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Soroptimist International - Salisbury

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

Welcome to SI Salisbury

We held our very first AGM on line during lockdown on Monday 27 April. It was a great celebration of all that we have achieved as a Club since our Charter in August 2019.  We were pleased to ‘virtually’ induct two new members prior to the start of our meeting.  Our membership now stands at 25, having welcomed several new members since August and having said farewell to a few, too. 16 of our members were able to attend to hear reports from our Outgoing and Incoming President and officers.

Project lead Eleanor gave a presentation of the projects carried out during the year, a very impressive summary of our activities. You can see it here. AGM 2020 our year in pictures

Members are still keeping projects going where possible by meeting on line and many are involved in activities to support care workers, the local refuge and local communities during this current crisis.

Incoming President Teresa thanked outgoing President Lisa for her leadership  and told members her theme for the year is ‘Stay Connected’. She said:  “Stay connected and we will emerge from this situation stronger.

At an individual level – stay connected with each other.  The hand of friendship we offer when you join has never been more important

At a Programme Action group level – stay connected.  Between you all you will find a way forward – Her Salisbury Story  is a great example of this

At a club level – stay connected

  • With our wider membership – help them see the value of getting involved and help our club grow
  • With our charities – they need us more than ever
  • With our local community groups such as Rotary, Safer Salisbury, Mothers Union – we can achieve so much more together
  • With the wider Salisbury community – keep sharing what you are doing and what the needs are

At a regional level – stay connected with our fellow clubs across the South of England.  I am delighted that Eleanor has been nominated for Regional PAC lead and that SI Salisbury will be leading the way for our region

At a Federation and international level – stay connected.  Keep up to date with what is going on at SIGBI and Soroptimist International – when our world feels so small at the moment it is good to look further afield to give some perspective.  This is particularly important in advocating for the rights of women and girls at a time when we will be disproportionately impacted by this crisis.  We are part of an amazing movement and we have the power to make a difference.

So, stay connected and together we will inspire action and transform lives.”

We were pleased to welcome Jane Ebel to the Executive as Membership Officer and several other members will be beginning ‘buddying roles’.  Our officers for the coming year are: President Teresa Wells, Immediate Past President and Regional Representative Lisa Scandling, President Elect and Projects Officer Eleanor Evans, Secretary Carole Banton, Treasurer Penny Joyce, Membership Officer Jane Ebel and Communications Officer Liz Batten.

In line with public health advice during the COVID19 pandemic, we are no longer meeting face to face. Our scheduled meetings are being held as Zoom video conferences. We are also having informal weekly get togethers via Zoom on a Monday evening at 7pm.

Please contact us at sarumsoropts@gmail.com if you would like to join the meeting and we will send you an invitation and joining instructions

We are working on several projects and activities but we are keen to develop new ones, so there is no better time to come along, meet us and see if you would like to be part of the newest women’s club in Salisbury!

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