2021 News and events
AGM and change of Insignia
A great turnout for our Zoom AGM – 19 of our 25 members joined.
Outgoing President Joani Stansell virtually handed over the chain of office to incoming President Mary McNaughton. Joani was presented with chocolates and flowers and thanked for her leadership during a difficult and unusual year due to Covid restrictions.
Mary’s chosen project focus for 2021/22 is the planet – particularly relevant with the climate world summit on climate change taking place in Cornwall in June.
Before the official AGM business started, three members were virtually presented with 25 year membership certificates and badges and they were thanked for their support throughout this time.
Nepal – Water for school project
At the last club meeting it was agreed to use the £200 legacy from a member and some of the refund from the discontinued Nepal project to pay for an enhanced water supply throughout a 500-pupil secondary school in Nepal. The school was nominated by our contact on the ground in the Nepal Water and Health Authority. At present pupils have to bring in their own drinking water.
Daffodil Project donation
A large quantity of household items donated by Plymouth Soroptimists and their friends were delivered to the Daffodil Project in Plymouth. This is a residential parenting assessment house that comes under the aegis of Trevi, a project that supports mothers and their children. The items were delivered by Soroptimist Lorraine Gillings and handed to Daffodil manager Margaret.
International Women’s Day
Members of clubs across the South West & Channel Islands Region Choose to Challenge gender inequality for International Women’s Day. There’s plenty to smile about despite the pandemic as we continue to work for equality for women and girls globally. Our support for women’s refuges, food banks, fund-raising, signing petitions and much more hasn’t stopped. “
Laptops for local schools
Plymouth members have cleared out seven laptops no longer needed and delivered them to Cutec Ltd who are clearing the data from them and setting them up for local schools who need extra technology for home schooling during the Covid lockdown.