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Friday, February 8, 2013

Being a Soroptimist - Positive Saturday!

etching , Bringing you Home
For my Positive Saturday post, I'll tell you a little story of mine:
Being part of a Group, belonging to associations, clubs etc etc, has never really been my thing.....
part, because I grew up like that, and part, because I tend to not have the patience for the time, decision making takes in a group. I am used to being the boss, hey, my family called me the Oberst, as a kid, so obviously that is not new ;o) but........ guess what...... coming back to Spain, after such a long time away, I thought it would be great fun to meet some new people, and I also am a huge believer in "doing good" in your local community. These two things, come together very nicely in my local chapter of the Soroptimists , an international womens association, with the aim to, in their own words: "Soroptimist International is a worldwide service organisation for women. We are committed to a world where women and girls together achieve their individual and collective potential, realise aspirations and have an equal voice in creating strong, peaceful communities worldwide."

Here in my home town, this organization, and NGO, has done so much great work, and raised so much money for all kinds of local charity work, as well as joining in the wider, round the world, effort. 
My little club, is also home to Dutch, Danish, English, Finnish, Arruban nationalities, and I am really enjoying meeting new people, and joining in the effort, to make the world a better place to live in.
New ideas are very welcome.... it's a gang of open minded and frank speaking women I have joined, thank goodness for that.... and I think, for the first time, that hey, this is fun.... and fun, makes it no effort to help out, to volunteer, to come up with ideas to raise money.... all it takes is a bit of enthusiasm, and I have that.... and that you go find that time....
Soroptimists are everywhere... never heard of them? well, neither had I..... my husband asked me "why would you want to join the chiropodists?" !!!! :o)))) but they are everywhere.... all working women, all from different paths of life, all with experiences to learn from!
Happy to have Joined!

2 comments:

  1. This sounds like a great organisation. I do find that many groups end up rather being "Boredimists" than anything... and there ends up being too much parochialism and squabbling, for much of use to get done. That is so frustrating and puts me off. I'd like to be part of a group that was interesting, keen and energetic in their aims and business.
    I hope you enjoy your membership and make some great friends!

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  2. By the way, forgot to say - I love how you are illustrating each of these posts, with your great little etchings. And today's is special and very sweet - I like it very much.

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