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Soroptimist International Club Forchheim-Kaiserpfalz
 
In Germany there are more than 180 SI clubs with about 5700 members. The first one was founded in Berlin in 1930.
 
In Bavaria, or better Franconia, the quaint little city of Forchheim with its friendly population of more than 30.000, lies between Bamberg, Erlangen and Nuremberg, all well-known and beautiful historic places dating back more than 1200 years.
 
 

Forchheim was mentioned as early as 805. The name ‘Kaiserpfalz’ refers to a small castle in the city center and means ‘Emperor’s Residence’. It served as lodge for royalty on their way south, and houses now collections and exhibitions. In summer, the court yard provides a romantic ambience for concerts of all kind.

 
The University- and Siemens-town Erlangen is just 15 km away, and so Forchheim can benefit from the industry (Siemens Medical sectors is located there), international expats and tourism. The countryside is beautiful with orchards, bicycle lanes and hiking paths everywhere and of course lots of churches and other historic places. For beer drinkers it may be interesting to know that there are still about 300 private breweries to visit.
 
And of course there are the Soroptimists:
The Soroptimist Club Forchheim is well-known in the area with its 28 members being active business women.
 
SI FO’s main project is the support of about 20 schoolchildren whose parents cannot afford the daily school lunch. Unfortunately, there’s also an increasing number  of children who have to leave home without breakfast, which we plan to provide as well.
 
Think global – act local:
In support of the Federation Project 2007 – 2009 ‘Soroptimist go for water’ we were instrumental in the reconstruction of the local Kneipp-facilities idyllically situated by the banks of the river Pegnitz. Forchheim-Kaiserpfalz donated two stone basins for arm treatments.
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