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Soroptimist International - Perth

Soroptimist International of Perth is part of a worldwide organisation of women, which is linked to the United Nations.

BREAKING NEWS!!!!!

SOROPTIMISTS OF PERTH

GRAND CHARITY SHOP 29TH MAY TO 5TH JUNE 2021

Here at Soroptimists Perth, we never rest on our laurels.  Last Friday, 29th May, we opened a pop-up Charity Shop which is currently open every day 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. until Sat. 5th June.

We are selling absolutely everything you can think of – please come in and visit us.

We are at the old Transform Furniture Shop at 88 Scott Street,

on the corner of Scott Street and Canal Street.  

We are raising funds for Soroptimist Projects and for The Free to Live Trust (See our Programme Action for more details of this project)

BELOW ARE SOME PICTURES FROM OUR SHOP – HOPE WE SEE YOU THERE BEFORE WE CLOSE  –  WE WOULD LOVE YOUR SUPPORT

BIG SALE ON SATURDAY – OUR LAST DAY

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Welcome to SI Perth

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, our members are not meeting in person at the moment, only virtually via Zoom.  However, we are still working on projects and hopefully it won’t be long until we are back to our regular meetings again.  Meantime, check out our website if you are interested in finding out more about us.  Our current syllabus  for 2020/2021 is below.   We would be delighted to welcome guests at all meetings – to do this we need your email address to be passed to our secretary. You can do this by clicking on our ‘Contact Us’ page and giving us your details. 

We would also welcome any help with our project work e.g. recycling,  knitting, sewing, lobbying etc.  Click on ‘What We Do’ to see all that is on offer, then use our ‘Contact Us’ page and let us know what you’d like to do.

FOR OUR VERY LATEST NEWS & PICTURES – CHECK OUT OUR

CLUB NEWS 2021 & CLUB NEWS 2020

Also, find out more about us on Facebook or check out our newsletter  SI Perth Leaflet

CLUB MEETINGS

Normally, SI Perth meet at 6:30 pm in the Royal George Hotel, Perth, on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of every month from September to June.  ALL VISITORS WELCOME!!

The meetings often include an interesting speaker, an update on the good causes we work with, a small amount of business and time to chat.  Guests are welcome at all meetings.  The formalities of the evening are concluded by 9:00 pm.

Social events often include an opening lunch, a Christmas meal and a summer outing, as well as a monthly coffee morning at the Black Watch Castle Cafe where members can enjoy a coffee, a scone and a good blether.  Visits to Pitlochry Theatre and to the cinema can also feature in our social calendar, always enjoyed by everyone who participates.

We also organise a few fundraising events during the year and disburse the funds at our AGM in April to causes both locally and internationally.  We have around 19 members at present and would be delighted to welcome more.

As women working globally to help other women and girls, you’ll find fun, friendship and a sense of pride that you are helping to make the world a better place for people who need our help.

Please also check out our Programme Action (What we do) pages to find out a whole lot more about this dynamic and active club, our activities and our contribution to our global society.  Our work falls under five headings – what we call the five P’s.  These are:

  • People      Trying to end poverty and hunger, encourage good health, good education and gender equality
  • Prosperity   Looking at economic growth, renewables, innovation & infrastructure, sustainable communities
  • Planet   Pushing for clean water for all, good sanitation for all, climate action, responsible consumption
  • Peace    Advocating for an end to wars, lasting peace and justice for everyone, e.g. ending modern slavery
  • Partnerships  Working in partnership with organisations with the same goals as ourselves

All our work is linked to the Sustainable Development Goals whether it’s local, national or international.

SYLLABUS FOR 2020/2021

(All are virtual meetings via Zoom until further notice)

SEPTEMBER 2020

8th – Speaker Marjorie Smart from our ‘Empowering of girls in Nepal’ Project.

22nd – MEMBERS’ NIGHT

OCTOBER

13th – Speaker Ann Gourlay (Becoming an Independent Celebrant)

27th – Speaker Dorothea Christiana – United Nations Association UK.

NOVEMBER

10th – Speakers Katie Lang & Pat Stewart, Joint Presidents of Scotland North Region.

24th – Speaker Catherine Wallace, Harbour Counselling

DECEMBER

8th – Potential Christmas Meal – to be arranged nearer the time.  International President’s Appeal.

JANUARY 2021

12th – Speaker Diana McMicking, Firefly International

26th – Speakers Pam Cairns, the Free to Live Trust, and Janice Wilson, Programme Action Officer, SI Scotland North

FEBRUARY

9th – Speaker Jen Stewart, RASAC

23rd – Speaker Ian Baird, Woodland Trust

MARCH

9th – Speaker to be advised

23rd – Speakers Neil Copland, P & K Music Foundation and Sybil Galbraith, SI Crieff

APRIL

13th – ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING with speaker Joy Gillespie, SOHTIS (Survivors of Human Trafficking in Scotland)

27th – Speaker Ann Sheddon, Starter Packs Perth.

MAY

11th – MEMBERS’ NIGHT

25th – Speaker Ruth Alexander, Syrian Refugees

JUNE

8th – Speaker Adele Patrick, Glasgow Women’s Library

22nd – Social Evening

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APRIL 2021

VIRTUAL MEETING WITH SOROPTIMISTS FROM ALL OVER THE WORLD

HOSTED BY SOROPTIMISTS FROM SOROPTIMISTS OF

PUNE METRO EAST, INDIA 

April 22 is Earth Day, an international event celebrated around the world to pledge support for environmental protection. The year 2021 marks the 51st anniversary of the annual celebrations. This year’s theme for Earth Day is ‘Restore Our Earth‘.

The day inspires us to act towards the protection of the environment and focus on the need for conservation.

On 22nd April, two members of SI Perth attended a Zoom meeting to celebrate Earth Day with over sixty Soroptimists from other parts of the globe.  Our first speaker introduced us to the medicinal and health giving properties of many trees and plants in India, where modern medicines are not always available to all.  It was enlightening to discover how many ailments can be treated with herbs and plants and how many of our modern medicines find their roots in these plants too.  Our second speaker gave us a meditation session with a difference, taking us on ‘An Alice In Wonderland’ journey, circling down deep into the roots of a tree in our minds, and continuing down to the very centre of the earth.  As we gently spiralled down, we were encouraged to become aware of our own thoughts and feelings as we got to know Mother Earth in all her glories, very intimately.   Most entertaining and enjoyable.

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DECEMBER 2020

Message from our President

Dear Fellow Soroptimists

We are fast approaching the end of what has been a very different and difficult year. I am pleased that none of our members fell foul to Covid 19. Zoom meetings have been successful, in fact almost 100% attendance at most meetings and it has been a privilege to welcome guests to these meetings also. I thank you all for your commitment and dedication. We may be small in numbers, but we have achieved lots from tree planting, knitting for the needy, sensory books for visually impaired children and supporting Perth & Kinross RASAC Youth Ambassadors to name but a few. It was brought to our attention that the local Salvation Army was in need of funds to make up food parcels for the underprivileged. A raffle was hurriedly organised and I am happy to inform you a cheque for approximately £650 will be handed over. Thank you all for your generosity.

I wish you and yours a very Happy Christmas and good health and happiness in the New Year.  Keep safe and cosy.

Jean

LATEST NEWS ON 16 DAYS OF ACTIVISM

PERTH BRIDGE LIT UP IN ORANGE TO MARK THE 16 DAYS OF ACTIVISM FOR THE ELIMINATION ON VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN CAMPAIGN NOV/DEC 2020

CHECK OUT OUR NEW PICTURE OF PERTH BRIDGE ILLUMINATED IN PURPLE FOR INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY – 8TH MARCH 2021.  YOU’LL FIND THIS IN OUR CLUB NEWS 2021