Our Programme for the year 2017 – 2018


President Sharon continues to work to make sure that everyone knows who we are, through our local projects. This year we are supporting Manna’s Ark, a project to construct a sensory garden at a learning centre for Basic Life Skills with a therapeutic approach in Witham. We hope we can help build the sensory garden and create a peaceful place.

We meet on the third Monday of each month apart from August. In December, we meet earlier in the month and hold our Christmas celebration. Our meetings are being planned to incorporate information about our local, national and international projects. If you are a visitor to our website and would like to come along to a meeting, please get in touch at southendsoroptimists@blueyonder.co.uk. The programme for the rest of the year looks like this:

May 2017

8th    Executive Meeting

15th      Membership Month – Bring a Friend or just come along to find out about us!

We shall present the President’s project cheque this month to John from SOS Buses

27th Coffee Morning at Jackie’s – all welcome

June 2017

3rd Growing our Brand meeting in Cambridge

10th Regional Meeting at Newnham College, Cambridge

12th    Executive Meeting

19th    Speaker Faith Marchal – Regional Ambassador for SIGBI Federation’s Meru Garden project

July 2017          

10th    Executive Meeting

17th  ☺President’s Project Speaker – Manna’s Ark

August 2017

Working Day at Manna’s Ark to help create a sensory garden

September 2017

11th Executive Meeting

16th Growing our Brand meeting in Cambridge

18th ☺Speaker – LAR Project – Neat Feet and Happy Hands – Rosa Russell

30th Regional Meeting at Newnham College, Cambridge

October 2017

9th Executive Meeting

16th☺Speaker – YMCA and a Programme Action catch-up including the new LR Project

November 2017

4th Awards Dinner – Soroptimists with YMCA

13th Executive Meeting

20th ☺Wrapping Gifts for Christmas for the homeless and hospitalised

25th EVAW – with S-o-S Domestic Abuse Panel

December 2017

☺11th Christmas meal

January 2018

8th Executive Meeting

15th ☺Speaker – Southend refuge

February 2018

12th Executive Meeting

19th ☺Anna James – Criminologist – Preventing Extremism and Radicalisation

March 2018

12th Executive Meeting

19th ☺Club Evening – Programme Action- planning the coming year

April 2018

9th Executive Meeting

16th ☺AGM and Review of the Year

these meetings will take place at Garon Park Golf Complex – all meetings start at 7.15pm sharp!

Our meetings are well attended and there’s time for chat, since we start with a two-course meal when we all sit and talk with friends. At 8pm we have a speaker on one of our projects and this is followed by our business meeting – mainly focussed on what we’re doing or going to do. The meeting closes around 10pm.