Club members linked up with another Friendship Link club on Saturday 12th September. As Tasmania is on the other side of the world the most appropriate time was 10.30 am which gave the members of SI George Town an excuse to have a glass of wine whilst our members were still on a coffee break! Jane Zimmerman is the middle of the three members shown – she visited us about twenty years ago.
Phyllis Sigsworth is a member of SI Slough Windsor and Maidenhead. She is very sprightly at 90 years old and has been a Soroptimist for over 50 years. She had a very distinguished career in the Police Service and was awarded the Queen’s Police Medal for distinguished Police Service. She has worked tirelessly on issues affecting women and children including domestic violence, human trafficking, and child protection, in both her working life in the Service and Soroptimist life. A book has been written covering her thirty years of service and shows social changes and changes in women’s role in law enforcement since 1950. The book is called “A Beat From The Heart To The Heart Of Power”. The proceeds from the sale of this book will be given to our local women’s refuge organisation DASH – Domestic Abuse Stops Here. The book will be published on 27th August and is available
Thanks to the wonders of technology SI Slough had a delightful meeting with their Friendship Link club in Amsterdam on Wednesday 5th August. Five members of the Amsterdam Amstel club were able to join SI Slough members to discuss a range of topics from the problems arising from the Covid19 lockdown to current club activities and hopes for the future. All the members introduced themselves and talked about their time as Soroptimists and the various projects in which they were involved. Interestingly both clubs are very involved with Domestic Abuse issues. The clubs plan to meet up again via Zoom.
The June meeting fell in Ascot week this year so although we could only meet via Zoom we did our best to dress up with members wearing hats. On a more serious note, Tracy and Janice joined us to talk about Windsor Family Friends, a local charity which helps families through difficult times. Like many charities it is suffering financial problems at present but also needs volunteers to work with families and their children. The club is considering ways to assist in the future. Not only were all the members participating from their homes but Janice was on line from France where she is spending lockdown. Future events including the Centenary of Soroptimist International and our own Diamond Anniversary in 2022 were discussed together with ongoing activities. Two prospective members joined the meeting.
As our monthly meeting on 17th June falls during Ascot week, members are planning to don their best hat for the meeting which will be held via Zoom. A speaker from Family Friends Windsor & Maidenhead will be talking to the club members about the work of this charity and the possibilities of becoming volunteers.
As the lockdown has continued our club members have gradually embraced the virtual world. A Zoom licence has been purchased and hence the monthly meeting is now held in this way. A weekly chat has been set up at Tuesday lunchtime which is proving popular and several committees including the Executive meeting, Fund Raising, Membership and Communications are using the Zoom system. Now that some face to face meetings are feasible outdoors some committees will try to meet in members gardens.
SI Slough, Windsor & Maidenhead held their Annual General Meeting via Zoom on Wednesday 20th May. 18 members were able to participate in the virtual meeting. Sally Radford was elected as President. Sally welcomed members who were able to attend from their own homes and looked forward to being able to welcome everyone back to meetings in person.
The Annual General Meeting scheduled for Wednesday 15th April has been postponed until 20th May. This will be a virtual meeting using Zoom. Hopefully a majority of the members will be able to participate.
Mandy Barter set up her own charity My Cancer My Choices after surviving cancer in 2015. This operation which is entirely run by volunteers now offers treatments including reflexology and acupuncture at three NHS sites in Berkshire. The aim is to provide complementary therapies which assist in pain and stress during and after chemotherapy and radiotherapy. In a recent survey 97% of clients found that the therapies had helped them cope. Mandy has tremendous enthusiasm and is truly making a great difference to the lives of men and women who have received such devastating diagnoses and often feel that there is nothing that they can do to help themselves. Its a remarkable achievement.
Our International Women’s Day event will take place on Sunday 8th March 2020, 2 p.m. to 5.30 p.m. in the Desborough Suite,Maidenhead Town Hall, St Ives Road, Maidenhead, SL6 1RF Theme: “Helping Us Achieve Our Potential” Speakers include: Dame Vera Baird, Victims Commissioner for England and Wales Katie Wright, Bethany Admans, Hannah Wright, Catie Holden – schoolgirls from the Girls Policy Forum Fiona Mactaggart, Chair of the Fawcett Society Maria Evans, Volunteer on the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead’s Climate Emergency Committee Adults £5, Students £2, (includes light refreshments) To book your place, email: email@example.com or call 01753 868785