Our club was chartered on 23rd July 1938 and we celebrated our 80th anniversary in 2018.

Members of Soroptimist International Taunton are always happy to welcome visitors and potential new members to our monthly meetings and social events.  Meetings are held on the first Wednesday of the month at “The Old Bear” restaurant, 14 Upper High Street (6.30 for 7pm).

If you are interested in attending a meeting or finding out more, please get in touch by e-mailing SITaunton@outlook.com or use the form on the Contact Us page.

President for the month of May, Fee Bellamy, receiving the chain from Immediate Past Presidents Rhona Gillmore and Jane Fitzgerald.
Year 9 girls from local schools across Somerset enjoying interactive workshops on our STEM Skirting Science Day at Taunton School.
SI Taunton Treasurer and Joint President presenting a cheque to the Beacon Centre at Musgrove Park Hospital.  The £725 was raised at a Quiz Night and £100 was also given to Look Good Feel Better at the Beacon Centre.
Presidents Rhona and Jane displaying photos of the three toilets we have twinned with - donating money in lieu of sending Christmas cards.
SI Taunton members and Taunton School lifeguards at the end of the Swimathon 2019 weekend.
Fabulous totals showing on the board at the end of the Swimathon 2019 weekend!
Immediate Past President Daphne Dowsing (centre) presents gifts to SI Taunton members Christine Briggs, outgoing Benevolent Fund Representative and Sally Williams, outgoing Federation Councillor at the SW&CI Regional Meeting
Members of SI Taunton preparing the lunch for attendees at the South West & Channel Islands November Regional Meeting
Pauline, Jane and Christine with their "props" to support their talk about "Why we support the Taunton Foodbank" at the SW&CI Regional Meeting
At the Hestercombe Dinner to celebrate our 80th Anniversary, ( Lto R) SIGBI President Elect Sue Williams, SWCI Regional President Daphne Dowsing, Taunton Deane MP Rebecca Pow, Joint Presidents Jane and Rhona
80th Anniversary visit to Montacute House where Club members and visiting Soroptimists had a guided tour and picnic lunch
Swimathon Presentation Evening 2018 where we presented trophies to winning teams and cheques totalling £20,189.49 to the 3 charities - St Margaret's Hospice, Taunton Foodbank and Mind TSW
Scene from our 4th Skirting Science Day held at Taunton School in April 2018.  Girls from schools in the Taunton area attend three interactive Workshops to encourage them to think about STEM subjects and careers.
Abby Aish and Pam Taylor being presented with Long Service Awards in April 2018 - 115 years between them!
Members of SI Taunton and other Clubs of the South West & Channel Islands Region in the Assembly Hall of UN Geneva
SI Taunton members and husbands enjoying an evening meal on the Geneva tour
John Trolan (CEO) and Christina Line from The Nelson Trust were guest speakers at the March 2018 meeting.  Pictured here with Presidents Rhona and Jane.
Members of SI Taunton with the Final Countdown at the February 2018 Swimathon! (L to R) Pauline, Jane, Rhona, Moira and Swimathon Co-ordinator Christine
Presidents Jane and Rhona, along with Christine, present a cheque for £1,000 to Zoe Steer of Love Musgrove charity - money raised by the annual Quiz Night in January 2018
SI Taunton members Sue, Sally and Christine with Regional President Daphne at the Soroptimist Meru Garden stand, Taunton Flower Show August 2017
New members Helen, Norma and Sara being welcomed in April 2017
Joint Presidents 2017-2019, Rhona Gillmore and Jane Fitzgerald
Sally from SI Taunton giving a session on websites and social media at a South West & Channel Islands Regional Workshop

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SI Taunton is a member of Soroptimist International Great Britain and Ireland (SIGBI), a women’s volunteer organisation committed to helping women and children worldwide.  Since 2013 SIGBI has Category 2 Status with the UN Economic and Social Council.

As well as contributing to international projects, members of SI Taunton are active in the local community, both individually and collectively as a club.

Among the many fund-raising events we hold is the annual Taunton Swimathon which has raised over £650,520 for charities in its  31 year history.

Other projects organised by the club include a STEM initiative for Year 9 school girls called Skirting Science, an event held annually at Taunton School support for the education of a young girl in Ghana and monthly contributions to the Taunton Food Bank.

The global Soroptimist vision is to help women and children worldwide through working in partnership with other Soroptimist clubs and charitable organisations to transform their lives through education, empowerment and enabling opportunities.


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