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Soroptimist International - Solent East

Soroptimist International of Solent East is part of a worldwide organisation of women, which is linked to the United Nations.

Welcome to SI Solent East

Welcome to SI Solent East, the Soroptimist club covering the Meon Valley, A3 corridor and the Solent shores, to our neighbours in Winchester and Surrey Hills.  We are an active club, with 18 members from a variety of backgrounds, carrying out a range of activities in a balanced programme to mix the fun and serious aspects of being a Soroptimist.  We engage our creative talents where possible and collect various items for onward donation or recycling.  We also hold social events such as a barbecue at a member’s home, and days out such as a trip to the Shard in London.

We hold a business meeting once a month (usually the first Thursday) and a monthly speaker meeting with a light supper (usually on the third Thursday) at Lysses House Hotel in Fareham.

We have ongoing work for Programme Action, such as holding an annual tea party for the local groups of Contact the Elderly.  Our main project now is raising funds for WaterAid, to support a project in Rwanda to reach 81,900 school children in 2 rural districts with access to clean water, decent toilets and good hygiene.  Previously, during 2016 we donated £1000 to Headway, the charity supporting people with brain injuries, and in 2017 decided to support a local We Can Read initiative, and another for the homeless in Portsmouth.  There’s more information about the range of projects we support on the Projects page.

Recent Club News

The woman behind Confiserie Verdonk

At the club meeting in June, on Zoom, we heard from Sophie Lombard, the owner…

The man behind our trees!

At the club meeting in May, on Zoom, we heard from Dave Stubington, the Gosport…

Lockdown 90th birthday party!

Today was Rosemary Hampton’s 90th birthday – which she celebrated despite lockdown, having a party…

Night Witches and Soviet snipers

In lieu of presenting at our speaker meeting in May, Paul Strong has shared with…