Message From Club President

 

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President Jackie Memory 2017-2018

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In 1968 SI Barry & District was chartered with 23 members.  Now, nearly 50 years later and with 47 members , we are about to celebrate our Golden Anniversary. I am honoured to be President at this time but am mindful that it is the enthusiasm and support of all members which makes it the vibrant Club it is today. Whilst reflecting on 50 years of service at Local, National and International level, this is also a year for looking forward to the new challenges and successes of the future.

Service is at the heart of Soroptimism, and so to coincide with our 50th Anniversary , the 50th Challenge has been launched.  Groups and individuals will have the opportunity to undertake a challenge which incorporates 50 in an act of service. I look forward to seeing the different interpretations of this challenge and the ingenuity of members who embrace it.

The two major celebratory events for our 50th Anniversary will take place in 2018.

On January 13 will be the Charter Tea which will mark 50 years since the Club came into being.  There will be an afternoon tea where representatives of charities and local organisations that we have worked with over the years, will be invited to join us. It will be held at Bryn Hafren School in keeping with our links with the community.

On April 15th will be the 50th Anniversary Luncheon at the Memo Arts Centre.  At this celebratory event we hope that other Wales South Clubs will join with us on this occasion – please be assured that our Soroptimist friends will receive a warm welcome. The South Wales Regional President and Federation President have already accepted an invitation to attend.

I hope that this year will be a memorable one and will mark the successful start of the next era in our Club’s history, where members educate, enable and empower future generations.

Jackie Memory