As Regional President of Southern England, having taken over only at the end of October 2020 from Barbara. I was looking forward to working with Barbara as my Immediate Past President. In light of the sad events of this week this will not be possible. We heard that just a month after stepping down from two inspiring years as Regional President, Barbara passed away in her sleep. It is with much sadness that we heard this news. Barbara joined Soroptimist International Epsom club in 2000 and throughout her twenty years as a member held several roles including President twice, Programme Action Officer, Secretary and Communications/Website co-ordinator. She became Region President in 2018, and due to no-one being President Elect she continued for two years. She finally transferred to SI Woking and District in March 2020. Barbara has been a committed Soroptimist and will be greatly
Soroptimists Believe to Achieve a collective global effort on International Day of Elimination of Violence Against Women. This is the first day of #16DaysofActivism. Since the outbreak of the COVID-19 crisis, violence against women has intensified. A Shadow Pandemic of domestic violence is growing and we need to stem the tide. Everyone has a role to play in this -What’s Yours? We will #OrangetheWorld: Fund, Respond, Prevent, Collect in support of #GenerationEquality. Soroptimists Believe to Achieve Zero Tolerance against Gender Based Violence. See what some of our clubs are doing… SI Epsom, SI Woking, SI Salisbury.
On Tuesday 17 November, on Zoom at 7.30pm, Dr Clive Driscoll, Deputy Chair of True Honour, will be talking about Modern Day Slavery. He will be defining what slavery is today and in particular, how Lockdown has escalated the situation for many women including those affected by domestic slavery. Dr Clive Driscoll became the first police officer to obtain a conviction in an Honour Based Violence murder where no body has ever been found. The Surjit Athwal murder has been described as a Landmark Case where a conviction was obtained against all odds. Please do feel free to join us, both Soroptimists and non Soroptimists for the first part of our Club meeting. Let us know on firstname.lastname@example.org and we will send a Zoom link. There is no cost but if people wish to make a donation to True Honour, a charity supporting victims of Honour Based
Soroptimist International of Southern England welcome you to ‘Orange Your Neighbourhood‘ during what is known as the ’16 Days of Activism Against Gender Based Violence’ between 25th November, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, and 10th December, Human Rights Day. We are excited to welcome our Speaker, Nicole Jacobs, UK’s Designate Domestic Abuse Commissioner, who since her appointment to the role in September 2019 has begun energetically putting her 20 plus years of experience in domestic abuse policy and intervention to work, driving improvements to transform the response to domestic abuse in England and Wales. She is committed to championing victims and survivors of all ages, status, and backgrounds, and to shining a light on practices that fail them.
Dr Alka Patel ‘From Stress to De-Stress’ An Online Event – 3 November 7.30pm on Zoom. Register here and donate. SI Epsom & District is focusing on wellbeing and caring for our mental health. You are warmly invited to our special evening with Dr Alka Patel. Not only is Alka a GP but she is a Lifestyle Medicine Physician and Health Coach. Alka will be giving an informal talk about dealing with stress due to pressures from the news, social
You might sometimes wonder what Past Regional Presidents do? Well, they meet for lunch and remember the good times or should we say pre COVID times! If you like lunching and reminiscing the soroptimist way then being a regional president is another excuse for lunching. Here is evidence that soroptimists have fun……………Alexis, Sue P & Tracy, Anne, Ruth (had so much fun she is currently SIGBI Finance Director), Tracy, Sue D & Danny, Sylvia – the one with a bottle of water, hmm? Danny & Liz who seem to have been caught in serious mode or clearly need another glass of something? (As a Past SIGBI President, Liz is well practiced surely?)
Annual Charity Quiz Night Friday 13 November Compete in the comfort of your home Enter as an individual or as a team of up to six £5 per person for 2 hours of fact-packed fun Prize for the winning team/individual On line at 7.15 for a prompt 7.30pm start Proceeds from the evening will be shared between the Salisbury Women’s Refuge and Edukaid who are improving education and changing lives in rural Tanzania. To book contact email@example.com
A Taste of Spice -Homemade Punjabi Cooking You are warmly invited to our special online cooking event on Zoom delivered by Neelam Dungarwalla, a teacher and currently volunteering for a domestic abuse charity. Neelam is an engaging speaker and passionate about the food she cooks for her family. She cooks traditional Punjabi dishes with a unique touch whilst promoting the use of spices to improve our health. The event includes Neelam’s preparation and cooking of two traditional dishes, Bombay Aloo and Homemade Chicken Punjabi Style and will be followed by a Q & A session. The audience will just be required to watch and ask questions if they wish at the end. We request that you make a donation (minimum £2 but we would welcome more! ) at the time of booking in order to raise funds for 3 domestic abuse charities supported by SI Epsom
The coronavirus pandemic self-isolation is resulting in increased reports of domestic violence in the home – which ought to be the safest place right now. This makes disturbing reading and impacts on services which are already stretched and can only respond by increasing online support, set up emergency warning systems in pharmacies and grocery stores to reach those in need. When it comes to standing up for women, we at the Soroptimist International club of Winchester do our bit. At present we are sending additional donations to the Winchester Women’s Refuge, the Trinity Centre and the Night Shelter. It is a difficult time and many of our charities have suffered from a slow-down in funding. Recently we were able to deliver picnic items and games to the women and children at the Winchester Women’s Refuge. We have supported them for many years. The picnic was
Join us at the Regional Development Day on Sunday 8 September at Alton House Hotel We’ll be: sharing best practice learning from each other picking up new skills thinking of ways to help build our clubs spreading the word more widely Come along to share your ideas and gain from others and we promise we’ll have some fun along the way! Cost: £15 includes two lots of coffee/tea and a buffet lunch Please find the flyer and booking form below. SISE Flyer 8.9.19 SISE Development Day Registration Form