Today, the club is Norway's second largest with 46 members.
"The frame was as beautiful as it could be at Tandberg Farm, Ingeborg Mohn's beautiful home. Many guests had come, such as Clara Hammerich from Denmark who inaugurated the members, who did us the honor of inaugurating the Ringerike Soroptimist Club, which she did in the most festive way".
This is how the opening of the Ringerike Soroptimistklubb was described in the minutes. Ringerike became the 15th Soroptimist club in Norway, with Ingeborg Mohn as leader for 20 women. March 9, 1953, there was a charter party with participants at Tandberg farm. 20 members posed with partners, and there were invited guests from Norway, Sweden and Denmark. Ingeborg Mohn joined the board as follows: Ingeborg Jensrud, Else Skyberg, Inger Walle Hansen, Gerd Wiborg Thune and Valborg Egeberg. Today, the club is Norway's second largest with 46 members.
Hege Busterud is our president and Grethe Sørensen is vice President in SI Norway. The club runs today several projects in the district, such as Mentoring Programme, International Women's Day, Friend families and Nordic Soroptimist Meeting 2020.
First Wednesday every month our meetings are held at the local museum Veien Cultural Heritage Park, "Rhingariki".
After the candle ceremony, the Norwegian Soroptimist pledge is recited:
Let us show sincerity in friendship,
striving to promote peace and understanding.
Let us be willing to help and to serve.
Let us always set high goals for ourselves,
and let us display dignity and commitment in our daily work.
Projects SI Ringerike (Projects since 2010)
SI Ringerike (Facebook)
Active Soroptimist (Facebook)
Soroptimist International Union of Norway was founded in 1939.
Norwegian Soroptimists have for several years had a special engagement regarding human trafficking, focus on education and management education for women.
The first club was started in Oslo in 1933, the second one in Bergen in 1938. With two clubs there could be a union. Soroptimist International Union of Norway was founded in 1939. Our first President was Inger Tostrup Martens, she was president for 7 years (1939-1946).
We have our own magazine called Soroptima.This magazine is published 4 times a year.
Projects are central to our commitment. A joint project is "The Education Foundation of the Soroptimist International Union of Norway" which mainly provides financial support for vocational education and high school, to women in other countries where the need is particularly high.
Clubs across the country are also involved in the fight against trafficking and we support preventive work in Moldova.
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