I was delighted to celebrate the international dimension of Soroptimism with two South Lancashire clubs. Firstly, I joined the members of my club (SI Liverpool) to mark International Human Rights Day. It was a bit of a shock to receive a beautiful card and gifts to mark my Presidency from members. Wow! After dinner candles were lit for Soroptimist International, Federations and countries. I was privileged to light one for our own South Lancashire Region. Thank you, sisters, for inviting me, for the lovely gifts – and also for raising money for my daughter’s charity (Breathe Easy Foundation). Secondly, Bootle Soroptimists invited me to a virtual evening to mark International Human Rights Day. Candles were lit; then we enjoyed a quiz, poems and anecdotes from members and guests – plus some music. I really must brush up my quizzing skills! It was a tremendous opportunity
In early December I joined Soroptimists in Southport – via Zoom – for their International Night. The event had a Mediterranean theme with a Mediterranean meal. I could not sample the meal, of course! However, I really did enjoy the talk which was about a train journey to the Island of Cascia. The slides were full of beautiful sceneries with detailed information. Thanks to SI Southport’s International Committee for making the Zoom link available for me since I could not physically join the members. Read more about President Dorcas’s activities
Just like Alice, Soroptimists went ‘down the rabbit hole’ for a ‘wonderful’ experience. The 2021 federation conference was held in Llandudno by Soroptimist International, Great Britain and Ireland (SIGBI). However, being streamed online this year, rather than taking place in the town, it could be viewed all over the world. SI South Lancashire’s club in Wigan was selected as one of only six to showcase their successes as part of the membership session on Day 1. SI Wigan’s billboard ‘An Equal World is an Enabled World’ featured two members making the ‘equals’ sign. The poster was on display at a roundabout in the town for 12 months. This high visibility was instrumental in getting the club new members and in raising awareness of Soroptimism. The club’s conference presentation announced ‘SI Wigan is shopped!’. The club’s secret? Social Media, Uniqueness, Celebrations, Credibility, Evolving, Simplicity, See and
Dogs? Yes, they can be man’s (and woman’s) best friend. At their recent regional meeting Soroptimists in South Lancashire discovered a whole new way in which trained dogs make life-changing differences to people’s health and wellbeing. Anna Prosser, a volunteer ambassador with Dogs for Good explained how the charity trains animals to work with people with disabilities. An assistance dog can enable an adult or child to enjoy greater independence with everyday, practical tasks. Think of opening and closing doors, retrieving items, pressing a pedestrian crossing button – what a difference that help can make. Specialist autism assistance dogs transform the lives of families affected by autism. They help a child remain calm and focused in busy places. There are community dogs who – with their handlers – work with teachers and therapists in special schools. Other community dogs work in health and social care
It is with great sadness that we announce that President Johanna M Raffan MBE passed away on 15 June 2021. Our thoughts are with Johanna’s family at this very sad time. Johanna was elected president of our federation, Soroptimist International Great Britain & Ireland (SIGBI), in 2020.