Who We Are

Welcome to the website of Soroptimist International of Scotland South Region.

The photos appearing above have been taken at SI SS R Council Meetings, Club and Region Events and are changed weekly.

Soroptimist International of Scotland South region (SI SS R) is one of the Regions within Soroptimist International of Great Britain and Ireland (SIGBI) Ltd, www.sigbi.org, which in turn is one of the four Federations, soon to be five, within Soroptimist International (SI); www.soroptimistinternational.org. At the SI Board Meeting immediately preceding the SI Convention in Kuala Lumpur, July 2019, the creation of a new Africa Federation was approved and could be chartered as soon as April 2020, when the next African Biennial Conference takes place on the Ivory Coast.  Scotland has two Regions, Scotland North and Scotland South.  Our Federation, SIGBI, was granted Special Consultative Status by the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) of the United Nations, award notified on 14 08 2013.  To find out more visit www.un.org/en/ecosoc.  –  United Nations Social and Economic Council.

Soroptimist: the word is a combination of the Latin words “soror” meaning Sister and “optima” meaning best – so, we want the best for women.

Soroptimist Vision:  Women and girls will achieve their individual and collective potential, realise aspirations and have an equal voice in creating strong and peaceful communities worldwide.

Soroptimist Mission: Soroptimists transform the lives and status of women and girls through education, empowerment and enabling opportunities.


The principles of Soroptimism are to strive for:

  •  The advancement of the status of women;
  •  High ethical standards;
  •  Human rights for all;
  •  Equality, development and peace; and
  •  The advancement of international understanding, goodwill and peace.



Number of Clubs in Scotland South Region:

As from March 2016 there are 10 Clubs in Scotland South Region: 

SI Dunfermline: sigbi.org/dunfermline



SI Edinburgh: sigbi.org/edinburgh


SI Falkirk: sigbi.org/falkirk


SI Girvan and District:  Enquirers please use Contact Us page on this website

SI Glasgow City: sigbi.org/glasgow-city



SI Hamilton:sigbi.org/hamilton



SI Kirkcaldy: sigbi.org/kirkcaldy


SI Kirkintilloch and District: sigbi.org/kirkintilloch


SI Paisley: sigbi.org/paisley


SI West Lothian: sigbi.org/west-lothian


Proposed SSR Area Club 2019:

The new Club will be innovative in its format, made up of “Satellite Groups” which will meet independently at venues and times suited to the members.  Meetings can be held at coffee shops, community halls, in mornings, afternoons or evenings.

The Area Club will be organised in a flexible way with some face to face meetings and will make use of available technologies for communication.

SSR Area Club 2019 is intended to attract women in rural areas and those who may find it inconvenient to attend a conventional Club.

Facebook:  facebook.SSRareaClub

Email: ssrareaclub2019@gmail.com

27 10 2018 Change of Insignia Ceremony: SIGBI 84th Federation Conference, Liverpool:

Incoming SI SS R President Margaret Mowat, SI Glasgow City, received her Chain of Office from Incoming SIGBI President Sue Williams, SI Paisley.  To find out more visit: https://sigbi.org/scotland-south/president-margaret-mowats-messages-3-06-2019

Club Celebrations/Events

SI Girvan 60th, 3 11 2018
SI Edinburgh, Christine Craig, Anna Gordon, Marie Curie, March 2019
SI Hamilton 70th Celebration Cake, 31 03 2019 (a)_n
SIGBI President Sue Williams presenting SI Hamilton President with 35Years Service Certificate 31 03 2019
SI Edinburgh Meeting with Claudia Beamish MSP, 27 03 2019 (a)
May 2019 SI Edinburgh President Gari welcoming Ayushi Kundu (SI Calcutta) & her friend Dishari Rashit
SI Falkirk Lunch 19 05 2019; SI SN Pres Prue; SI Falkirk Pres Alison; SI SS Pres Margaret._n
Lorna Slater, Dr Gari Donn, Pres SI Edinburgh, 25 05 2019 (2)


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