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
Despite the difficulties of meeting during lockdown, good progress continues to be made with this Heritage Lottery Funded project. More historical women’s profiles continue to be submitted and are presently being edited before being placed on the HSS website. The volunteers interviewing contemporary women have been in touch with some of the nominated women and interviews are beginning to take place. Training for those volunteer transcribers is currently being investigated too. On 6 February, the project team hosted a virtual meeting with all 22+ volunteers to give them a broader understanding of the whole project and to seek ideas for taking forward the digital legacy created. The project team are giving a similar presentation to the Soroptimist Southern England Regional Meeting on 13 March.
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As part of the #Orangetheworld 16 Days of Activism on Violence Against Women, on Sunday 6 December members of SI Salisbury raised awareness at our stall in the Market Square. Although the day was decided chilly, the weather was kind to us with lots of sun. We were delighted to meet and chat to lots of people of all ages and to discuss the important issue of domestic abuse in all its forms. Although this wasn’t a fundraising activity, generous visitors to our stall donated a total of £50, which we are passing on to Salisbury Women’s Refuge who like us, say ‘thank you!’ This was our #Orangetheworld Christmas tree, which was displayed at the St Thomas’s Christmas Tree Festival.
Salisbury has recently established a Friendship Link with SI Chisinau in the SI European Union of Moldova. At the Club’s meeting by Zoom on 23 November the 14 Salisbury members who joined the call welcomed 6 Soroptimists from SI Chisinau. It was a great opportunity to meet each other long distance, to introduce ourselves and to have a chat about our respective Clubs and our projects. As always with these get togethers, we found we had much in common and we are already starting to discuss the possibility of a joint project between the two clubs. The Moldovan Soroptimists highlighted the huge need in their country amongst older women, almost a whole generation has been wiped away for various reasons and elderly women have suffered badly, even prior to the current pandemic. Things have only got worse. In the summer, SI Salisbury decided to accept
On Friday 13 November, friends and family from across the country gathered together virtually for a night of quizzing. With over 100 people taking part, grouped into 24 teams, technology was used to enable most to join together between households. As the quiz was organised by Salisbury Soroptimists, it seemed appropriate that most of the questions were about women – powerful women, mothers and daughters, literary heroines, songs from musicals, and many more. Despite the challenges of technology and physical separation, a fun evening was had by all. Team members conferred from household to household by all manner of means – phone, text, WhatsApp and e mail – cyberspace was positively buzzing with quiz conversations! The winning team was “Juliet’s Jokers”, but the real winners were the charities that were supported by the event. With over £800 raised, donations will be used to sponsor a