OUR FRIENSHIP LINKS

Friendship forms an integral part of any SI club. Women from diverse backgrounds come together in kindred spirit with an identical aim – to improve the lives of women. This friendship is taken to a higher level by setting up links with SI clubs throughout the globe, bringing together women from disparate cultures and trying to identify their common concerns and goals, working together and establishing warm friendships.

Ever since our club SI South Kolkata was charted in 2006, we have formed Friendship Links with several SI Clubs from around the world. There has been a healthy interaction with these Clubs at regular intervals

Our affiliation with SIGBI and the various link clubs have given us a strong impetus to keep on doing our projects and activities.

Our engagement with sister clubs in several regions of the globe has been most heart-warming and exhilarating. I might go on to say that it is this aspect of Soroptimism that has brought us closer to the ideas and innovations in the rest of the world and enthused us to participate in our mission to make a difference through our projects and other activities. Our members have enjoyed visiting our sister Soroptimist in different parts of the world and we have heartily welcomed our friends from abroad whenever they liked to visit us in our City of Joy.

2020 was a difficult year from the point of travels and meet up with our Friendship Link Clubs, due to the lockdown and curbs on travels. 

Our old time friend and regular visitor Dianne Stout from SI Dundee also couldn’t make to to Kolkata.

But thanks to innovations in technology we were able to reach out to most of our FL Clubs by internet and Zoom meetings.

On 23rd July Anuradha Kanjilal,the coordinator of FL was an invitee at the virtual 98th Charter celebration party of SI Los Angeles our Friendship Link Club from the American Federation . The history of the club’s glorious journey was shared through a PPT. Anuradha spoke about the different projects undertaken by SISK. This particular Link with the US club was formed by Dr. Laxmi Parasuram.

The highlight of our Friendship this year was the virtual Charter Day celebration with all our Friendship Link Clubs.

SI South Kolkata has Friendship Link with nine clubs across the three Federations. To celebrate 15th Charter Day on 21st September, SISK were joined by a member from each of the five clubs to speak on SI President’s Appeal Road to Equality 

Dr. Sanjukta Bhattacharya one of our members set the ball rolling with her talk on ‘Towards Gender Equality in India’. 

 Introduced by Anuradha Kanjilal, the FL Officer of SISK – 

President Wilkiria Maseda Kiss SI Curitiba Batel, Brazil;  

 Dr. Naseem Chowdhury,  Treasurer SI Dhanmondi, Bangladesh; 

President Frances Menter SI Dundee, Scotland; 

Charlotte Lerchenmuller SI LosAngeles and 

 Eileen H Kane SI NewYorkCity from the USA enlightened the Soroptimists on the work taken up by each club.

Earlier SIGBI FRIENDSHIP LINK COORDINATOR Bhaswati Biswas spoke on the role and importance of Friendship Link.

Besides the speakers other members from our Friendship Link Clubs participated in the webinar.

 SI New York City, our Friendship Link in the United States celebrated the 100th Birthday  of their oldest living member Katherine Mayer on 20th November. A Charter Member of the club, who is now in a nursing home for the elderly.

Anuradha Kanjilal, Friendship Link Coordinator of SI South Kolkata sent her a Birthday Card on behalf of the club. We all wish Katherine Mayer good health and happiness.

Lastly I would like to conclude by saying that this year we have been able to establish new Friendship Links with SI Chennai Downtown  and renew and re-establish our link with SI Bangalore.  Both these Clubs belong to SIGBI

We have also been able to establish a FL with SI Maseno Kenya, a club which is a member of the new Africa Federation.


SOROPTIMIST INTERNATIONAL OF GREAT BRITAIN AND IRELAND (SIGBI)

Soroptimist International Of Dundee

Scottland North, Great Britain

Friendship Link Co-Ordinator – Sheila Mcluckie

SI of South Kolkata established friendship links with SI of Dundee for the past 13 years ever since our club chartered on 21st September 2006. Dianne Stout has been visiting our clubs regularly over the last few years with her husband Brian and has been active in working with the girls in the Shelter at IPER and with the children at Free Primary School that the Club supports. The last visit was the 18th visit of her from SI Dundee Scotland to the City of Joy.

Soroptimist International Of Dhanmondi

Dhaka, Bangladesh

Friendship Link Co-Ordinator – Farzana Mahmud

Farzana Mahmud, friendship Link Coodinator of SI Club of Dhanmondi, Dhaka attended a joint meeting held by SISK and SI of Calcutta on 6th May 2019. She spoke about her club activities and showed interest in doing work together. Dr. Zakia Sultana Sahid from our friendship link club SI Club of Dhanmondi, Dhaka, Bangladesh who made her maiden appearance at the General Meeting on 30th November 2019. She  spoke on their club’s activities. In 19th December 2019 we hosted Dalia Rehman President of SI Dhanmondi Dhaka at the Princeton Club. We had a very lively interaction. Dalia dwelt extensively on the on the prevailing customs and observances of the women in Bangladesh in the present-day context.

Soroptimist International Of Kettering

England, Great Britain

Friendship Link Co-Ordinator – Penny Mosley

Soroptimist International Of Burdwan

West Bengal, India

Friendship Link Co-Ordinator – Lily Chowdhury

Soroptimist International Of Bangalore

Karnataka, India

Friendship Link Co-Ordinator – Zarreen Babu

Soroptimist International Of Chennai Downtown

Tamilnadu, India

Friendship Link Co-Ordinator – Naina Shah

SOROPTIMIST INTERNATIONAL OF AMERICA

Soroptimist International Of Curitiba Batel

Brazil, South America

Friendship Link Co-Ordinator – Leni Nogueira

Soroptimist International Of Los Angeles

North America

Friendship Link Co-Ordinator – Amy Poulos

Soroptimist International Of San Francisco

Sierra Pacific Region, North America

Friendship Link Co-Ordinator – Gail Dekreon

Soroptimist International Of New York

North America

Friendship Link Co-Ordinator – Lynn Strudler

SOROPTIMIST INTERNATIONAL OF SOUTH WEST PACIFIC (SISWP)

Soroptimist International Of St. Helena

Australia

Friendship Link Co-Ordinator – Florence Brennan

SOROPTIMIST INTERNATIONAL AFRICAN FEDERATION

Soroptimist International Of Maseno

Kenya, Africa

Friendship Link Co-Ordinator – Jesca Oredo

The following are our projects.
1. Education – we pay school fee to the vulnerable students. This project is supported by Norwegian
sisters, German and Singapore.
This year we have disbursed cheques for school fee worth over US$800,000.
2. We have a fishing boat project for a woman group also supported by our German sisters.
3. We have sanitary project distribution to girls in schools to avoid period shame. This is supported by
our Singapore sisters.
4. We also have food hampers project for the poor also supported by Singapore.

YOU CAN CONTACT US

Address

IPER
P-39/1, PRINCE ANWAR SHAH ROAD, 114 a cit scheme, kolkata - 700045

Phone

+91-9831097516
+91-9830302189

Email

siofsouthkolkata@gmail.com