and cake as well as reminiscing.
White Ribbon Scotland
Davy Thompson, Communications Officer for White Ribbon Scotland spoke to the Club on Thursday 24 March about this charity which works with men to raise their awareness of and involve them in the campaign against violence against women.
70th Anniversary Celebrations
Members and friends gathered in the Glynhill Hotel on 17 March at the annual dinner to celebrate 70 years of service. We were joined by Provost Anne Hall, Renfrewshire Council; Marian Sapcote, President, Scotland South Region; President Frank Hirst, Rotary International and Olivia Giles, founder of the charity 500 Miles.
Long service certificates were presented to a number of members; Madge Borland, a member since 1977, was awarded Honorary Membership for her service to Soroptimism and a cheque for £2000 was presented to Olivia Giles.
One of our members was going through some papers when clearing out the home of a relative and found the hand written words below – she agreed they should be shared as they seem so appropriate to today’s world
” I believe in the light even when the sun does not shine
I believe in Love even when it is not given
I believe in God even though his voice is silent “
written in a child’s hand and found in an air raid shelter in Cologne