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On-Screen Charter Celebration

Soroptimists in Bolton were the first in the Region to celebrate their Charter Anniversary – virtually.

Newly-installed Region President Josie Carter joined Bolton’s members, and Soroptimists from all over South Lancashire, for a Zoom-call evening.

Club President Carole Swarbrick welcomed her special guest, the Mayor of Bolton, Councillor Linda Thomas. The Mayor was delighted to add SI Bolton’s event to her list of ‘virtual’ engagements. She spoke of her belief that organisations such as Soroptimist International send out a powerful message that women can challenge and can achieve.

Region President Josie echoed this theme, emphasising the life-changing impact of Soroptimists, whether in Bolton or worldwide.

Guest speaker was Andrew Graystone – a self-confessed ‘everyday activist’. He spoke engagingly of his ‘tiny acts of rebellion’ that have propelled him to worldwide media attention. Anecdotes from his book ‘Faith, Hope and Mischief’ were thought-provoking and entertaining.

President Carole thanked the Soroptimists from so many clubs in the Region for joining the ‘home’ club and for entering into the spirit of the event by ‘dressing for dinner’. However, everyone knew that – off-screen – slippers were the order of the day!