Save our shop
Soroptimists disband but want fundraising store to stay open
Finley Soroptimists has decided to disband due to a lack of numbers, and members expect the local opportunity shop they manage will close unless another group can be found to take it on.
The well known op-shop, Shabby to Chic, has been operating under Soroptimist management since 2007 and raises important funds for community projects and groups.
Soroptimist acting secretary and shop manager Margaret McLeod said it was with much dismay that the handful of remaining members decided to cease operating.
But she is hopeful the store can be saved from closing.
‘‘We are calling for a community group to put up their hands, come in and take over the shop.
‘‘Soroptimists has been in existence in Finley for 35 years during which time we’ve supported many organisations and people in need,’’ said Mrs McLeod, who is one of the remaining four active charter members.
‘‘Some of our big donations we’ve made recently include $20,000 to the Finley Apex Club for the new community complex and sports centre and $10,000 for the Fight Cancer Foundation’s new Albury accommodation centre.
‘‘We’ve also made countless donations to individuals who are in crisis, whether it be health reasons or, for example, someone’s house has burnt down.’’
Mrs McLeod said the shop is of great value to the community, adding that it would be ‘‘a shame’’ if it had to close.
‘‘Almost all our funds raised stay directly within the Finley and district and we want to keep it that way, so we hope a group can assist by taking it over.
‘‘Managing the shop would include sorting, cleaning and selling the products donated by the community.’’ There are 13 Finley Soroptimists members, however Mrs McLeod said they are having trouble filling the executive roles.
The current executive consists of Marj Maxwell (president), Elaine Rees (secretary) and Joanne Dean (treasurer). Mrs Rees, Lola Wilson and Margaret Barber are the other three charter members.
‘‘We are very disappointed we have to disband but we’ve had a great time with one another and no doubt we’ll keep in touch and maintain our friendships,’’ Mrs McLeod said.
‘‘Service clubs are great for the town and great for the people who are in them.
‘‘We are very grateful to all those who have supported the shop in so many ways, especially the volunteers; without them we could not have functioned.
‘‘During this last two weeks we are distributing our remaining funds to many organisations in the town, which we hope will benefit the whole community.
‘‘We will be holding a storewide sale from December 14 . . . everything half price and there are great bargains for everyone, especially before Christmas.’’
Any group interested in taking over the shop can contact Mrs Maxwell on 5883 3080 or Mrs McLeod 5883 9432. The shop will close on December 31 if there is no interest.
RIGHT: Margaret McLeod (left) and Lola Wilson are calling on another group to manage the op-shop.