Lesson 1 – Introduction to Human Trafficking (1)Human Trafficking is insidious – a terrible scourge in today’s society hiding in plain sight. Members of SI Warrington joined activist group “Stop The Traffik” in Liverpool city centre to march against Modern Day Slavery. It was a silent march, with the banners saying it all. Saturday shoppers in the town centre and tourists on the river front around the Albert Dock stopped to watch and took away leaflets providing information about how to spot someone who appears to be a victim of trafficking, and details of the specialist services you can call who will then investigate. The annual march is first and foremast about awareness building – this year’s march will be held on Saturday 15th October. LUSH, the soap and body products store, gave Stop The Traffik a stand in
President Rhona, ably supported by club members Jackie Alexander and Helen Crombie put up our Soroptimist stall at the local annual May Queen event. It is a great way to raise awareness about Soroptimist activities and attract new members. The kids enjoyed the raffles too – “Name the Rabbit” and “The Sweetie Challenge” (guess how many in the bottle) went down a storm and we got to chat to mums and older sisters about our activities too!
SI Warrington recently presented a cheque for £225.44 to the Memory Café in Lymm. This growing Club, set up shortly before COVID19 lockdowns began, now meets every Wednesday fortnight to provide support and entertainment for people living with Dementia, and their carers. Alison Summersfield (right), Memory Cafe Coordinator of the Lymm Sanctuary Hub, is seen here receiving the cheque, with Soroptimist President Rhona Kettle (centre) and Soroptimist Club member Chris Wood (left). The funds will be used to buy equipment and activity items for the sessions. (Photo courtesy of Jackie Alexander) Soroptimist knitters also provided 25 Twiddle Muffs to the Club. (Photo courtesy of Rhona Kettle) For more information about the Memory Café, you can contact Alison Summersfield by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 07748 309334.
Take a look at this great video with members of South Lancashire clubs talking about what it means to be a Soroptimist. We’d love to hear from you – come and talk to us to find out more!
SI WARRINGTON IS PROUD TO SUPPORT WOMEN AND GIRLS ON INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY
As we couldn’t meet for coffee and cake this year, we decided to hold a virtual raffle event instead – and raised £170 pounds! Well done team!!
It is with sadness that we mark the life and service of one of our longest-serving members, Joan Spiby, who left us on 11th September 2020, at the age of 85. Joan was a Club member for more than 32 years, and held every Officer position over the years, including three terms as Club President, and 18 years as Club Secretary. She was a determined and vocal advocate of the mission and activities of Soroptimism and inspired many to join the organisation. Joan was a keen advocate of community service including being a Local Parish Councillor, as well as championing women’s football – at 18 years old she played in the Dick Kerr team, which was considered to be the best in England in their day. In her last years, Joan suffered from Parkinson’s Disease. Should you wish to make a donation in Joan’s memory,
Here we are, the Executive Committee, getting together safely and remotely using ZOOM technology! It was such fun!
We had a fun Annual Installation Lunch on 14th April at Statham Lodge Hotel, Lymm. Around 60 guests joined us to salute outgoing President Liz Smith for her two years of service and to welcome incoming President Jackie Alexander. Click here to see photos of the event. [new_royalslider id=”3″]
Outgoing President Liz Smith presented two stalwarts of SI Warrington with their Long Service Certificates at our Annual Lunch on 14th April! Congratulations to Doreen and Joan, both Past Presidents of SI Warrington, whose years of dedication to the Soroptimist cause both at home and abroad are legendary! Their many years of experience is also invaluable to those of us who are newer to the club! Doreen Worsley – 32 years Joan Spiby – 33 years (Photos courtesy of Rhona Bowler – SI Warrington)