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Soroptimists Celebrate

New members and awards in focus.

Over one hundred Soroptimists from the South Lancashire Region gathered for a celebratory lunch. The spotlight was on women who have recently joined their local club.

Josie Carter, Region President, welcomed them. This special event was an ideal opportunity for new members to find out about clubs’ projects and achievements. Plus, they were able to get to know many other Soroptimists.

Guest speaker was Shana Begum, a new member of SI St Helens. Shana is the founder of ‘St Helens The Best Me’. This is a training and coaching consultancy, working for positive changes within the community.

President Josie commended two outstanding South Lancashire Soroptimists – Maureen Walsh and Dorcas Akeju of SI Liverpool. Both have been featured as part of ‘#WhoIsShe?’, which celebrates the centenary of Soroptimist International.

An exhibition of memorabilia from clubs illustrated the long history of Soroptimism in the region. A memorial table of photos enabled clubs to honour past – much missed – members.

Sriya Kulupana, Region Programme Action Officer, announced the result of this year’s Programme Action Award. After considering all submissions from clubs, her choice was SI Crosby. The Lunt Meadows project is an ongoing partnership with The Wildlife Trust (Lancashire, Manchester & North Merseyside).

President Josie’s ‘Rose Bowl Challenge’ to clubs generated many entries. After independent judging, the winner was SI Manchester. The club was praised for the recent audit of its work. Members assessed challenges and changes – and set out a clear plan of action.

Anne Grimes, Region Membership Officer, was delighted with the event’s success. “We attract new Soroptimists by showcasing our impact in the community – whether local, national or international. Their active participation in club life is so very welcome.”