Veronica Venables-Ross has been elected President of Yeovil, Sherborne & Districts Soroptimists, taking over from Jen Gardner, who has been President for the past year.
After receiving the presidential chain of office, Mrs Venables-Ross reminded members that the club’s main charities this year are the Zest Café in Sherborne, which helps people recovering from mental health problems, and Water Aid’s ‘To Be A Girl’ campaign. Fundraising events throughout her presidential year will benefit these, and other, organisations.
Soroptimist is Latin for “best of sisters” and this world-wide organisation is dedicated to helping disadvantaged women and girls both locally and internationally. The Yeovil, Sherborne and Districts club was established in 1951 and their current programme includes being pro-active in supporting Somerset Young Carers; having representation on the committee of Yeovil District Hospital’s League of Friends; helping two women’s refuges in Somerset, fundraising for local Girl Guides and Rangers and supporting the Purple Teardrop Campaign against human trafficking. Members are also paying for the higher education of three teenage girls in Bangalore.
Mrs Venables-Ross, who lives in Yeovil and is well-known for running hairdressing businesses in Yeovil and Crewkerne, added that Soroptimists are truly dedicated women who give absolute priority to helping their sisters across the globe.