Sunday 21 November – join SITV to celebrate Thirty [one] years of services to women locally, nationally, and internationally. Like many celebrations, this event was postponed in 2020 with the date moving a couple of times. Hopefully, we will be able to celebrate this November! Charter lunch will be at the River and Rowing Museum, Henley-on-Thames. Reception time 12 noon, for 12.30pm lunch. The cost per head is £50.00 to include a welcome drink and a glass of something special for the toast, a prize draw ticket, a small donation to charity. Enquiries to: email@example.com
Tuesday 15 June Zoom 7pm for 7.15 pm start guest speaker from Commonwealth War Graves Commission. Visitors welcome to our club meeting. Please email Alison for zoom log-on details: firstname.lastname@example.org
A special welcome was extended to a number of guests including Regional President Helen Byrne who joined this Zoom meeting. The meeting started with a reading of the Soroptimist Vision and Mission Statement. The speaker Summreen Sheikh was introduced by Sushi Gow. The presentation covered the background to the setting up of Greenpeace and the range of campaigns it has been involved in and then moved on to a discussion of how to take practical action to reduce plastic waste. Greenpeace is an independent organisation with 3 million members spread across 41 countries. Its work started in 1971 with a campaign against Nuclear testing in the Arctic circle. More recently it developed a TV advert about the increasing use of Palm oil – this was banned but went viral on the Internet. Summreen pointed out that the damage done to the Amazonian rain forest was
Do you recognize the signs of modern slavery? Do you know how to report them to the authorities? In their on-going work on violence against women, Soroptimist International of Thames Valley invited Caroline Virgo of the Clewer Initiative to be one of their monthly speakers, on Zoom of course because of current Covid restrictions. Soroptimist International of Thames Valley members were joined on Zoom by Soroptimists from other clubs throughout the UK and also by 7 members from their link club in Belgium, Soroptimist International of Val Brabant. Caroline explained that the Clewer Initiative had its origins in the 1900s, founded by nuns, but that now they are a group of women plus a Bishop of the Church of England, Bishop Alistair Redfern, who work to combat modern slavery in the UK and Africa. Their thinking is that in every UK community there is a
I have just sent by post, an anniversary card which had been signed by most club members last March (2020) ! Underneath, you will also find the ´speech ´I had prepared for last year ceremony. I am also sending some photographs from our chartering in 1994. 30th anniversary Thames Valley Dear Soroptimists, dear friends I remember 1994 – a Year full of major and minor events… Among those, Queen Elizabeth II and French President François Mitterand officially inaugurated the Channel Tunnel; the first genetically engineered tomatoes were produced in the USA. But most important the year of the friendship link between Thames Valley and Val Brabant. In May 1994 I remember an international Soroptimist meeting in Brussels, near the Grand Place, the restaurant was nice and I heard some Soroptimists speaking English. My
Back again on Zoom! Our January meeting was once again via Zoom. We had a great talk from Ann Beatty of the Steve Sinnott Foundation about their work worldwide (Changing Lives Through Education) and in particular their work in Sierra Leone which was of interest to our club because of our support for the Kori Project in Sierra Leone. Ann told us the history of the foundation and then proceeded to outline their Positive Period project they run in Sierra Leone and Gambia. Further information on their projects can be found on their website. Ann also discussed their recent project of supplying [from in country] solar powered radios so that children can continue their studies during the pandemic. Each radio cost about £25 in country. In Sierra Leone both the government and teachers themselves, are producing learning programmes. Ann emphasised that the foundation’s policy was,
As part of the celebration of the first centenary of Soroptimist International in 2021, more than 100 Soroptimists have been selected to be commemorated as part of the #WhoIsShe? Campaign. SI Thames Valley member Rose Moriba Simbo is being celebrated as one of some hundred women who have made a difference to women and girls in their lives. We are so proud of her and what she has achieved. Read her story here in the November showcase: https://sigbi.org/soroptimistce…/files/119.-Rose-Simbo.pdf https://sigbi.org/…/whoisshe-soroptimists-for-the…/ #Whoisshe?
Speaker Vicki Robertson, Founder and Chair of Kaleidoscopic Kaleidoscopic: turning the lens on domestic abuse Supporting children and girls who have been exposed to domestic abuse A charitable organisation of survivors for survivors of domestic abuse in all its form. Visit their website http://www.kaleidoscopic.uk/about/ An excellent talk by Vickie Robertson of Kaleidoscopic. It was very thought provoking as well as inspirational and it stimulated lots of questions, comments and offers of support. In addition to club members, we were delighted to welcome members of SI Slough Windsor & Maidenhead, a memer of SI Weston-super-Mare (one of our Friendship Links) and other visitors to this speaker meeting.
Club members gathered via Zoom for a brief business meeting, followed by socialising and fun. Johanna had asked us to gather together 12 items from around our homes. She then challenged us to present our items one at a time, starting with the oldest. We could only use each item once. When we were down to about 3 things, we were asked to model one of our remaining items as a hat. As you can see, there was much improvisation and a lot of laughter.