News Nov 2016


It has been another busy time for the club. The first meeting included a Power Point presentation for Stop the Traffik, the project, looking at the trafficking of young girls and women into the clothing industry, with which Soroptimist International is working. These females are worked hard, paid little and sexually harassed. Two hundred thousand girls in Tamil Nadu have been exploited this way. Traffiking was the third global crime in 1970, but is now the second.


At the business meeting there were the usual reports, correspondence, dates for diaries and Programme Action topics, plus a report on the Federation Conference.v


Four members from the Cockermouth club attended the conference, held this year in Malta, the theme of which was “Engineering the Future”. The programme always begins with the parade of the twenty plus national flags of the countries in this federation, quite a moving ceremony. There were some very inspiring speakers including the astronaut Helen Sharman, Dame Professor Sue Ion and Dave Coplin from Microsoft. Members were asked to encourage girls to take up the STEM subjects (Science, Technology, Electronics and Maths), as there is a real lack of female engineers. On the Friday morning the thousand plus delegates, dressed in pink, stood by the swimming pool to raise awareness of Breast Cancer. On the Saturday night there was the Change of Insignia ceremony where the hierarchy and all the Regional Presidents hand over their Chains of Office to their successors. The Cockermouth members were proud to see Jane Inman, from the club, installed as Northern England Regional President.


The following Saturday Jane chaired her first Regional Meeting at Hexham. At a Regional meeting, hosted by clubs in turn, the morning is given over to business and after lunch there is usually a speaker. This time the speaker was from South Shields; a young lady who has set up a charity called “Hospitality and Hope South Tyneside”, which provides food and accommodation for the homeless.


The club was also represented at the Cockermouth Rotary Club Charter Dinner.


Soroptimist International of Cockermouth and District meets on the first and third Thursday each month at VeeVa!. If this sounds like the sort of service organization to which you’d like to belong, or for further information, please mail our Secretary via the Contact Tab above or see our Facebook page. There is also an informal coffee morning on the second Monday of the month, at the Lakes Home Centre in Cockermouth at 10.30. Why not come along to that? We don’t discuss business we just chat!