An online quiz was arranged by one of our members. The aim was a social evening with the opportunity to make donations to our Charities.
3rd October. Three members, one of whom hosted the Zoom meeting, met on line with over 70 members from clubs throughout the Region for an Annual General Meeting. Due to Covid 19, the meeting had been postponed from June.
Two excellent speakers gave insights into their work. One had established a Womens Centre which provided a meeting point for women together with a variety of opportunities for health and exercise, cookery and pamper days.
The second speaker spoke of the numerous activities that were provided for people with many physical, mental or emotional challenges.
Both speakers had been very creative in the ways that they supported their many clients during the lockdown and the restrictions that had followed. Both projects were supported by Soroptimists.
An award was made to the Barnstaple Soroptimists for their long term work in Zimbabwe.
The Federation President joined the meeting and was complimentary about how well the Region’s cubs had faced Programme Action challenges that Covid has presented.
Sadly, due to the Covid lockdown, members haven’t been able to meet face to face or carry out any of the activities we had planned in support of our charities. However, we have managed to hold club executive meetings by Zoom and club meeting too. Members unable to join the meetings would be contacted with an update and receive a copy of the Minutes.
In support of our Federation Project that helps vulnerable girls in Nepal, a member has written a sponsored story, an innovative way of raising funds.
Our President, newly appointed in April at a virtual AGM, set up a Whats App group enabling us to keep in touch and arrange contact with all members. We have kept in touch with members and clubs throughout the south west by virtual meetings.
A virtual picnic is planned for the end of July and a further distanced ‘Music in the Garden Event’ for August.
Many members have made donations that we have passed to Free Wheelers and we have plans to raise some funds in support of the proposed Breast Cancer unit at Yeovil Hospital.
We have started collecting items to fill shoe boxes to be sent to vulnerable children in Bulgaria for Christmas and our link with a ‘knit and natter’ group will help us provide small teddy bears for a variety of groups from traumatised children through accident, abuse, bereavement etc and also to dementia groups. One of our members has been busy making ‘fiddle blankets’ for dementia patients.
There are many ways that members have individually helped, donating to food banks for example.
We are always happy to welcome women interested in our work to support women and girls throughout the world, educating empower and enabling them to reach their potential. Do contact us for further information contact us on
SIYeovil@hotmail.com or go to the federation website SIGBI.org