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Online Charity Auction

Online Charity Auction

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SI STAFFORD’S ONLINE CHARITY AUCTION – BY ZOOM FRIDAY 29 JANUARY 2021 We are holding an online auction and we’d love you to join us! It promises to be lots of fun. For more information, email sistaffordpresident@gmail.com The auction is to raise money for the following charities, all of which support women and girls in their different ways: DFN UK (Dignity and Freedom Network), a development and empowerment charity, with headquarters in Stafford. It is part of a global network supporting the poor, the marginalised and outcastes in South Asia, especially India. Stafford Club has supported them for many years. Staffordshire Women’s Aid is well known to many of you and the need for their services has, unfortunately, never been higher. We have worked closely with them for many years as well. CRADLE is a National Charity with the local group based in Haughton, Stafford and supports
New Presidents Sustain Together

New Presidents Sustain Together

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Tuesday 20th October 2020 saw our first virtual Annual General Meeting and handover of officers, delayed from April due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Outgoing President Katie received a gift from members to thank her for 18 months of leadership, some of which have been through the strangest, most concerning and  darkest of days for much in the world population. We now have a shared Presidency for a further 18 months. Maudie and Gill's theme is 'Sustain Together'.  Their focus is on self care.  Looking after ourselves will allow us to play a stronger part in our Club, in our community and in our environment. Read our Presidents' Message We were enthused by some inspiring statements which have set us up for the Presidents' terms of office: "Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can ever change the world; indeed it is the only
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Planting Trees for a Bright Past and a Brilliant Future

Planting Trees for a Bright Past and a Brilliant Future

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SI Stafford members are part of a much bigger family of Soroptimists from around the globe.  We are just starting to celebrate our Centenary, the first club was chartered on 3rd October 1921 in Oakland, California, USA.  One of the first projects which the members undertook was  to “Save the Redwoods”– the great ancient trees which were being felled unmercifully. Soroptimists lobbied, took on the powerful lumber companies, and gained public support for the project. Roll on one hundred years and the necessity to consider and support the environment has never been more important, so we will celebrate our Centenary by planting trees for a Bright Past and a Brilliant Future .  In Stafford we started early.  Two years ago, to celebrate our Club's 80th anniversary, President Judith was supported by members to begin the planting process.  One sapling Oak Tree was planted in Stafford's
Happy Soroptimist International Friendship Day 2020

Happy Soroptimist International Friendship Day 2020

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Happy Soroptimist International Friendship Day On 3rd October 1921, the first Soroptimist club was chartered in Oakland, california, USA. Today we start the celebrations of our centenary year. Soroptimist International, 100 years - Bright Past, Brilliant Future. Friendship is one of the pillars of being a Soroptimist. The many friendships we establish, learning of different cultures, beliefs and philosophies is a way of enhancing our lives as Soroptimists. Why not consider joining us, find new friends and a real purpose - using your voice to support women and girls worldwide.
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Fundraiser for the SIGBI Project – Empowering Girls in Nepal

Fundraiser for the SIGBI Project – Empowering Girls in Nepal

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Tuesday 30th June 2020 should have seen us meeting for a club meal, but that wasn't to be, so we decided to eat together anyway, but at a distance.  If we were going to do that we might as well do something else positive. So our meal became a fundraiser for the SIGBI Project - Empowering Girls in Nepal, in partnership with ChoraChori.  The funds raised by the 12 members who ate online (along with some family members too) and through other member's donations will assist to provide security, rehabilitation, education and training for vulnerable girls in Nepal.  We had a lovely evening, socialising together after such a long time apart and hopefully we'll be able to help others too - it's a win, win situation. Women inspiring action, transforming lives.
Covid-19 action in the news

Covid-19 action in the news

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The Staffordshire Newsletter covered some of the work which Stafford Soroptimists have been doing during the Covid-19 pandemic.  Members sourcing fabric and making scrubs for staff and carers at Merivale Dementia Care Unit. They have also been knitting hearts for patients at County Hospital in Stafford to ensure that when visiting is not an option due to Covid-19 the patients and families at least have something to hold onto.
A TRIBUTE TO PAULINE PEARSALL

A TRIBUTE TO PAULINE PEARSALL

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Sadly, on 1st May 2020, Pauline Pearsall, one of our longest serving members, died. Pauline had been a member of Soroptimist International of Stafford for 40 years, and she is much missed. The following presentation shows Pauline's life as a Soroptimist. Pauline Pearsall Tribute for website final
DFN's Covid 19 Appeal
COVID 19 – SUPPORTING COMMUNITIES AND THE VULNERABLE

COVID 19 – SUPPORTING COMMUNITIES AND THE VULNERABLE

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We are supporting the following good causes, responding to the hardships caused by the lockdown to many in our communities, both here locally and overseas. Each of them have received £500 from our fundraising activities. Staffordshire Women's Aid Women in vulnerable situations are at increased risk of domestic abuse under lockdown. We have supported Staffordshire Women's Aid for many years, and we are keenly aware of the heightened need for their services at the moment. For more information on our work in helping reduce the incidence of violence against women, visit Our Projects. Rising Brook Food Bank Food banks too are essential, with so many people and families suffering the loss of income from lockdown. Rising Brook Food Bank is run by the local Baptist church, based on the Wolverhampton Road, serving the local community. DFN UK DFN workers providing Covid 19 testing in India DFN
SI STAFFORD AND COVID 19

SI STAFFORD AND COVID 19

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Despite being unable to meet as normal because of lockdown restrictions, SI Stafford is still very active!  See ‘What’s On’ for more information about what club members are up to. Usually, our club years run from April to April. We have decided to extend the year 2019/20 to September 2020, with our current President Katie Taylor and officers. The new Club year will run from September 2020 to April 2022 with Joint Presidents Gill Green and Maudie McHardy at the helm.