If you enjoy a flutter on the lottery – or even buy the odd scratch card – why not sign up for our local lottery? You can support our work to help make the world a better place for women and girls locally and internationally and have a chance to win great cash prizes. And exciting news – for the October draw- there is a one off additional prize of £1000 in John Lewis vouchers. But what do they say? You have to be in it to win it!
A lovely warm September evening was enjoyed by all as President Eleanor, Membership Officer Jane and Liz held an informal get together for potential new members in Jane’s lovely garden. A total of five lovely local ladies joined us to learn more about the Club and to introduce themselves to us and each other. There was lots of interest in our various Club projects and all the ladies are keen to make new friends in the area. We told them what a friendly Club we are and we do hope to see them again soon – at our next meeting.
August (despite the less than great weather) gave members the opportunity to support a number of weekend social events in the wonderful location of Club Membership Officer Jane’s beautiful garden in the Cathedral Close. The first two were Silver Salisbury-branded events led by self-styled ‘Friend of the Club’ and Older People’s Champion, Irene. She and Jane reached out specifically to the ‘international’ community here in Salisbury, translating the poster and online adverts into different languages and visiting speciality shops. Members were delighted that there was a warm response from those from different parts of the world who have chosen to make Salisbury their home. It made for some really international-themed events and the Club hopes helped let everyone know that they are very welcome here in our city! The events culminated on Saturday 28 August in a fundraiser for EdUKaid, the small local charity working
Club members were delighted to get together again for the first face to face meeting since February 2020! Although meetings have been held regularly throughout lockdown on Zoom including two AGMs, everyone agreed it was just wonderful to see each other again. By kind permission of former member Hilary Maidment who allowed us to use her summer house, we carried our full risk assessments, ensured that proper social distancing measures were taken and had plenty of ventilation. A bonus was the chance for our President Eleanor to induct two new members, Julia and Charlotte. We hope to continue meeting here over the summer, for our July and August meetings, with a plan to return to another venue in September.
Club members were pleased to be able to get together for the first time in many months – in Club Treasurer Bernie’s lovely garden in June. It was great to see each other and chat to each other after countless Zoom meetings…. The party included a celebration of Mary Paisey, member of the former SI Salisbury Club who had been honoured with recognition by the Federation in the #Whoisshe? showcase as one in a hundred members who have made a significant and positive difference for women and girls. President Eleanor presents Mary with her certificate and flowers In a short ceremony, President Eleanor paid tribute to Mary’s dedication to local community groups and charities and in particular to her many years’ service to Salisbury Women’s Refuge, which is supported by the Club, and of which Mary is President. Chatter
We are thrilled to announce that Mary Paisey MBE, member of the original SI Salisbury Club has been selected as one of more than 100 Soroptimists to be commemorated as part of the celebration of the first centenary of Soroptimist International in the #Whoisshe? Campaign. The original Salisbury Soroptimist Club had been a driving force in the establishment of Salisbury Women’s Refuge in 1983-4, and the project is very dear to Mary’s heart. She served as a Trustee of the Refuge for 30 years and has recently been appointed Honorary President. She supports many other local community projects including Wessex Community Action, The Lovelane Friendship Club Day Centre, Christian Aid, the Arts Society and Churches Together. She was awarded the MBE in 2010 in recognition of her work in support of Salisbury Women’s Refuge, and her years of service to the local community. The
Less than a week into her Club Presidency – and Eleanor has already made a mark! She and Sally of SI Epsom star alongside Regional President Julie in the Regional Membership video – launched for the Federation Membership Month of May. In the short video all three members explain what makes membership of Soroptimist International special for them, what they have most enjoyed in their years as a Soroptimist and why. Watch the video to find out more!
Members of SI Salisbury decided to make their own video to show how they would all #ChoosetoChallenge some of the most important issues facing women and girls. Thanks to all who took part and thanks to Michelle for using her editing skills in putting it all together!
Victoria Dunford channelled her anger about poverty and injustice in her homeland – Moldova, into action. Overcoming many seemingly impossible challenges, she succeeded in changing the lives of many children and adults with special needs. We are fortunate that she has agreed to join our International Women’s Day Zoom meeting at 7pm on Monday 8 March. Please do join us to hear her story. For the Zoom link please e mail us #IWD2021 #Choosetochallenge
To mark International Women’s Day we are inviting all ‘international’ women living or working in the Salisbury and surrounding areas to join us for an online chat. Bring a coffee and a snack or maybe something to eat that reminds you of ‘home’ – wherever in the world ‘home’ is! You will be very welcome! Join us at 2pm on Sunday 7 March To register please e mail email@example.com for the Zoom link #IWD2021