The Daphne Whitmore Rose Bowl

In honour of the outstanding work that Daphne Whitmore MBE, a former regional honorary member, carried out at Region, a cut glass Rose Bowl is awarded on an biennial basis to the Club that has done the most to fulfil the SI aim of promoting International Goodwill and Understanding.
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Daphne thoroughly enjoyed being a Soroptimist and gave valuable service, first to her club, SI Tunbridge Wells and District, and then as Divisional Union (now Region) President (1984/5) and DU Secretary (1986/91).
She was Chief Steward for the SIGBI Federation Conference held in Eastbourne, and attended many other Federation Conferences. She deeply valued the international aspect of Soroptimism, and was keen to foster links with clubs in other countries of the world. One of Daphne's proudest moments was when South East Region conferred on her Honorary Membership of Region in 1999.
Now this Rose Bowl in her memory is awarded bi-annually to the club within this region which, in the opinion of the judges, has done the most to fulfil the SI aim of promoting International Goodwill and Understanding.
2009 Winners

In 2009 the Rose Bowl was awarded to SI Canterbury, whose project in providing bore holes has had a huge impact on the Lumine community in Zimbabwe. The area which benefits from these bore holes is the only one not to have been affected by recent cholera epidemics because of the supply of fresh water. Helen Madzokere, project leader, along with the rest of the team, are thrilled to know that their project has certainly saved lives.
2011 Winners

At the Regional AGM on Saturday 17th September, Federation President Liz Morgan-Lewis awarded the Rose Bowl to SI East Grinstead for their joint project with Rainbows, Brownies and Girl Guides to make Pillow Case Dresses. This project had an emphasis on service, partnership and an International theme.
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2013 Winners

At the Regional AGM on 21 September the Rose Bowl was awarded to SI Sevenoaks for their support of the Mary’s Meals Backpack Project.  They worked with the charity to send 100 backpacks filled with carefully specified educational materials, school uniform and toiletries  to primary age schoolchildren in Malawi, already benefiting from the Mary’s Meals school feeding programme.  At the same time they supported the core work of the charity by donating enough  money to feed 75 children for a year in their place of education. In the UK SI Sevenoaks were helped by other Soroptimist clubs in SEE Region and worked with a local Guide unit making pencil cases for a backpack project of their own. The project covered education, health and environmental issues.
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Packing up: Sevenoaks Soroptimists fill colourful backpacks with essentials to send to children in poor countries.

2015 Winners

At the Regional AGM in September, SI Gravesend was presented with the Daphne Whitmore Rose Bowl for their work with SI Freetown, Sierra Leone, most recently their involvement with the current education project for orphans of Ebola-affected medical workers.
2018 Winners
SI East Grinstead were presented with the Rose Bowl for their Ghana Education Project.

Ghana Education Project
The Ghana Education Project (GEP) ( was set up in partnership with the GEP Steering Committee, Tunbridge Wells Girls Grammar School, the British High Commission in Ghana, Scholastice Blue Horizons and Marks and Spencer. Now a registered UK charity, GEP looks to support the development of education and associated infrastructure in Nkwanta, a deprived area of North East Ghana. In September 2013 the Kyabobo School for Girls opened with 80 pupils with future plans for a Senior High School.
This is a long standing project which we have supported for a number of years through sponsorship activities, sales of goods, collecting stationery, books, art materials and sports equipment, computers and bicycles. More recently we set up a Bursary to pay for two girls education for 3 years at the newly built school.

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Kyabobo School

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The girls outside their new school