Members of the STEM Challenge team took a trip down to the Gilo HQ in Dorset in early June to give feedback to our main STEM Challenge sponsors on the year’s activities and to thank them for their support. We were delighted to be given a tour of the plant by Rhian Griffith, Design Engineer (pictured on the right of the group here). Rhian spoke at the award ceremony in March and was one of the judges on our panel. Members of the STEM group here in front of the Gilo SkyQuad – the world’s first practical flying car with Rhian are left to right Vicki Ralph, Liz Batten and Jen Newman
Salisbury Soroptimists were pleased to take part in a day of fun and frolics in Salisbury’s rivers. In the morning of the late May Bank Holiday we helped to marshal the river ‘family float’ from Stratford Sub Castle to the Five Rivers Centre and in the afternoon we entered a team to take part in the Duck Race. These action packed photos show as well as lots of water, there was much fun and laughter too. Thanks to our Duck Trio: Penny, Eleanor and Louise! Thanks to Salisbury Rotary for organising the day’s activities and enabling us to work alongside you. We look forward to a continuing partnership.
At our May meeting we were delighted to welcome two more members into our very soon-to-be Club. Pictured here are Karen Long (left) and Eugenia Perkes (right) having just been welcomed into the Club by Founder President Lisa Scandling (centre). With our Charter date set for Saturday 3 August it’s full steam ahead! Come and join us to celebrate. Details here
Salisbury Soroptimists entered a team for the annual Salisbury Rotary quiz. They finished some way down the list of winners, but an enjoyable time was had by all, as the photo shows! Teresa Wells was helping on the organising committee so couldn’t join the team, but took time out from her committee duties to join us for this photo. Pictured are left to right: Barbara Evans, Liz Batten, Teresa Wells, Eleanor Evans, Eugenia Perkes and Karyl Amon Roberts
At the first meeting in our new venue, the Red Lion in Salisbury, we were delighted to welcome several brand new people. There were 18 of us in total (a record!) and we were delighted to induct three new members, Sandra Ferguson, Jane Ebel and Barbara Evans. Here is our President Elect Lisa Scandling (second from left) flanked by Sandra (left), Jane on her right and Barbara far right. They are all already involved in one or another of our project groups!
We were very pleased to welcome two new members to the Salisbury Group on Monday 28 January. Our President Elect Lisa is flanked here by Jen Newman on her left and Annie Hotton on her right. Jen is a ‘brand new’ member while Annie had previously been a Soroptimist in a Club in Buckinghamshire. We are delighted to welcome them both!
At our Christmas meal, we were delighted to welcome our newest member, Carole Banton. Carole has many years’ experience working with the charity Barnardos, so brings a lot of useful input, ideas and enthusiasm for our projects for women and children. Carole has already volunteered to take on the role of Club Secretary as we establish ourselves.
Salisbury Soroptimists got in the festive spirit to help out as marshals for the annual Salisbury Lantern Festival. Smart in our high viz jackets and with our flashy light sabres, we really enjoyed being part of the local community effort to help make the run up to Christmas memorable for local children. It was great to work alongside colleagues from Alabare, Rotary and Serve On, and the youngsters’ faces alight with excitement made it a memorable evening for us too! .
We all like doing quizzes at Christmas, don’t we? We thought we’d set you a STEM Christmas Challenge as part of our display at the St Thomas’ Church Christmas Tree Festival. Do come and see our tree, opening times are: Tuesday 4 December to Saturday 8 December – 10am to 6pm Sunday 9 December 12 noon to 6pm (last entries 5.30pm) The tree is decorated with images of local women working in STEM careers alongside images of female STEM pioneers and leaders from the past and present. Match the face and name to the description, complete a form and submit it in the entry box under the tree for a chance to win a small prize. The form is downloadable here too, and you can complete it and return it to email@example.com Entry form for Salisbury Soroptimist STEM Christmas Competition The closing date for
Our first fundraising event was a great success! The total raised was £1,160, which will give the Women’s Refuge travel fund a good start and will allow another two sewing machines to be purchased in the EdUKaid Kushona Project in Tanzania. Tickets sold out more than a week before the event and the room truly was packed. Questions for each round of the quiz as well as a fun game of chance at the meal break, were expertly introduced by Annie Riddle from Salisbury Journal. As well as teams from SI Southampton and SI Winchester there were teams of local friends and family as well as supporters from across the area who generously supported our event. There was a bar as well as a raffle, with many excellent prizes. We are very grateful to all local businesses who kindly donated items in support of our