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President Tina’s Messages

Follow President Tina on her journey through her 2 year term of office from November 2019 – October 2021.

President Tina is a member of SI Dunfermline.

To learn more about SI Dunfermline click here.

To read President Tina’s Newsletters click here.

10 12 2020 SI Dunfermline Club Meeting today!

A truly International Event!

Guests were welcomed from Friendship Link Clubs as follows:

Trondheim, Norway; to find out more click here. 

Johannesburg, South Africa; Masaka, Uganda. To find Soroptimist Clubs in Africa click here. 

Bielsko-biala, Poland; to find out more click here .

Haverford West, Wales; to find out more click here.

See photos below:

5 12 2020 SI Glasgow City 10th Anniversary today!

SIGBI President Johanna brought greetings from Region.  President Tina brought greetings from Region.

Guests were welcomed from Friendship Link Clubs as follows:

Bangor, Northern Ireland; to find out more click here.

Norwich, England; to find out more click here.

Newcastle-upon-Tyne, England; to find out more click here.

Antwerp, Belgium; to find out more click here

Calgary, Canada; to find out more click here .

Vancouver, Canada; to find out more click here.

Mornington, Australia; to find out more click here.

To learn more about SI Glasgow City click here.

See photos below.

22 11 2020 “Created Forum” webinar today.

In her November Newsletter circulated today, President Tina said that she had been pleased to attend the “Created Forum” webinar earlier in the day.  She expressed her approval of being able to attend so many more meetings on-line from her own home, than would have been possible face to face.

The event was arranged to honour the UN Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women 25 11 2020.  Funds raised will go to Refuge, Women’s Aid, and Child in Need in India, thus supporting women and young girls in UK and across the globe.

To find out more about Refuge click here;  Women’s Aid click here; Child in Need in India click here.

Event Organiser:

Tara Newley Arkle, English writer, broadcaster and producer organised this event. Tara had worked with SI Weston – Super-Mare, whose members have a project entitled “Soroptimists Against Abuse”.

To find out more about SI Weston-Super-Mare click here.

5 11 2020   Club Editors’ Zoom meeting today at 2.00 pm!

President Tina attended the meeting with Club Editors, arranged by the SI SS R Communications Team, to discuss experiences following the launch of the new SIGBI website in April 2020.

Resolving Problems:

Further similar meetings are planned for the New Year in order to assess progress and resolve ongoing problems.


14 11 2020 SI Paisley’s 75th Anniversary today!

14 11 2020 SI Paisley 75th Anniversary Card
14 11 2020 SI Paisley 75th Anniversary Card

Jenifer welcomed members and guests to this Zoom meeting from 2.00 pm. There were 31 participants.

President Tina, one of the three speakers,  brought greetings from Region. She complimented the Club members on the amount of work that they manage to do.

The Provost of Renfrewshire, Lorraine, and SIGBI President Johanna also brought greetings.

They too spoke appreciatively of the contribution to their community by Club members.

To find out more about SI Paisley click here. 


9 11 2020 SI SS R President Tina was welcomed to the meeting of SI Hamilton this evening.  Gwen Moir hosted the Zoom meeting.


Nicola Downie from Rape Crisis, Lanarkshire gave an account of her work on prevention, largely in schools.  She receives positive feedback from teachers and pupils alike.

The Covid -19 pandemic had impacted on her work, resulting in a temporary change of emphasis to welfare of clients and staff.

Vote of Thanks:

SI Hamilton member Margaret McFarlane gave the Vote of Thanks.

To find out more about SI Hamilton click here.

7 11 2020 First SI SS R Council Meeting of her Second Year in Office for President Tina.

President Tina welcomed members to the Zoom meeting.  46 members, including Associates, members from Scotland North and a new member, attended.


The theme for the meeting was Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions, addressing SDG 16.

16 Days of Activism 25 11 2020-10 12 2020:

Plans were made for the 16 Days of Activism 2020.   Region PA Chair Brenda Kay drew attention to resources which would be available to run a successful campaign.

SIGBI Virtual Conference, Belfast:

SI SS R had been well represented at SIGBI Virtual Conference, Belfast.  Grace, an intern from UN House had been sponsored to attend.  To read her blog click here. 

Adolescent Mental Health Webinar 14 10 2020 :

President Tina gave an update.  Report to be circulated.  Due to contacts made further similar events are being considered.

31 10 2020 Start of Second Year in Office for President Tina!

President Tina began her second year in office today at the Change of Insignia Ceremony, SIGBI 86th Federation Conference, Belfast.

This, the 86th, was SIGBI’s first ever virtual Federation Conference due to Covid -19 pandemic.

12 09 2020 President Tina completed 10 mile Virtual Kilt Walk today!

President Tina and three other Dunfermline members, Ann, Estelle and Helen, completed 10 mile Kilt Walk.

Route taken:

They walked from Vane Farm at Loch Leven to the Scots Larder and back in aid of the ‘Empowering Girls in Nepal’ project.

To find out more about the Kilt Walk click here.

5 09 2020 President Tina presided over SI SS R AGM today, by Zoom!

Attendance ~ 45 members.

Guest speaker was Philip, founder of the ChoraChori Charity, currently being supported by SIGBI Federation Project ‘Empowering Girls in Nepal’.  To find out more click here.

Philip described the difficulties faced due to Covid-19.  He also mentioned other related interests in the area.

Philip’s Book “Gates of Bronze”:

In his book ‘Gates of Bronze’ Philip describes his reasons for having founded the Charity ChoraChori.  To find out more click here

President Tina’s Closing Remarks:

Following three break-out sessions on Communications, Membership and Programme Action, President Tina thanked everyone for joining the meetings, and for the work done throughout the year.

Special Mention for following two members!

  • SI Falkirk member Audrey highlighted in the first set of the 100 4 100 women for Soroptimist Centenary 2021!
  • SI Dunfermline member Helen who won 3rd prize in the Soroptimist section of The Big Story competition, in aid of ‘Empowering Girls in Nepal.

27 06 2020 President Tina presided over Region’s first ever Virtual SI SS R Council Meeting today!

Attendance ~ 52 members, including two associate members, one from Coll and the other from Dumfries.

Updates from Clubs:

  • SI Dunfermline member Helen Lyth’s story of growing up in Kenya
  • SI Kirkintilloch’s “Jasmine and Thistle”.  Progress report on work with Syrian refugees.

Weather Effects:

Thunder and lightening and heavy rain interfered with the reception.  We all learned from this experience.

SI SS R Council Meeting 27 06 2020; Region's first ever virtual Council Meeting.
SI SS R Council Meeting 27 06 2020; Region’s first ever virtual Council Meeting.


7 03 2020 President Tina presided over a busy, well attended SI SS R Council Meeting today. 

Photos taken as follows:

  • President Tina with speaker Dr Gari Donn.
  • Presenting delighted raffle winner Margaret Bruce with bottle of Number 63 gin
  • In group celebrating International Women’s Day (IWD) on 8 03 2020; to find out more click here. 
Why Number 63 Gin?

Number 63 Bayswater Road, London W2 3PH is a bed and breakfast hotel. To find out more click here.

Items brought to meeting for Smalls for All:

Members brought 200 gently worn bras and 180 pants for Smalls for All. To find out more click here.

9 01 2020 President Tina taking part in her own Club meeting . SI Dunfermline completed Dementia Friends Training this evening. To find out more click here. 

President Tina supporting Smalls for All:


President Tina

  • Supporting Smalls for All by visiting on 25 11 2019, helping to Orange the World at the start of the 16 Days of Activism.
  • Again on 12 12 2019, taking part in the final pick up of gently worn bras and new pants.

2 11 2019 SI SS R Council Meeting and Change of Insignia


show outgoing SI SS R President Margaret thanking

  • Myra  for her 6 years service to the SIGBI Benevolent Fund
  • Valerie  for her 5 years service as SI SS R Treasurer

Change of Insignia:

  • before handing Chain of Office to incoming President Tina
  • who in turn thanked Margaret for her year in office as President

Introduction of New Executive:

  • New Executive was then introduced.

 24 -26 2019 SIGBI 85th Federation Conference Bournemouth:

SI SS R had a stall at Conference raising funds for the 3S Fund.

  • First photo shows incoming President Tina with outgoing President Margaret at the stall.
  • Second photo shows President Margaret receiving her Chain of Office from SIGBI Federation President Isobel.