SIGBI President’s October 2018 Blog

Empower Today, Enable Tomorrow

Well who would have thought it could happen so quickly!! Here we are at the end of my Federation Presidency. I hope you have enjoyed hearing from other Board members besides myself. All the women who serve on the Federation Management Board do a wonderful job, sometimes under very difficult circumstances. It is not always easy or comfortable to place “one’s head above the parapet” so to speak and I salute them all.

September has been a busy month Soroptimist-wise as the start of the month saw me in Budapest for the Soroptimist International Board meeting. It was an excellent event where decisions which will move our global organisation forward were made. There was a little time for sight seeing as well. Budapest is truly a beautiful city and our hosts, the two Clubs in Budapest, ensured we were given an excellent Hungarian welcome.

Cutting the cake at SI Worcester’s 80th

I have also visited SI Worcester to help celebrate their 80th Charter celebrations and SI Bilston and District to celebrate with them their 75th year.

Liverpool is now very much looming on the horizon. The speakers are all in situ, the meeting schedules finalised and the banners are ready to go up. I would like to thank my Conference Committee who have all given up three years of their lives to ensure that everyone will have a wonderful time at Conference.

The theme for the Conference as you all know is “Empower today- enable tomorrow”. This was chosen specifically not only for the work we carry out as Soroptimists around the world ensuring that women and girls reach their potential but also for us as women to empower ourselves to look out for our fellow members wherever they may be. I believe passionately in this organisation and love being a Soroptimist but sometimes it disappoints. We are not always as kind to each other as we should be. We are all different and we are all doing our best to help our fellow women but we also need to remember that neither the world nor our organisation can stand still. Change is scary but we cannot live in the past. We must embrace the opportunities brought our way with charitable status and ensure Soroptimist International Great Britain and Ireland is still here, well into the future.

In friendship
Sue Biggs
SIGBI President 2017-2018

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