Soroptimist International Pune Metro East (SIPME)


August 2008: The idea of a new club was mooted. For more than a year, members were enrolled along with six from the old club.

February 2009: NASI Extension Officer Annette Mascarenhas announced the formation of the club at the Executive meeting of NASI. The proposed club worked on projects and held more extension meetings to garner members.

September 2009: The petition for the charter was sent to the Federation and approved in November.

January 2010: SI Pune Metro East was chartered on 31st Jan by SIGBI Federation President, Jackie Mosedale, in the presence of SI President Hanne Jensbo and 35 Soroptimists from several countries.

2010: SIPME undertook exciting projects, some new members joined in and the year ended with an award at the SIGBI Conference at Manchester 2010. SI Pune Metro East was the winner for the Domestic Violence project under Human Rights. It was also a year of 'Bonding with the Best'.

2011: A year of consolidation of on-going projects and some new challenges undertaken. This included the opportunity to host the AGM of NASI at Pune. The year ended with another nomination certificate at the SIGBI Conference at Brighton.

March 2012: The founder Executive team ends its term by hosting two visitors from SI Truckee Meadows for a Grant of Friendship. The new Executive Committee takes over for 2012-2014 with Anupama Sen as President.

October 2012: A contingent of three represents SIPME at the SIGBE Conference at Belfast. Founder President, Nisha Ghosh takes over as the Federation Friendship Link Officer. Present President, Anupama Sen, makes a presentation on the Tulapur Medical Outreach Project and Anubha Ramgopal attends as recipient of the Memorial Grant.

February 2013: The club celebrates its third Charter Anniversary with local Friends of SIPME who support its ventures and fellow Soroptimists from Japan and UK.

October 2013: At Newcastle-Gateshead Conference 2013 - the club is awarded the Best Practice for the Organic Farming project.

SIPME's Project "Girls Moving Forward" is named as one of the 30 Projects of Excellence selected from all over the Soroptimist World.

Februrary 2014: 4th Charter Anniversary Event. New Committee with President Neerja Bajaj takes over . Chartering President Jackie Mosedale is present at the event. Later Federation President Elect Jenny Vince visited Pune and met the Club members.

March 2014: Needlewomen project gets an order to make 350 bags for the Icelandic Union 40th celebration. It gave the opportunity to expand the project by helping more women with temporary employment. The bags were stitched and shipped well in time.

October 2014: First ever Fund Raiser organized by SIPME on the day of the Girl Child - October 11 2014. Event 'Chords for a Cause' - a musical evening with Niharika Naidu was a huge success by all standards. Funds raised would benefit the projects. A brochure with advertisements helped to boost the profits.

November 2014: President Neerja Bajaj, Secretary Renu Bhardwaj and Nisha Ghosh as Friendship Link Coordinator of the Federation attend the 80th SIGBI Conference at Harrogate. SIPME members visited different clubs in Yorkshire and the Wirral Region. SIPME's Gender Sensitization - One Billion Rise - Project is joint winner for Best Practice in the focus area of Violence and Conflict Resolution, as well as winner of the Overall Trophy with Clubs in Republic of Ireland.

January 2015: SIPME turn 5 and it is celebrated with a luncheon.

March 2015: Founder President Nisha Ghosh selected as part of SIGBI delegation to CSW-59 in New York. Sanitary Napkin Advocacy Programme (SNAP) launched at the Tulapur village with Anupama Sen as Convener

September 2015: National Project - Fistful of Grain launched at Emmanuel School.

November 2015: SIPME members go to SIGBI Conference in Glasgow. Programme presentation of award winning project on Gender Sensitization - from 4 clubs - presented by National PAC. SIPME wins a nomination in the Economic Empowerment category. Three members attend NASI meeting in Madurai.