At the end of April 2017, Woking Soroptimists gave 1st Pyrford Guide Unit £125 to sponsor the Guides’ 10-mile walk for Mary’s Meals. Two Soroptimists joined the Guides for the 2nd half of the walk. In May 2017, Soroptimists supported the further efforts of the Guides to raise money for Mary’s Meals by attending their Afternoon Tea with Music in the Arbor Centre. Towards the end of 2017, SI Woking helped the 1st Pyrford Guide Unit and 2nd Pyrford Brownies to fill a magnificent 38 backpacks for Mary’s Meals.
Do you remember being a Guide or a Brownie or a Rainbow when you were young? What was it like? A Woking Soroptimist recalls: “My friend and I went to Brownies, and then Guides, on a Friday night and afterwards we always went to the local shop for chips or crisps to eat on the way home. I still remember the songs I learned – Kookaburra – I went to the Animal Fair. Visiting the Scout Hut was always a highlight, especially in winter, because the Scouts had a stove and it was always warm. But I didn’t want to go camping, I was scared of insects and creepy-crawlies.”
Soroptimists and Girl Guiding feel strongly about the same sort of issues and want to give something back to the community. Both of our world-wide organisations want to make the world a better place for women and girls. The national federation of Soroptimist International is therefore developing a partnership with WAGGGS and Soroptimist Clubs across the country are developing links with Girl Guiding units in their area. For example, one of the members of SI Woking is currently a Commissioner with responsibility for one of the Girl Guiding Districts in Woking.
There is a great need for volunteers to help with the running of the Rainbows, Brownies and Girl Guide units in our Borough. If you are interested in the rewarding experience of GirlGuiding, get in touch through the Girl Guiding website. You don’t need particular knowledge or skills – the Girl Guiding movement provides all the necessary training.