Regional Development Day March 2017

SI South West & Channel Islands held a regional Development Day at the Holiday Inn Taunton on Saturday 11 March 2017

There were 35 attendees from 14 Clubs and intermittent Skype attendance from SI Jersey.

Icebreaker session
Icebreaker session
Icebreaker session
Icebreaker session
Easy Stages Guides breakout sessions
Website session by Sally from SI Taunton


Attendees were asked to work in pairs to rank aspects of being a Soroptimist. Click the link to see the details: Aspects of Being a Soroptimist

While the chosen aspects varied there were some consistent themes. Of the 18 sheets completed, nearly 80% showed the top 5 aspects as “Belonging to an organisation with shared vision” “Meeting like-minded women” “Friendship” “ Voice at the UN” and “Local service” While “Business meetings” came in the bottom half for the majority. For five groups it came in the middle and only one group put “Business meetings” in the top half of their list!

Growth Plan

Christine Watts from SI Barnstaple described the creation of their Marketing & Communications Plan and its successful outcomes for recruiting and retaining new members.

Kay Turner from SI St Austell & District told us about their attendance at the pilot Growth Plan workshops and described the Orbit and Single Page Plans created by their Club.

Easy Stages Guides

Attendees formed breakout groups for discussions around specific topics covered by some of the Easy Stage Guides, guided by a volunteer leader. One member of each group subsequently reported on their ideas and conclusions – see Easy Stage Guide Breakout Reports.

Easy Stages Guides

1. Mentoring (Sue Perry)
2. Marketing (Sally Williams)
3. New Members Meetings (Kay Turner)
4. Retention/ Values and Behaviours (Irene Hockin)
link to Soroptimist Club Quadrant Questionnaire mentioned in Report
5. Succession Planning (Daphne Dowsing)

Website and Social Media

Sally Williams from SI Taunton covered a number of topics in her demonstration, in particular how to measure the success of marketing campaigns on your website and social media.

  • SIGBI Membership Month May 2017 Membership Month Toolkit
  • SWCI Website Practical – upload images and creating a slider
  • Images – how to compress the file size of a photo Link to free application
  • Google Analytics – how to see how many users visit your website, how they got there and what device they used.  This guide Introduction to Analytics is downloaded from the blogs by Cosmic, a web hosting company.
  • Facebook – using Insights to see the engagement and reach of your post
  • Twitter – review of mentions v hashtags and using Twitter Analytics to view summary statistics on your tweets and related activity