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President's Message

It is with great pleasure and gratitude that I thank you all for bestowing the honour of National President on me for 2017/2018.

It is 50 years since the first National President ROI took office. This was from 1966/1967, Doris Mc Namara, S.I. Limerick. In 1967/1968 Beatrice Grosvenor, Killarney Club took office. This is quite a co-incidence, as a Limerick woman I was still living there 1967 and moved to Killarney 1968.

We are so proud as I am the fourth member of S.I. Killarney to serve as National President. Beatrice was also Federation President. I served on the Executive for six years as National Treasurer and I have done two more years as Vice President and President Elect.

If I can achieve a fraction of what these women and indeed every woman that held office on the Executive achieved. I will have done what I set out to do.

My Theme

The ability to understand and share the feelings of others

Review - Report - Reward

Review all the wonderful work done by those that went before me and try to update Club data and other relevant matters.

Report on all the great projects being carried out by our members locally and nationally. Unfortunately, we are a group who do not give ourselves the credit we deserve.

Reward those who have given tirelessly to Soroptimist above and beyond in their clubs, in society and among the people of the world.

We must work as a TEAM and as a TEAM

Together Everyone Achieves More
and as Barack Obama said ‘YES WE CAN”

Teresa Irwin
National President

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Meru children



The Meru Women’s Garden Project, a collaboration between the women of Meru in Kenya, SIGBI and Child.Org has been the focus of the SIGBI Federation Project since 2016.

As part of this  collaboration seminars have been organised for teenagers who are under pressure to undergo FGM.  These seminars with the title ‘Alternative Rite of Passage: Girls need education, not circumcision’ have been organised by Community Initiative for rural development, funded by SIGBI and seek to empower young women on the topic of FGM.

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President Teresa Irwin

Teresa Irwin
National President

'Drogheda Celebrates 60 years of Service to their community
Three National Presidents from SI Drogheda

We have provided three National  Presidents - Margaret Geraghty, Carmel Schmidt, Rona Connolly.

National Project 2015 – 2017

“Women Sharing Learning”
There are two specific areas:
  • Culture
    Develop networks within the community for all cultures including our own.
  • Technology –
    Empower and enable members to use technology to a greater extent.

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