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Sevenoaks Club President Jill Davison hosted the annual luncheon at the St Julian’s club. Guests included Regional President Carol Infanti, Chair of the Council Pat Bosley, Mayor Roddy Hogarth and his wife Mary Hogarth. Also present were members from SI Bromley and SI Croydon.
Regional President Carol Infanti joined SI Croydon and District Club President Heather Bailey and Mayoress Bernadette Khan at the Interclub Friendship Dinner
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Regional President Carol Infanti joins Heather Bailey and members of SI Croydon and District to mark Fair Trade fortnight.
‘She deserves a living income’. This is the theme for Fairtrade Fortnight 2019 which runs from 25 February until 10 March. The focus of the campaign is on cocoa, women’s empowerment and a living income. It will be a three-year campaign. Over the 3 years of the campaign there will petitions, pledges and other actions, but to kick things off, the main message to share in your community is simple: BUY FAIRTRADE CHOCOLATE! Support the women cocoa farms to earn a living income
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SI Maidstone support Fair Trade

Via Francigena

Fourteen Soroptimists from Canterbury, Folkestone and Croydon set off from Canterbury Cathedral on the first leg of the Via Francigena. We were seen off by members of the Thanet club.

This pilgrims route was established in 990 in the footsteps of St Sigeric. There are 79 stages between Canterbury and Rome. The whole distance is 1800k and the UK section, between Canterbury and Dover, is 30k. Walking the Via promotes Sustainable Development Goals 1, 3, 8, 11, 12, 15 and 17 as well as the SIGBI theme “Think on it”.

At the same time Soroptimists from SI Lecce, SI Sienna and SI Aosta in Italy were also walking and so we celebrated international friendship with shared photos and phone calls. The Italians had better weather than us! We also celebrated International Women’s Day by donating to the Meru Women’s Garden Project.

We walked from Canterbury to Shepherdswell and have the passport stamps to prove it. We will walk the remaining UK stretch from Shepherdswell to Dover later in the spring. You are welcome to join us.
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100th Birthday
Members of the Region Joined Jo Spencer, her family and friends to celebrate her 100th birthday in January 2019.
Jo’s daughter Ann, arranged a celebration lunch for family, friends and sister Soroptimists. It was a lovely occasion and good to see many of our members there. Last year at the regional lunch in Tenterden Jo received her 50 years membership award and Ann 25 years, another great achievement.
 
Photos – Jo Spencer and Carol Infanti, Regional President; Jo with daughter Ann and Jo’s friend Juanita who joined SI Ashford at the same time, 50 years ago.
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