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Alice Wells has been officially welcomed as President Elect, Soroptimist International. Alice,
whose term started on February 1st received her President Elect badge from SI President Hanne
Jensbo at the SI Board meeting on 15th February in London. Alice is Immediate Past President,
SI of the Americas. A charter member of SI of the Kachinas, Inc., she has been actively involved
with Soroptimism since 1980 starting off as Charter Vice-President of her new Club. Ask Alice
about Soroptimism and why she loves it, she will tell you it’s because of the friendships. “There
is rarely a city you can visit without a Soroptimist connection. Yes, we all join for different
reasons: service, networking, making a difference, etc., but we stay in Soroptimist International
for the differences this outstanding organisation makes in OUR lives and the lives of women
and girls in our local areas and throughout the world.”
news from Rosie Coutts, SI HQ
A warm welcome to our However, even with 15,000 familiar face to SIGBI members would be useful to you on SI’s
new format for TIS, The copies translated into Japanese as the excellent Editor of
International Soroptimist! and 4,000 translated to Soroptimist News), we aim to
At its August 2009 meeting French, and the sterling efforts bring you up to the minute
in Denmark, the SI Board of Carene Davis-Stitt as a news on SI’s representation
agreed to launch a new, deeply committed Editor, the at the United Nations
quarterly digital version of magazine reached just one third centres, programme work and
the SI international magazine, of the worldwide membership. illustrations of inspirational
starting in 2010. Consequently, Soroptimist projects from work at international level.
December 2009 saw the last
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the four Federations as we all We hope that you enjoy
printed issue of the magazine. pursue the Soroptimist mission reading the digital TIS and that
The decision was due to many It is our sincere hope of transforming the lives of you will share it with members
factors. Subscriptions, including that this new, free, online women and girls. who may not have internet
postage, remained static for magazine will be accessible Above all, remember that access. TIS can be downloaded
15 years as the Board was to many more Soroptimists this is your magazine – Sheila as a PDF file – using Adobe
anxious to make the magazine around the world. Under will be delighted to hear from Acrobat Reader, a free internet
available to as many members the professional editorship of you with any suggestions for download – and TIS can then
as possible. Sheila Manchester (already a articles or information that be printed off and photocopied.
Law (focusing on women’s rights)
and a Masters in Public Health
The new magazine was not the from Columbia University. Reilly
only development agreed by the SI has experience in advocating for
Board. Following a long overdue at risk groups at local, national
renovation of the HQ building, and international fora. She
which also provided more offices, completed a placement at the
we have appointed two new staff World Health Organisation in
members. These appointments, Geneva on a Human Rights
with the increased resources that Research Fellowship and worked
they represent, will greatly increase at the Centre for the Study of
our capacity to provide professional service to the organisation. AIDS in South Africa. Reilly is currently based in London where
Abigail Watson, a graduate of York University, joins as a part- she has been working as a Policy and Programme Manager with
time Finance Director. She is a qualified Chartered Accountant government and community organisations to improve access to
with 29 years’ experience, including nine as a company director services for vulnerable populations, with a focus on women. She
in Peterborough, UK where she had management responsibilities is also a women’s rights advisor to the Maternal, Newborn and
for a group of four companies. Prior to training as an accountant, Child Health Strategy Group. Reilly has co-authored a number of
Abigail has a long record of volunteer service, with 12 years as publications on human and reproductive rights.
a School Governor. She is married, with two daughters. She is Reilly’s work at SI will centre on developing and implementing
working closely with the SI Treasurer and Finance Chair and is the new long term project that is to replace the international
already preparing a detailed budget for 2011. quadrennial project.
Reilly Dempsey joins us as Programme Director. Reilly, an We are very much looking forward to Reilly joining us and to
American national, holds a Bachelor in Fine Arts degree in non- the strong support that her professional background in advocacy,
profit management from Boston University; a Juris Doctorate in research and project management will bring to SI Headquarters
International Human Rights from New York University School of and the entire SI Programme team.
Best Practice
The SI Best Practice Awards are given each year to celebrate the difference Soroptimists have
made to the lives of women and girls around the world. All projects on Programme Focus
Objectives 5, 6 and 7 will be considered for the 2010 awards:
• Improve access to clean water, sanitation and essential food resources
• Mitigate the effects of climate change and integrate sustainability into personal choices and government policies and programmes
• Meet the needs of women and girls during and after armed conflicts and disasters.
Do make sure that you have reported all your projects in these areas and entered them on to the database. Your Federation
Programme Director will check this for outstanding projects. There will be a winner for each Objective from each Federation
with one overall winner. Certificates will be presented at the Interim Board Meeting August 2010.
I look forward to celebrating Soroptimist achievements in awareness, advocacy and action!
Margaret Cook International Assistant Programme Director
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