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St Albans Soroptimist Celebrate 100 Years with 100 Laps of the Lake

On Saturday 7 Aug Soroptimist International St Albans and District women’s group and supporters set themselves the goal of walking 100 laps of the lake in Verulamium Park to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Soroptimist International #100for100 They actually did 147 laps between them and earned a slice of celebration cake at the end before the rain set in! The photos give you a glimpse of what a great day it was.
One of our Members, Louise Marron, had to self-isolate due to COVID so she did laps of her garden with her “Soroptisons” – pictured here with the banner they made for the occasion – well done to Louise and her lovely boys! Louise also sent us these two lovely videos:
The Soropimists took a collecting bucket (of course!) to the park and collected £75 for the SAHWR women’s refuge which was a bonus because this wasn’t a fundraising event – thanks so much to everyone who made a donation.
 Jean Eaton (in the pic cutting the cake) was the brains and driving force for this event. She said “it was so good to be together again – this is the first time since March 2020! We have had a great afternoon. Happy Birthday to Soroptimist International! ” Well done Jean and all involved it was such a great way to celebrate our centenary in the heart of St Albans.
Thanks to Radio Verulam for pre-event coverage and the Herts Advertiser for this post-event article
Other things that are happening for the 100th Anniversary:
Three Members of SI St Albans & District are in the #WhoIsShe ? top Soroptimists campaign to mark the 100th Anniversary of Soroptimist International – Hilary Ratcliffe OBE, Audrey Collins OBE and Peggy Hodges OBE – click the links below to read all about these wonderful women:
To see all of the inspirational women from across the Federation please click here:
We will be planting trees to mark the 100th Anniversary because the first Soroptimist Club in Oakland California’s first project was to save the giant redwood trees in California – and Clubs all over the world are planting trees for the centenary.

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