About SI Port Talbot
Who are Port Talbot Soroptimists?
Soroptimist International (SI) Port Talbot is one of many clubs in South Wales. The club members are a friendly group of women, drawn from all sectors of the community who bring a wealth of knowledge and life experience to the SI programme. Our programme aims to transform the lives of local woman and girls by helping them to realise our potential, getting our voices heard and empowering each other to drive forward equality.
Soroptimist Port Talbot history…
Soroptimist International Port Talbot was chartered on March 17th 1949 with twenty two members. Over the years membership has fluctuated with a peak of thirty eight.
The Club has always been active at all levels of Soroptimism taking Regional, Federation and International responsibilities seriously. Only on very few occasions has the Club not been represented at Federation Conference and representatives have been to many International Conferences.
The Club has produced two Regional Presidents, one Regional Treasurer, one Regional Extension and Membership officer and one Regional Press Officer as well as many other posts in Region. Our overseas commitments are reflected in our involvement with overseas projects and our friendship links.
Over the years the Club has raised money for good causes in many different ways. In the early years raffles and jumble sales were the preferred methods but soon concerts, coffee mornings, nearly new sales and fashion shows became popular. Of recent years in addition to these there have been themed lunches, wine tasting, quizzes and even a film show. The main beneficiaries of these events are local charities, usually medical or child centred. However the Club always supports the International President’s Appeal,as well as its own international projects.
The Club has always been involved with Programme Action. Members have always served on the boards of local charities to represent the club and provide a service. The Club has also been active locally pressurising local government on environmental issues.
The Club has now celebrated its twenty fifth, fiftieth and sixtieth anniversaries. On each occasion Lord and Lady Howe have taken part in the celebrations. Former Chancellor of the Exchequer, Lord Howe, is the son of a founder member of the Club and Lady Howe is now our patron.
Why am I a Soroptimist?
Orangery, ABH, NPTH League of friends, Hafal, Dewis, Hearts of Valley, NSPCC, Seafarers