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President’s message

Welcome to the website of Soroptimist International Southern England Region. We number nine clubs in our Region who undertake many varied projects to support women and girls in the UK and overseas.

First of all my thanks to Barbara Watts for taking the helm for these past two years. Who knows what will happen over the next year. Although I am looking forward to 2021 being the Soroptimist centenary year, there is some trepidation as to what the year will bring.

I look forward to working with the Executive Committee whose support I thank in advance, and see how any obstacles can be handled.

My theme for the year is ‘In charity there is no excess’. This gives us the opportunity to be magnanimous in all that we do and I know that as far as charity goes, Soroptimists have it in spades.

Whatever we are able to do this coming year, we should try and promote where we can. We have the tools in our websites and social media, taking photographs of what we do and completing our programme forms for the benefit of our United Nations status.

Through our project work we hope to encourage more women to join us and support what we do, increasing our membership ensures continuation of this amazing organisation worldwide.

We have our amazing project in South Africa ‘Volunteering in Pretoria’ with two inspiring young girls who are working with us to promote education for women and girls.

We hope to be able to celebrate our centenary in some physical way later in 2021, either a lunch/picnic where we can get to and celebrate. Many clubs are celebrating by tree-planting, as this is an important reference to the first undertaking back in 1921 when the Soroptimist founders in Oakland California petitioned to save the Redwood trees. This has now come full circle in protecting the environment and the planet.

Best wishes,

Julie Blackwell