Club welcome page
Welcome to SI Solent East, the Soroptimist club covering the Meon Valley, A3 corridor and the Solent shores, to our neighbours in Southampton, Winchester and Surrey Hills. We are an active club, with 23 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) at Lysses House Hotel in Fareham. We hold a monthly speaker meeting with supper at Cams Hall Golf Club (usually third Thursday).
We have ongoing work for Programme Action, such as producing bookmarks for girl guides as well as local schools designed to combat violence against women, and holding a 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.
We are also currently raising money for our international federation’s 3-year Meru Women’s Garden Project, launched in 2016 on March 8 (International Women’s Day) to help women in a poor part of Kenya to improve their lives and their families’ prospects.