SoroFesta, the 25th Charter Anniversary of SIBC
The Silver Jubilee celebrations of Soroptimist International of Bombay-Chembur was held on 15th October, 2022 at the Illusions Banquet Hall at Acres Club, Mumbai. Soroptimists from clubs various clubs across India joined in the celebrations – SI Bombay North, SI Bombay West, SI Bangalore, SI Calcutta, SI Pune Metro East. Veteran Soroptimists, Past NASI President Annette Mascarenhas, Annapoorna Patil and others graced the occasion.
The program consisted of Address by SIBC President, Ms. Namrata Saxena, ‘Reminiscences of the Past’ by Founder President, Dr. Daphne Pillai, inspirational talks by Ms. Nisha Ghosh, SIGBI Director of PR and Marketing and President Elect, NASI of India and Dr. Rema Ramchandran, Director SIGBI Trading and PAC, NASI of India.
Past President and PAC Yvette Lee gave glimpses into the work done by SIBC in the past 25 years. The ‘Sorofest’ magazine edited by Dr. Smita Dalvi, Dr. Celina Joy and Ms. Yvette Lee was released by Ms. Jyoti Mhapsekar, Co-Founder of Stree Mukti Sanghatana an organisation which has ECOSOC status in the UN.
The event was inaugurated by a welcome Bharatnatyam dance by Pillai College students.
A Lavani Dance was also performed by Pillai College students as it is a dance of Maharashtra.
SIBC member Mabel Chan Pillai gave a beautiful rendition of ‘Danse Macabre’ on her violin which held the audience spellbound.
There was cutting of the 4-1/2 kilo cake sponsored by Theobrama.
Britannia sponsored a take-away hamper for all attendees.
A Soroptimist brooch designed specially for the occasion was pinned on all attendees.
There was revelry in the air with dancing, games, networking and loads of camaraderie. Here are some pics of the celebrations. We enjoyed the team work putting this event together.
We had generation next involved too as a box of chocolates made by the daughter of president elect Preeti Pawar was the giveaways to all guests.
All possible with the visionary direction and encouraging support of our adorable Founder President, Dr. Daphne Pillai! It was this with great pleasure, at the end of the celebration, a roll of honour was presented to Dr. Daphne Pillai by SIBC members for her exemplary services towards spreading Soroptimism in India. Thanks to all sisters who joined and doubled our joy with their presence! Thanks to all good wishes for cheering us on our 25th Anniversary!