Friendship and support between members of our own club and other clubs both nationally and internationally is very important. There are many social events held for members throughout the year and our international friendship link is with S.I. New York, who entertained us for a week in 1998. Our main social event every year is a Golf Classic held in the K Club every May. This is the Club’s main fundraiser for Charity.
We also have many social outings which sometimes also act as fundraisers for charities. In 1996, President Yvonne Malone held an Auction in the K Club which raised funds for the St. Vincent de Paul. In 1996 President Maura Carroll held a lunch for other Soroptimist Clubs and guests in aid of the Adi Roche Fund for Children of Chernobyl. In 1997 President Breda Smith held a Percy French Concert in the K Club in aid of the National Project ‘Promotion of the Arts’. In 1998 President Aine Brady held a Concert in aid of the Northern Ireland Children’s Enterprise and in 1999 President Kitty Manzor held a concert in Straffan Hall in aid of it’s restoration. In 2000 the club held a party in member Dianne Coleman’s house to fund the Carers and Meals on Wheels. We also have had outings to the Dail, Aras an Uactairain, Collins Barracks Museum and the National Gallery, Farmleigh, among others and we have a Christmas dinner every year.
Friendship Weekend September 2003 - Ann Lynch, Lady Captain, The K Club, Mary Davis, CEO, Special Olympics, Aine Brady, National President, Soroptimists International, Kitty Manzor, National Secretary, Soroptimists International, at the Gala Dinner in the K Club
10th Anniversary Ladies Lunch in the K Club, 17th Oct 2004, for over 200 ladies. Guest Speaker, Prof. Niamh Brennan. Proceeds in aid of Soroptimist National Project, Alzheimers Respite. At the cutting at the 10th Anniversary Cake were Left to Right Margaret McGowan, Regional President, S.I. Northern Ireland, Kay Brophy, Founder President, S.I. North Kildare, Catherine O'Sullivan, National President, S.I. ROI, Mary Alexander, President S.I. North Kildare, Joan Smith, Immediate Past Federation President, Teresa O'Dohery, National Secretary, S.I. ROI. In the background is the MC at the lunch, Aine Brady, Imm. Past National President, S.I. ROI
Members of S.I. North Kildare pictured at the 10th Anniversary Celebrations at the K Club, on the 17th Oct 2004 Front Left to Right Lorna Mooney, Mary O'Neill, Shirley Dunlop, President Mary Alexander, Joan Weld Moore, Aine Brady, Moya Murphy. Middle: Anna Wolfe, Kathleen Marron, Mary Carroll, Marie Frayne, Maura Carroll, Kay Brophy, Patricia Horan, Helen Carbury, Grainne Corrigan, May Curran Back: Brenda Kavanagh, Mary Houlihan, Carmel Cahir, Kitty Manzor, Junie Grogan, Josephine O'Connell, Nuala McCarthy, Ingrid Higgins, Shiela Briody, Yvonne Malone.
May 2004 Dinner in the K Club following the Golf Classic Front L to R: Anna Wolfe, Lorna Mooney, Maureen Bagnall, President Mary Alexander, Aine Brady, Kay Brophy, Kitty Manzor Middle L to R: Ellen Dillon, Terry Veale, Josephine O'Connell, Nuala McCarthy, Mary Carroll, Sheila Briody, Kay Marron, Junie Grogan, Marie Frayne, Yvonne Malone Back L to R: Brenda Reilly, Brenda Kavanagh, Mary Houlihan, Diane Coleman
Patricia Horan Soroptimist International, North Kildare presenting a cheque for €4, 180 to Jacinta Carey of Teach tearmainn Women's Refuge group, Newbridge. This was the proceeds of a Garden Party held by Patricia in her lovely garden in Straffan in Sept 2006 last, which was attended by members of Soroptimist International North Kildare, and Naas/ Newbridge and also Patricia's friends and neighbours to assist Teach Tearmainn provide Refuge for women and their children who are in need of a safe haven in Co. Kildare. Pictured Back Row, Jacinta Carey, Project Manager Teach Tearmainn, Patricia Horan, Shiela Briody. Front Row, Kay Brophy, Joan Well Moore, President, Soroptimists International North Kildare, Josephine O'Connell.
Soroptimists raise funds again for Teach Tearmainn Members of Soroptimists International North Kildare presented a cheque for 4,000 to Teach Tearmainn womens refuge group in Newbridge. This was the proceeds of a concert given by the Baldonnel Singers in Kilcullen Theatre on 19th May. We enjoyed a selction of melodies, from classical to popular and gospel music. This was followed by a wine reception and Raffle sponsored by Soroptimists Members. Last Summer oroptimists raised over 4,000 for Teach Tearmainn from a garden Party held in Straffan by one of their members. The fundraisers were held to assist Teach Tearmainn in continuing their work in providing a safe haven for women and children are are victims of domestic violence. Pictured [front row, left to right] Kay Brophy [incoming National President Ireland] Lorna Mooney, President, Kitty Manzor, Jacinta Carey, Teach Tearmainn, Mary McInerney, Treasurer, Patricia Horan, Social Committee. [back row, left to right] Moya Murhy, Josephine O'Connell, PRO, Yvonne Malone, and Mary Carroll.