Friendship

Friendship links

These are other SI clubs where we have built specific links, and we have  links with the following clubs:

 

Meeting up with High Wycombe and District at Conference.

We met up with Sue Granshaw and Anne Lines at coffee time for a quick natter and catch up.IMG_6270

 

 

 

Visit to Budapest 

Club member Diane and husband were able to meet up with Edina Bolagh from the Budapest club for lunch.  It was lovely to catch up on the news and to compare notes.  Hoepfully we will see Budapest again next April when there will be a Friendship weekend with the club.

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Meeting up with S.I Braunschweig on a recent road trip

Club member Diane took a road trip to Germany and met up for a quick tour of Braunschweig and lunch with our Soroptimist sisters.  It was lovely to meet up and have a chance to catch up on the news.IMG_4521

Meeting up with S.I. Muenster- Mauritz, Germany, not a friendship link but always a pleasure to meet up and exchange views especially in such a lovely typical German restaurant.

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Enjoying a lovely coffee with a Sister Soroptimist Hanneke from S.I. Veenendaal, The Netherlands

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It’s always a lovely surprise when an overseas Soroptimist gets in touch with us as we have so much in common and we always have so much to talk about.  We also learn from each other and swap ideas.  We’re hoping to meet up with Hanneke on a regular basis as she visits Bath around twice a year.  More cups of coffee then!

 

Meeting up with our S.I. Braunschweig friends in Bath

Liz and Diane met up with Carola and her family in wet Bath whilst they were enjoying a couple of weeks visiting England and Wales.  We enjoyed a British cup of tea and some lovely cakes and were able to talk about our clubs and friendships. Hopefully we’ll have longer to chat next time.

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Celebrating A 60th Charter Anniversary Lunch with S.I. Cheltenham

Members from the Bath club joined members from all over the Region to celebrate S.I. Cheltenham’s 60th Charter Anniversary.  It was held at the beautiful Manor by the Lake in Cheltenham adn we all enjoyed a lovely lunch followed by speaker Neela Mann who spoke about Cheltenham throughout the Great War.   It was a very interesting subject.

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S.I. Cheltenham’s President Catriona Murray with our President Gillian Horigan and other members from the Bath club.

 

Gillian our President, met up with members from the Cape of Good Hope Soroptimist Club                on her recent visit to South Africa.There’s always a friendly club somewhere img_0382

 

 

At our Federation Conference in Malta we met up with Margaret Hall from SI Goulburn and then had a meal out with one of our friendship members Anne Lines from SI High Wycombe.  The Conference is always a great place to meet up.  Cardiff next year!

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 Our friendship link club from Budapest, Hungary came to visit us  in Bath and we were able to exchange friendship link certificates and explore the local town of Wells even though it rained for most of the day.  IMG_2994We had a lovely meal at our club meeting restaurant, Hall and Woodhouse .IMG_2993We had a coffee and chat to start the day off.  We are fortunate to have Hungarian friends that can speak such excellent English!IMG_2987

At the International conference in Istanbul in July 2015 we met up with 2 of our Friendship Clubs.  S.I. Edmonton from Canada and S.I. Goulburn from Australia.

Members from S.I. Edmonton with Bath members

Members from S.I. Edmonton with Bath membersMembers fro S.I. Goulburn, Australia with Don, a Soroptimister!Members from S.I. Goulburn, Australia with Don, a Soroptimister!

Friendship is a key aspect of Soroptimism and the foundation of all our service activities and we also work outside our own Clubs in a number of ways, including building friendship links (and welcoming our overseas friends when they visit the UK and Bath,  attending club events in the UK and international conferences and conventions.

Visiting Soroptimists

We are always pleased to welcome visiting Soroptimists and their families to Bath.  Our latest visitors were Karen SI Pasco-Kenniwick (SIPK) in Washington State, USA with her daughter Kimberley.  We hope they enjoyed their visit to Bath – and our meal at the Combe Grove Hotel.

Bath Soroptimists with our US visitors

Visiting other clubs

President Liz attended the Friendship weekend on Guernsey recently – here she is with other Soroptimist snappy dressers!

 

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