Membership is open to all women – the only qualification is that you need to believe in what we do! We welcome visitors to all meetings, and you are more than welcome to come and see us first before making any commitment.
Like all clubs or membership organisations, we need to charge a membership fee or subscription to cover running costs.
Each Soroptimist club pays a small annual fee to the Regional organisation (Northwest England and the Isle of Man), and a larger fee to our Federation (Soroptimist International Great Britain and Ireland – SIGBI). These help the central organisations to pay for meetings and other essential running costs, and they also cover the production of four magazines a year which you will receive in the post.
Each club then sets their own membership fee to reflect their own running costs, which can be different from club to club eg. some clubs need to pay more for the facilities used as a meeting room than others.
At Garstang Soroptimists, we try to keep the annual costs as low as possible but we do need to cover:
For the 2018 – 19 year, the amount to be paid for each member for the Regional and SIGBI levies is £53.50 and the additional amount to cover Garstang running costs is £37.50 – a total subscription of £91.00 per member for the year. This can be paid flexibly – eg. as a lump sum at the start of the year or in two instalments of £44. For the future, consideration is also being given to a potential monthly direct debit option in order to make it as easy as possible for all members.