Ladies Circle was formed in Botswana in 1980 and was chartered in 1981. For a long time there was only one circle in existence known as Gaborone Ladies Circle No 1. But in 2006 / 2007 we managed to charter a new Circle now known as Circle No 2. We chartered Circle 3 which is also known as “Ditsala” in June 2011. In 2012 Francistown Circle No. 4 was chartered followed by Circle 5 in Orapa in 2013 and in 2017 we have a plan to charter Circle 6 in Jwaneng.
The Motto of the Organisation is “FRIENDSHIP AND SERVICE”.
The main aims and objectives being:-
|1)||To promote international friendship, understanding and goodwill by encouraging members to extend their knowledge of each other and other people.|
|2)||To promote, coordinate and develop the extension of Ladies Circle throughout the world|
|3)||To promote, co-ordinate and develop working relationships with Round Table wherever possible.|
|4)||To be non-political and non-sectarian.|
During our existence we have supported various organizations with their needs through our fundraising efforts towards in their projects, and below is a list of some of the areas we have been involved with:-
|a)||Providing equipment and machinery for the neo-natal wards in Deborah Retief Memorial Hospital|
|b)||Contributing to various “dreams” for terminally ill children in association with Reach for a Dream Foundation which included dreams like going on a flight, owning a laptop, and acquiring prosthetic limbs.|
|c)||Providing finance for the building of bathroom facilities comprising of showers and toilets in the Womens’ Shelter Gaborone and donating bedding and curtaining|
|d)||Providing finance for scores of school going youth to attend talks on Drug Abuse in association with Youths Against Drug Abuse (YADA).|
|e)||Running Awareness Campaigns for Downs Syndrome and Stroke by printing information packs and distributing them in the malls.|
|f)||Painting Children’s hospital ward in Boteti, and providing newborn babies with packs of essential clothes and toiletries at Marina Hospital and donating Christmas gifts to children who are in hospitals over festive seasons.|
|g)||Supporting Tlamelo Projects in Old Naledi which involved with Orphans and other children in the community and providing lunch during week days and administering after-school activities to keep them off the streets. Ladies Circle has purchased them land where they are housed and have sourced library books and sewing machines to assist them.|
|h)||Assisting in the development of the I am Special Education Society through acquiring fencing|
|i)||Raising awareness and funds for cancer through the Journey of Hope Foundation and getting involved Stiletto Walk for Breast Cancer as well as building awareness to Childhood Cancers.|
|j)||Bana ba Metsi a centre for diliquent boys in Shakawe has been a beneficiary for some time receiving a generator to power the centre and 55 matresses and material to make the bases for their beds|
The group elects a National Service Project which is funded for 2 year periods but in between the individual Circles also host their own different Service Projects. Some projects are decided upon on an adhoc basis and can be need based. If there is a project out there that you believe deserves our attention please contact our Charity Liason Officer with proposals that can always be brought forward to the National AGMs held in April/May of each year.
Almost all of our projects are financed through events we host or by general fund-raising. The fundraising takes many forms and can include Themed Balls, Event-Management services, Golf Days, fellowship fundraisers like Christmas in June Dinner, Tea Parties, Halloween Dinner etc.
The Circlers meet once a month and traditionally it meetings were held on the first Wednesday evening of each month from 6:30 pm onwards, however with the group growing the different groups tend to work around their members availability.
We have an Annual membership fee which is currently set at P 750.00 for the year. This fee allows for local and international affiliation to Ladies Circle and also costs for the AGM weekend (held in April/May and takes the form of a Welcome Party on Friday and Meeting and Gala Dinner on the Saturday) and Circle Kit (Shirt that identifies one as belonging to Ladies Circle Botswana) .