SI Yeovil Sherborne & Districts

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SI Yeovil, Sherborne & Districts was chartered on 20 January 1951 (founded April 1950) as a daughter Club of SI Taunton. The Clubs first President was Dr May Gower.

The Club Insignia was designed by Miss Taylor (a local art mistress) and Miss Kohler (art teacher at Yeovil Technical College). The town of Yeovil is represented on the badge by St John the Baptist on the shield of the armorial bearings of the Borough (though an exact copy was not permitted). This represents the great influence of the church on the town from Saxon times. The blue background symbolises Yeovil’s royal and ecclesiastical association.

The towns of Yeovil and Sherborne stretch across the Dorset and Somerset border bringing our members from towns and villages within a 20 mile radius of both. Our members are a friendly group of like-minded women who use their skills and experiences to serve the community, inspire action from others, raise funds for targeted projects, raise awareness of and lobby about local and international issues and generally enjoy ourselves. Our aim is to make a difference to other people’s lives and in particular those of women and girls across the globe. The words ‘Educate, Empower and Enable’ guide us, as they have done throughout our careers and our voluntary work.

Some of our activities: The club created a bookmark, followed by a poster, both of which give a simple message about relationships and provide details about the helpline for those who need support. In recognition this project was awarded a Soroptimist International Programme Action award in the Violence & Conflict Resolution category. The club organises and chair’s the local Domestic Violence Planning Group bringing together Soroptimist International; SIDAS (Somerset Integrated Domestic Abuse Service); Somerset Federation of WI, Yeovil Rotary, Inner Wheel, Mother’s Union and Yeovil Lions Club. The club also supports the anti-trafficking ‘Purple Teardrop Campaign’ and continues to take part in a regional awareness raising campaign ‘Railing Against Abuse’ which involves Soroptimists from across the South West region. For many years the club has had representation on the committee of Yeovil District Hospital League of Friends and supports them in many ways. In addition the club is pro-active in supporting Somerset Young Carers and the Girl Guides and continues to support the international work undertaken by ‘WaterAid’.

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