Soroptimists forced to call time after 63 years

Soroptimist International
Soroptimist International

A women’s group which has raised thousands of pounds for charity is to close after more than 60 years.

Time has been called on Soroptimist International Motherwell and Wishaw as members voted to close the club after being unable to fill its vacant office bearers’ posts.

The Motherwell and Wishaw Branch of the international organisation for business and professional women was established in 1951 at a dinner in Fraser’s restaurant in Motherwell.

Over the years it has helped many worthy causes and in 2001 a civic reception was held in its honour by North Lanarkshire Council to mark its 50th anniversary.

Following the decision to close the club, which was taken at an extraordinary general meeting at the Bentley Hotel in Motherwell, disbursement of the remaining club funds to a variety of causes was agreed.

They are - Women’s Support Group, £150; Pathfinder Guide Dogs, £15; Sistema Scotland, £150.; The Little Haven, £498; St Andrew’s Hospice, £746; 3S Trust, £250; Maggie’s Centre, £622; Diamond Education Trust, £250; The BIG Project, Birthing in the Gambia, £995; Breast Cancer Care, £250.

SI Motherwell and Wishaw President Catriona Wales presided and SI Scotland South Region Federation Councillor Eileen Hunter and Region President Sue Williams were present to assist. The club had friendship links with clubs in England, Holland, Malawi and New Zealand.