President Yvonne’s page

The theme for my year is ‘Tell the World…We Stand Up for Women’.

The second part is obvious: ‘We Stand Up for Women’. This mirrors Federation President Isobel’s theme. This is what Soroptimists do exceptionally well. BUT we still need to make more ‘noise’ about it; so many people still don’t know who we are. Hence the first part, ‘Tell the world…’.

There are wonderful projects that no-one ever hears about! When planning a project we must make early decisions on publicity – and allocate a budget if necessary.

Newspapers, yes – keep trying! However, we need to become smarter at using social media. On Facebook you can post pictures of events that have taken place, plus post invitations to future events. Just ask friends to ‘share’ Soroptimist posts with their friends to create a wider audience.

Continuing with this theme, the Rose Bowl Challenge for this year is to encourage clubs to think about how you go about your publicity. Be innovative! Draw in new members!

I am looking forward to our Regional Conference, especially now that the date has finally been agreed (Saturday 2nd May 2020). No thanks to the government for changing the May Day Bank Holiday! Please encourage everyone in your club – especially new members – to come along. Attending Region events helps to make so much more sense of the wider picture.

I hope to encourage and support all clubs within the Region to complete the SIGBI ‘club health check’ and to use the online ‘growth plan phase 4’ materials. We can blossom and grow; we can boost our membership numbers; we can spread the Soroptimist word to the world!

Finally, I am looking forward to being out and about in the Region, making new friends as well as catching up with long-time acquaintances during the coming year.

In friendship,

Yvonne Gibbon, President, SI South Lancashire


Incoming regional presidents at Federation Conference, Bournemouth, October 2019